Ian Stanley (golfer)
Ian Stanley (14 November 1948 – 29 July 2018) was an Australian professional golfer.
|Full name||Ian Stanley|
|Born||14 November 1948|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Died||29 July 2018(aged 69)|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour of Australasia|
European Seniors Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||19|
|European Senior Tour||3|
|Best results in major championships|
|The Open Championship||T30: 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.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Amateur wins (3)
- 4 Professional wins (30)
- 5 Results in major championships
- 6 Team appearances
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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.
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. 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).
Stanley was a director of not-for-profit organisation Tee Up for Kids, which raises money for underprivileged children in Victoria.
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
- 1975 Queensland Open
- 1979 Victorian PGA Championship
- 1980 Wembley Classic, Geraldton Classic
- 1981 Traralgon Classic
- 1982 Westpac Classic
- 1983 Hume Classic, Murray River Classic
- 1984 Murray River Classic, South Australian PGA Championship
- 1985 Western Australia Open, New South Wales Open, Geralston Classic
- 1986 Murray River Classic
- 1987 South West Open
- 1988 New Zealand Open
- 1989 Tasmanian Open
- 1992 Norfolk Island Open, Victorian Open
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|
|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
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||T56||46||CUT||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T30|
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship||CUT|
Note: Stanley only played in The Open Championship.
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1973, 1976 and 1977 Open Championships)
"T" = tied
- Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. p. 344. ISBN 0-85613-520-8.
- Callander, Colin (12 November 2001). "European Seniors Tour: Stanley takes title on merit". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 12 August 2009.
- Schlink, Leo (29 July 2018). "Australian golf champion Ian Stanley dies following a long battle with cancer". Herald Sun. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
- "Death Notice: Stanley - Ian". Herald Sun. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.