DEFENDING CHAMP: Ian Baker-Finch tees off in the Australian Legends Tour Championship at Byron Bay last year.
DEFENDING CHAMP: Ian Baker-Finch tees off in the Australian Legends Tour Championship at Byron Bay last year.

A true Senior champ

NORTHERN Rivers golf fans will get the chance to see this year's Australian Open champion Peter Senior attempt to continue his rich vein of form.

Senior, who conquered some of the world's top players to become the oldest winner of the Open on Sunday, is among the confirmed entries for this year's Byron Bay Golf Club Australian Legends Tour Championship.

The 53-year-old will battle former British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch and a host of other top-class Australian golfers at the pro-am event, which will tee off next Tuesday.

Club secretary-manager Peter Swaby said he and fellow organisers had enjoyed seeing Senior secure his title at The Lakes course in Sydney, which was a further boost to his own tournament.

"The text messages were flowing," Swaby said.

"It was fantastic news for us.

"It is great that Peter will be here. He loves the atmosphere that we provide here and likes the tournament.

"We are very excited to have him here."

Senior saw off a strong field including world No 4 Justin Rose and world No 7 Adam Scott to secure the Open title.

Before travelling to Byron Bay, Senior will be in action again in the Australian PGA at the Palmer Coolum Resort this week.

A star-studded roster has been accumulated for this year's three-day tournament at the Byron Bay club in Broken Head Road.

Baker-Finch, who won the tournament last year, will defend his title.

Swaby said the competition, which is free for spectators, should provide some high-quality action.

"To have a former British Open winner and now the Australian Open winner playing will be fantastic," he said.

"We have been trying to grow the event and this year's competition should be great."

Amateurs and the pros will play over the Tuesday and Wednesday (7am start).

The pros will contest the third day, which will be an 11am shotgun start.

Prizemoney totalling $45,000 will be up for grabs and spectators are welcome over the three days.

"We have had great support from (sponsor) Schweppes over the years," Swaby said.

"They have helped us grow the tournament. It should be a great event to come and enjoy."

A handful of spots for amateur players in the 180-strong field are still available.

For more details, contact the club's pro shop on 66856977.

ADVICE FROM THE PROFESSIONALS

Local golfers will have the chance to improve their skills and pick up valuable tips during the Australian Legends Tour Championship event at Byron Bay.

A coaching clinic featuring professional players will be held at the course on Sunday afternoon.

The clinic will offer advice on various aspects of the game.

For more details, contact the Byron Bay Golf Club pro shop.



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