Harwood ends the year with a win

Mike HarwoodMICHAEL HARWOOD has ended the season on a high note by taking out the 2010 Australian Legends Tour Championship in a rain drenched Byron Bay.

Harwood took the first prize of $6300 after finishing with a four-under 140 over 36-holes.

Runner up on one under was Byron Bay professional Mark Wilson, with Legends Tour heavyweights Mike Ferguson and Rodger Davis tied for third.

Persistent rain forced the cancellation of the third round and tournament officials were forced to use round two results in order to declare Harwood the winner.

For 51-year-old Harwood, it was the culmination of a successful two-year comeback to professional golf.

“I had 15 years away from the game but decided to get back into it last year when I turned 50,” Harwood said.

“To have the opportunity to play in tournaments like this again is fantastic. There is good competition out there and I have really appreciated the chance to play again.”

Harwood said the weather had been a big factor at Byron Bay.

He was happy with the fact that he made the most of his limited opportunities on the course.

“I shot six birdies over the two days,” he said.

“You had to make the most of any birdie or par opportunity. I putted well and got a good lead.”

Harwood will be back on the European Senior Tour again from March next year.

Wilson was thrilled to finish second in the elite field.

“I’m very happy, I played about as well as I could,” Wilson said.

“The conditions were tough, it was very humid. Balls were skidding all over the place; it made club selection very important.”

The tournament will be played at Byron again next December.

Wilson said the plan was to make the three-day tournament a qualifying event for the PGA Legends Tour.

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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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