Australia’s Ian Stanley won his maiden European Seniors Tour title with a closing 68, four under par, in the Coca-Cola Kaiser Karl European Trophy at Haus Kambach in Germany. Stanley fired four birdies in a flawless final round to finish on 203, 13 under par, and four clear of England’s Denis Durnian and Japan’s Seiji Ebihara.
Stanley, one of the band of golfers from Down Under who regularly competed on the European Tour in the 1970’s, started the final day two shots clear. He picked up one birdie on an outward half of 35 and three more coming home to win the €22,782 (£14,200) first prize and move to eighth in the Seniors Tour Order of Merit.
“I almost couldn’t sleep last night but now I’ve won it feels great,” said Stanley. “The first words I learnt in Germany were ‘Ein Bier bitte’. Maybe that was the key to my success.”
Durnian, playing his first Seniors Tour event after reaching the age of 50 on Friday, struggled to mount a challenge after reaching the turn in one over, but he then hit back with four successive birdies from the 13th for a round of 69 to finish in a share of second.
Ebihara, a proven winner in Japan but playing his rookie season in Europe after finishing second in the Qualifying School Finals, recorded his best finish with a closing 70 to move to sixth in the Order of Merit.
John Fourie won the First National Super Seniors prize, finishing tied 4th on a score of 208, eight under par.