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Legends tee up for shot at title

Rodger Davis will be the one to watch in the Fraser Coast Legends Classic.
Rodger Davis will be the one to watch in the Fraser Coast Legends Classic. Contributed

HERVEY Bay golf fans can be excused for thinking they died and went to heaven this weekend.

You see, there won't be any better chance to catch some of the biggest names in golf when the likes of former US PGA champion Wayne Grady, popular golfing identity Ossie Moore and former world top-10 player Rodger Davis hit the Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club course tomorrow for the $20,000 Fraser Coast Legends Classic.

While their days of playing major overseas tournaments are over, the PGA Legends Tour provides elite golfers aged over 50 a chance to join in the excitement of professional golf.

With a record 82 professionals teeing off in this year's 36-hole event, Hervey Bay Golf Club captain Barry Beyer said this year's Fraser Coast Legends Classic shapes as being the best yet.

"It's such a great atmosphere and the place looks fantastic," he said.

"They (professionals) love it here and we look after them so they can have a great weekend before they go to their next event."

Despite finishing tied for 23rd at the Bargara Legends Pro-Am on Wednesday, dual winner and defending champion, Hugh Dolan, will be one of the favourites to take out this year's title.

But Beyer has his money on someone else.

"It would be great to see Hugh Dolan win it for a third time, but I reckon Rodger (Davis) might be a bit of a go too," he said.

Beyer said he was sure the amateur players who will also take to the fairways with the legends would have a ball.

"They're all tried and true professionals and they know how to play the game, but it's just a pleasure for the amateurs to play with them and pick up a few bits and pieces of information," he said.

Despite some showers earlier in the week, Beyer said the course was in terrific shape and tipping some fine scores to be shot.

"The greens are probably the best they have been for a couple of years, the fairways are absolutely fantastic and everything has come together well so far," he said.

"It would be good to think a record or two might be broken."

The legends will be hitting the course today for a round of golf with sponsors and will also be available to show junior golfers a few tips on their swing from 3.30pm.

FRASER COAST LEGENDS CLASSIC

WHEN: Tomorrow and Sunday (7am and noon shotgun starts both days)

WHERE: Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club

PRIZEMONEY: $20,000

NOTABLE PLAYERS: Wayne Grady, Rodger Davis, Ossie Moore