England international Luke Johnson has become only the second player to successfully defend the Berkhamsted Trophy.
He retained the trophy in difficult, blustery conditions with 36-hole total of level par, which gave him a one-shot win over a group of three other players.
"It was great to win again because there was a little bit more pressure defending – and because I didn't feel I was in it! But I chipped in for birdie on the 12th and birdied 16 and 17 to win by one," said Johnson, from King’s Lynn in Norfolk.
He opened with a two-over 73 and was four shots off the halfway pace, set in spectacular style by Simon Richardson of Spalding. He had a hole in one with his first shot of the competition and followed up with 17 straight pars.
However, in the afternoon Johnson shot two-under 69, while Richardson slipped back with 74, finishing on one-over, alongside Taylor Carter (Rochford Hundred) 73 70; and David Corben (Hindhead) 72 71.
Johnson, 22, a member of the England Golf men's squad, won in a play-off last year, having been eliminated in another play-off in 2013. The last time the trophy was won in successive years was 1978 and 79 when John Davies of Royal Mid Surrey did the double.
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