MT XAVIER will target players from the PGA Australia Legends Tour to boost the field for its pro-am next month.
Tournament co-ordinator Ben Roberts said the club planned to invite some of the country's best credentialed seniors for the Sunday, October 13, event.
"We're looking to build the size and quality of the field."
Roberts said senior professional circuits were growing worldwide and it was an obvious area to tap into.
He said some of Australia's all-time greats were playing the legends tour and would add a lot to the pro-am - complementing the young professionals progressing through the ranks and the core of experienced domestic professionals.
Rodger Davis and Mike Harwood have been leading lights on the legends tour for several years.
Roberts said the pro-am would be a perfect lead-up to the Victorian legends spring circuit, which begins at the Growling Frog Golf Course at Yan Yean on Monday, October 14.
It would also be a warm-up for the Victorian Senior Open on October 17-18.
This will be the third year Mt Xavier has run a pro-am, which will again carry $10,000 in prizemoney.
Roberts said the club was hoping to attract about 180 players, including 50-60 professionals.
He said was confident the event would attract more professionals than last year.
The Mt Xavier event clashed with the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath last year, meaning some professionals were unable to commit to playing in Ballarat.
Mt Xavier had to wait until the halfway cut in the Masters before finalising its field.
The pro-am will this year clash with the West Australian Open, which Roberts is confident will not have the same impact.
Pro-ams are open to any players with a handicap.
"It doesn't matter what standard you are.
"Pro-ams are an opportunity to play have a learn from professionals, as well as having a good time.
"It's always a friendly atmosphere," he said.
Amateurs will play a Stableford event.
Entries open later this month.