Brian Waites returns to Pau Golf Club in France this week to defend his title in the Elf Seniors Open.
Waites, who recently became the first player to reach the magical number of 100 tournaments on the European Seniors Tour, went to France last year in relaxed mood having left his Nottingham club job to run his own driving range in Cornwall.
The change of air certainly seemed to have the desired effect as Waites unleashed a blistering course record of 63 to win by four strokes from Ireland’s Denis O’Sullivan.
Waites opened with a pair of 66s then added his 63 to become the first player to break the 200 mark on Tour.
O’Sullivan, also in the middle of a hot streak of form, also broke 200 but failed to prevent Waites from clocking up his sixth Seniors title.
Both main protagonists are in the field again along with Eddie Polland of Northern Ireland, who finally made his big breakthrough by winning the Lawrence Batley Seniors at Huddersfield recently.
It was a well deserved success for Polland, who lost play-offs in successive weeks last season to Brian Huggett, who is also in the field this week.
Polland followed in the footsteps of another golfer from Northern Ireland, David Jones, who claimed his maiden victory in the Jersey Seniors Open earlier in the month. Jones is also in France seeking to build on that first win.