Scotland’s David Huish became the first double winner on this season’s European Seniors Tour when he closed with a five under par 65 to win the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open at Bad Radaz in Switzerland.
Huish, the course manager and head professional at North Berwick, who earlier this year won the Lawrence Batley Invitational at Huddersfield GC, won by four shots shots from England’s Jim Rhodes and five shots from a group of golfers including David Creamer, the winner of last week’s Seniors Tour event at Wentworth.
Huish set himself up for victory when he equalled the European Seniors Tour’s record for 18 holes with a 62 in the second round and he consolidated on that performance with fine final round that included six birdies and a solitary bogey on the 14th hole.
“I didn’t start this tournament very well when I had a 73 on the opening day but I more than made up for it with that 62 in the second round,” Huish said after collecting a winner’s cheque worth £20,852.
“The hardest thing to do after shooting a 62 is to keep things going, but I did that nicely today and I’m very, very pleased.
“It’s also great to be the first two-time winner on this year’s Tour,” he added. “That means a great deal because there are a lot good players out here.”
Earlier in the final round, Australia’s Ian Stanley, winner of the recent Coca Cola Kaiser Karl tournament in Germany, set the pace when he came to the final hole eight under par for the day and needing a ninth birdie to set a new course record of 61. Unfortunately, he drove into the right rough, was unable to stop his second shot on the green, and ended up with a disappointing bogey five for a 63 to be among the group of five golfers to finish in third place on 205
“It was an unfortunate way to finish what was a great round of golf,” he said.
Another two Australians, Terry Gale and David Good also finished on 205 alongside Japan’s Shoichi Sato and England’s Creamer, who defeated Stanley by a single shot at last week’s Energis Senior Masters at Wentworth. Good, in fact, could have done rather better but for an untidy double bogey six on his final hole where he drove into a bunker off the tee, splashed out but then took four to get down from 20 yards short of the green.
“It’s a real shame,” he said. “I tried to attack to see if I could catch David and I definitely paid the price.”
The £500 First National Super Seniors prize, awarded to the leading competitor over 60, went to America’s Jay Dolan 111 who recorded round of 71,68 and 68 for a three under par aggregate of 207, six shots ahead of his nearest rivals, England’s Brian Waites and South Africa’s Hugh Inggs.