PGA Golf returns: Adam Henwood wins first outing as a senior professional

Top shot: Adam Henwood tees off at South Lakes Golf Club on his way to winning his first event as a PGA Professional Legend Rookie in the Fleurieu Coast Swing. Photo: Meg Rogerson.
Top shot: Adam Henwood tees off at South Lakes Golf Club on his way to winning his first event as a PGA Professional Legend Rookie in the Fleurieu Coast Swing. Photo: Meg Rogerson.

After a three year absence, the PGA Legends Tour returned to South Australia, with the Fleurieu Coast Swing held over April 19/20 at The Links Lady Bay and South Lakes Golf Club.

More than 50 senior professional golfers including Peter Lonard, Mike Harwood, Peter Fowler and Andre Stolz took on the Jack Newton designed Links Lady Bay on day one, accompanied by 83 amateurs and celebrities including former Australian cricketer Wayne Phillips.

Tour rookie Adam Henwood set the pace in his first Legends Tour event, carding an even par 72 to give the afternoon field - featuring some of the most experienced players - a good target for the afternoon.

Cool and blustery weather made scoring tricky, but Brad Burns, Andre Stolz and Peter Lonard mastered the conditions to record rounds of 3-under 69 to tie for the lead.

Links Lady Bay representative James Xaio said it was great to host the PGA Tour on the south coast.

"We are really looking forward to building on this event and continuing in years to come," Mr Xaio said.

Mr Lonard was complimentary of the course following the day's play.

"What a great links golf course. I really enjoyed playing the course and the condition of the fairways and greens just added to the enjoyment," Mr Lonard said.

Day two was played at the South Lakes Golf Club.

After a wet and windy morning, the rain cleared just in time for a 1pm hit off, with 53 professionals and 39 amateurs taking to the course.

Tough conditions had all players scrambling to put a score together and as expected, both Lonard and Stolz carded respectable rounds of even par 70 for a 3 under total of 139.

But it was tour rookie Adam Henwood who made the most of the conditions and his chances.

Playing in his first professional event as a senior after winning the Legends Tour School in February, Henwood mastered the course to shoot the round of the day (65) to back up his first round score of 72, finishing 5 under 137 to win by two.

"I'm really happy to have performed well and taken out the Fleurieu Coast Swing," Mr Henwood said

"Both courses were great and I got it going and really enjoyed my round partnered with Mike Harwood."

Henwood - who played for 15 years on the main tour back in the day - is now looking forward to joining some of the Australian legends of golf.

South Lakes Golf Club GM Matt Rogerson said it was pleasure to host the PGA Legends Tour.

"We are looking forward to seeing them again in 2022," Mr Rogerosn said,

GOLFMTO director Warwick Hazel said the event was a fantastic success.

"The experiences that have been created for the amateurs partnered with PGA professional legends cannot be understated," Mr Hazel said.

"Not only is it showcasing these great courses on the Fleurieu Peninsula, but it is bound to increase golf tourism to the region and South Australia as a whole.

"I'm excited about this event growing in the future to more courses and more days."

To view the Fleurieu Coast Swing leader board, visit: pga.org.au