Date: August 21, 2009

Handa Australian Senior Open set for Perth debut

The Legends of international golf will descend on Perth later this year when the Handa Australian Senior Open comes to Western Australia for the first time, joining sister event the Handa Australia Cup in October. After two years at Concord Golf Club in Sydney, the prestigious Handa Australian Senior Open will be played at Royal Perth Golf Club in South Perth from 23-25 October 2009. A field of senior men will battle it out over 54 holes for Australia&aposs biggest Senior purse of $300,000. The event will feature a stellar line-up of golfing legends, including Wayne Grady, Peter Senior, Peter Fowler, Rodger Davis, Terry Gale, Michael Clayton, Michael Harwood, Brian Jones and Ossie Moore. Sponsor and founder, Japanese businessman and philanthropist Haruhisa Handa, said he was thrilled to have both events played back-to-back in Perth, in addition to the Handa Junior Masters tournament held at The Vines earlier this May. It was a perfect fit to bring the Senior Open event to Perth, giving golf fans access to the two highest profile senior events on the Australian golfing calendar, Dr Handa said. I am passionate about nurturing senior golf both in Australia and internationally where it has not always enjoyed the opportunity it deserves. I am committed to ensuring that both of these senior events have a long and prosperous future showcasing the talents of some of the greatest male and female golfers ever to play the game. Dr Handa is also a generous supporter and avid campaigner for Blind Golf globally and locally in Australia. Along with the two senior events, Dr Handa will also once again sponsor the Australian Blind Golf Championship in Perth to be played before the Handa Australia Cup on 28-29 October. This year s Handa Australian Senior Open will mark Peter Senior s first official outing in the Legends Tour. Peter s form is particularly good and I know he’s looking forward to taking on two time Australian Senior Open Champion Wayne Grady on Australian soil, said Tournament Chairman Wayne Smith. It will also mark Peter Fowler s Australian Senior debut after joining the Legend ranks in June this year. The Handa Australian Senior Open will be followed by a Pro-Am on Monday, 26 October. Entry Form and Information: FOR AMATEUR GOLFERS ONLY – Click here to download the entry form