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Monday, 02 August 2004
The European Seniors Tour charts course for the oldest event on its strong schedule this week, namely the De Vere PGA Seniors Championship at the De Vere Carden Park.

A formidable line up of senior talent will compete in the £200,000 tournament which was inaugurated in 1957 and boasts a distinguished list of past champions including Max Faulkner, Peter Thomson, Christy O’Connor and Neil Coles.

Fresh from his victory in the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open on Sunday in Switzerland Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti will tee off at De Vere Carden Park along with the man he defeated in a play-off, England’s Denis Durnian.

The two players who battled it out for last year’s title, Scotland’s Bill Longmuir and Englishman Carl Mason, will also compete looking for further success. Longmuir overcame Mason in an enthralling battle between the top two players on the Seniors Tour in 2003.

It was Longmuir’s second victory on the Seniors Tour in just six starts and he went on to finish runner up on the Order of Merit behind Mason.

Another player in action this week is Longmuir’s fellow countryman, former European Ryder Cup Captain Sam Torrance, who will be making his third appearance on the European Seniors Tour this season.

The last one came in The Senior British Open Championship, presented by MasterCard, at Royal Portrush where an excellent closing 69 secured the Scot a share of ninth place and Torrance will be looking forward to another four round challenge at the De Vere Carden Park this week.

“The European Seniors Tour is indebted to the De Vere Hotels Group for their support of the De Vere PGA Seniors Championship, as well as the recently played De Vere Northumberland Seniors Classic. De Vere Carden Park boasts an outstanding Jack Nicklaus designed golf course and a sumptuous hotel which both combine to provide a perfect place for our members to perform,” said Andy Stubbs, Managing Director, European Seniors Tour.

“The tournament does of course have a long and proud history organised by the PGA of Great Britain and I am sure another exciting chapter will be written this year,” added Stubbs.

This year marks the fourth successive time that the tournament has been played at De Vere Carden Park.

The De Vere Group have hosted the tournament since 1996 and it has become synonymous with notable winners including Australian Ian Stanley, in 2001 followed by Japan’s Seiji Ebihara.

Both players will compete again this year and be joined by a host of other quality players including the Antipodean duo of Bob Charles from New Zealand and Australia’s Terry Gale.

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