THE 2019 BOONAH LEGENDS PRO AM
Boonah Golf Club’s first ProAm event for 23 years held yesterday under overcast conditions was hailed a success by legends of the game, including “PGA Immortal”, Charlie Earp.
Multiple Legends Tour winner and 2004 NZ Open champion, Terry Price shot 7 under par to claim victory in a field comprising 54 professionals and 58 local golfers.
David Good, who played many years on the European tour, took out the Super Seniors category at 2 under par. Twenty-one of the Tour players beat par on the day.
The field included PGA Life Members Randall Vines and Rodger Davis, who is also PGA Chairman. Price told a packed clubhouse at the presentation that the Legends Tour had made the right choice in coming to play at Boonah. He paid tribute to Greenkeeper, Cameron Crepin and all staff and volunteers for presenting the course in immaculate condition despite the prolonged drought.
PGA CEO, Gavin Kirkman, whose family have played golf at Boonah for 4 generations, also praised the course declaring Boonah’s “greens as good as anywhere in the country.”
He said 5 per cent of prize-money from today’s event at Royal Queensland GC would be donated to drought relief. Gavin also urged Boonah and the sport generally to try to get more women involved in the game.
“I hope when we return in 2020 that we see an increased number of ladies in the competition.” he said. “I would also like to thank Club Manager Joey Worley for his great work in helping bring ProAm golf back to Boonah.”
Legends Tour National Co-ordinator, Andy Rodgers also heartily thanked all staff, volunteers and sponsors who helped make the event a success. “There is no doubt that this is one of the best courses we have played all year,” he said.
Charlie Earp said the Legends Tour was a great ambassador for the game and paid tribute to the foundations of it laid by Joe Kirkwood in Australia and Walter Hagan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus on the world stage.