American David Oakley cruised to his maiden Seniors Tour victory with a final round of 69 for a six-shot win in the MDIS & Partners Festival of Golf at Mill Ride GC, Ascot.
The former furniture store manager from Orlando, Florida, runner-up in the 1996 Senior British Open at Royal Portrush behind Scot Brian Barnes, set about extending his overnight lead with consecutive birdies at the seventh and eighth. After dropping a shot on the next he then moved six clear with birdies on the 12th, 13th and 15th on his way to a 54-hole total of 208, eight under par.
"I've been close before a few times so it's good to finally break that duck," said Oakley. "When the others started making mistakes I just tried to make pars and birdies and in the end it was quite a comfortable win. Hopefully I can keep the form going throughout the season."
A new partnership with Tommy Horton's former caddie catapulted Scotland's David Huish into a tie for second alongside Amercian rookie Jerry Bruner, a garduate from the Senior Qualifying School.
Huish, who now has Roy Holland on the bag, emerged from the pack with three birdies on the homeward stretch for a final round of 70 and a total of two under.
Huish said: "I've worked with Roy a few times in the past and feel comfortable with him. When I heard he and Tommy Horton had divorced I offered him the bag. I came into this week with no confidence having missed the first two cuts and now finished second. We shall certainly be sticking together."
The anticipated charge from Seniors Tour Number One Horton, chasing his second title of the season, never materialised and eventually vanished in the water at the par-three 11th when he made a triple bogey six as he slumped to a round of 77 to finish ten shots off the pace.
The First National Super Seniors prize was won by Neil Coles.