Saturday, 11 August 2001
America's David Oakley has a two shot lead going into the final round of the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open at Bad Ragaz GC in Switzerland.

Oakley, 56, a former furniture store manager from Orlando, Florida, added a second round three under par 67 to his opening 63 and goes into the final 18 holes two shots ahead of Australia's David Good on 10 under par 130.

Good, from Mornington, Victoria, a Bad Ragaz course specialist who was tied for third place at this event last year, added a 67 to his opening 65 to stand on eight under par 132, a single shot ahead of America's Bob Lenzion, whose also recorded a 67 to finish on seven under par 133.

Oakley has a reputation for scoring well on courses he likes. He won last year's De Vere Hotels Seniors Classic at Ferndown GC with a 17 under par total of 196 and believes he can repeat that sort of performance in the final round in Switzerland.

"I just love it here and I tend to do well when I am comfortable with a course," he said. "Today, I got off to a great start, with three birdies in the first four holes and after that it was just a question of keeping it together.

"Tomorrow, I am just going to go out and shoot as low a score as possible. You've got to be aggressive round here but I won't be looking at the leaderboards as there are a lot of good players coming up behind."

The best round of the day came from the defending champion, David Huish, who started the second round in a share of 38th place on level par 70 but climbed into the top four alongside Ireland's Liam Higgins after a sensational six under par 64 that was just two shots outside the Bad Ragaz course record that he shot at the same stage last year.

The Scot birdied the 372-yard par-4 first and the 368-yard par-4 second and never looked back from there. He went out in four under par 31 and then came home in a two under par 33 that also included further birdies on his last two holes.

"That's the best golf I have played all season," said the Course Manager and Professional at North Berwick. "When I went out, I was on level par and in danger of suffering the embarrassment of missing the cut as defending champion but I got off to a great start and that got me going.

"This season has been a bit of a disappointment," he added. "I had shingles at the start of the season and it's only now that I feel that I am getting back to the sort of form I showed last year.

Another man who made a significant move up the leaderboard was Ireland's Denis O'Sullivan, winner of both the Palmerston Trophy and the STC Scandinavian International already this season.

O'Sullivan, from Cork, started on two over par 72, birdied the 374-yard opening hole, but then dropped shots to par at the first, fifth and sixth. At that stage, the genial Irishman seemed destined to miss only his second cut of the season but he recovered with birdies at the seventh, eighth, 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th and 16th to post a five under par 65 that took him into a share of ** place on three under par 137.

"If there is such a thing as a bad 65, that was it," he said. " I could have been anything. I came home in 30 but with a bit of luck it could have been 27 or 28.

"I hit it close all day but just couldn't convert the chances I had."

America's Jay Dolan 111, the winner of last winter's European Seniors Tour Qualifying School at PGA Golf de Catalunya, Spain, goes into the final round with a one shot lead in the race for the £500 Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading golfer in his 60s.

Dolan, 62, from Haines City, Florida, recorded his second successive 68 to go into the closing 18 holes one shot ahead of Canada's Bill Hardwick.

At the other end of the leaderboard, the cut fell at one over par 141, tieing the all time European Seniors Tour record low in relation to par.

England’s Tommy Horton (73-68) and Australia’s Noel Ratcliffe (71-70) were among those to make it on that mark but America’s Jerry Bruner, England’s Denis Durnian, Spain’s Antonio Garrido, Scotland’s Mike Miller and Northern Ireland’s Paul Leonard all missed out.

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