ANDREW DAKERS from NSW and Queenslanders Ricki Mangan, Steve Morshuis and Tana Palmer are the newest graduates to the Australian Legends Tour following the Qualifying School held at Camden Lakeside Country Club in NSW.
The Australian PGA Legends Tour Qualifying School teed off with six 50-years plus amateurs chasing four playing tickets for the 2009 season.
The Legends Tour of the PGA of Australia comprises over 50 events covering the eastern seaboard of Australia to New Zealand with the total prize money being $1.2 Million.
The Legends Tour has continued steady growth in recent times with an increase in the number of events and prize money.
Much of this can be attributed to the participation of well known names in Australian golf such as Rodger Davis, Bob Shearer, Mike Harwood, Mike Clayton and Wayne Grady.
It is a requirement that players must be over 50 years of age to compete on the tour.
The PGA says current plans are to increase the total number of events to 60, increase the prize money pool to $1.4 million, a possible event being staged in China and to keep attracting not just local players but also overseas players to ensure a competitive environment.
The final scores from the 2009 Qualifying School Final were:
1. Andrew Dakers (Am) NSW 74 73 74 – 221
2. Ricki Mangan (Am) Qld 75 75 74 – 224
3. Steve Morshuis (Am) Qld 75 77 79 – 231
4. Tana Palmer (Am) Qld 80 71 89 – 240
5. Hyuk Kwon (Am) NSW 83 82 79 – 244
6. Alexander McKay (Am) Vic 81 85 81 247