Saturday, 04 October 2003
Australia's David Good carded a spectacular course record eight under par 64 to cruise to a five shot victory at the Tunisian Seniors Open at El Kantaoui.

The 55 year old from Mornington, Victoria, started the final round tied with Argentina's Horacio Carbonetti but carded eight birdies and an eagle to finish five shots in front of Chile's Guillermo Encina on 18 under par 198. Encina fired a seven under par 65 to move up from sixth into second but Carbonetti recorded a 70 to drop into third place one shot ahead of Jamaica's Delroy Cambridge and England's Jim Rhodes on 204.

Good started his final round with birdies on the first, fifth and seventh but it was around the turn that he made his biggest move. He hit a three wood into ten feet to record an eagle on the 483 yard par five ninth and then carded four consecutive birdies from the 10th before parring in from there to record the fourth lowest 54 hole aggregate in European Seniors Tour history.

"I have waited for this for quite a while," said Good who won 27,102 euro to take his earning for the season to almost 125,000 euro. "I did win the Legends in Golf tournament in Holland a couple of years ago but I was beginning to wonder if I would win again.

"It means a lot to me," he added. "Today I came close to playing as well as I have ever done. I once played seven holes in eight under par in a tournament at Yarra Yarra but this wasn't far behind."

Encina recorded a hole-in-one at the 354 yard par fourth 13th hole during his second round 67 and he continued to play spectacular golf 24 hours later in a faultless seven under par 65 that included five birdies and an eagle on the 504 yard par five fifth.

"It has been a good week," said the Chilean. "I thought I could win if I got to about 12 or 13 under but David played so well none of the rest of us had a chance."

Earlier in the day America's Jeff Van Wagenen came home in a sensational eight under par 28 to record a 65 and move up into a share of 21st place on six under
par 210.

Van Wagenen went out in one over par 37 but completely transformed his round with six consecutive birdies from the tenth. He missed an eight foot putt for a birdie on the 525 yard par five 16th but then bounced back with further birdies on the 314 yard par four 17th and the 607 yard par five 18th.

"It was getting pretty exciting out there," said the 55 year old from California. "I honestly thought I had got the putt on the 16th. It's a shame it didn't drop because nine consecutive birdies would have been something special."

England's Malcolm Gregson won the Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor aged 60 or over. The 2003 Irvine Whitlock Jersey Seniors Masters champion closed with a level par 72 to finish two shots in front of Joe McDermott and John Morgan on two under par 214.

Tommy Horton retired after four holes of his final round suffering from heat exhaustion.

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