Baker-Finch to join 2011 Australian Legends Championship field

Baker-Finch headed for Byron Bay

BRITISH Open winner Ian Baker-Finch will join the line-up at the 2011 Australian Legends Tour Championship which gets underway at Byron Bay Golf Club from December 11 to 13.

The championship is the final event on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Order of Merit for 2011.

Baker-Finch, the 1991 British Open champion, has been getting back into tournament golf in recent times after a long layoff and the establishment of a very successful career as a golf commentator.

He will be joined in Byron Bay by a class field that includes American Mark Sherman, a big clutch of Aussies headed by Rodger Davis, Ossie Moore and Michael Ferguson and New Zealand contenders Ken Tarling and Jim Lapsley.

Further adding to the event, the Hole in One 5th hole will offer the professionals the opportunity to win a Subaru while a total prize purse of $50,000 will also be on offer.

Last year’s PGA Legends Tour Championship was won by Michael Harwood with local Mark Wilson placed second.

Wilson, the Byron Bay Club Captain, is also responsible for an ongoing program of golf course re-design that has been a big positive for the north coast NSW club.

During 2011 a lake has been added to the right side of the first hole and, with additional fairway mounding, the visual from the tee has changed dramatically.

The Annual PGA Legends Award Dinner will also be held at Byron Bay Golf Club following the completion of the final round.

Legends Tour Chairman Kyle Francis will host the evening with ten awards including the highlight, the 2011 Player of the Year.

The 2011 Player of the Year will join past winners John Clifford (2008) Garry Merrick (2009) and Rodger Davis (2010) and take home an E-Z-GO motorised golf cart.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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