Saturday, 24 June 2000
Scotland's David Huish recorded his third victory on the European Seniors Tour when he rolled home an eight-foot putt for a par on the first extra hole of a sudden-death play-off at the Lawrence Batley Seniors event at Huddersfield.

The Scotsman's par was enough to defeat England's Neil Coles and South Africa's John Fourie after all three had completed the regulation holes in a one-under par aggregate of 212.

Huish, 56, the professional and course manager at the North Berwick club in the Lothians, secured his place in the play-off when he closed with a two-under-par 69 that included three birdies and a solitary bogey when he failed
to get up and down from out of a bunker on the 460-yard par-4 9th hole.

"I'm delighted to win here, not least because Lawrence Batley has been such a great servant to the game of golf," Huish said. "I've been coming here for the last five years and have always enjoyed it. I can honestly say that it's a great honour to win a tournament that bears Lawrence's name."

The Scotsman came into the Batley event without a top-10 finish this season but his game seemed to click as soon as he arrived.

"It has been a much better week," he added moments after collecting a first place cheque worth 27,901 euro (£17,750). "I wasn't playing all that well earlier in the season but I've been working hard on my game and I feel as if I've turned the corner.

"When I got here my good mate, John Garner, had a look at my swing and told me that I was getting a bit in front of the ball, so I concentrated on staying behind it and it seems to have helped.

"Now I can look forward to the rest of the season knowing I can win again." The finale proved to be a major disappointment for England's Neil Coles who was chasing his second successive Tour title after winning last time out at the Microlease Jersey Seniors Open at La Moye.

Coles, 65, gave himself the chance to win the 45th title of his career when he closed with a one-under par 70 but he lost out when he missed the green on the first extra hole and then failed to get up and down.

Likewise, Fourie, 61, also failed to secure his par at the first extra hole, hitting his tee shot into the right-hand greenside bunker and then failing to extricate his ball from the sand at the first attempt. Nevertheless, the
South African did share second place with Coles, worth 14423 euro (£9176), and also had the added consolation of sharing the £500 Super Seniors prize, open to the over-60s in the field, and sponsored by First National Bank.

Huish's previous European Seniors Tour wins came in the 1996 Collingtree Seniors Classic and the 1998 Golden Charter PGA Scottish Seniors Open.

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