Australian golfing legends in 2012 Byron Bay showdown

Peter Senior, pictured here on his way to victory at The Lakes in Sydney, will be a big drawcard in Byron Bay this week.
Peter Senior, pictured here on his way to victory at The Lakes in Sydney, will be a big drawcard in Byron Bay this week.

IT REALLY IS a star-studded line-up battling it out at the final event of the 2012 E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour at beautiful Byron Bay on the NSW north coast this week.

For a start, the Nor East Australian Legends Tour Championship boasts a field that includes defending champion and 1991 British Open winner Ian Baker-Finch, Australia’s only 2012 winner on the European Seniors Tour Terry Price as well as some of the nation’s most successful Professionals in Mike Harwood, Peter Fowler, Michael Clayton and Rodger Davis.

Then there is no doubt the biggest drawcard in the event in reigning Emirates Australian Open champion Peter Senior. Proving that golf is a game for life, Senior overcame his much younger rivals in challenging conditions at The Lakes Golf Club just two weeks ago and backed it up with another bold performance at the PGA Championship at Coolum.

“He has inspired us all, the way he goes about his business on the golf course hasn’t changed since his first win back in the 80’s, to his recent Australian PGA (2010) and Open victories” said former PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit winner Ossie Moore.

Moore, who this year claimed his first victory on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour at the Queensland Senior PGA Championship, knows the competition will be tough in Byron Bay.

“Fowler, Harwood, Price, these guys are hitting it longer and straighter than ever before and now Pete has shown them they are still good enough to win.”

While not the biggest name amongst golf fans, E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour rookie, Kym Olsen has certainly made his presence felt.

“I have been very lucky this year to be playing well at the right time and I think this week is just another case of peaking at the right time,” said Olsen who leads the Order of Merit.

“I may not have the same credentials as some of the Legends we play with, though I think I am a realistic chance of winning our last event of the year”.

In its third year, the Nor East Australian Legends Tour Championship tees off Tuesday morning and Tournament Director Mark Wilson is looking forward to seeing some of the games greats put on a show for the Northern Rivers community.

“The course is in outstanding condition at the moment and it will be set up to ensure there are plenty of birdies for one of golf’s outstanding spectacles.”

“Where else can you see PGA Professionals with more than 300 Tour wins amongst them in the same place at the same time, not to mention in an atmosphere like no other”.

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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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