Johnson does the double in Berkhamsted Trophy

Luke Johnson Berkhamsted

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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