DEFENDING champion Peter Senior is back for the seventh annual Australian Legends Tour Championship at the Byron Bay Golf Club.

The Queenslander won the event last year hot on the heels of his win at the 2012 Australian Open.

There is $32,000 prize-money this year, with the three-day competition starting on Wednesday.

"We were so fortunate to get Peter last year straight after his Australian Open win," Byron Bay professional Greg Stewart said.

"He's had another great year in the US and has been going gangbusters."

About 58 professionals will make up a field of 160 golfers.

The pro-am part of the competition is on Wednesday and Thursday, with the professionals playing another round of stroke play on Friday.

Ian Baker-Finch won the event in 2011 but isn't playing this year because of family commitments.

Peter Fowler will miss the tournament because of knee surgery but last year's runner-up Terry Price will be back.

Other top seniors golfers competing include Mike Harwood, Rodger Davis and Terry Gale.

The Byron Bay event is the last tournament of the year on the PGA Legends Tour.

"We always attract a lot of the pros because the last round can have a big bearing on the overall finish," Stewart said.

"Many bring the family and make a bit of a holiday out of it."

Byron Bay players Lucas Higgins and Matt Crandell will be among the field in the pro-am.

Stewart expects the course to be in immaculate condition after a tough start to the year.

"We had a lot of water on the course for about six months at the start of the year," he said.

"But it looks great now and I think everyone will be impressed."

Entry is free with spectators encouraged to attend.


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