Peter Senior of Australia poses with the trophy during the final round of the 2015 Australian Masters at Huntingdale Golf Club on November 22, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Peter Senior of Australia poses with the trophy during the final round of the 2015 Australian Masters at Huntingdale Golf Club on November 22, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) Quinn Rooney

Legends to compete in Bay comp

AUSTRALIAN Masters champion Peter Senior and Ian Baker-Finch have been confirmed for the Schweppes Australian Legends Tour Championship in Byron Bay next month.

The pair will join last year's defending champion David Merriman along with a distinguished field of more than 70 PGA Legends professionals.

Senior is fresh from his Australian Masters win at Melbourne last weekend and will play at the annual Byron Bay Golf Club fixture for the fourth time.

The 56-year-old was a major drawcard at the event in 2012 after he won the Australian Open the previous month.

He won at Byron two years running before a shoulder injury ruled him out last year.

"We're very excited to have Peter Senior coming here off the back of such a big win," Byron Bay club captain Peter Sinclair said.

"The calibre of Senior and Baker-Finch will take the competition up to another level.

"It is fantastic for the region and we punch well above our weight as a club."

Senior has won at Byron on each occasion he has played while Baker-Finch won it in 2011.

Baker-Finch is a former British Open winner and could have some unfinished business from when he last played in the Legends event in 2012.

"Ian rang me Tuesday night to see if we had any spaces left," Sinclair said.

"He has a soft spot for the club and we were more than happy to accommodate him."

The event attracts professional golfers from around Australia joined by a large field of amateurs.

American Mark Sherman will be back among the field for the first time since 2011 and Byron Bay professional Greg Stewart is playing for the first time.

Other golfers include Mike Harwood, Terry Price and Rodger Davis.

The competition runs for three days starting December 11.

Entry is free with the course open to the public to walk and follow the Legends as they compete.



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