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Friday, 19 March 2010
American Bob Lendzion, a new face on the Seniors scene , won the £150,000 Beko Classic in a three-man sudden death play off at the Gloria Resort course in Antalya, Turkey.

A final round of 69 had enabled him to tie that battle-hardened pair, Spain’s Antonio Garrido and South Africa’s Bobby Verwey, winner of the 1991 Senior British Open championship, on 211, five under par, after 54 holes.

Out to the par four 18th, where all three players drove safely into the fairway. Verwey hit his approach to 15 feet, Lendzion hit a beauty to four feet and Garrido found a greenside bunker.

Garrido got up and down, Verwey’s birdie putt stayed on the lip and the stage was set for Lendzion’s triumph. He made no mistake. "I’d been holing putts of that distance all week so I just knew I was going to win. There was a smile on my face the moment I hit the putt.

"It was a great thrill for me to beat a beautiful swinger of the club like Antonio Garrido and then a player with all Bobby’s experience."

Lendzion, who won his Tour card at the Qualifying School last year, is a golfing globetrotter in every sense of the word. When his home club in Nevada closes because of severe winters, he picks up his clubs and tours the world.

He has competed in places like South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South America and the various US mini-tours. His career victories include the US National Club Professionals Championship in 1986 and the Chile Open in 1992.

"But I’ve never played in Europe before and I’m looking forward to competing against a great bunch of guys," said Lendzion, who had given due warning of his class by tying for third place in the El Bosque Open the previous week.

At the start of the last round, Australian Geoff Parslow was the leader by two but he came to grief at the 14th when the brutal rough cost him a triple bogey seven.

By then there was a whole posse in hot pursuit, none more so than the defending champion, Tommy Horton. After an indifferent second round of 75, he predicted that he would need a 66 or a 67 to have any chance of victory and when he romped to the turn in31 - three birdies and an eagle - all the players at the top of the leaderboard were starting to perspire. But Horton’s putter went sour on him and he finished with a 68 for a 213, and a share of fourth place. Horton, dogged all week by an upset stomach and blurred vision, said: "I gave it my best shot but I was a little too late."

John Garner threatened, too, with a flurry of birdies, closed with a 68 to tie Horton and said: "I’m still a bit rusty but all in all I’m delighted with my week."

Beko Classic Final Results



1 Robert L LENDZION (USA) 71 71 69 211 25000.00
2 Bobby VERWEY (SA) 70 71 70 211 12995.00
3Antonio GARRIDO (Sp) 70 73 68 211 12995.00
4 Jim RHODES (Eng) 72 70 71 213 6345.00
David JONES (N.Ire) 74 68 71 213 6345.00
John GARNER (Eng) 73 72 68 213 6345.00
Tommy HORTON (Eng) 70 75 68 213 6345.00
8 Geoff PARSLOW (Aus) 68 71 76 215 5120.00
9 Brian WAITES (Eng) 72 70 74 216 3571.43
Malcolm GREGSON (Eng) 71 72 73 216 3571.43
Noel RATCLIFFE (Aus) 72 71 73 216 3571.43
Bill LOCKIE (Scot) 71 73 72 216 3571.43
John FOURIE (SA) 71 73 72 216 3571.43
Bill BRASK (USA) 72 75 69 216 3571.43
Jay DOLAN III (USA) 70 77 69 216 3571.43
16 Alberto CROCE (It) 72 70 75 217 1857.50
Guy HUNT (Eng) 73 71 73 217 1857.50
Michael SLATER (Eng) 73 72 72 217 1857.50
Terry GALE (Aus) 74 72 71 217 1857.50
David HUISH (Scot) 73 73 71 217 1857.50
Craig DEFOY (Wal) 73 74 70 217 1857.50
Brian HUGGETT (Wal) 77 70 70 217 1857.50
Bob MENNE (USA) 76 72 69 217 1857.50
24 David OAKLEY (USA) 70 75 73 218 1420.00
Andrew BROOKS (Scot) 76 71 71 218 1420.00
Denis O'SULLIVAN (Ire) 72 75 71 218 1420.00
27 Renato CAMPAGNOLI (It) 75 69 75 219 1224.00
Stewart ADWICK (Eng) 71 75 73 219 1224.00
Harry FLATMAN (Eng) 74 72 73 219 1224.00
Joe MCDERMOTT (Ire) 70 77 72 219 1224.00
Paul LEONARD (N.Ire) 70 79 70 219 1224.00
32 Gordon PARKHILL (N.Ire) 72 72 76 220 1120.00
David CREAMER (Eng) 75 72 73 220 1120.00
Hugh INGGS (SA) 73 76 71 220 1120.00
35 Peter TOWNSEND (Eng) 71 72 78 221 1050.00
Kenny STEVENSON (N.Ire) 75 72 74 221 1050.00
Maurice BEMBRIDGE (Eng) 74 74 73 221 1050.00
Doug DALZIEL (USA) 73 75 73 221 1050.00
39 Dr Arthur SPRING (Ire) 74 71 77 222 970.00
Javier VILADOMIU (Sp) 74 71 77 222 970.00
Eddie POLLAND (N.Ire) 74 74 74 222 970.00
Skip PRATT (USA) 76 73 73 222 970.00
43 Tienie BRITZ (SA) 73 75 75 223 900.00
Don MCCART (Scot) 73 77 73 223 900.00
Barry SANDRY (Eng) 76 74 73 223 900.00
46 J.R. DELICH (USA) 75 74 75 224 832.50
Graham BURROUGHS (Eng) 76 74 74 224 832.50
Chick EVANS (USA) 77 73 74 224 832.50
Randall VINES (Aus) 74 76 74 224 832.50
50 Roger STERN (USA) 74 76 75 225 800.00
51 Jos‚ CABO (Sp) 72 72 82 226 299.00
TR JONES (USA) 73 74 79 226 299.00
53 Michael MURPHY (Ire) 75 74 80 229 296.00
54 George WILL (Scot) 73 78 151
Snell LANCASTER (USA) 80 71 151
Mike HOYLE (Eng) 77 74 151
Phil FERRANTI (USA) 78 73 151
Ossie GARTENMAIER (Aut) 76 75 151
Roger FIDLER (Eng) 74 77 151
60 Arnold O'CONNOR (Ire) 74 78 152
Ian RICHARDSON (Eng) 74 78 152
Jan BJ™RNSSON (Swe) 76 76 152
Francisco ABREU (Sp) 78 74 152
Lloyd MONROE (USA) 79 73 152
Sidney DENHAM (Eng) 78 74 152
66 Alan HALL (Eng) 78 75 153
Joe CARR (USA) 75 78 153
Glenn MACDONALD (Can) 75 78 153
Ross WHITEHEAD (Eng) 77 76 153
70 Bill HARDWICK (Can) 79 75 154
Kenneth MAGNUSSON (Swe) 77 77 154
Norman WOOD (Scot) 78 76 154
John HAMILTON (Scot) 78 76 154
74 Bryan CARTER (Eng) 78 77 155
Jim MITCHELL (USA) 77 78 155
76 John SPENCER (Eng) 75 81 156
Steve WILD (Eng) 78 78 156
78 Roberto BERNARDINI (It) 78 79 157
DeRay SIMON (USA) 79 78 157
Sooky MAHARAJ (T&T) 80 77 157
Jakob KRESSIG (Swi) 79 78 157
Hiro TAHARA (Jap) 73 84 157
John HUDSON (Eng) 75 82 157
Remzi IRIER (Tur) 79 78 157
Tommy HALPIN (Ire) 79 78 157
86 Hugh JACKSON (N.Ire) 78 80 158
Jan DORRESTEIN (Hol) 76 82 158
88 Terry SQUIRES (Eng) 77 83 160
Fred WHITFIELD (Eng) 78 82 160
90 Rafe BOTTS (USA) 80 RETD
European Seniors Tour Money List




1 Robert L LENDZION (USA) 29847.50 (2)
2 Tommy HORTON (Eng) 23005.00 (2)
3 Noel RATCLIFFE (Aus) 14671.43 (2)
4 Antonio GARRIDO (Sp) 14370.00 (2)
5 Bobby VERWEY (SA) 13540.00 (2)
6 David JONES (N.Ire) 8708.33 (2)
7 Jim RHODES (Eng) 7280.00 (2)
8 Malcolm GREGSON (Eng) 7011.43 (2)
9 Brian HUGGETT (Wal) 6705.00 (2)
Craig DEFOY (Wal) 6705.00 (2)
11 John GARNER (Eng) 6641.00 (2)
12 Brian WAITES (Eng) 5421.43 (2)
# 13 Geoff PARSLOW (Aus) 5120.00 (2)
14 Bernard HUNT (Eng) 4847.50 (1)
15 Terry GALE (Aus) 4220.83 (2)
16 Renato CAMPAGNOLI (It) 4144.00 (2)
17 Jay DOLAN III (USA) 3571.43 (2)
Bill BRASK (USA) 3571.43 (1)
Bill LOCKIE (Scot) 3571.43 (1)
John FOURIE (SA) 3571.43 (2)
21 Norman WOOD (Scot) 3440.00 (2)
22 Eddie POLLAND (N.Ire) 3333.33 (2)
23 Roger FIDLER (Eng) 2920.00 (2)
24 David HUISH (Scot) 2792.50 (2)
Bob MENNE (USA) 2792.50 (2)
26 Alberto CROCE (It) 2637.50 (2)
27 Joe MCDERMOTT (Ire) 2599.00 (2)
28 Denis O'SULLIVAN (Ire) 2532.50 (2)
29 Michael SLATER (Eng) 2467.50 (2)
30 David CREAMER (Eng) 2232.50 (2)
31 Maurice BEMBRIDGE (Eng) 2162.50 (2)
32 Peter TOWNSEND (Eng) 1985.00 (2)
33 Guy HUNT (Eng) 1857.50 (2)
34 John MORGAN (Eng) 1850.00 (1)
35 Stewart ADWICK (Eng) 1834.00 (2)
36 Dr Arthur SPRING (Ire) 1750.00 (2)
37 Roger STERN (USA) 1735.00 (2)
38 Paul LEONARD (N. Ire) 1523.00 (2)
39 Graham BURROUGHS (Eng) 1512.50 (2)
J.R. DELICH (USA) 1512.50 (2)
41 David OAKLEY (USA) 1420.00 (2)
Andrew BROOKS (Scot) 1420.00 (2)
43 Jose Maria ROCA (Sp) 1375.00 (1)
Ossie GARTENMAIER (Aut) 1375.00 (2)
45 Chick EVANS (USA) 1362.50 (2)
46 Harry FLATMAN (Eng) 1224.00 (2)
47 Gordon PARKHILL (N.Ire) 1120.00 (2)
Hugh INGGS (SA) 1120.00 (2)
49 DeRay SIMON (USA) 1112.50 (2)
50 Jos‚ CABO (Sp) 1079.00 (2)
51 Kenny STEVENSON (N.Ire) 1050.00 (2)
Doug DALZIEL (USA) 1050.00 (2)
53 Javier VILADOMIU (Sp) 970.00 (2)
Skip PRATT (USA) 970.00 (1)
55 Neil COLES (Eng) 935.00 (1)
56 Don MCCART (Scot) 900.00 (2)
Tienie BRITZ (SA) 900.00 (1)
Barry SANDRY (Eng) 900.00 (2)
59 Randall VINES (Aus) 832.50 (2)
60 Jan BJ™RNSSON (Swe) 780.00 (2)
Jose Luis MANGAS ESPUCHE (Sp) 780.00 (1)
Snell LANCASTER (USA) 780.00 (2)
63 Francisco ABREU (Sp) 680.00 (2)
Bryan CARTER (Eng) 680.00 (2)
65 Lloyd MONROE (USA) 610.00 (2)
Bill HARDWICK (Can) 610.00 (2)
Arnold O'CONNOR (Ire) 610.00 (2)
68 Joe CARR (USA) 570.00 (2)
David SNELL (Eng) 570.00 (1)
70 Alan HALL (Eng) 545.00 (2)
71 Matt MCCRORIE (Scot) 299.00 (1)
TR JONES (USA) 299.00 (2)
73 Michael MURPHY (Ire) 296.00 (2)

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