EUROPEAN Seniors Tour Rookie of the Year Michael Harwood has gone back to where his golfing resurrection began and has taken the Finance Brokers of Tasmania Seniors Open for the second year running in Hobart.
Harwood carded a two under par 69 to finish one shot ahead of New South Welshman Peter Criss in the 36 hole event at the Kingston Beach Golf Club on the weekend.
“After 15 years of not playing competitive golf, last year this tournament kick-started my seniors career and gave me a lot of confidence about the year ahead. I hope this win has the same effect in 2010,” Harwood said in his presentation speech.
The Victorian will now focus on his upcoming European Tour Seniors events in Brunei, Thailand and South Africa.
It was also back to back wins for the Senior Open Amateur winner, Tasmanian star senior Michael Leedham, who also happened to be Harwood’s final round playing partner in the jointly conducted event.
Leedham finished with a final round 72 for a tournament total of 147, three strokes ahead of second placegetter Ross Bockman (NSW).
Three NSW senior amateur golfers tied for third – Greg Stanford, Bob Angus and Denis Dale.
The amateur actually beat the pro on the back nine, with Leedham playing it at three under while Harwood was one over.
But Harwood’s four birdies on the front more than evened that score.