David Merriman putts his way to victory at last year's Australian PGA Seniors Championship at Byron Bay Golf Club.
David Merriman putts his way to victory at last year's Australian PGA Seniors Championship at Byron Bay Golf Club.

Byron votes for Seniors

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au THE Byron Bay Golf Club will be the scene for the Australian PGA Seniors Championship for the second year running after the club on Monday night voted in favour of holding the tournament.

Byron successfully held the event last year at short notice after negotiations between the PGA and another club fell through.

While the Northern Rivers club proved a great back-up venue, the success of the 2007 tournament has led the PGA to offer Byron a three-year contract for the Championships.

"The club had a great time and all the players want to come back here," club captain Mark Wilson said.

NSW PGA executive officer Melville Proud was pleased to hear Byron would again host the event.

"I haven't received official notice yet to confirm, but they did a wonderful job last year at short notice," Proud said.

"The feedback we got was all positive and once I get confirmation from Byron we can confirm the event within days."

One expected change from last year is the increase in prizemoney from $65,000 to $80,000.

The 2008 event is expected to be held from Friday, December 12 to Sunday, December 14.

The 2007 event was won by David Merriman.



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