Golf: Power and passion wins it in Byron play-off
GOLD Coast professional Tod Power has topped a strong field to take out the Schweppes Australian Legends Tour Championship at the Byron Bay Golf Club.
Power finished with a one-under-par 71 and was forced into a play-off with four-time winner and 2015 Australian Masters champion Peter Senior.
The pair had been tied with Rodger Davis, who was forced to settle for third when he finished even par.
Davis led by as many as three shots early in the second round until three bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine saw him finish with a 75.
After an opening round of one-over 73, Power recorded seven birdies and two bogeys on his way to a round of 67 to be four under par heading into the final round.
Power, who represented Australia in the International Challenge against China last week, talked about having such high-calibre players in the chasing pack.
"It is hard not to think about it given the number of tournament wins they have had between them, though all I can really do is just relish the opportunity (to win it)," Power said.
"I have only won one event this year, down at Catalina Country Club, and although I feel like I have had a strong year, winning here really tops it off."
It was the fifth time Senior had played in the event and the only time he had not won.
He will play another event at Noosa before heading back to the United States.
Former British open winner Ian Baker-Finch played for the first time since 2012.
He finished with a two-over par 74 and equal fifth with tournament regular Mike Harwood.
Baker-Finch won it in 2011 while defending champion David Merriman finished further back in the field.
The pro-am on Friday attracted a field of 192.