THE South Australian leg of the 2011 E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour kicks off today with current Order of Merit leader Ken Tarling keen to extend his lead over Gary Merrick.
Tarling, from Canada, has been in great form since arriving in Australia and has recorded two wins and accumulating $15,000 in just nine events.
Merrick too has been in cracking form of late with the South Australian winning the New Zealand PGA Senior Championship a couple of weeks back.
They get the opportunity to resume the battle today at The Good Guys Mt Osmond Legends Pro-Am.
Over a two-week stretch, the Legends will make stops at Victor Harbour, Mt Lofty, Tanunda Pines, Whyalla, Glenelg and Adelaide Shores with a prize purse of over $90,000 on offer.
Defending champion Hugh Dolan, PGA Tour of Australasia player Michael Harwood and the flamboyant Rodger Davis will join Tarling and Merrick at Mt Osmond Golf Club for what promises to be a close encounter between some of the Tour’s strongest rivals.
The South Australian swing has an added incentive for players to again perform well with a $10,000 pot prize up for grabs courtesy of the Bendigo Bank.
To be eligible for the bonus pot, professionals must compete in six of the seven events, not including Whyalla, with positions decided in order of lowest aggregate score for all rounds played.
The bonus prize money breakdown ranges from $3,000 for 1st place through to $100 for 10th place.
The E-Z-GO Legends Tour again thanks the Bendigo Bank for their continued support of the Tour and all players look forward to pushing hard for the $3,000 1st place bonus.
Each Club participating in the Bendigo Bank Legends Series will be supporting a local charity through the Bendigo Banks Community Enterprise Foundation.