Golf legends to the fore
LEGENDS of Australian golf Peter Senior and Ian Baker-Finch will be part of a star-studded field at next week's Australian Legends Schweppes Nor East Drinks Tour Championship at Byron Bay Golf Club.
Fresh from his 2012 Australian Open victory, 53-year-old Senior, who has won 30 tournaments worldwide, is hoping to defeat a field including the highly experienced Rodger Davis, Bob Shearer, Peter Fowler, Mike Harwood and Ossie Moore.
But Senior won't have it all his way with 1991 British Open winner and defending champion Baker-Finch keen to secure back-to-back titles.
Byron Bay Golf Club pro Greg Stewart said in the sixyear history of the tournament this year's field, who will battle it out for more than $45,000 in prize money, was the best yet.
"We have had good fields in the past but this year's field is the best in the tournament's history," he said.
Mr Stewart said the par 72 layout was in immaculate condition for the tournament.
"The course is in absolutely magnificent condition after the recent rain," he said.
"If we can just get a run of good weather for three days the tournament should be a really good event."
The calibre of the field was something Mr Stewart said was rare for an event in the Northern Rivers.
"Ian Baker-Finch is a major winner, Peter Senior has won a bunch of tournaments all over the world and Rodger Davis has finished second in the British Open," he said.
The four-day golf fest kicks off on Monday night at 6.30pm with a Pro-Am cash shoot-out.
People will also get the chance to meet and chat with some of the professional golfers while enjoying live music from local guitar favourite Harry Healy.
Entry into the course for spectators is free with plenty of activities throughout the event including coaching clinics for both kids and adults, a hole-in-one challenge and a pro shoot-out.
On Tuesday and Wednesday the first players will tee off from 6.30am around the challenging 18-hole layout.
Thursday's final round will kick off with a shotgun start from 10am.
About Peter Senior
- Born in Singapore, 53 year-old Senior lives on Hope Island, Queensland.
- 30 professional victories
- 3 times Australian Order of Merit (prize money) winner.
- Senior's best result in a Major was tying for fourth in the 1993 British Open.