ONE of Australia’s flagship senior professional golfing events will move to a new home in Sydney this year.
After a couple of years in Byron Bay, the 2010 Fiducian Legends Australian PGA Senior Championship is headed for Killara Golf Club, one of Sydney’s oldest and most prestigious golf clubs.
The PGA Senior Championship will be celebrating its 25th birthday this year and things are looking rosy for the tournament in terms of sponsorship and player support.
And although the last two tournaments at Byron Bay have been well attended, organisers are no doubt relishing the potential of the huge Sydney golf loving public.
The event will be staged at Killara from Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th November.
The anniversary of the championship will be an apt celebration for the current state of the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour, which continues to grow in stature with each season that passes.
With the ongoing support of Fiducian, naming rights sponsor of the event for a second consecutive year and Co-Sponsor Stuart Alexander and Morningstar, the tournament is set to reach new heights in 2010. “The Australian Senior Championship is a major event on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour and I’m honored to be a past winner,” said 2007 Champion David Merriman.
“Its wonderful to have the Fiducian Legends Australian PGA Senior Championship at Killara Golf Club, a very prestigious Sydney Golf Club and a great venue to play a major event for the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour.”
“The support and sponsorship of senior golf in Australia is very important to our industry and the continued support of Fiducian for this event is greatly appreciated by all the players on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour.”
Other players who have already signalled their likely participation include Noel Ratcliffe, Rodger Davis, David Good, Bob Shearer and Killara’s own Head Professional Greg Hohnen who is also a regular on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour.
Hopefully, defending champion and US Champions Tour star performer Peter Senior can also fit the event into his schedule.
The championship will offer a prize purse of $100,000 and will be a 54-hole stroke play event with professionals playing alongside amateurs for the first two rounds. Amateur competitors will compete for both individual stableford and teams event trophies.
First played in 1986, past winners include the inaugural winner Orville Moody (1986,) Bill Dunk (1989 and 1995,) Lee Trevino (1996,) Noel Ratcliffe (2001 and 2008) and last year Peter Senior.
Tournament Director Rod Read said he is looking forward to the Championship which he believes will be an outstanding success with the support and enthusiasm of the players met equally by that of the event sponsors and the members of Killara Golf Club.
“The event is sure to be a huge success at its new home at Killara, but we are also doing our bit for the community,” Read said.
“I am also pleased to announce that the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic for kids at Westmead Children’s Hospital will be the official charity of the tournament and we hope the tournament will play a part in helping the children at the hospital and their families through what are no doubt some of the toughest times of their lives.”