Staunton sails to victory in Scotland

9/14/2012 2:16:49 PM
Mark Staunton and Craig Montgomerie   (EuropeanTour)
Mark Staunton and Craig Montgomerie (EuropeanTour)

Mark Staunton cruised to victory by eight shots in The European Tour Qualifying School First Stage at the Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course.

The Irishman closed with a round of 71 in Kelso, the Scottish borders, to finish on 12 under par, with his compatriot Peter O’Keefe taking second place on four under par after posting a round of 73.

One shot back, George Thacker completed the top three qualifiers after the Englishman signed off with a round of 71.

A total of ten players progressed to the Second Stage, due to be held next month in southern Spain, with the Scottish duo of Scott Henderson (73) and Craig Matheson (68) and Ireland’s Mark Murphy (72) taking the last three places on three over par.