Senior a Lismore Pro-Am drawcard
By STEVE SPINKS
VICTORIAN golfer Matt Milne is heading to the Asian Tour School hopeful of cracking a regular starting position.
And his confidence is sky-high after winning the Lismore Workers Club and Professional Investment Services Pro-Am in Lismore yesterday.
Milne carded a three-under 67 to win by one shot from Peter Senior, Chris Massie, Jonathon O'Sullivan and Carl Smedley, who all tied for second.
The 28-year-old Clifton Springs professional was very happy with the way his round unfolded.
"I thought I played pretty good," Milne said.
"I had been struggling with my putting but it went well today."
Milne has been playing throughout Australia this year and will go to the Tour School in early January.
While the Victorian thoroughly deserved his victory, the biggest cheer during the presentations went to Senior.
The Australian Masters, Australian PGA and Australian Open winner proved popular with the locals, and a large gallery followed him and his three amateur playing partners ? Lismore locals Chris Haselden, Brett Beardow and Paul Vanderstelt ? around the course.
Senior had an early idea of the type of character he would be playing with when he drove down from Brisbane early yesterday morning.
"I stopped for a coffee at Ballina and was reading the newspaper (The Northern Star)," he said.
"I saw this picture of blokes with a broomstick (putter) on the back page and thought 'What are these three idiots doing?'.
"Then I read the article and realised they were with me."
As the article in The Star on Saturday pointed out, Haselden, Beardow and Vanderstelt were all very nervous before teeing off in front of a large group of spectators.
But they all drove straight down the middle of the fairway, much to their own and the crowd's delight, although Vanderstelt would have worried some low-lying animals with his 'worm-burner'.
Beardow was even heard to mutter 'Thank God for that' after he drove truly.
While the gallery was walking down the first tee following the group, it was noticed that Senior was carrying his own clubs.
Lismore social golfer Rob Pickford sidled up next to the champion Aussie professional and asked Senior if he wanted him to caddie.
Senior accepted, so Pickford carried the clubs and offered some local advice along the way.
When accepting his cheque for second place, Senior was good enough to acknowledge Pickford for his help, although he didn't give him a commission from his winnings.
Local girl Alyce Deeley won the amateur section with 42 points from Matt Buckley and Luke Ryan.
The women's event was won by Emily Gray with Chris Santin the runner-up.
The sponsors/presidents trophy was won by John Welsh, with Beardow sneaking in as runner-up.