Liverpool Catholic Club makes NSW Senior Open 'richest tournament on the calendar'

Liverpool Catholic Club president Michael Coffey, Golf NSW CEO Stuart Fraser and veteran club director Phillip Coleman.
Liverpool Catholic Club president Michael Coffey, Golf NSW CEO Stuart Fraser and veteran club director Phillip Coleman.

The NSW Senior Open Golf Championship will have a distinct Liverpool flavour for the next four years.

Liverpool Catholic Club has signed a new three-year, $300,000 sponsorship deal with Golf NSW to keep the prestigious tournament at Thurgoona Country Club Resort in Albury until 2022.

Thurgoona Country Club Resort, which amalgamated with Liverpool Catholic Club in 2002, hosted last year's event won by Michael Long.

This year's prize purse of $120,000 makes the NSW Senior Open the richest event of its type in Australia and New Zealand. The three-day tournament starts on October 25 with Peter Senior, Peter Lonard and Craig Parry set to tee it up at one of the best courses in regional Australia.

Golf NSW chief executive Stuart Fraser said the support they get from Liverpool Catholic Club and Albury City Council is "fantastic."

"The Seniors Tour is growing in Australia. This is the largest event prizemoney-wise on the Ladbrokes Legends Tour by quite some way, and we look forward to working with the Liverpool Catholic Club to continue to grow the event," Mr Fraser said.

"It is the richest tournament on the calendar, and the pros are always asking, 'Are we coming back again next year'.''

Liverpool Catholic Club president Michael Coffey added: "We've got the only three-day tournament for Seniors. Everything else they play is a Pro-Am. I think that's a massive attraction."

Apart from the tournament, there will be pro-hosted masterclasses and a juniors clinic. Former cricketer Merv Hughes will also host the tournament-opening An Evening with the Pro's event on the Wednesday night.

Thurgoona Country Club Resort General Manager Adam Fitzgerald said the event is a "great advertisement and promotion" for golf.

"Our members queue up to volunteer excited by the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the world's best and see players of this calibre on their home course," he said.