Defending champion Noel Ratcliffe in action at Byron Bay last year.
Defending champion Noel Ratcliffe in action at Byron Bay last year.

Top golfers to battle for title

Next month’s 2009 Fiducian Legends Australian PGA Seniors Championship at Byron Bay Golf Club has attracted a top-class field.

Players joining defending champion Noel Ratcliffe include, former British PGA champion Rodger Davis, past champion Mike Ferguson, former Australian Open champion Peter ‘Chook’ Fowler and winner of more than 20 international titles, the evergreen Peter Senior.

Up to 90 professionals are expected to tee off in the event set down for December 18 to 20 and they will be joined by more than 100 amateurs.

Byron Bay Golf Club staff and volunteers have been working hard to ensure the course is in top shape for the event.

Specialist financial services organisation, The Fiducian Group has announced a three year partnership with the PGA of Australia to be the naming rights sponsor for the championship, the season ending event on the Australian Legends Tour calendar.

The arrangement which signals the Fiducian Group’s first golf sponsorship will see the financial services provider invest more than $100,000 for three years in the PGA of Australia’s flagship seniors event.

 Fiducian marketing and communications manager, Christine Howard, said the company believed senior golfers in Australia were often overlooked and should be given more recognition for the legends they were.

“We are very proud to be associated with this fantastic event and hope our sponsorship will help to further the recognition of these senior professionals,” she said.

Max Garske, CEO of the PGA of Australia said he was delighted to be partnering with a company that was as excited as the PGA about the future of senior golf in Australia.

“This relationship with Fiducian signals the start of a new partnership with the Legends Tour and fits perfectly with both the PGA and Fiducian’s core values – trust and integrity, which makes it the perfect fit,” he said.

“Our senior players are wonderful ambassadors for the game of golf in Australia.”

The 2009 Fiducian Legends Australian PGA Seniors Championship to be staged over 54-holes will carry prizemoney totalling $80,000.

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