Byron Bay Golf Club professional Greg Stewart (right) and head greenkeeper Shaun Cross. Stewart says the course is in ‘magnificent’ condition for the tournament.
Byron Bay Golf Club professional Greg Stewart (right) and head greenkeeper Shaun Cross. Stewart says the course is in ‘magnificent’ condition for the tournament.

Course ready for legends

Despite excessive rain in recent weeks, Byron Bay Golf Club professional Greg Stewart says the course is in ‘magnificent’ condition for the start tomorrow of the Schweppes Australia Legend Tour Championship.


Nearly 50 professionals, including the likes of Mike Harwood, Rodger Davis, Ossie Moore and Garry Merrick, will be teeing off, along with 70 amateurs.


The championship will be played over 54 holes, with the money round on Sunday.


Amateur golfers will get to play with the professionals tomorrow and Saturday, with the top six to eight amateurs expected to play in the Sunday round.


Stewart said the recent rain had hampered preparations but the greenkeeping staff headed by Shaun Cross had worked tirelessly to get the course up to championship standard.


He said the greens were in fantastic condition, and with softer conditions on the fairways, the course might play a little bit longer.


“We’ve been hampered a bit by the rain, but considering the weather cards we have been dealt, we are ready to do it,” he said.

First players will tee off at 7.30 tomorrow and Saturday morning on a reversed layout – the normal back nine will become the front nine and the front nine will become the back nine.


It means eaach round of the tournament will finish on the green in front of the clubhouse.


Presentations are expected to take place around 4pm on Sunday, which will be followed later by the Australian Legends dinner and annual awards night at the club.


Entry to the three days of competition is free for spectators, who will get the chance to watch our golfing legends at close quarters.


The Australia Legend Tour Championship has been well-supported by businesses including the Bank of Queensland, Optus, The Northern Star and the Byron Shire News.


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