Long Living the Dream at Senior PGA

By David Tease

Golf NSW, 3 November 2018

 

Michael Long is ‘Living the Dream’ at Richmond Golf Club after carding an incredible five under par 65 in round two of the Australian Seniors PGA Championship.

On a testing afternoon with temperatures peaking in the high 30’s, and the north-westerly wind playing havoc with yardages, Long was sublime, crafting six birdies to take command of the tournament. A bogey on the last was the only blemish on what was an otherwise perfect day for the Western Australian based kiwi.

“It was tough out there,” Long said. “It wasn’t super hot, it only got to 37, but the wind got up in the afternoon and made it tough. You had to hold your nerve. I’m pretty happy with the score though.”

Long will take an open-minded approach into tomorrow’s round. He knows there is plenty of talent close enough behind him to make a move, and after winning last week knowing what is required. Chasing him will be some of the great names of Australian golf.

“I always think, just tee it up on the first and see where it goes from there. We are all competitive. Peter Senior, Peter Lonard, David McKenzie.

“You have got to go out and take care of your game, so we’ll just wait and see.”

Although a second straight title after winning last week’s Lincoln Place NSW Senior Open at Thurgoona would be a real thrill for Long, he is mindful too of what it means in pursuit of his personal goal – qualifying for the 2019 Champions tour.

“Yes, there’s the bigger picture end of the day. I really would love a crack at the top level, and I will keep on having a go. I’m going to enjoy it no matter what happens.

“There’s not many sports like golf where you can reach the age of 50 and go and do it all over again.

“It feels fantastic, It’s almost like I’m living the dream,” he smiled.

 

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