Friday, 19 March 2010
Former Ryder Cup star Northern Ireland’s Eddie Polland finally came good on the European Seniors Tour when he spreadeagled the field to win the Lawrence Batley Seniors by two shots at Huddersfield’s Fixby course.

Fifty one year old Polland who shot a nine under par 204 with rounds of 66,66,72 said:

“This was my first win on the Senior’s Tour after losing two play offs last season. I am delighted to win this tournament especially as I’ve played golf with Lawrence all over the world. Any win is welcome but this is extra special because of all he has done for me and the other professionals over the years”

Polland played against medical advice after missing Jersey following surgery on his knee.

“When I arrived here I had a good feeling and felt mentally and physically strong. I was not protecting my overnight five shot lead but couldn’t get my second shots as close as I had done in earlier rounds”

Polland delighted the gallery with three birdies including a superb four on the last to beat the other former Ryder Cup stars Antonio Garrido and Tommy Horton and the Jersey Open Winner David Jones.

Of the twelve former Ryder Cup players competing this week, Neil Coles won the Super Senior’s prize for the over sixty’s finishing level par for the tournament. Manuel Ballesteros who celebrated his fiftieth birthday on the eve on the Lawrence Batley event, and playing in his first Senior’s tournament said:

“I found my own Amen Corner at Fixby’s 11th, 12th and 13th hole where I was 9 over for the three rounds”

Ballesteros birdied the final two holes to secure 31st place.


Poland moves to second place in the European Seniors Tour Rankings

Final Scores


1 Eddie POLLAND (N.Ire) 66 66 72 204 22500.00
2 Antonio GARRIDO (Sp) 71 67 68 206 14650.00
3 David JONES (N.Ire) 68 70 70 208 8600.00
4 Tommy HORTON (Eng) 69 69 72 210 5916.67
- Michael SLATER (Eng) 68 69 73 210 5916.67
- Jerry BRUNER (USA) 69 69 72 210 5916.67
7 Bernard GALLACHER (Scot) 71 69 71 211 4750.00
8 Malcolm GREGSON (Eng) 71 71 70 212 3862.50
- Jim RHODES (Eng) 70 70 72 212 3862.50
- Fritz GAMBETTA (USA) 75 66 71 212 3862.50
- Ian STANLEY (Aus) 72 68 72 212 3862.50
12 Neil COLES (Eng) 73 68 72 213 3100.00
- Denis O'SULLIVAN (Ire) 73 70 70 213 3100.00
14 Brian HUGGETT (Wal) 72 68 74 214 2525.00
- Brian WAITES (Eng) 71 70 73 214 2525.00
- David HUISH (Scot) 68 69 77 214 2525.00
- Liam HIGGINS (Ire) 71 73 70 214 2525.00
18 Maurice BEMBRIDGE (Eng) 71 72 72 215 2150.00
- Alberto CROCE (It) 72 72 71 215 2150.00
20 David CREAMER (Eng) 71 77 68 216 1850.00
- Paul LEONARD (N.Ire) 69 74 73 216 1850.00
- Ray CARRASCO (USA) 69 73 74 216 1850.00
- Peter BUTLER (Eng) 69 73 74 216 1850.00
24 Bill HARDWICK (Can) 71 73 73 217 1550.00
- John MCTEAR (Scot) 72 70 75 217 1550.00
26 Deray SIMON (USA) 74 74 70 218 1400.00
27 Renato CAMPAGNOLI (It) 73 72 74 219 1350.00
- Alan TAPIE (USA) 76 69 74 219 1350.00
- Kenny STEVENSON (N.Ire) 72 73 74 219 1350.00
- Bobby VERWEY (SA) 72 71 76 219 1350.00
31 Peter TOWNSEND (Eng) 74 74 72 220 1260.00
- Ian RICHARDSON (Eng) 71 77 72 220 1260.00
- Joe MCDERMOTT (Ire) 73 72 75 220 1260.00
- Bill BRASK (USA) 71 72 77 220 1260.00
- Manuel BALLESTEROS (Sp) 71 76 73 220 1260.00
36 Gordon MACDONALD (Scot) 78 69 74 221 1200.00
37 Barry SANDRY (Eng) 73 73 76 222 1180.00
38 John FOURIE (SA) 76 74 73 223 1140.00
- John GARNER (Eng) 75 76 72 223 1140.00
- Agim BARDHA (USA) 70 74 79 223 1140.00
41 Doug ROBB (Can) 77 71 76 224 1100.00
42 Hugh INGGS (SA) 78 77 71 226 1070.00
- Trevor DOWNING (Aus) 77 74 75 226 1070.00
44 Bryan CARTER (Eng) 75 77 75 227 1030.00
- David SNELL (Eng) 73 77 77 227 1030.00
46 Hedley MUSCROFT (Eng) 79 81 79 239 1000.00


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