It’s never too late to turn pro

HAVE you ever dreamt of becoming a tour professional? Thought you had missed the boat? Well think again. The E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour offers all golfers aged over 50 the chance to join in the glory and excitement of professional golf.

The E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour managed by the PGA of Australia for male golfers aged 50 plus, stages over 50 events throughout Australia and New Zealand annually with prize money totalling in excess of $1.2million dollars.

The E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour attracts some of Australia’s greatest golf legends including Michael Harwood, Rodger Davis and Wayne Grady. But what many may not know is that you don’t have to be one of the game’s greats to secure a place on the tour. The annual qualifying school is open to male golfers over 50 who have an official handicap of 3.4 or better.

Scheduled for January 2011, Qualifying School gives all eligible golfers the opportunity to win their tour card for the 2011 season. Qualification provides graduates access to play in E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour events including the Fiducian Legends PGA Senior Championship and the Handa Australian Senior Open, an event that  in 2010  will be co-sanctioned by the European Senior Tour.

“In many respects the PGA Legends Tour provides a second chance for elite golfers who have reached that magical age of 50,” said Sam Hartrick from the PGA of Australia.

But it’s not just about the elite competition as Hartrick explains.

“The Legends Tour has been better known for its relaxed and friendly environment, being on tour is an exciting life where players get to enjoy travelling throughout Australia and New Zealand playing on some of the best courses whilst also enjoying good company.”

Just like other main Tours, the Senior Tour movement has quickly become global with the European Senior Tour and the US Champions Tour fast becoming an aspiration for many a player who has achieved the age of 50 years.

Australian players enjoying success on the overseas tours include David Merriman, Peter Fowler and European Tour Rookie of the Year, Mike Harwood while Peter Senior and Graham Marsh continue to flourish on the US Champions Tour.

For those interested in joining the legends on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour, Qualifying School will be held at Camden Lakeside Country Club in New South Wales from Monday 10-12 January 2011 and will be decided by 54-holes stroke play event.

For more information on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour or Qualifying School, please visit the PGA website or contact Sam Hartrick from the PGA of Australia on +61 (3) 8320 1911. 

2011 PGA Legends Tour Qualifying School Entry Form PDF (374kbs)

2011 PGA Legends Tour Qualifying School Information PDF (57kbs)

 

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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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