Senior, Burns to headline PNG Senior Open – PGA of Australia

The 54-hole event is the first PGA of Australia-sanctioned tournament to be played in PNG since 2019, with the 2020 Morobe Open and PNG Open both canceled due to travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic .

The SParms PGA Legends Tour has a proud history of tournaments in the Pacific region and 35 senior professionals will play there starting Thursday.

For Senior and Burns, it’s a chance to make new memories in PNG.

One of Australia’s golfing greats, Senior reckons it has been over 30 years since he played in PNG and was delighted to see the presentation of the Lae Golf Club layout.

“The course here in Lae is as good as I remember when I was here in the 1980s,” Senior said.

“He is playing long after the recent rains and it will be a good test.”

A four-time winner of the SParms PGA Legends Tour Order of Merit, Burns has been a semi-regular visitor to PNG over the years and enjoyed considerable success.

He set a new course record of eight under 63 at the Morobe Open in 2000, a tournament he won seven years later.

With all his experience, Burns joked with local media upon his arrival that he was going to play his cards close to his chest.

“We don’t divulge too much and try to keep our past experiences over the past decade a big secret,” Burns said.

Joining Burns and Senior in one of the richest events on the calendar are players such as Glenn Joyner, Lucien Tinkler, Guy Wall, Mike Ferguson and Chris Taylor.

With such strong support from the host club, Legends Tour Coordinator Andy Rogers expects the tournament to continue to grow in the years to come.

“Chris and Brad were pretty good with the guys and told them how good it was here and what to expect,” Rogers said.

“They’re leading the charge to get more golfers here and I’m sure if all goes well this year – and it will – we’ll have more players here in the years to come with even stronger courses.”

The game will start Thursday at 8 a.m. Click here for the 1st round draw.

Michael C. Ford