PETER SENIOR, one of Australia’s most loved and consistently successful players over the last 30 years, is about to enter the Legend ranks.
Senior turns 50 on July 31and that milestone will open a whole new world of senior tour opportunities in Australia and overseas.
Senior has plied his trade all over the world with memorable victories in Australia, Japan and Europe and has been a tireless campaigner for Australian golf.
Since turning professional in 1998 Peter Senior has witnessed the highs and lows of Australian golf.
A regular on the Australasian Tour for the past 30 years he has consistently graced the leaderboards both at home and overseas, winning no less than twenty Australasian Tour events in addition to seven international titles.
Among his trophy collection is an Australian Open, two Johnnie Walker Classics, two Australian Masters and two Australian PGA Championships, an event in which his success continues even today, as was evident last year when he finished third at Coolum behind PGA TOUR stars Geoff Ogilvy and Mat Goggin.
Throughout his career Senior has represented Australia in international competitions on several occasions and was a member of the International Team at the first two stagings of the Presidents Cup, in 1994 and 1996.
He won the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Order of Merit in 1987, 1989, and 1993 and to this day continues to compete at the highest level with players half his age. His enormous work ethic is matched only by his enthusiasm for the sport, something very dear to Senior’s heart.
Whilst in recent years he has played less tournament golf, Senior’s passion for the game has never seen him far away.
“People often ask me why I still play and the answer is simple, I love the game,” said Senior. “It doesn’t matter where I am or what I am doing, corporate days, pro-ams, I still enjoy being on the course. The main reason I stopped playing a full tournament schedule was to spend time with my kids in their school years.”
Above and beyond his achievements on the golf course, Senior has also played an integral role in securing the future of the Australian Golf landscape by taking on the challenging role of Chairman of the PGA for twelve months following the amalgamation of the PGA of Australia and the PGA Tour of Australasia in late 2008.
“It was a different challenge for me for sure, but I really think what we have achieved will bring big results for Australian golf,” said Senior reflecting on his role.
“All the work has put us in a position to provide new opportunities for the up and comers, and I’m confident that these young guys will all get the same if not more opportunities than what I had when I started out.”
When Senior turns 50 next Friday 31st July he will take on a new challenge in becoming eligible for the world’s senior tours- including his association’s own PGA Legends Tour.
From his home on Queensland’s Hope Island Senior plans to continue venturing abroad where opportunities arise, but says he also looks forward to continuing his career on both the Australasian and Legends Tours whilst also remaining an integral part of the PGA of Australia in his role as Vice Chairman.
“I figured that when I turned 50 I would still have the opportunity to play and now I have the chance to play on the Seniors Tour. That’s the great thing about this game. There are guys out there playing into their 70’s so I’ve got plenty of years still ahead of me.”