Woodhall Spa man wins as Rawthore digs deep for Senior Women’s success
By ECG Newsdesk
Lincolnshire’s Richard Latham completed a wire-to-wire victory in the English Senior Men’s Championship at Kirby Muxloe in Leicestershire, beating the field by a hefty five shots.
It’s the second time Latham has won the title and he commented: “It feels terrific, I am delighted.”
He claimed his crown after a final round which had everything: a first tee wobble, a dramatic charge from a rival, birdies galore - and dogged determination from the new champion.
By the end of it, Latham, the general manager at Woodhall Spa, was level-par for the championship, returning a four-over 75 in the final round. That was enough to see off runner-up David Niven, of Newbury &Crookham, who had set the final round alight with three birdies in his first five holes.
Latham made a fast start to his senior career in 2013 but came to Kirby with a point to prove, after losing his England senior team place last year.
“I have come out and proved I can still play, which is what I wanted to do. I was desperately keen to prove that to myself,” he said.
He made his intentions clear with a superb 67 in his first round, which he followed up with a level-par 71 at Rothley Park, the championship’s co-host. Going into the final round, he held a seven-shot lead over Niven, Chris Reynolds of Littlestone and Denham’s Andrew Stracey.
However, he dropped a shot at the first and soon found himself three-over after four as Niven, a senior international, made his charge to narrow the gap.
Latham showed his mettle with birdies on five, six and eight and, when Niven’s charge stalled, Latham was able to extend his lead once more. He got back under-par for the championship with a birdie on the long 17th where he played a superb approach to about six feet and could even afford the luxury of bogeying the last
Meanwhile, a dramatic finale to the English Senior Women’s Championship at Ross-on-Wye saw Cheshire’s CathRawthore snatch victory from Karen Jobling at the 21st hole.
Incredibly, it was the only time in the entire match that Rawthore had got her nose in front. Indeed, she was two-down with two to play but battled back to claim the title in stunning fashion.
“I never say die,” she said afterwards. “I always go for it, never give in and scramble, scramble, scramble. Sometimes it’s not pretty but it’s what I do.
“Karen played tremendous golf. Every time I thought I played a good shot she put it inside me. It was such hard work mentally, but very exciting and I am absolutely thrilled.
“I’m so glad we gave the spectators a good final to watch.”
Rawthore’s win follows her previous successes in the English Senior Strokeplay Championship and the British Senior Championship.
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