Guy Wall wins a rain-soaked 2021 Australian PGA Senior Championship

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A very happy Guy Wall at Richmond Golf Club. Photo: PGA of Australia

Heavy rain cut short the 2021 Australian Senior PGA Championship at Richmond Golf Club but couldn’t dampen the spirits of eventual winner Guy Wall who triumphed over veteran Peter Lonard in a five-hole playoff.

The deluge that inundated Australia’s eastern seaboard made the western Sydney course overall unplayable for its final two scheduled days but tournament officials were able to conduct a playoff between first round joint leaders Wall and Lonard. The pair had tied atop the leaderboard after rounds of four-under 68.

Wall and Lonard teed it up at the par-3 10th hole five times before a winner could be decided. Wall holed a birdie putt from 20 feet to earn the most prestigious victory of his career on the SParms Legends Tour.

A career amateur whose highest level of competition was playing Pennants for Pymble Golf Club, Wall only turned professional after topping Legends Tour Qualifying School in 2015 and was thrilled to claim one of the Legends Tour’s most prestigious events over a player of Lonard’s calibre.

“Probably something that I didn’t dream of when I started out playing professional golf but given that it is around this golf course which suits me down to the ground I thought I could have had an opportunity,” said Wall, who was a two-time winner on the Legends Tour in his rookie season in 2015.

“Just never knew what was going to happen and then got told at about 11 o’clock that I had to get here for a playoff with one of Australia’s best ball-strikers in Peter Lonard.

“Very, very happy.”

Wall and Lonard halved the first playoff hole with bogeys before making three consecutive pars.

“The first time both of us hit the wrong club,” Wall revealed. “We both hit 5-iron and the wind was obviously into us when we thought it was over our right shoulder.

“Both made bogey the first time around and thereafter new knew the club and just kept hitting the green but not making the putts. Eventually made one which is great.”

Guy Wall tops some big names at the PGA Senior Championship. Photo: PGA of Australia

Third in this event in 2015, victory secures Wall a five-year exemption on the SParms Legends Tour and the continuation of a dream that was hatched as his 50th birthday was approaching.

“I always wanted to do it. Kept an eye on it, watched it for quite a while. Saw some of my mates turn pro and got it done,” Wall said of his inspiration to join the Legends Tour.

“I actually got a hold of John Serhan and Greg Hohnen and told them that I wanted to do it when I was 48 years old and said, ‘What do I need to do to make this happen?’

“They were both awesome in helping get my game ready and my mind ready and since then I’ve had a couple of wins, been overseas a few times to try and qualify for some of the big events over there and just really enjoyed it.”

Wall will now tee it up in the Western Open at Dubbo Golf Club starting Monday with the SParms Legends Tour now moving to the Gold Coast for the Gold Coast Senior PGA Championship at Lakelands Golf Club starting Thursday.

Australian PGA Senior Championship Leaderboard 2021

Original Source Material: Tony Webeck, PGA of Australia

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