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 seniors for the October 13 event.
“We’re looking to build the size and quality of the field,” he said.
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.
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 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 prize money.
Roberts said the club was hoping to attract about 180 players, including 50 to 60 professionals.
He said he 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.