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Legends could go to wire

CHAMPION IN ACTION: Peter Senior on his way to winning the Byron Bay tournament in 2009.
CHAMPION IN ACTION: Peter Senior on his way to winning the Byron Bay tournament in 2009. Gary Chigwidden

IF recent form is anything to go by, the Schweppes/Nor East Drinks Australian Legends Tour Championship event at Byron Bay Golf Club, will go down to the wire.

Ian Baker-Finch will be back to defend his title from last year, but he can expect some stiff competition from the likes of Peter Senior, Peter Fowler, Dave Merriman and Mike Harwood.

Fowler will be coming off a six stroke win in the recent Australian Senior Open in Perth and Senior has had a highly successful year playing seniors events around the world.

So far this year he has amassed $1.02 million in prizemoney from 23 events, including a second in the Allianz Championship on the Champions Tour early this year, losing to Corey Pavin in a sudden death play-off.

Senior didn't miss a cut in those 23 events and had 10, top 10 finishes.

He was a runaway winner of the Byron Bay event in 2009 and the following year, he beat Geoff Ogilvy in a sudden death play-off, to win the Australian PGA Championship, his third title.

The Byron Bay tournament will be held over three days starting on Tuesday, December 18 and is expected to attract 70 professionals.

The pros will be chasing $50,000 in prizemoney as well as a hole-in-one prize of a $30,000 Subaru Forester.

Entry to the tournament is free.


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