Senior reaches the big Five-O
Written on the 2 November 2017
PETER Senior was left almost speechless when fellow players, friends and spectators sang a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday to celebrate his 50-years milestone last month. Senior walked on to the first tee to contest the second round of the pro-am at Capricorn Resort and was pleasantly surprised to see the words 'happy 50th birthday Peter' had been painted on the grass.
"Then all of a sudden people came from everywhere,'' he said. "There were plenty of players there in shorts and thongs and I was going to say something to them about dress regulations.''
"That's when they produced a cake and sang Happy Birthday. "A lot of them got out of bed just for that,'' said a chuffed Senior, who is now eligible to campaign in international over-50s events.
But there was an even bigger surprise to come. Back home on the Gold Coast, Senior headed off to the Links Hope Island clubhouse for some birthday celebrations at the chic new bar. There he was presented with the keys of a new E-ZGO buggy to zip around the sprawling golf-residential complex for free use as long as he needs it.
"We've been in the industry for not that long and in that space of time it has become apparent Pete Senior is a major Aussie icon," said E-Z-GO chief executive officer Raymond Georgiou. "We've really been taken aback at the amount of credibility and respect he demands.
Senior headed overseas in the middle of August for three tournaments in six weeks on the European Senior Tour, in Scotland, England and Czechoslovakia. After that Senior plans to contest a couple of Australian Legends Tour events in Western Australia, then start preparing for a tilt at the US Champions Tour qualifying school in November.
That is a tough gig for an outsider to break into, but Senior has continued to produce excellent form in main Australasian Tour events, as well as the Sunshine Circuit in his home state Queensland.
He celebrated his half-century birthday by finishing runner-up to Justin Maker in the $100,000 pro-am at Capricorn Resort Yeppoon. Senior was 15-under-par on 273 and he iced his birthday cake with a cheque for $10,800. Prior to that he ran fourth in the City of Mackay pro-am where he shot a 15-under total of 269. Senior said he tries to contest as many four-day events as he can to keep in full tournament mode.
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