Thursday, May 31, 2012


Scot Stephen McAllister is looking forward to getting stuck into the European Senior Tour season as he plays just his second tournament since joining the tour in this week’s Benahavis Senior Masters at La Quinta Golf and Country Club.
McAllister turned 50 in February, making him eligible to begin his Senior Tour career this season and he began with a tied 35th finish at the season-opening Mallorca Open Senior two weeks ago.
This week he plays in the Benahavis region of Southern Spain, a place with which he is very familiar and is confident of improving on his debut performance.
“It’s only my second event,” said the two time European Tour winner. “Mallorca was a bit of a mixed bag but it’s important to keep playing a run of events and keep giving myself chances. It was a different experience in Mallorca. I've been away from tournament golf for ten or 12 years and I was going out looking for nothing spectacular, just to see how my game was and getting used to life on tour again.
“I thoroughly enjoyed Mallorca, and it wasn’t as easy as people might think. It was actually a very good, well set-up course. I'm looking forward to this week. I have a lot of friends in this area and I come down quite a bit during the year so I'm looking forward to the challenge again.
“The course this week is in pretty good shape and it’ll get better as the week goes on, the greens will get a little bit faster. It’s in lovely condition.”
“I would say the course suits me,” he continued, “I hit the ball reasonably straight and this is the kind of course that you need to do that, just get it up on the greens and give yourself a chance.
“It is a case of getting used to it now because we can all play out here but all of a sudden you have an Order of Merit to think about and it’s week on week tournaments so it’s a case of getting back into that mind set and getting comfortable with it.”
McAllister is joined at the Benahavis Senior Masters by fellow Scots Gordon Brand Junior, Terry Burgoyne, Ross Drummond, Bill Longmuir and Andrew Oldcorn.
They will be among a strong Senior Tour field competing for an increased prize fund of €200,000 for the fourth edition of the tournament on Spain’s Costa del Sol.
The field includes 26 of the top 30 players from last year’s Senior Tour Order of Merit, including two-time Benahavis Senior Masters champion Carl Mason and former Ryder Cup captain Mark James.
The returning US Senior PGA champion Roger Chapman is also present after his stunning win at Harbor Shores in Michigan last week.



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