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Lane Not Resting On Laurels Ahead Of Willow Senior Golf Classic Defense

Staysure-tourLast year’s Willow Senior Golf Classic champion Barry Lane is taking nothing for granted as he prepares to defend his title at Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club this week.

The 1993 Ryder Cup player won in record fashion in 2017, carding the lowest-ever round on the Staysure Tour, a 12 under par 60, and a then-record tournament low of 22 under par.

Lane secured his sixth title on the European over-50s circuit, winning by five strokes from Scotland’s Gary Orr.

“It brings back great memories being here,” said Lane. “It’s really nice being the defending champion and coming back to the same golf course. It’s in good condition and the grass is lush because of the weather we’ve had recently.

“When you’re out there you remember the shots you hit and how you played, it’s a nice reminder.

“Although I shot 60, I had all the pressure on me on the Sunday to go out there and shoot a decent score and finish the job.

“It’s a very good course but, if you don’t focus, it’ll bite you. I know I have to go out there and forget about what I’ve done before. It’s nice playing on a course where you know you can go low – you still have to go out there and do it.”

Reigning Staysure Tour Number One Clark Dennis uses Hanbury Manor as a base when he travels to Europe from his home in Texas, and the American is relishing the prospect of playing on ‘home’ soil this week.


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