BY MARIE SONNY
GOLF: AUSTRALIAN golfing legend Peter Senior has honored Lae Golf Club and the PNG Golf Association with his presence for the SParms Legends Tour, the PNG Seniors Open event.
Senior is among 35 other professional golfers currently competing at the Lae Golf Course. This inaugural three-day tournament will see its third day of competition today.
When news of the Professional Golf Association tour broke, Peter said, “I just wanted to put my name down.
I knew how good the course at Lae was and did it as soon as the event happened.
“It’s important that the first race always goes well.
If we get really good players, the tournament should be a success and that’s why I came,” he said.
The Aussie legend revealed it wasn’t his first time playing at Lae as he was here in 1977 playing for the juniors division as he recalled the times he played on the course and the only thing what he saw changing was that the trees were growing. .
“There are a few more buildings here, they did some watering holes here on 9 and 18, but that’s the size of the trees now. After 40 years, some of these trees have grown beautifully and taller.
“It changed the whole athleticism of the whole course, the course looks absolutely fantastic.
“It was quite hot the first few days here, but everyone’s got air conditioning now, so we don’t find it too difficult, but as long as you keep your fluids up.”
He described his playoffs yesterday as a reasonable start and managed to get away with his rounds.
“They missed a short on number eight for bogey, so I shot the event, then birdied the next five holes, which kind of threw me off, and then I did it. hit the water on the last hole for my bogey,” said Senior.
“Overall I played pretty well and was pretty happy with the rounds.”
Senior started playing golf in Singapore where he grew up with a 9 hole golf course on the military base where at that time his father was in the army and didn’t want them (Peter and his older brother) get in trouble so he encouraged them to play.