Lived:[1948-2018]. Born on Nov 14, 1948 in Melbourne, Victoria. Died on July 28, 2018 in Melbourne, aged 69.
Original/Home Club:Huntingdale GC, Melbourne.
Occupation:Professional golfer; TV commentator; course designer; charity organiser; PGA of Australia administrator.
Multiple winner on the Australasian Tour (19 wins), European Tour (1), European Seniors Tour (3) and other international tour wins, particularly in Fiji. European Seniors Order of Merit winner (2001).
Stanley undertook several assignments for the design firm of Thomson Perrett, specialising in the design of green complexes.
Stanley was among Australia’s most prolific winners in the early 1970s and 80s, who, along with the likes of Jack Newton, Bob Shearer, Stewart Ginn and Rodger Davis, also notched-up many titles outside Australia. One of his biggest wins came in 2001 at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland, when he beat the legendary Bob Charles of New Zealand in a playoff to land the Senior Open Championship title.
Revered for his charitable works, Stanley was also very active in supporting grassroots golf. He became well known in Australia as a TV commentor and golf show host, and also turned his considerable knowledge to golf course design, working with Peter Thomson and Ross Perrett.
Played as the De Vere PGA Seniors Championship (May 31-June 3). Second-placed Maurice Bembridge (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Ian Stanley (Aus), who recorded his second European Senior Tour win. [Nicklaus course, Carden Park, Cheshire].
Played as the Senior British Open presented by MasterCard (15th) (July 26-29). Stanley (Aus) beat Bob Charles (NZ) with a par at the first playoff hole to clinch the biggest win of his career. [Royal County Down GC, Newcastle, Co. Down, N. Ireland].
Eurpn Snr Tr
Stanley (Aus) won the Eurpn Snr Tr 2001 Order of Merit and associated John Jacobs Trophy, with earnings of €287,025 on the Tour. Denis Durnian (Eng) was second with €276,623; Noel Ratcliffe (Aus) was third with €218,685.
Played as the inaugural (and only) Coca-Cola Kaiser Karl European Trophy (Jun 30-Jul 2). Second-placed Denis Durnian (Eng) and Seiji Ebihara (Jpn) finished 4 shots behind first-time European Snr Tour winner Stanley (Aus). [GC Haus Kambach, Eschweiler, nr Cologne, Germany].
Played as the Nissan-Mobil New Zealand Open (Dec 15-18). Second-placed Michael Clayton (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Stanley (Aus). [Paraparaumu Beach GC, Paraparaumu, NZ].
Played as the Martini International (June 11-14). Christy O'Connor Jr (Ire) and Ian Stanley (Aus) finished in a tie for first place. Bob Shearer (Aus) and Guy Hunt (Eng) finished 1 shot further back in joint third place. This was Stanley's first and only European Tour win. [Royal North Devon GC, Westward Ho!, Bideford, Devon].
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