Monday, 06 August 2001
Scotland's David Huish returns to the scene of one of his most memorable triumphs when he tees up in the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland this week.

Huish, the Course Manager and Professional at North Berwick, won the second of his two titles at Bad Ragaz and hopes that a return visit will help him to rediscover the sort of form that saw him finish in seventh place on last season's European Seniors Tour Order of Merit.

Twelve months ago, the Scot arrived at Bad Ragaz having won the Lawrence Batley Seniors title a month earlier. But his hopes of adding a second victory to his season's tally seemed to have all but disappeared when he opened with a three over par 73 that left him seven shots behind first round leader, Noel Ratcliffe.

However, 24 hours later, Huish bounced right back into contention with a course record 62, a score which equalled Tommy Horton's European Seniors Tour 18 hole record set at the Scottish Seniors Open in 1997, and Huish went on to complete the job with a final round 65 for a ten under par total of 200.

Huish finished four shots in front of Jim Rhodes but this season neither the Scot nor his English rival has been able to reproduce that sort of form. Both will be seeking improved form in order to feature as strongly against a field that includes new Senior British Open champion, Ian Stanley, plus four other winners on this year's circuit.

Stanley, winner of both the British Senior Open, presented by MasterCard, and the De Vere PGA Seniors Championship, will start as favourite to extend his lead at the top of the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit. But he will face a strong challenge from the likes of Wales Senior Open champion Denis Durnian, Denis O'Sullivan, who has won both the Palmerston Trophy Berlin and the STC Scandinavian International, and Nick Job, winner of the Lawrence Batley tournament.

Brazil's Priscillo Diniz, the victor at the 2001 Royal Westmoreland Barbados Open, has also entered but he faces a late battle to overcome the persistent arm muscle injury that forced him to pull out of both the Palmerston Trophy and the Senior British Open, presented by MasterCard.

Previous winners, Bob Shearer (1999), Bobby Verwey (1998) and Brian Waites (1997) are also in the field as are experienced Englishmen, Horton and John Morgan, both of whom appear to have rediscovered their form after difficult starts to the season.
Another form horse who might just feature strongly among the Swiss mountains is Scotland's Bernard Gallacher.

The former Ryder Cup captain is still searching for his first victory on the European Seniors Tour but his recent form suggests that the elusive win could be right round the corner. Gallacher is one of the most consistent performers on this season's circuit. To date, he has finished tied fifth at the Palmerston Trophy, tied third at the AIB Irish Seniors Open, third alone at the Wales Seniors Open and he also won another large cheque finishing eighth at the Senior British Open, presented by MasterCard a fortnight ago.



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