It’s never too late to turn pro

Legends Tour trio2014

THEY reckon it is never too late to turn pro and thanks to the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour three over-50 golfers have proved the point.

Simon Jagot, Thomas Mulholland and Phillip Melksham have followed their golfing dreams and will be new faces on the tour this year after recently graduating from the Legends Tour Qualifying School.

It was 50-year-old Simon Jagot from The Australian Golf Club who claimed honours at Qualifying School with rounds of 76, 70 and 73 at the Sandhurst Golf Club south of Melbourne.

After a successful career in financial markets which included time spent working in New York and London, Jagot decided to give golf his attention.

“It’s a great thing to be able to have a career in business, have golf as a hobby and then turn it into something else and play competitively,” said Jagot.

“I thought about turning Professional when I was about 18 and I was playing off scratch. But I played with a couple of very good golfers, Brett Ogle and Steve Elkington and I thought they were way better than me so I took another pathway.”

Turning 50 years of age six months ago and with his children now adults the timing was right for Jagot to turn Professional.

“I just turned 50 so this is my birthday present to myself,” he said.

“I was thinking about it for the last four or five years but it’s only been in the last 18 months where my game started to get a little better.”

“My kids have just finished school so I was able to get out and practice a little bit more and in the last three months I really decided to give it ago.”

Not overawed about life on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour, it was multiple winner Mike Harwood who encouraged Jagot to try his luck.

“I had a practice go at an event last year. I played in the Senior Victorian Open as an amateur just to see what it was like.”

“I played with Mike Harwood in the last round and he was great, he encouraged me to come to Tour School and give it ago.”

“I don’t think it will be intimidating, it seems like a really friendly atmosphere and I am looking forward to playing in a few events.”

(With thanks to PGA of Australia for original source material)

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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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