Darcy caressing maiden Seniors win in Poland

Ireland’s Eamonn Darcy carries a one shot lead into the final day of the Parkridge Polish Seniors Championship at Krakow Valley Golf and Country Club, where he will attempt to break his run of seven runner-up finishes.

Darcy’s severe case of “seconditis” stretches back to 2002, but the Irishman is confident of finding a cure after carding a round of 69.

Despite suffering back problems which required a cortisone injection and will rule him out of next week’s Jersey Seniors Classic, Darcy posted four birdies and a solitary bogey to lead by one stroke from Japan’s Katsuyoshi Tomori, who shot a 68.

Darcy said: “I actually played much better than I did yesterday – I just didn’t putt nearly as well. But I birdied the first hole and ended the day with another birdie from the sand on the last, which was a pleasing way to finish.

“I’ve been in this position a few times before, so all I can do is give it a go tomorrow. I’ll hope for the best, and let fate decide the rest.”

Tomori finished with three consecutive birdies to finish on six under par, one ahead of a quartet of players which includes Wales’ Ian Woosnam, who is seeking his maiden European Seniors Tour title.

Leading scores:
137 E Darcy (Ire) 68 69;
138 K Tomori (Jpn) 70 68;
139 L Carbonetti (Arg) 72 67; I Woosnam (Wal) 71 68; D Hospital (Esp) 69 70; B Cameron (Eng)
140 G J Brand (Eng) 70 70;
141 B Charles (NZL) 70 71; P Dugeny (Fra) 72 69; B Lincoln (RSA) 74 67; D Merriman (Aus) 71 70; J Rivero (Esp) 73 68; A Sowa (Arg) 74 67; 
142 B Heuchan (Can) 75 67; J Chillas (Sco) 75 67; S Ginn (Aus) 70 72; T Johnstone (Zim) 70 72; K Spurgeon (Eng) 73 69;