Senior heads new PGA Life Member inductees

The PGA has inducted three new Life Members into its Membership including one of Australia’s most popular golfers, a West Australian who competed alongside the likes of Arnold Palmer and Peter Thomson, and a passed Queenslander, who dedicated his life to growing the game of golf.

Peter Senior, Leonard Thomas and Arnold Victorsen were all honoured with the PGA’s highest accolade at this week’s Annual General Meeting, joining legends such as Norman Von Nida, Dan Cullen, Kel Nagle, Charlie Earp, Jack Newton and Greg Norman as Life Members.

Peter Senior Peter Senior (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“On behalf of the PGA Board, staff and Membership I congratulate Peter, Leonard and Arnold on their Life Membership and thank them for their contribution to both the Association and Australian golf,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA.

“It was an easy decision for the Membership to induct the trio, given their distinguished, iconic status within Australian golf.”

Peter Senior

Since joining the PGA in 1978, Peter Senior continues to be one of the most popular and respected Australian golfers.

A prolific winner on the PGA Tour of Australasia, Senior has won 20 domestic titles with the most recent coming at the 2010 Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola, where he defeated Geoff Ogilvy in a playoff.

However Senior’s success has not been limited to home soil.

The now 52-year-old has also earned victories on the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour and the European Seniors Tour in a career that spans five decades.

Senior has represented Australia on numerous occasions including The Presidents Cup (1994, 1996) and the World Cup (1988, 1999).

An astute businessman, Senior recently transferred his skills to the PGA where he served on the Board of the PGA Tour of Australasia and then as Chairman of the PGA of Australia in 2008, post amalgamation.

Leonard Thomas

Leonard Thomas is another PGA Life Member who needs no introduction.

A PGA Professional since 1960, Thomas had a profound impact on the West Australian golf industry.

After completing a PGA Traineeship Thomas pursued a playing career where he experienced great success, highlighted by three WA Open Championship titles, and an appearance at The Open Championship where he played alongside some of the world’s greatest golfers including Arnold Palmer, Bill Dunk, Kel Nagle and Peter Thomson.

An active coach in various roles throughout West Australia and the world, Thomas is also credited with helping introduce and establish golf in countries including Fiji, Indonesia and China.

Additionally, he worked as a TV commentator for major events and as a mentor for PGA Trainees, whilst also serving on the WA PGA Committee in the 1960′s.

Arnold Victorsen

While unfortunately Arnold Victorsen passed in 2000, his posthumous nomination for Life Membership was wholeheartedly supported by the PGA Membership.

A Member of the PGA from 1937 until his passing, Arnold was a popular Head Professional at Townsville Golf Club for 32 years.

He was a passionate advocate for golf in Queensland and initiated numerous Pro-Am’s, whilst also sharing his expertise with Northern Queensland clubs that were not serviced by their own PGA Professional.

Not confining his love of golf to the sunshine state, Victorsen was also integral in introducing tournament golf to Papua New Guinea.

Upon his retirement, Victorsen continued to be active in junior development at the McLeod Country Club and Headland Golf Club.

He was the first of five Victorsens to take up PGA Membership, with his sons Mark and John and his grandsons Matthew and John Jnr. in attendance last night.

Source – PGA Australia