IAN STANLEY: 1948 – 2018

To those that knew Ian Stanley, he was never Ian but al­ways ‘Stan’ … ‘Stan The Man’, one of the great char­ac­ters of Aus­tralian golf.

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The death of Ian Stanley af­ter a long bat­tle with can­cer robbed us of a great char­ac­ter and left the game al­most bereft of hu­mour, writes Bren­dan Moloney.

The death of Ian Stanley af­ter a long bat­tle with can­cer on July 29 robbed us of a great char­ac­ter and left the game al­most bereft of hu­mour.

On the pro cir­cuits of Aus­tralia, Europe, New Zealand and the Pa­cific, where some play­ers seem to have un­der­gone per­son­al­ity by-pass surgery, Stanley shone like a bright star.

He once walked into a bar in New Zealand full of very large, dark-skinned gen­tle­men who as­pired to play for the na­tional rugby team or a ca­reer in crowd con­trol across the Tas­man and yelled: “What’s half black and wears thongs?”

In the stunned si­lence that en­sued he told them: “Auck­land.” The joint erupted, not in a race riot or swill of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness but with belly laughs. He was 69 when he died so you have to make com­par­isons with Barry McKen­zie, Sir Les Pat­ter­son and Lee Trevino*. Like them he could get away with it and the world was a bet­ter and hap­pier place as a re­sult.

It wasn’t all beer and skit­tles – he sel­dom played skit­tles – be­cause he won 30 times as a pro af­ter com­ing to promi­nence by win­ning the Vic­to­rian Boys Cham­pi­onship in 1966 and the Hunt­ing­dale club cham­pi­onship be­fore com­menc­ing his ap­pren­tice­ship un­der pro­fes­sional Geo˜ Flana­gan.

He loved Hunt­ing­dale from the mo­ment he set foot on the place but found it frus­trat­ing to go from cap­tain of the pen­nant team to lowly cleaner

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