Scotland’s David Huish produced one of the finest rounds the European Seniors Tour has ever witnessed when raced round Bad Ragaz in an eight under par 62 during the second round of the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland.
It was a round which shaved one shot off the existing Bad Ragaz course record, set by Brian Waites while winning this title in 1997, and, more significantly, also tied the European Seniors Tour’s all-time record for 18 holes, set by Tommy Horton at the Scottish Seniors Open at New Machar later the same year.
Huish, 56, the course manager and professional at North Berwick, who won the recent Lawrence Batley Invitational at Huddersfield GC, was in irresistible form as he raced to the turn in a six under par 29 which included an eagle two at the 366-yard 7th where he holed a sand wedge from 77 yards and then he added further birdies at the 328-yard 15th and the 486-yard 16th to come home in 33.
“It was one of those rounds when I hit it in close all day,” Huish said. “In fact, I could have scored almost anything because I three putted the 9th for my only bogey of the day and also missed from 12-feet or under on another three or four occasions.
“It was undoubtedly one of the best rounds that I’ve ever played,” he added. “ But I’d have to say that it wasn’t quite as good as the 63 I scored despite losing a ball in a Scottish PGA Championship at Montrose a number of years ago. That probably beats this one, but not by much.”
Huish started his second round in a share of 52nd place but now goes into the final round a single shot behind leaders, England’s Jim Rhodes, and Australia’s Noel Ratcliffe.
Rhodes, from Cannock, winner of this year’s PGA Seniors Championship, returned a four under par 66 that included an eagle three on the 16th and a birdie on the 17th.
“That was a nice way to finish,” he said. “I did have another chance for a birdie on the 18th but I’ve got to be pleased with a 66.”
Ratcliffe carded a flawless 68 that included 16 pars and two birdies.
“It was a solid round of golf. I probably hit the ball better than I did in my 66 in the first round but I just couldn’t get the putts to drop. Maybe I’m keeping them all for tomorrow.”
Further down the leaderboard, Japan’s Shoichi Sato, America’s Kurt Cox and Australia’s Terry Gale shared 4th place on 136, four under par, with Northern Ireland’s Eddie Polland, America’s John Grace and David Good all on 137.
The cut fell at four over par 144 and among those to miss out were Peter Dawson, Maurice Bembridge, John Garner (all 145), Ian Richardson and Jerry Bruner (146), Joe McDermott and Gordon Macdonald (147) and Ross Metherell (149).
Ireland’s Denis O’Sullivan, who went into the second round in a share of second place after an opening 67, had to retired six holes into his second round due to a back injury.