Harwood and Domigan lead PGA Seniors Championship

Michael Harwood joint leader in Byron BayMICHAEL HARWOOD is continuing his dream debut seniors year and is joint leader of the Fiducian Australian PGA Seniors Championship at Byron Bay Golf Club after the first round.

Harwood and New Zealander Garth Domigan were sitting at two under par after rounds of 70 on an opening day when strong, hot winds firmed the greens and tested a field containing the cream of Australian senior golf.

Harwood and Domigan were the only players to record under-par rounds on the challenging and picturesque northern NSW coastal course.

Harwood is striving to quinella the Australian Senior “majors”, having already won the Handa Australian Senior Open at Royal Perth in October.

Harwood has had a stellar year since turning 50, claiming the European Seniors Tour Rookie of the Year honours after finishing 9th on the Money List.

He won the season ending OKI Castellon Senior Tour Championship in Spain by 3 strokes, his first professional tournament win in 18 years.

In his rookie year on the Australian Legends Tour, Harwood has amassed over $75,000 in prize money, nearly double that of his nearest competitor.

Domigan is hoping to build on his performance last year in the PGA Seniors Championship when he was tied for the lead heading into the final round.

His disappointing final round of 83 saw him drift into eighth position.

Peter Senior is sitting in third position two shots behind the leaders after blowing a promising start.

He jumped out of the blocks early starting his round with two consecutive birdies but could not capitalise, giving the two shots back with bogeys at 3 and 7.

2007 Australian PGA Senior Champion David Merriman made a solid start to the tournament with a one over par 73 while defending champion Noel Ratcliffe struggled with a 77.

Round two of the 54 hole event continues on Saturday with tee times from 6:30am.

Round One Leaderboard

 

Position

Member Name

State

Par

Rd1

Rd2

Rd3

Score

Prize money

1

Garth Domigan

NZ

-2

70

 

 

70

 

1

Michael Harwood

VIC

-2

70

 

 

70

 

3

Peter A Senior

QLD

0

72

 

 

72

 

4

Garry L. Merrick

S

1

73

 

 

73

 

4

David G Merriman

NSW

1

73

 

 

73

 

4

Ossie Moore

QLD

1

73

 

 

73

 

4

Craig Owen

NZ

1

73

 

 

73

 

4

Graham Banister

NSW

1

73

 

 

73

 

4

Peter Criss

NSW

1

73

 

 

73

 

10

John J Downs

QLD

2

74

 

 

74

 

10

Gregory W Engall

NSW

2

74

 

 

74

 

10

Neil D. Wall

QLD

2

74

 

 

74

 

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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