Senior for Pro-Am
By STEVE SPINKS
SENIOR by name, senior by nature.
Peter Senior, one of Australia's best known and most successful golfers, will contest the Lismore Workers Club and Professional Investment Services Pro-Am on October 9 at the Lismore Workers golf course.
The Lismore Pro-Am, which is part of the Queensland Troppo tour, coincides with a two-week period in which Senior will be in Australia in between tournaments on the European tour.
"It's fantastic," Lismore Workers Golf Club professional Peter Jaeger said.
"Everyone knows who Peter Senior is and it will be a great opportunity to get down and watch him for no charge and talk with him while walking down the fairway."
Senior has long been one of the most popular Australian golfers.
"I think it's because he's someone everyone considers could be your neighbour," Jaeger said.
"He's a knockaround Aussie bloke and all his fans see him as one of us."
Jaeger likes telling the story about former Lismore boy Greg Ramsay who had dealings with Senior when Ramsay was working with Pro Simmons.
Ramsay had the task of securing Senior to a new deal with the golf manufacturer and was nervous when he flew into Brisbane decked out in a three-piece suit.
Senior met him at the airport dressed in a T-shirt, stubbies and thongs and signed the contract without reading it because he trusted Ramsay's boss.
Despite never winning a major, Senior has won the Australian Masters (1991 and 1995), the Australian PGA (1989 and 2003) and the Australian Open (1989), not to mention plenty of European and Japanese tournaments.
The Queenslander is also well-known for his trailblazing use of the broomstick putter, which transformed his career.
"I reckon he'd have to be in the top 10 professionals in Australian history," Jaeger said.
"He hasn't won a major, but the number of tournaments he has won around the world is brilliant."
Senior shot to stardom in Australia in 1989 when he won three tournaments in five weeks, including the Johnnie Walker Classic and the Australian Open in successive weeks.
Senior's appearance in Lismore follows in the footsteps of another top pro Wayne Grady, who played in the Pro-Am in 2003.
The Pro-Am on the Sunday follows a big golf expo and Young Lions clinic on Saturday. For further information contact Peter Jaeger at the Lismore Workers Golf Club on 6621 6016.