Friday, 19 March 2010
England's Denis Durnian overcame strong winds and the occasional sharp shower to card a one under par 71 and claim a six shot victory at the Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open at The Roxburghe near Kelso.

Durnian, who won for the first time at last season's Wales Seniors Open, started the final round with nine straight pars and then fired birdies on both the 439 yard par four 10th and the 526 yard par five 11th to move into a sizeable four shot lead. He did drop shots at both the 12th and the 14th but recorded his third birdie of the day at the 394 yard par four 15th and eventually finished six shots ahead of the field on ten under par 206.

Neil Coles, Martin Gray, Tommy Horton and Alan Tapie all shared second place on four under par 212 with Coles and Horton also sharing the 1,500 euro (£950) Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading golfer aged 60 or over.

Durnian's victory was worth 35,991 euro (£22,500) and also consolidated his place in the European side to face America in the UBS Warburg Cup to be played at Sea Island, Georgia in November.

"It is like a dream come true," said Durnian after his round. "Ever since finishing second at the Wales Seniors Open, my main goal has been to get into the side to face the Americans so it is great to finally do it.

"I think this is my ninth top-ten finish this season but I have got to admit I was beginning to wonder if I would ever add to last year's win. It's a great feeling to land a title as prestigious as this and it's even better because I played so well.

"That's probably the best I have played all season. In fact, it might be the best I have played since I joined the Seniors Tour a couple of years ago."

The day turned out to be something of a disappointment for England's Neil Coles, who started out one shot behind Durnian and was endeavouring to extend his own record as the oldest winner in Seniors Tour history.

Coles was 67 and 276 days old when he won this season's Lawrence Batley Seniors but he never looked likely to win four days short of his 68th birthday after dropping four shots in six holes just after the turn, In the end, he closed with a disappointing 76 to share second place with Gray, Horton and Tapie.

Horton carded a two under par 70 to equal his best finish of the season and it was also a great day for Gray, the club professional at Ladybank, who only got into the championship after leading the qualifying tournament earlier in the week.

The Scot came into the event hoping for a solid performance to consolidate his place in the top-75 on the Order of Merit but ended up winning a cheque for 16,208 euro (£10,132) that moved him up to 57th.

Further down the leaderboard, Ireland’s Denis O’Sullivan carded a 76 to drop from third place into a share of sixth place with another Scot, Russell Weir, on three under par 213.

Eamonn Darcy, making his third appearance on the Seniors Tour, closed with a level par 72 to finish in a tie for eighth place with Bill Brask, David Good, John Mashego and Steve Stull on two under par 214.

Bernard Gallacher also posted a 72, finishing in a share of 46th place, but it proved to be a bad day for Tony Jacklin, who dropped to 61st place after an eight over par 80.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
5DURNIAN, DenisENG18-10
T6TAPIE, AlanUSA18-4
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