AUSTRALIAN PGA Legends Tour stalwart Lyndsay Stephen is set to tee it up in one of the Major events on the international senior golf scene next week thanks to a win back home.
Stephen earned a start in the 72nd US Senior PGA Championship in Kentucky thanks to his win at the Fiducian Legends Australian PGA Seniors Championship in Sydney last year.
The US Senior PGA Championship, to be played from May 24 to 29, has grown to be one of the Major events on the International senior golf tour and as such attracts some of the greatest names in world golf.
Walking the fairways at this year’s venue, the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, alongside Stephen will be renowned golfers the likes of Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Lyndsay to play alongside some of golf’s greatest players and for this to have arisen from him winning a PGA Legends Tour event is another great example of the PGA providing playing pathways,” said Simon Butterly, General Manager of the Tour Division of the PGA of Australia.
A strong performance in this event could go a long way towards Stephen, from West Australian, securing full playing privileges on the Champions Tour.
“Not only will this be a memorable week of golf for Lyndsay but also a great opportunity; if he plays well he may be able to get some starts in more events on the Champions Tour,” Butterly said.
Stephen has been a stalwart of the Australian golf industry since joining the PGA Tour of Australasia in 1975. During this time he has won the South Australian Open in 1981 and the South Australian PGA Championship in 1996 and has been a member of the Board.
Other Australasia players to watch in the 2011 Senior PGA Championship include Mike Harwood, Peter Fowler and the in form Peter Senior, who was runner up to Tom Lehman at the most recent Champions Tour event, the Regions Traditions tournament in Alabama.