Yorkshire’s Richardson is the champion captain

Alan Richardson

Yorkshire’s Alan Richardson is England’s champion captain – claiming the title for the second time, just two years after his first triumph.

Richardson, from Scarborough North Cliff, scored 74 points in the 36-hole final of the English Golf Captains’ tournament series at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire.

“I’m absolutely chuffed, over the moon,” said Richardson, who won his first title at Burhill in 2014.

He was three points clear of halfway leader Andy Vernon (Stapleford Park), while Chris Wise (Holtye) and Martin Tate (Blackburn) shared third place with 68 points.

The championship was played as part of England Golf Week, which brings over 500 competitors to Frilford Heath to take part in a series of finals during the five-day celebration of handicap golf.

Richardson was club captain in 2001 and has been a regular in England Golf Captains’ tournaments since then – alongside a large number of other Scarborough North Cliff past captains. “When we went to Southport & Ainsdale for the qualifier there were 10 captains from our club,” he said.

“We love it. It’s great value for money, even if you don’t win, and it’s really well organised,” he went on. “The nice thing with these events is that they are very friendly and there’s quite a bit of banter!”

Richardson arrived at the final playing off 11 and, after returning scores of 36 and 38 points, is anticipating that his handicap will be cut to eight, his lowest ever.

After the first round he was two points off the lead and tied third. Today he forged ahead, saying: “I holed some really good putts at crucial times, especially on the 13th where I made a par for three points on my shot hole.”

He had only one bad hole, on the 9th, when a bird flew out of the trees and distracted him as he was about to drive. “I duffed my tee shot and didn’t score any points,” said Richardson.

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