Leading Australian senior golfers Andre Stolz, Peter Fowler and Brad Burns have won the One Agency Noosa Legends Pro-Am by one stroke in a highly competitive field at Noosa Golf Course.
Wild storms softened the course overnight to present the 62 player field with calm yet humid conditions that Stolz, Fowler and Burns used to their advantage in the afternoon field.
Darren Rix set the morning benchmark with a score of 3-under 69 but the winning scores would come from the afternoon field where the winning trio cemented their victory with rounds of 5-under 67.
Stolz, after becoming eligible to play on the PGA Legends Tour in May, adds yet another PGA Legends Tour victory to his name in 2020 after winning the Australian PGA Senior Championship in November.
“Coming off a wrist injury I didn’t expect the results I have had both here and in the Australian Seniors but I am thrilled to know I can still compete at a high level,” said Stolz, who posted six birdies and a lone bogey for his winning scorecard.
“The course was outstanding and I could not believe how green it is given the recent lack of rain.”
Fowler is making the most of his time on the PGA Legends Tour in Australia whilst he is unable to compete on the newly-renamed Legends Tour – formerly the Staysure Tour – in Europe.
The 61-year-old recorded four birdies, an eagle on the par-5 16th along with a single bogey in Noosa for a share of the spoils.
“I am hoping to still get back to Europe next year with the vaccine hopefully soon to be distributed but who knows. If things don’t go to plan so be it as I am having a great time playing these Legends events and will continue to do so if I cannot get back to Europe,” said Fowler.
Seven birdies and two bogeys at the Noosa Legends Pro-Am have taken Burns, the 2019 PGA Legends Tour Order of Merit winner, to a tally of six PGA Legends Tour victories so far in 2020.
“I fixed by favourite putter overnight and it paid me back today as I putted great,” said Burns.
“Credit to the team here at Noosa as the course was great and the whole event was run really well.”
Just a single shot back from the leaders, Noosa’s resident PGA Professional Shane Healey took out fourth place with a round of 4-under 68.
In a rare appearance at a PGA Legends Tour event, Healey provided the highlight of the day with an ace on the 130m par-3 12th hole.
The PGA Legends Tour will now make the short trip south for the Twin Waters Legends Pro-Am to be played at Twin Waters Golf Club on Friday 11 December.