Latham to defend his England title

Richard Latham (left) with Jack Nicklaus EMN-140530-131755001

Richard Latham (left) with Jack Nicklaus EMN-140530-131755001

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Woodhall Spa golfer Richard Latham is set to defend his England Senior title in Northumberland this weekend.

The 56-year-old stormed on to the Senior stage last year as he picked up the English and Scottish titles, finished runner-up in the County Championship and was selected to represent England and Great Britain.

The 240-strong field will play one round over each course at Matfen Hall and Hexham Golf Clubs with the final day taking place on Matfen Hall’s 18-hole course.

“I’m ready to go,” Latham told the News. “I’ve been working hard on my game in the time that I’ve had and I’ve had the opportunity to look round the courses in Northumberland and get a feel for them.

“There are a lot of good players out there who I will be facing and there will be some who have become eligible for senior competitions.

“It’s a lot different compared to last year, now the title is mine to lose.”

Latham’s was also recently selected as part of the Great Britain & Ireland squad to face America in the Concession Cup.

The Cup is named after the famous moment in the 1969 Ryder Cup when Jack Nicklaus conceded a putt to Tony Jacklin to draw the tournament.

Latham was facing some of the best golfers America had to offer and unfortunately lost two of games and drew the other.

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” Latham said. “They treated us all wonderfully and I played well all week.

“In our Four Ball game on the second day we were one down going on to the last hole.

“I hit to within four feet of the flag and holed my putt to win the hole and draw the game.

“Unfortunately I was up against their best player in the singles and lost.”

When asked about his plans for the remainder of 2014 Latham answered: “I’m just taking things month by month at the moment but would love to represent my country again.”