Out of the rain and happy. Winner of the Legends event Mike Harwood (left) with runner-up and Byron Bay Golf Club captain Mark Wilson.
Out of the rain and happy. Winner of the Legends event Mike Harwood (left) with runner-up and Byron Bay Golf Club captain Mark Wilson.

Success on and off the course

Mark Wilson was the organising driving force behind last weekend’s highly successsful Schweppes Legends Tour Championship at Byron Bay Golf Club – and he almost won it.


The club’s captain, Wilson finished second behind Victorian professional Mike Harwood in a rain-shortened event.


With play abandoned during Sunday’s third and final round, with persistent rain making the course unplayable, officials reduced the tournament to a 36-hole event.


It left Harwood on four-under par 140 (72, 68) after two rounds, with Wilson one-under par 143 (72, 71).


Michael Ferguson and Rodger Davis shared third place on even par 144.


Only nine players had handed in their cards when the siren sounded, bringing play to a halt.


After being presented with his winner’s cheque of $6300, Harwood said he was happy to have taken advantage of the limited opportunities that had come his way in the two rounds.


Harwood said that it had been ‘fantastic’ playing at Byron Bay and he hoped he would be able to return next year to defend his title.


Wilson said if anyone had told him six months ago he would be standing in the club picking up second prize in the tournament, he would have said, ‘you have got to be joking’.


“You have got no idea how happy I am,” he said.


Wilson, New South Wales PGA executive officer Melville Proud and Schweppes state manager Clinton Bell all praised the efforts of head greenkeeper Shaun Cross and his staff for the work they put in preparing the course for the championship.


They also praised the efforts of club volunteers who helped ensure the smooth running of the event.
 


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