2015 has seen significant growth for the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour and with a new year on the horizon, 2016 is gearing up to offer an even bigger schedule.
Over 80 tournaments are estimated to run throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in 2016 with a growing number of Legend Professionals looking to tee it up.
The success of the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour in 2015 has been attributed to a number of important factors, including an increase in prize money and a steady influx of players turning 50, has seen a number of tournaments become oversubscribed and increasing the importance of the Order of Merit for players to gain their ranking for the following year.
Further to this has been the support from former Tour Professionals. Rodger Davis, Wayne Grady, Peter Fowler, Ian Baker-Finch and Mike Harwood have all teed it up on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour this year.
These legends of Australian golf have given their time to play on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour circuit this season and provided amateur golfers, who join them in the pro-am format, with a memorable and rewarding experience.
Peter Senior and Peter O'Malley have indicated their intention to play on the Tour before the end of the year depending on their domestic and international tournament commitments.
Australia is blessed with a bevy of former Tour Professionals and while they may no longer be in the spotlight like they once were, they realise the importance of supporting golf at grassroots level in regional areas of Australia.
Join the professional ranks
For those who have reached the age of 50 and keen to try their hand at Professional golf, the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour Qualifying School will commence in January 2016; offering Non-Members the opportunity to try their hand at Professional golf and PGA Members to improve their Category.
Qualifying School will be contested at Sandhurst Golf Club in Victoria and will provide up to three positions for the leading players; providing a Category that will allow each to play in a number of events on the 2016 schedule.
Last year's winner Guy Wall, who played off a handicap of +1 at Pymble Golf Club in New South Wales, proved that he can mix it with the best senior golfers in Australia. Wall, who currently sits in 11th position on the Order of Merit, has played 22 of the 43 tournaments and has secured two victories this year.
In his younger days, Wall never felt his game was at the level it needed to be to turn Professional.
"I was never good enough when I was young to turn Pro but I managed to keep competitive all the way through my 30's and 40's playing club and amateur tournaments," said Wall.
"I could see the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour gaining momentum so I headed off to Qualifying School five days after my 50th Birthday. I'm now a Legends Tour member with 9 months of Professional golf under my belt, turns out it was one of my great decisions."
Wall has thoroughly enjoyed the numerous benefits playing on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour has brought him.
"I have been to parts of Australia I never knew existed and played top class golf courses. But most importantly, I've met and competed with many Legends of the game and made new friends."
I've met some great people all with the same passion, we love the game, we love the thrill of being in contention and seeing how our game can unite friends, clubs and communities."
Senior golfers can try out for the Professional ranks at the 2016 E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour Qualifying School from January 6th to 8th at Sandhurst Golf Club.
To secure your spot, please contact Andy Rogers, Legends Tour Coordinator at the PGA of Australia on 03 8320 1900 or alternatively, please visit the tournament section of www.pga.org.au
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