Red-hot Richard Latham secured a notable England-Scotland double and his third seniors title in less than a month after claiming a two-shot victory in the Scottish Seniors Open Stroke Play Championship at sunny Elie.
Latham (Image © SGU), the General Manager at Woodhall Spa, only became eligible for the seniors’ amateur circuit when he turned 55 in May and has since enjoyed a devastating spell of form which has even left him stunned.
Two weeks ago at Bristol, Latham claimed the English Men’s Seniors Championship and then added the Seniors County Championship in Lincolnshire to his CV. A week later and he is now enjoying a third straight success after holding off the challenge of fellow Englishman Richard Partridge (Wildernesse) to triumph at the fast-running par-70 course in Fife.
Played in glorious conditions at The Golf House Club, Elie over three days, overnight leader Latham closed with a one-under-par 69 to finish the only player under par after 54 holes on two-under 208. “It’s unbelievable, staggering, I can’t believe it,” said Latham of his purple patch.
“I’m based at Woodhall Spa, the home of England Golf, and I prepared for two years for the seniors, with the help of my coach, David Ridley. Three wins means two years of hard work has paid off.” Asked if he was impressed with Elie, the author of four golf books added: “I love this part of the world, I could live here!”
Partridge did his best to eat into Latham’s three-shot advantage after 36 holes, closing with a fine 68 for 210, which even included a three-putt bogey at the last.
A trio of players shared third spot on 216, including Grangemouth’s Lindsay Blair, who last year claimed a one-stroke victory at Luffness New on his event debut.