WAs Terry Gale, one of the big four here for this weekends championship. AAP
WAs Terry Gale, one of the big four here for this weekends championship. AAP

Big Fours hit and giggle before serious stuff begins

By ADAM HICKS sport@northernstar.com.au GOLF fans can watch four of the Australian Senior PGA Championships' biggest names having a hit and a laugh before the event officially starts at Byron Bay Golf Course on Sunday.

Rodger Davis, Bob Shearer, Mike Ferguson and Terry Gale are putting on an exhibition four-ball match on Saturday afternoon.

Davis and Ferguson will team up to take on Shearer and Gale over the back nine.

"It's just a bit of fun," said club captain Mark Wilson. "This is a wonderful chance for people who have never seen them before to come along and get some autographs.

"It gives an opportunity for members and the public to have a look at four of our greatest professionals when there is no pressure on them.

"There will be a bit of by-play between players and the crowd; conversations and a few jokes.

"You will see them in a more relaxed mode and people can get up-close and personal with them and be able to relate to them a lot better."

Wilson also said it was the only time the four players would be grouped together at Byron Bay.

"You won't get too many major tournaments where players agree to an exhibition before hand," he said.

"They normally take it pretty seriously and get caught up in their own practice. "This lets them get the bugs out of the system before the tournament starts the following day.

"They will only be too happy to talk to the crowds." The exhibition starts at 4pm Saturday and entry is free.

There is $4000 up for grabs to ensure the players still have something more than laughs to swing for.



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