Seventy-five of Australia’s top senior professional golfers and 15 elite amateur golfers are all set for the three-day 2018 BMW Shepparton Senior Victorian Open Championship beginning at the superb Black Bull Golf Course Silverwoods next Wednesday, January 31.
Starting time for the total field of 160 players in the first two days for the Pro Am competition is 7.00am with a two tee start.
Thursday’s play will be at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s Murray Course. Then on Friday, it’s the Lake Course for the seeded players making up the field of 90.
Defending champion Peter Senior will hit off at Black Bull Wednesday afternoon.
When asked who he thought were big chances of winning the event, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort Pro Shop Manager and Head Professional, Evan Droop, initially answered, before Peter (Chook) Fowler sincerely, and regrettably, formally withdrew: “Obviously Peter Fowler and Peter Senior.
“But there could be a dark horse with the likes of David Diaz who won the Coolum Classic in 1993 and Ben Jackson - these guys have just turned fifty and are decent players.”
Mr Droop, who has been heavily involved in the BMW Shepparton Senior Victorian Open from the outset, also predicted Steve Conroy would be “right in the mix” and commented about the tournament itself.
“It’s fantastic for our towns and showcases the quality of courses we have along the Murray River,” he said.
Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Hogg was quick-fire with his prediction.
“Peter Senior - now that Chook Fowler has withdrawn,” he immediately predicted. “He won last year and very comfortably in the end. He can still compete with anybody.”
But then the CEO had second thoughts. “Mike Harwood might finish ahead of Peter Senior - Peter might just have fishing on his mind down here. He loves fishing.”
Black Bull’s Head Professional and key tournament organiser James McCully advised his tips. “I think it’s going to be hard to beat Peter Senior but my roughie is David Diaz,” he said.