Spanish success for Stephen East

Stephen East

Yorkshire’s Stephen East made a winning start to his senior career with victory in the Spanish senior men’s international championship at La Manga.

The 55-year-old from Moortown, Leeds, finished one-stroke clear of England senior international John Ambridge – who recently won the Asia Pacific senior title.

East (image © Tom Ward) adds this title to his already impressive collection of three English, one British and one European mid-amateur championships.

He triumphed in very difficult weather conditions at La Manga, when only one player was able to beat the par of 73 throughout the 54-hole event. East shared 32nd place after his first round 84, but moved up to third place after scoring 76 – the best of the day – in the second round.

A final round 74 saw him home, one clear ahead of Ambridge, (80-81-74) and three ahead of Scotland’s Ian Brotherston, who shot the low round of the tournament with a closing 72.

Ambridge, from Moor Park, Hertfordshire, won the Asia Pacific title on the Montgomerie Links in Vietnam. He has been a member of England’s winning teams at the senior Home Internationals for the past two years.