MANY of Australia’s leading senior professional golfers will gather at the Richmond Golf Club west of Sydney this week for one of the main events on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour.
The 2013 Australian PGA Senior Championship has a $70,000 purse but this year will also raise money for the local bushfire appeal.
And the second year running the top Australian in the field will also earn a spot in the Australian PGA Championship, to be held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast next week.
Mike Harwood is the defending champion and will be joined by a field that includes Michael Clayton, Rodger Davis, Wayne Grady, Ossie Moore, Kym Olsen and Larry Canning, amongst other notable names.
Ahead of the event Richmond Head Professional Mark Eisenhuth said the club had decided that all money raised would go to help those devastated by the recent nearby bushfires.
“The local Rotary will have their ‘Bucket Brigade’ on hand collecting for the appeal and we’re asking all spectators to make a gold coin donation as well,” he said.
“There was some concern the fires might effect us here at one point but we were lucky enough to escape unscathed so to be able to do something to give back to the local community is a privilege.
“It’s going to be a terrific event and we have a party hole type area set up behind the 18th green so I’m hoping a lot of local golfers will come out for a look.
“There are some really top class players in the field and the quality of the golf will be extremely high.”
ASG will be covering the event on the weekend so look out for our reports and photos.