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Ian Stanley (14 November 1948 – 29 July 2018) was an Australian professional golfer.

Ian Stanley
Personal information
Full nameIan Stanley
Born(1948-11-14)14 November 1948
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died29 July 2018(2018-07-29) (aged 69)
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Nationality Australia
Turned professional1970
Former tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins30
Number of wins by tour
European Tour1
PGA Tour of Australasia19
European Senior Tour3
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipT30: 1986
Achievements and awards
European Seniors Tour
Order of Merit winner

Stanley was born in Melbourne. He started playing at the age of 14 at the old Amstel Golf Club which backed onto his parents' home in Notting Hill. In 1966, he won both the Club Championship and Junior Championship and, later in the same year, won the Victorian School Boys at Huntingdale Golf Club. As Amstel was moving to a new site in Cranbourne, Stanley was asked to join Huntingdale, where he honed his game under the watchful eye of club professional Geoff Flanagan. In 1967, he won the Victorian Junior Championship at Huntingdale and in 1969, he went on to win both the Junior and Senior Club Championships (also played at Huntingdale). He followed this up with his second Victorian Junior Championship win all in the same year.


After turning professional in 1970, Ian served a three-year apprenticeship under the guidance of Geoff Flanagan. Stanley was a prolific tournament winner in Australasia from the mid-1970s through the early 1990s. He also spent seven years on the European Tour in the 1970s, where he was joint winner of the 1975 Martini International with Christy O'Connor Jnr, and finished inside the top-60 on the Order of Merit six times with a best end of season ranking of 27th in 1975.[1]

In the early 1990s, Stanley joined Australia's first pay TV sports channel, Premier Sports, commentating on European and American tournaments. This led to the highly rated Golf Show which is still successfully running on Fox Sports today.

From 1977 to 1978, Stanley worked with David Inglis in establishing the Australian Masters and obtaining sponsorships for the first tournament in 1979.

After the tragic accident which injured Jack Newton in July 1983, Stanley, with other businessmen, set up the Jack Newton Trust. Stanley travelled around Australia raising money through exhibitions and guest speaking engagements. This concluded with a sell-out sportsmen's night held at the Southern Cross Hotel in September 1983.

In 1983, Stanley was approached by the PGA to take Newton's position on the board where Stanley tried to establish an Accident & Sickness policy for each player; this was voted down in the 1986 PGA annual meeting.

After turning 50, Stanley joined the European Seniors Tour, and in 2001 he won the PGA Seniors Championship, then the Senior British Open on his way to topping the Order of Merit.[2] In total, he has three wins on the European Seniors Tour.

On retiring from the Senior tour in 2004, Stanley joined golf design and architect firm Thomson Perrett, where his principal design stage was golf greens. Stanley also project managed courses in Australia and China. The main golf courses in Australia included Ballarat Golf Club, Sandhurst Golf Club, Silverwoods at Yarawonga, Mandalay Golf Club and Manly Golf Club, Sydney (greens and bunker designs).

Personal lifeEdit

Stanley was a director of not-for-profit organisation Tee Up for Kids, which raises money for underprivileged children in Victoria.

Stanley married his wife, Pam, in 1971. They had three daughters. Stanley died from cancer on 29 July 2018.[3][4]

Amateur wins (3)Edit

  • 1966 Victorian Schoolboys' Champion
  • 1967 Victorian Junior Champion
  • 1969 Victorian Junior Champion

Professional wins (30)Edit

PGA Tour of Australia wins (19)Edit

European Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 14 Jun 1975 Martini International −5 (71-72-69-67=279) Tie   Christy O'Connor Jnr

Other wins (5)Edit

  • 1975 New Britain Open (Papua New Guinea)
  • 1976 South Seas Classic (Fiji)
  • 1986 Fiji Open
  • 1988 Fijian Hotel Classic
  • 1990 Fijian Hotel Classic

European Seniors Tour wins (3)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 2 Jul 2000 Coca-Cola Kaiser Karl European Trophy −13 (66-69-68=203) 4 strokes   Denis Durnian
  Seiji Ebihara
2 3 Jun 2001 De Vere PGA Seniors Championship −10 (71-66-68-73=278) 2 strokes   Maurice Bembridge
3 29 Jul 2001 Senior British Open −6 (70-69-70-69=278) Playoff   Bob Charles

Other senior wins (2)Edit

  • 1998 Australian Senior PGA Championship, Ipswich Senior Classic

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Open Championship CUT CUT T56 46 CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Open Championship CUT T30
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Open Championship
Tournament 2000 2001 2002
The Open Championship CUT

Note: Stanley only played in The Open Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1973, 1976 and 1977 Open Championships)
"T" = tied

Team appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. p. 344. ISBN 0-85613-520-8.
  2. ^ Callander, Colin (12 November 2001). "European Seniors Tour: Stanley takes title on merit". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 12 August 2009.
  3. ^ Schlink, Leo (29 July 2018). "Australian golf champion Ian Stanley dies following a long battle with cancer". Herald Sun. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Death Notice: Stanley - Ian". Herald Sun. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.

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