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Lyle to take on Shepparton players

Jarrod Lyle will prepare for his return to the PGA tour with two four-day tournaments against winners of various Shepparton Golf Club events starting tomorrow.

OLIVER CAFFREY April 16, 2014 3:15am

Jarrod Lyle tees off at Shepparton Golf Club yesterday as he practices for a return to the PGA tour.

Some of Shepparton Golf Club’s best will get to test themselves against local professional Jarrod Lyle during the next two weeks.

Lyle is back in Shepparton as he gears up for his return to the PGA tour later this year after overcoming leukaemia for the second time.

Lyle, 32, will play two four-day competitions, starting tomorrow, against winners of Shepparton Golf Club tournaments last month.

Club general manager Stephen Seagrave said Lyle’s aim was to improve his fitness before having another shot at the tour.

‘‘He’s trying to get back into tournaments and some sort of form before he heads off overseas,’’ Seagrave said.

‘‘He’ll be playing eight rounds consisting of Thursday to Sunday competition to try and simulate competition.’’

Seagrave said Lyle approached the club to see if it was feasible, with members delighted to see him back on course.

‘‘Jarrod asked if he could do it and we were of the opinion we would do anything we could to try and help him return to the tour,’’ Seagrave said.

‘‘We put it out there to members in late February and all winners of the March comps would be able to play him.’’

Twenty-three golfers will play with Lyle during the eight days of competition.

‘‘It’s very exciting for all of them and there are a bunch of ladies’ winners who all won the chance and kids will get to play against him as well, so there are very mixed members and it’s a diverse group we have there,’’ Seagrave said.

Lyle made an emotional comeback to professional golf in November at the Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Lyle will tee-off against Kyle Michel, Aiden Bartley, Joseph Thomas, Peter Toy, Tom Jeffery, Ray Sizer, Jo Rathjen, Geoff Withers, Jamie Davies, Scott McLennan, Mark Georgiou, Andy Strange, Daryl Butcher, Terry Allan, Owen Holleran, Erane Goodman, Greta Kennan, Bruce Wright, David Reed, Greg Chapman and Vinnie Chan.

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