Steven Conran has overcome a four shot deficit to take out the 2016 Australian Legends Tour Championship
Conran’s final round 71, was good enough for a three under par total, to hold off Brad Burns and Richard Backwell, who closed with the low round of the day, a three under par 69.
The New South Welshman's win was somewhat overshadowed by Peter Senior unfortunately succumbing to the same hip injury which caused him to withdraw from the Australian Open a few weeks ago and subsequently retiring from international golf.
With the discomfort clearly noticeable on the opening nine, Senior fought hard for 11 holes, and although he was still leading at the time had to call it quits when the pain became too apparent.
Oblivious to what was unfolding behind him, Conran remained consistent with his only blemish on the back nine coming at the par four 16th hole which he immediately made back with a solid birdie on the par 3 17th hole.
This is Conran’s first trip to Byron and he was pleasantly surprised when he arrived for a practise round on Thursday.
“The course is in tremendous condition, and I really enjoyed the challenges it presented throughout the week,” Conran said.
“My strategy all week was just to stay out of trouble and thankfully it paid off.”
“It wasn’t until the 15th hole that I was notified of Peter withdrawing from the event, and that is something you never like to see that happen to a player.”
“I have had some good fortune since entering the Legends Tour ranks with two wins and two runner-up places, so it’s fantastic to secure a another win here in Byron Bay.
Professionals will now make their way north with the Sunshine Coast Masters closing out the 2016 EZGO Legends Tour for 2016. The opening round will tee off at Noosa Golf Club tomorrow, followed by Pelican Waters on Wednesday, with Twin Waters closing out the three round tournament on Thursday.