Friday, 19 March 2010
Jamaica's Delroy Cambridge became the fifth first time winner on this season's European Seniors Tour when he closed with a two under par 69 to win the £24,310 first prize at the Dan Technology Senior Tournament of Champions at Mere G & CC near Manchester.

Cambridge followed in the footsteps of Japan's Seiji Ebihara, England's Denis Durnian, Australia's David Good and Scotland's Russell Weir with an almost faultless performance despite constant showers and swirling winds gusting up to 30 miles an hour.

The big hitting Jamaican, who came into this event having notched nine top ten finishes on this season's European Seniors Tour, started the final round one shot behind overnight leader, Ian Mosey, but immediately drew level with a birdie on the 520 yard first hole. He moved ahead for the first time with a second successive birdie at the 388 yard second hole and consolidated his position with a four on the par five 494 yard ninth.

Coming home, he was put under pressure first by Scotland's Mike Miller, who had 10 birdies and an air shot in his 65, and then by America's Jerry Bruner, who eagled the last for a 68, but he held firm, eventually coming home in one over par 36 for a three round aggregate of eight under par 205, one shot ahead of Bruner and two in front of Miller, Brazil's Priscillo Diniz and Canada's Bill Hardwick.

Northern Ireland's Paul Leonard produced a battling 69 to finish alone in sixth place on five under par 208 but Mosey dropped into a share of eighth place with compatriot, Peter Dawson, after a disappointing closing round of four over par 75.

"This means a lot to me," said Cambridge after holing for a par five on the last that confirmed his one shot victory.

"It's great to get the first win off my back. When I came over here at the start of this season I said my goal was to win a tournament, but I was beginning to wonder if I would do it after some of the close shaves I have had.

"This morning I was a little bit nervous but I got off to a great start and was able to play cautious golf after that.

"I struggled a bit coming home but I did enough and that's all I had to do."

Miller could hardly believe what he had done when he signed for a six under par 65 that moved him ten places up the leaderboard into a share of second place.

The round included a total of 10 birdies but also a bogey and a double bogey on the 388 yard second hole where he drove into the trees and then missed the ball completely with his attempted escape shot.

“It was incredible,” said Miller, who warmed up for this event by winning the unofficial Belleisle Hotels Giles Insurance Scottish PGA Seniors Championship at Ayr Belleisle.

“Basically, what happened was that I got to greedy,” he said. “I drove to within about nine or ten inches of a tree trunk but, instead of just hacking it out, I tried to get a bit of distance and ended up missing the ball altogether.

“It was a bit embarrassing,” he added. “I can’t remember the last time I did something like that. But at least I made up for it later on.

Meanwhile, further down the leaderboard, Australia's Ian Stanley extended his lead over England's Denis Durnian in the race to win the John Jacobs Trophy, awarded annually to the leader of the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit.

Stanley, winner of both the Senior British Open, presented by Mastercard and the De Vere Hotels PGA Seniors Championship, made up four strokes on local favourite, Durnian, when he closed with a one under par 70 to finish in a share of eleventh place alongside Nick Job on 212

The Australian, who plans to miss the European Seniors Tour's next event in Tunisia before returning for the last two tournaments in Portugal and Spain, has amassed a record total of 265,631 euro (£164,521) to date this season, 14,203 euro (£8,797) ahead of his English rival.

Noel Ratcliffe, last season's Number One, who finished in a share of 21st place at Mere, currently lies in third place on the table with 208,181 euro (£128,939.)

England's Tommy Horton, who headed the European Seniors Tour's Order of Merit five times between 1993 and 1998, continued his recent return to form when closed with a three under par 68, aided by a hole in one with a six iron on the 182 yard 12th hole. He finished in a share of sixteenth place on 214.

Horton's ace is the seventh on this season's European Seniors Tour, following those made by John Tolhurst, Malcolm Gregson, Mike Miller (all at the Beko Classic), Joe McDermott (Wales Seniors Open), Barry Vivian (Microlease Jersey Seniors Masters) and Rick Uhlir (Legends in Golf)

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MILLER, MikeSCO18-6
2DURNIAN, DenisENG18Par
3HORTON, TommyENG181
4CAMBRIDGE, DelroyJAM18-8
5BRUNER, JerryUSA18-7
T6DINIZ, PriscilloBRA18-6
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