A selection of the "Legends" competitors at the Phillip Island Pro-Am

Last month saw one of the most unique Pro-Am events on the Australian golfing calendar. The 2011 Phillip Island Golf Club Linfox Pro-Am Extravaganza featured an unprecedented three consecutive days of Pro-Am golf; featuring Lady Professionals, Senior Professionals (Legends) and the Touring Professionals.

Inside Golf made the trek to Phillip Island to play in the Extravaganza, and we were amazed and impressed by the quality of the event, the players and the course itself. Indeed, this Pro-Am will surely become a must-play event in years to come.

Day one of the event featured the Ladies Pro-Am. Under cool but calm conditions, Queensland’s Vickie Thomas took home the hardware with a one-under par 71, narrowly edging Victorians Stacey Keating and Torie O’Connor by one stroke.

On Day 2, the sun came out and presented perfect scoring conditions for the Legends players. Lucien Tinkler blew the field away with a course-record-shattering nine-under 63. A massive eight shots separated Lucien from second-place finisher Michael Harwood, who came in with a one-under 71.

The event came to a close on Sunday as the under 50’s took to the course. Despite a bit of early drizzle, the sun managed to break through, providing another picture-perfect day on the Island. As a result, scoring conditions were perfect as well, as Victoria’s Michael Light blitzed the course with a nine-under 63 to match the course record set only 24 hours earlier. Light, who started on the second hole, came to his last (Hole 1) on 7-under, and after a perfect tee shot holed his second shot for eagle from 100 meters to complete a great round. WA’s Matt Jager tied for second with Victorians Leighton Lyle and Craig Scott, all on five-under 67.

Following the event, many of the players took the opportunity to explore the other wonders of Phillip Island, some with their families in tow. There was a bit of a ‘pro challenge’ out at the Go Cart track on Saturday with Raff Toperoso setting the fastest lap, while in the evenings, some took in Phillip Island’s famous Penguin Parade (and doubtless had to later explain to their kids that, NO, you cannot now have a penguin as a pet!)

Overall, the event was extremely well-run. The course was in spectacular condition (our hats off to the ground staff), and the hospitality of everyone at Phillip Island was, in our opinion, world-class. We will anxiously await next year’s event!


Phillip Island Golf Club Linfox Pro-Am Extravaganza


Ladies Pro-Am (18th March 2011). Top-10

Position Name State PPar Score
1 Vicky Thomas QLD -1 71
T2 Stacey Keating VIC 0 72
T2 Torie O’Connor VIC 0 72
4 Clare Queen VIC 1 73
5 Leah Hart VIC 2 74
T6 Misun Cho VIC 3 75
T6 Jody Fleming VIC 3 75
T8 Clare Choi VIC 4 76
T8 Nadina Light VIC 4 76
T10 Emma Bennett VIC 5 77
T10 Wendy Berger VIC 5 77
T10 Jessica Parker VIC 5 77



Legend Pro-Am (March 19) Top-10

Position Name State Par Score
1 Lucien Tinkler VIC -9 63
2 Michael Harwood VIC -1 71
3 Trevor R Hollingsworth VIC 2 74
3 David J Good VIC 2 74
3 Kel L Llewellyn VIC 2 74
6 Peter N Croker VIC 3 75
7 Bruce Green VIC 5 77
7 Robert A Jordan VIC 5 77
9 Frank Conallin VIC 6 78
10 Phillip A Boulton VIC 7 79
10 Wayne Rogers VIC 7 79
10 Steven A Slater VIC 7 79



Men’s Pro-Am Men’s event (March 20)


Position Name State Par Score
1 Michael Light VIC -9 63
2 Matt Jager WA -5 67
2 Leighton Lyle VIC -5 67
2 Craig Scott VIC -5 67
5 Timothy R Wood VIC -4 68
5 Sean Crowe VIC -4 68
5 Leigh Deagan VIC -4 68
5 Craig Hasthorpe VIC -4 68
9 Kevin A Conlong VIC -3 69
9 Adam J Porker VIC -3 69
11 Wade R Lowrie VIC -2 70
11 Tony J Page VIC -2 70
11 Garth Cusick VIC -2 70
11 Andrew Kelly VIC -2 70
15 Ryan Haywood VIC -1 71
15 Adam Fraser NSW -1 71
15 Scott R Gardiner VIC -1 71
15 Martin Doyle VIC -1 71
15 Ben Bunny VIC -1 71
15 James McLean VIC -1 71
15 Andrew Martin VIC -1 71
15 Max McCardle SA -1 71
15 Luke Young VIC -1 71
24 Ben Wolfenden QLD 0 72
24 Michael Umbers VIC 0 72
24 David J Good VIC 0 72


About Richard Fellner

A four-time winner of the Australian Golf Media Awards, including Best Photojournalism, Best Opinion, Best Column and Best Photographic Presentation, Inside Golf Group Editor Richard Fellner is the quintessential Golf Tragic, having played the game for over 50 years (but has never gotten any better!) He has played and reviewed courses all over the world, and has interviewed many of the great players of the game (including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Greg Norman). Richard is a member of both the Australian Golf Media Association and the Golf Society of Australia, and has been a featured guest on many Australian "sports talk" radio shows and networks, including ABC Grandstand, SEN 1116, Melbourne Talk Radio 1377, 2GB and others. Follow Richard Fellner on Quora


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