Date: October 15, 2009

One week to go: Handa Australian Senior Open

The Legends of international golf will descend on Perth next week for the Handa Australian Senior Open and the Handa Australia Cup the first time that both events will be played in Western Australia. Both events will be officially launched at Royal Perth Golf Club next Thursday, 22 October at 10.30am. Along with the standard interview opportunities, media will be able to try their hand in a putting competition against the likes of Wayne Grady and Ian Baker-Finch. 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. The largest field of senior men in the tournament s history will battle it out over 54 holes for Australia&aposs biggest Senior purse of $300,000. Now in its fourth year, the Handa Australia Cup will be played at Nedlands Golf Club from 30 31 October 2009, with male and female Legends competing for a purse of $100,000. Each event will feature a stellar line-up of golfing legends, including Ian Baker-Finch, Jan Stephenson, Wayne Grady, Peter Senior, Rodger Davis and Terry Gale (details of which players will feature in each tournament attached). This year s Handa Australian Senior Open will mark Peter Senior s first official outing in the Australian 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. We will also have a number of overseas players joining the field this year who will undoubtedly bring plenty of colour to the tournament. The most prominent international competitors include Marc Farry from France and Mac O Grady from the US, who is renowned for his eccentricity and ability to play the game professionally left or right handed. Tournament sponsor, Japanese businessman and philanthropist Haruhisa Handa, said he was thrilled to be able to bring the Handa Australian Senior Open to Perth alongside the fourth consecutive Handa Australia Cup, to provide the golfing public with back-to-back Legend s tournaments. The Handa Australia Cup is about joining the generations bringing together rising stars and past champions in one unique tournament so it was a perfect fit to have the senior men’s event in Perth as well, Dr Handa explained. 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. The Handa Australian Senior Open will be followed by a Pro-Am on Monday, 26 October, with the Handa Australia Cup Pro-Am played on Sunday, 1 November.