Tuesday, 17 October 2000
The European Seniors Tour returns to the superb Buckinghamshire Golf Club for a fifth successive year this week for the Dan Technology Senior Tournament of Champions, the penultimate event on the 2000 European Seniors Tour Schedule.

The race to win the John Jacobs Trophy as the leading money winner is approaching the home straight with Australian Noel Ratcliffe occupying the number one position following his two victories in The Scotsman Scottish Seniors Open and the TEMES Seniors Open. Ratcliffe, second in the Order of Merit behind Tommy Horton in 1997, has also finished second twice this season and recorded three other top ten finishes.

John Grace, three-times a winner in this his rookie year, trails Ratcliffe by 7,221 euro (£4,339) in second place while third placed Tommy Horton will be bidding to win at The Buckinghamshire for a third time, following his victories in 1996 and 1997, as he chases a fifth successive John Jacobs Trophy.

Last year Northern Ireland’s Eddie Polland captured the title, capping his best season since turning 50. Earlier in the ’99 season Polland made his long-awaited breakthrough when he won the Lawrence Batley Seniors and he brought the down the curtain on a successful season with a two-shot victory at the Buckinghamshire ahead of Horton, and Liam Higgins. John Garner has also lifted the Trophy in 1998.

The leading 36 players on the 2000 European Seniors Tour Order of Merit be taking part in the Dan Technology Senior Tournament of Champions, which this year carries a prize fund of £120,000 with £20,000 on offer for the winner, from Friday 20 October to Sunday 22 October.

Among the other leading challengers are Neil Coles, the only player to have won a professional event in six successive decades, David Huish, winner of two tournaments this year, and former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher. Indeed the field contains no fewer than 12 of this season’s champions.

Tickets are available on the gate, priced £9 / daily and £20 / season, with under 16s admitted free. For hospitality enquiries, please call 01737 830900.

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