PGA Seniors Championship 2018

The Legends are Back at Richmond Golf Club!

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Check out some of the highlights of the tournament below!

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Long wins Australian PGA Seniors Championship

By PGA Media, Golf NSW

3 November 2018

Michael Long has won the Australian PGA Seniors Championship in dramatic fashion, chipping in for birdie on the final hole to pip Peter Senior by one stroke.

In only his second event on the Ladbrokes Legends Tour, Long has now claimed the two biggest titles after last week’s Lincoln Place NSW Senior Open. It’s the first time in Long’s thirty-year career he has recorded victories in consecutive weeks

Long recorded rounds of 65, 65 and 68 to finish at 12-under the card, one shot ahead of Senior at 11-under. A brilliant birdie on the 72nd hole from Long the only thing separating the pair.

“I am honoured to win the Australian PGA Seniors title, it’s pretty neat to win your association’s national title,” said Long.

It’s the second week in a row Long and Senior have dueled it out with Long prevailing by a single shot on both occasions

“Everyone is competitive out here. I was a bit nervous with Peter chasing me but that’s what it’s all about. Competing against legends like Peter Senior is a dream, I actually can’t think of too many things better than that.”

Long now heads to the USA for the Champions Tour Qualifying School as he attempts to obtain a card for the 2019 season.

US  regular David McKenzie finished outright third on 8-under the card with Michael Harwood rounding out the top four on 7-under.

After an extremely successful tournament, The Australian PGA Seniors Championship will return to Richmond Golf Club in 2019 with the PGA of Australia and the Richmond Club committed to ensuring the tournament has a regular home in the ensuing years.

For the full leaderboard, visit pga.org.au.


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.

 


Hot Harwood Heads PGA Seniors

By David Tease, Golf NSW

2 November 2018

Mike Harwood leads a top heavy leaderboard after round one of the Australian PGA Seniors Championship following an impressive 7 under par 63.

With the temperature hovering in the mid-30’s, the veteran Victorian was at his freewheeling best around the tight Richmond Golf Club layout, carding seven birdies and an eagle, to more than offset the two bogeys he made mid-round.

Two shots behind are Peter Senior and last week’s  Lincoln Place NSW Senior Open Champion, Michael Long, who carded opening 67’s. Stephen Herbert and Lyndsay Stephen are another shot back tied for third, while three players sit at three under, Peter Lonard, John Wade, and Terry Price.

All eyes were on Harwood, however, who described the round as one of the best he’d had in a long time.

“I played really good out there,” Harwood said. “I don’t think I have played this well in at least ten years.”

After a testing year on the European Staysure Tour, Harwood began to show glimpses of his best at last week’s NSW Open. He credits the late season resurgence to a few factors; a new set of clubs went into the bag last month, a change of golf ball, and a lesson from his coach, Bruce McLean.

“I had a fantastic lesson with Bruce two weeks ago, and it’s taken a couple of weeks to get better.

“I had a new set of clubs that Gary Tozer made up for me which are going great, and this new AVX ball.

“I am almost jumping out of bed in the morning to get here,” he smiled.

Harwood has been round long enough to know to not count those chickens before they hatch, particularly around a course as tight as Richmond.

“Today is the first time I have really been able to go since I can’t remember; hopefully It will be nice if can get that feeling back because it has been a long time.

“Let’s see if I can hold up,” he added.

 


Star-studded field for Australian PGA Seniors Championship

By PGA Media

November 1st, 2018

The Australian PGA Seniors Championship tees off this week at Richmond Golf Club with the nation’s leading Senior Professionals flocking to the Hawkesbury region competing for their share of the $80,000 prize money on offer.

Recent Lincoln Place NSW Senior Open Champion Michael Long will headline a star-studded field including the likes of Peter Senior, Peter O’Malley, Rodger Davis, Michael Harwood, Terry Price along with Ladbrokes Legends Tour Rookie Peter Lonard and defending Australian PGA Seniors Champion David McKenzie.

McKenzie will be a firm favourite for the event having recently returned to Australia after a third-place finish in the Invesco QQQ Championship on the PGA Tour of Champions in the USA.

The Australian PGA Seniors Championship holds significance in both prestige and pathway with the winner not only getting their name on the trophy alongside the likes of Lee Trevino and Bill Dunk but also a valuable $14,400 in Order of Merit prize money.

The Australian PGA Seniors Championship returns to Richmond Golf Club after a two-year hiatus with Richmond Club Operations Manager Craig Hodge excited about the event’s prospects.

“For us, this event is about engaging the community and showing all the things the Hawkesbury Region has to offer. We love the unique nature of this event whereby everyday golfers can walk the fairways shoulder to shoulder alongside these champions of the sport,” said Hodge.

The tournament will be staged over 54 holes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Entry to the tournament is free and spectators are welcome to attend.

 


Without the generous support of our corporate sponsors, holding an event such as the Australian PGA Seniors Championship would not be possible.

Thank you to all our sponsors, we look forward to seeing you out on the course in a few weeks time!


 

 


 

Here’s a clip of Peter Lonard showing off his swing! It’s his first year on the Senior’s Tour, and you can catch him here during the Legends Tournament!

 


 

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