THE 2013 E-Z-Go PGA Legends Tour will kick off the year with four new members following the recent Qualifying School conducted at the Peninsula Country Golf Club in Frankston in Victoria.
Earning their card for the every growing over 50’s professional Australian golf tour were Scott Ford (NSW), Adrian Campbell (NZ), Greg Rix (QLD) and Andrew Lucas (QLD).
The four will be able to tee it up alongside some of Australia’s golfing greats at over 50 pro-am and other events across the year.
Ford has spent his career as a builder and was delighted to win the event and realise a long held dream to play professional golf. He finished the three round event on 9-over and was a tear-away winner.
“The week was fabulous, I thought the course was great and I would like to thank Peninsula for holding it, the PGA for running it and I would like to thank my young bloke Dan Ford for being on the bag, I couldn’t have done it without him,” Ford said.
Facing a tough layout at the Peninsula club south of Melbourne city in in hot sandbelt conditions, Ford lead from wire to wire.
“I didn’t find it too bad because Magenta Shores is a windy course,” said Ford comparing conditions at Peninsula to that of his home course.
“It suited my game and I was able to control the ball in the wind, so it probably made it a bit easier for me rather than some of the other guys.”
Ford has always dreamt of playing professional.
“I have been a builder all my life, I was a builder since I was 20 but I have always enjoyed playing golf,” he said.
“For the last couple of years I started thinking about playing senior Pro golf so this is a dream come true.
Having admired the likes of Mike Harwood, Peter Senior and Rodger Davis, Ford will now tee up alongside them.
“I am looking forward to it; it’s going to be like playing with some of my boyhood idols.”
“The plan for the year is to play as many tournaments as I can and to gain as much experience as I can from the more seasoned veterans.”
Ford was a convincing winner claiming the Q-School title by 15 strokes from his nearest competitor Campbell. Rix was five shots further back with Lucas securing the final card.