Senior pros line up for Bay tournament

By ADAM HICKS sport@northernstar.com.au FANCY a chance at teeing off with Rodger Davis or sharpening your short game against Robert Shearer?

Byron Bay Golf Club is accepting nominations from local amateur golfers keen to play during the Australian PGA Senior Championship event starting December 9.

With the event's official entry list reading like a 'Who's who' of Australian golfing past, any amateur with a handicap is eligible to play two rounds alongside some of the biggest names on the Australian senior circuit.

Club captain Mark Wilson said it would give local hacks a taste playing at the top level.

"It will be like playing in a national championship against professionals," he said.

"We've got all of Australia's top senior players with the exception of Wayne Grady

"Obviously he has come back from playing in America and he's come out here and won but every other good player will be here."

Grady has instead chosen to play at the Australian PGA Championship at Collum following his win at the Australian Senior Open at Concord earlier this month. Grady won the senior's event by one stroke from David

Merriman who got a two-stroke penalty because his girlfriend and caddie raked a bunker while he was still in it.

But while Grady mixes it with the young guns in Queensland, Merriman will stick with the old boys at Byron Bay.

Merriman will be one visitor not coming for the beaches.

Former British Open runner-up Rodger Davis and former Australian Open champion Robert Shearer have both signed on for the tournament.

As has ex-US PGA Tour player Jeff Woodland, defending seniors champion Terry Gale and European Seniors Tour player Michael Ferguson.

"There will be a lot of players there that people have grown up watching," Wilson said.

The three-round championship will be preceded by a 9-hole skins event featuring four of the highest profile players on Saturday, December 8.

Amateurs keen to play should contact Byron Bay pro shop 6685 6470.



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