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Gordon J. Brand
A consistent figure on the leaderboards since turning 50 in August and giving up his job as a referee on the Tour in order to play. Featured in eight events in the second half of the season and finished top ten in six, with his best finishes being tied third at the Bendinat London Seniors Masters and the Arcapita Seniors Tour Championship. A successful and solid performer, he maintained his playing privileges on The European Tour from 1977 to 1994, with victory in the 1989 Volvo Belgian Open, but perhaps the highlight came when he was runner-up in the 1986 Open Championship at Turnberry, five strokes behind Greg Norman. That result helped him finish a career best fifth on The European Tour Order of Merit. Was part of England's winning Alfred Dunhill Cup team in 1987 along with Howard Clark and Nick Faldo, and also competed in The Ryder Cup and World Cup in 1983 and enjoyed great success in Africa claiming seven titles. Wife Lyn was a professional on the inaugural Ladies Tour for two years from 1979 while both his daughters are excellent golfers. Eldest daughter Marylyn attended Oregon State University on a golf scholarship while Lizzie is a promising amateur in Yorkshire.
1 - 1989 Volvo Belgian Open
1981 Ivory Coast Open, 1983 Nigerian Open, 1986 Ivory Coast Open, Nigerian Open, 1987 Zimbabwe Open, 1988 Ivory Coast Open & 1990 Zambia Open
Played in 8 European Seniors Tour events in 2005, best finish T3rd in Bendinat London Seniors Masters. Won £81,804 which played him 26th on the order of merit.