Scotland’s Bill Longmuir will “keep it in the family” once again for his defence of Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open at The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course, Kelso, from August 26-28.
In the 2004 event, Longmuir had his son Callum, then 13, as his caddie and the father and son team proved to be an irresistible winning combination.
Callum has not caddied since, but Longmuir says he wants his eldest son back on the bag when the competition returns to The Roxburghe next month.
“Obviously any win is important, but the Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open was special as my son caddied for me. He has a positive attitude towards golf and it was refreshing to hear his words of encouragement,” admitted Longmuir, who has four European Seniors Tour titles to his name.
“Callum has not caddied for me since, but I have asked him to do it again this year. We had a particularly nice week last year. We stayed in the hotel at the course and my son and I went fishing in the evenings.
“The Duke of Roxburghe is a great host. He made us feel very welcome and is so passionate about the game.”
Raised in Essex by Glaswegian parents, 52 year old Longmuir says he is a ‘true blue’ Scot so was particularly delighted to win on home soil. But if he is to repeat the feat this year he knows he will have to improve on his performances so far this season, especially as Seniors Tour Order of Merit leader Carl Mason is in such strong form.
“My form has been poor this year, because my health has not been good. At no stage have I been fully fit, but you get used to it. I hope my form starts turning around.”
Last year’s tournament concluded with a thrilling finish on the Sunday. Scot John Chillas, who had led for the first two rounds, saw his putt at the 18th lip out, leaving Longmuir to claim a one shot victory and the €33,251 (£22,500) winner’s cheque. Moments earlier, Mason missed a 15 foot birdie putt to also force a play-off and had to settle for a share of second with Chillas.
Charles Church is once again sponsoring the tournament and its main board director, David Bryant, said: “Our sponsorship, now in its fourth consecutive year highlights our commitment to the region, where our luxury developments at Sunlaws Village, which we are currently building in conjunction with The Duke of Roxburghe adjacent to The Roxburghe Golf Course in Kelso, and at Thirlestane Grange in Lauder, are just two of a number of exciting new schemes we are constructing in Scotland. We are therefore delighted to continue as title sponsor of the 2005 Scottish Seniors Open, a high profile event within the golfing calendar and one with which we are proud to be associated.”
EventScotland is supporting the Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open for the third consecutive year and its chief executive, David Williams, said: “The Scottish Seniors Open has attracted an exciting field including Sam Torrance, who was appointed in 2004 as Scotland’s ambassador for golf. Sam is one of the most popular and charismatic golfers on the world stage and contributes significantly to the promotion of Scotland as the Home of Golf and our growing reputation as a premier events destination.”
Entry to the tournament is free and parking costs £5 per car.