Brian Waites

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Brian Waites
Personal information
Full name Brian J. Waites
Born (1940-03-01) 1 March 1940 (age 77)
Lancashire, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Nationality  England
Residence Minehead, Somerset, England
Career
Turned professional 1957
Current tour(s) European Seniors Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 32
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 2
European Senior Tour 4
Other 24 (regular)
2 (senior)
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T19: 1983
PGA Championship DNP

Brian J. Waites (born 1 March 1940) is an English professional golfer.

Waites turned professional in 1957 and played on the European Tour through most of the 1970s and 1980s. He was in his prime between 1978 and 1984, ranking between 10th and 22nd on the Order of Merit in each of those seven years. He won two European Tour events. Waites was a member of the losing 1983 European Ryder Cup team and represented England three times at the World Cup.

Waites joined the European Seniors Tour in its 1992 debut season and had a successful career at that level, winning four tournaments and making the top ten on the Order of Merit four times. He was the first man to play 100 tournaments on the European Seniors Tour. Waites was also the club professional at Notts Golf Club between 1969 and 1998. He won the Nottinghamshire Championship seven times, the Notts Professional Strokeplay Championship seven times and the Notts Professional Matchplay Championship five times.[1]

Professional wins[edit]

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 17 Sep 1978 Tournament Players Championship −6 (75-69-73-69=286) 1 stroke England Neil Coles
2 23 May 1982 Car Care Plan International −8 (68-69-66-73=276) 1 stroke Scotland Brian Barnes, England Paul Hoad

European Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1980 Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open Republic of Ireland Des Smyth Lost to birdie on sixth extra hole
2 1981 Haig Whisky TPC Scotland Brian Barnes Lost to par on fourth extra hole

Other regular career wins (24)[edit]

  • 1969 Nottinghamshire Championship, Notts Professional Strokeplay Championship, Notts Professional Matchplay Championship
  • 1971 Nottinghamshire Championship, Notts Professional Matchplay Championship
  • 1972 Notts Professional Strokeplay Championship
  • 1973 Nottinghamshire Championship
  • 1974 Nottinghamshire Championship
  • 1975 Notts Professional Strokeplay Championship, Notts Professional Matchplay Championship
  • 1977 Notts Professional Matchplay Championship
  • 1978 Nottinghamshire Championship
  • 1980 Benson & Hedges Kenya Open, Mufulira Open, Notts Professional Strokeplay Championship
  • 1981 Notts Professional Strokeplay Championship
  • 1982 Mufulira Open, Zambia Open, Nottinghamshire Championship
  • 1985 Cock of the North (Zambia)
  • 1986 Nottinghamshire Championship, Notts Professional Strokeplay Championship
  • 1989 Notts Professional Strokeplay Championship, Notts Professional Matchplay Championship

Pre-1992 senior wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 17 Jun 1990 Trusthouse Forte PGA Seniors Championship −3 (69-66-68-66=269) 4 strokes England Neil Coles
2 16 Jun 1991 Trusthouse Forte PGA Seniors Championship −7 (69-69-69-70=277) 3 strokes England Neil Coles

European Seniors Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 10 Jun 1994 D Day Seniors Open −10 (69-66-71=206) 6 strokes Spain Antonio Garrido
2 20 Aug 1995 Northern Electric Seniors −1 (72-70-73=215) 2 strokes Spain Francisco Abreu, England Peter Butler,
England Neil Coles, Australia Noel Ratcliffe,
South Africa Bobby Verwey
3 10 Aug 1997 Credit Suisse Private Banking Seniors Open −7 (63-69-71=203) Playoff England Malcolm Gregson
4 26 Sep 1998 Elf Seniors Open −12 (66-66-63=195) 4 strokes Republic of Ireland Denis O'Sullivan

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP T34
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Open Championship DNP T58 DNP DNP 51 T40 CUT T52 DNP CUT
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
The Open Championship T32 T50 T47 T19 CUT

Note: The Open Championship was the only major Waites played.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1976 and 1984 Open Championships)
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Team appearances[edit]

  • Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1983
  • World Cup (representing England): 1980, 1982, 1983
  • Hennessy Cognac Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 1980 (winners), 1982 (winners), (representing England) 1984 (winners)
  • PGA Cup/Diamondhead Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland/Europe): 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 (winners), 1979 (winners), 1990
  • Praia D'el Rey European Cup: 1997 (winners), 1998 (tie)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History & Championship Winners". Nottinghamshire PGA. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 

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