GOLF: Latham called up for national team

Richard Latham with his haul of 2013 trophies EMN-140328-161352001
Richard Latham with his haul of 2013 trophies EMN-140328-161352001
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Richard Latham’s successful seniors career has been given yet another boost after being called up to represent Great Britain & Ireland.

Latham has been called up to the side set to face America in the Concession Cup later this month.

The Woodhall Spa Golf Course manager will be representing GB&I in the Seniors section and has been called up on the back of a successful 2013, which saw him win the English Men’s Senior Championship, Scottish Seniors Open and top the England Golf Seniors Order of Merit.

Latham said: “The Concession was one of the most amazing moments in any sport, not just golf, and to be called up to play in a tournament on the back of that is wonderful.”

The Concession Cup was created by supporters of amateur golf and is played out at the Concession Golf Club in Florida - a course designed in honour of the 1969 Ryder Cup.

That particular tournament is famous for ‘The Concession’ which saw Jack Nicklaus concede a putt to Tony Jacklin which saw the competition end in a draw.

The Concession Cup is played on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course designed in association with Tony Jacklin.

Latham has been called up to the GB&I squad alongside some of his closest rivals on the Seniors circuit.

“It’s funny because we spend most of the year wanting to beat the hell out of each other,” he continued.

“But they are fantastic golfers, and it’s great to be on a team alongside them.”

In preparation for the competition Latham has had a lot of early starts to fit in his training.

“My friends think that because I do the job I do that I can just play golf all the time, but that really isn’t the case,” he said.

“When I train it’s only for short periods of time but it’s always for specific parts of my game.”

Latham added: “Everybody has been so supportive. I’ve had messages of thanks from so many people and it makes me feel very proud to represent my country.”