PETER SENIOR has had a great week, following on from his sizzling 8-under effort on Sunday to tie for fourth in the year’s first senior major, he has just been inducted as a Life Member of the PGA of Australia.
Senior was honoured along with Leonard Thomas and Arnold Victorsen at the PGA Annual General Meeting on Wednesday.
They join legends of Australian golf such as Norman Von Nida, Dan Cullen, Kel Nagle, Charlie Earp, Jack Newton and Greg Norman as Life Members.
“It was an easy decision for the Membership to induct the trio, given their distinguished, iconic status within Australian golf,” Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA, said.
Senior joined the PGA in 1978 and now at the ripe of age of 52 continues to be one of the most popular and respected Australian golfers.
A prolific winner on the PGA Tour of Australasia, he has won 20 domestic titles with the most recent coming at the 2010 Australian PGA Championship where he defeated Geoff Ogilvy in a playoff.
His success has not been limited to home soil and he has also earned victories on the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour and the European Seniors Tour in a career that spans five decades. He has been competing on the US Champions Tour since turning 50 and with a number of close finishes his elusive first win in America can’t be far off.
Senior has represented Australia on numerous occasions including The Presidents Cup (1994, 1996) and the World Cup (1988, 1999).
An astute businessman, Senior recently transferred his skills to the PGA where he served on the Board of the PGA Tour of Australasia and then as Chairman of the PGA of Australia in 2008, post amalgamation.
Leonard Thomas has been a PGA Professional since 1960 and has had had a profound impact on the West Australian golf industry.
After completing a PGA Traineeship Thomas pursued a playing career where he experienced great success, highlighted by three WA Open Championship titles, and an appearance at The Open Championship where he played alongside some of the world’s greatest golfers including Arnold Palmer, Bill Dunk, Kel Nagle and Peter Thomson.
An active coach in various roles throughout West Australia and the world, Thomas is also credited with helping introduce and establish golf in countries including Fiji, Indonesia and China.
Additionally, he worked as a TV commentator for major events and as a mentor for PGA Trainees, whilst also serving on the WA PGA Committee in the 1960’s.
While unfortunately Arnold Victorsen passed in 2000, his posthumous nomination for Life Membership was wholeheartedly supported by the PGA Membership.
A Member of the PGA from 1937 until his passing, Arnold was a popular Head Professional at Townsville Golf Club for 32 years.
He was a passionate advocate for golf in Queensland and initiated numerous Pro-Am’s, whilst also sharing his expertise with Northern Queensland clubs that were not serviced by their own PGA Professional.
Not confining his love of golf to the sunshine state, Victorsen was also integral in introducing tournament golf to Papua New Guinea.
Upon his retirement, Victorsen continued to be active in junior development at the McLeod Country Club and Headland Golf Club.
He was the first of five Victorsens to take up PGA Membership, with his sons Mark and John and his grandsons Matthew and John Jnr. in attendance on Wednesday.