ANDRE STOLZ has confirmed his status as Australia’s best over-50s domestic player with a brilliant bogey-free final round of five-under 67 to surge to victory at the 2021 Queensland Senior PGA Championship at Maroochy River Golf Club.
The leader of the SParms Legends Tour Order of Merit, the 51 year old Stolz started the second round three strokes behind day one leader Richard Backwell but mastered the tricky winds and quickening greens to post six-under for a two-stroke win.
The 2020 Australian Senior PGA champion, Stolz won five events through July and August but had only recently returned to tournament play after suffering a health scare in Brisbane in September.
He made a positive return at last week’s Gold Coast Senior PGA Championship and on Monday displayed exactly why he is the best domestic over-50s player in the country.
If not for his health scare Stolz may very well have been in the US this week for Champions Tour Final Qualifying, instead claiming top prize in the first event of the Sunshine Coast Series.
“Extremely happy with this win as it was a real battle out there but proud of how I held it together,” said Stolz.
“I did not have a bogey today in that wind and with greens quite quicker than yesterday.”
Four-time Order of Merit winner Brad Burns bogeyed the challenging final hole to post four-under 68 and finish outright second two strokes behind Stolz, Chris Taylor (71), Glenn Joyner (69) and Peter Senior (71) sharing third place at three-under.
Allan Cooper finished down the leaderboard in a tie for 19th but left Maroochy River with one of the day’s highlights, a hole-in-one at the difficult 176-metre par-3 eighth hole.
The SParms PGA Legends Tour now moves on to the Headland Golf Club for the Headland Legends Pro-Am on Tuesday which serves as round three of the Sunshine Coast Series sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Council.
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Original Source: PGA of Australia