In fading light and after four playoff holes at Wynnum Golf Club, Peter Senior and Richard Backwell have been declared joint winners of the Bartons/BMD QLD Senior PGA Championship.
Starting the day two-shots back from overnight leader Richard Gilkey, rounds of 67 and 68 from Senior and Backwell moved the pair to the top of the leaderboard to finish at 5-under 135 after 36 holes.
Heading to a playoff to determine an outright winner, par was recorded by both players on the first two playoff holes, the 1st and 9th.
The second time around, however, Senior hit the green on the par-4 1st hole from the tee, leaving a 40-foot eagle putt.
Not one to go down without a fight, Backwell made a great up and down and when Senior left his putt short, the players were again tied with birdies.
With the lion’s share of the $30,000 prizemoney, a further exemption on the Ladbrokes Legends Tour and the title of QLD Senior PGA Champion on the line, the players again headed to the 156m par-3 9th hole where Senior hit the green in regulation, finishing 15ft right of the pin.
Backwell missed the green to the right, but with a large crowd looking on he made the putt from off the green to put the pressure back on Senior.
In the fading light, Senior stepped up to the occasion as he has done many times in his career, holing his putt for birdie and forcing the pair to be declared joint winners.
“It was a special moment just being in a playoff with Peter Senior though after I holed it on the fourth playoff hole I always felt like he was going to make his. That’s why he is one of our greats,” said Backwell.
“The names on this trophy are exceptional from Rodger Davis to Ossie Moore, David Merriman and Mike Harwood and I am really humbled to have my name alongside theirs.”
For Senior, the QLD Senior PGA Championship trophy was one that had eluded him in his 10-year senior career until now.
“Wynnum Golf Club has always been very good to me and actually I won a pro-am here 40 years ago so to win the QLD Senior PGA Championship here is really special,” said Senior.
“We all love what we do on the Ladbrokes Legends Tour and we are very grateful for the opportunities we have to keep doing something we love in this stage of our career. This tournament is further evidence of that.”
Overnight leader Richard Gilkey endured a challenging second round, posting a 3-under 137 total to tie for third place with David Merriman. Darren Rix rounded out the top-five at 2-under.
The Ladbrokes Legends Tour now heads to Townsville for a three-event swing starting at Rowes Bay Golf Club tomorrow where the 32 PGA Professionals will play a significant part in raising money for flood relief which devastated the region earlier this year.
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