Friday, 19 March 2010
Sam Torrance becomes the latest new kid on the block when he makes his European Seniors Tour debut at the Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open that starts at The Roxburghe near Kelso tomorrow.

The former Ryder Cup Captain turned 50 on Sunday and makes his first appearance against a strong field that includes three other Scots who have won on this year's Seniors Tour.

"This is a moment I have been looking forward to for the last three or four years," admitted Torrance who won 21 times on The European Tour and ten other titles worldwide during a sparkling 30 year career.

"I can honestly say that I have been counting the days until I reached 50 and it's particularly special because I will be making my debut in front of my home Scottish fans. They have always been good to me and I'd like to think I normally do well when I am playing in front of them."

Torrance arrived in Kelso after a two-month break spent recuperating from knee surgery. "I am bound to be a bit rusty because I haven't played any competitive golf since June but the good news is that my knee is a lot better and I am raring to go."

Torrance will be endeavouring to extend an incredible run that has seen Scottish golfers win three out of the last four events on the Seniors Tour

Bill Longmuir got the ball rolling when he won his second title of the season at the De Vere PGA Seniors Championship at De Vere Carden Park. Argentina's Horacio Carbonetti won the subsequent Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland but in the last two weeks John Chillas has won the Travis Perkins Senior Masters and Mike Miller has claimed the Nigel Mansell Classic presented by Sunseeker International.

"The guys have done brilliantly and I would like to think I can keep the run going," said Torrance. "I have been working hard. My game's in pretty good shape but I certainly won't be under-estimating the challenge."

One has to look back to 1995 to find the last man to win on his Seniors Tour debut. That was South Africa's John Bland who won the London Masters at the London Club and who then crossed the Atlantic where he won on his debut on the US Senior Tour as well.

"I think the fact that it hasn't been done since 1995 says a lot about the standard of golf on the Seniors Tour," said Torrance. "I'm certainly not expecting just to waltz in here and take over. There are a lot of good golfers out here."

This year's Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open is the third to be held at The Roxburghe, owned by the Duke of Roxburghe and designed by former Ryder Cup golfer, Dave Thomas. America's David Oakley won the title in 2001 and 12 months later he was followed into the winner's circle by England's Denis Durnian..

David Huish, the Director of Golf at North Berwick, remains the only Scot to have won the title. He achieved that feat at the Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel & CC near Edinburgh in 1998.

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