Davis the star attraction in Ballina pro am

davis.jpgRodger Davis, twice winner of the Australian Open, is the star attraction in Saturday’s $10,000 Ramada Ballina Pro Am at the Ballina Golf Club.

Davis, pictured, famous for wearing colourful plus-fours, was one of Australia’s leading professional golfers of the 1980s and 1990s.

He will be among a quality field of about 70 professionals at Ballina on Saturday.

There will be a field of 220 golfers, teeing off from 7am and noon. There will be a shotgun start (with players teeing off at the same time at all 18 tees).

Ballina club pro Trevor Russell said Ballina was fortunate to secure a player of Davis’ standing.

Davis is ninth on the Australasian Tour all-time Career Money List with earnings of $1,965,966.

Davis, who originally studied to be an accountant, turned professional in 1974 and won the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit in 1990 and 1991. Davis won the Australian Open in 1986.

Meanwhile, there is more than money on offer for the professionals taking part.

For the winner there is the glory of having your name on the honour board along with one of the greats of Australian golf — Greg Norman.

The two-time British Open winner scored one of his earliest victories in the inaugural Ballina Pro Am in 1976, the year he turned professional.

Trevor Russell, a two-time Ballina Pro Am winner who finished a shot behind Norman in the 1976 event, said that other notable Ballina Pro Am winners included Peter Senior, Randall Vines, Ted Ball and Mike Ferguson.

The Ballina Pro Am is being resurrected this year after an absence of two years, and Russell said: “We want to get the event up and running again because next year is the club’s centenary year and we hope to invite back all the previous winners.”

What a coup it would be for the Ballina club if that famous inaugural winner was to play in next year’s event!

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