THE E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour is in the middle of its South Australian swing of eight tournaments worth in excess of AUD$80,000.
Some of Australia’s leading golfers the wrong side of 50 are involved including Mike Harwood, Rodger Davis, David Merriman and 2011 European Senior Tour Order of Merit Champion Peter Fowler.
Despite the presence of the old hands, it was tour newcomer Kym Olsen who claimed the first event of the swing, The Good Guys Mt Osmond Legends Pro-Am.
Heading to Whyalla for the Greenwich Maritime Services Whyalla Senior Professional Golf Classic Mike Zilko fired a bogey free eight under par 64 in the first round.
A disappointing second round saw Zilko drop back to seven under the card for the tournament and finish tied for the victory with South Australian local Garry Merrick.
On Tuesday the 24th the tour headed to the magnificent Tanunda Pines layout at the gateway to the Barossa Valley for the Jacobs Creek Classic Senior Pro-Am.
A cool breeze sweeping across the course challenged the senior professionals and certainly their amateur partners with only eight pros in the end managing par or better.
Three of those couldn’t be split with a three way tie between Merrick, the ever popular Rodger Davis and newcomer Tim Elliot, all of whom finished 3-under on 69.
Davis only arrived in Adelaide the day before and his five birdie round had him close to an outright win.
Elliott was chuffed at his first professional win as a senior after only having played three senior events since her turned 50.
The Victorian will be joining, Davis, Michael Harwood and Peter Fowler on the European Seniors Tour in 2012 after gaining his tour card earlier this year.
“To play in the E-Z-GO Legends tour before I head to Europe is very important for me to fine tune my game,” Elliott said.
For Merrick this was two joint wins from two events after tying for the win at the Greenwich Maritime Services Pro-Am.
In the next event on Thursday 26th more tour newbies in Queenslanders John Kirchner and Gary Schofield took out the SA PGA Senior Foursomes Championship by two shots, after shooting a two under par round on at The Vines of Reynella Golf Club.
Kirchner and Schofield also graduated from the Legends tour school earlier in the year and were very happy to be sharing their first win.
“We played very well as a pair today”, Kirchner said afterwards. “With the quality field we knew we had to keep scoring birdies on the course rather than think about holding our score together”.
Two time winner Merrick partnered Queensland Neil Wall to be in a tie for second place with previous winners Olsen and Elliott.
As we went to press on Friday the tour was in the midst of the
Mt Lofty Legends Pro-Am at Mt Lofty Golf Club.
The E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour South Australian series will conclude next week with the AUD$20,000 SA PGA Senior Championship at Adelaide Shores from 3-4 May.