16 November 2011
MacWet Ambassador Gary Wolstenholme MBE held his nerve to seal victory in the ISPS Handa Australian Senior Open after Terry Price piled on the pressure with a birdie at the final hole to set up a tense grandstand finish.
Gary headed into the final day, two shots behind the leader of rounds one and two Roger Davis. An impressive final round of 69 (-3) saw Gary leap frog Roger and claim the title despite a spirited challenge from Terry Price finishing one shot behind and Roger Davis a further shot back from that.
After the large galleries had congregated around the final green and with Wolstenholme assured of victory the atmosphere soon changed with Price holing a 20 foot putt across the green for birdie to get to within one shot meaning Wolstenholme then had to hole out from 4 foot for par and victory. The experienced Englishman was more than able to cope with the pressure and stepped up to stroke the ball into the centre of the cup and add the ISPS Handa Australian Senior Open to his ever expanding CV.
Gary decided to play over in Australia in preparation for the penultimate event on the European Senior Tour where he is well on course for a top 5 finish in the Order of Merit. He is also leading the chase to get his hands on another title; Rookie of The Year, where he is well ahead of his nearest rivals. It was at the kind invitation of the PGA Tour Australasia and the tournament organisation committee, Vault Management that Gary was able to play and he is sincerely appreciative to both parties for their kind support and assistance.
"I'm really glad I was able to squeeze this tournament into my schedule because Perth is a fantastic city. The golf course here is as good as anywhere in the world because of the test that it presents but also the condition of the course and it is just a great place to play golf and I'm glad that I came."