GOLF: Woodhall Spa ace Latham helps England claim bronze


Woodhall Spa golfer Richard Latham helped England’s senior men collect the bronze medal for the third successive year after overcoming Scotland 4-1 on the final day of the European Senior Men’s Team Championships in Poland.

Having lost narrowly to Ireland in the semi-finals, England went into the third place play off at the Sierra Golf Club knowing they had to beat the Scots to finish in the top three - and they achieved their target without losing a game.

The powerful foursomes partnership of Alan Mew and Tony McLure came out on top again, winning their third successive game by beating Robert Stewart and Malcolm Reid 2 and 1.

Stephen East then beat John Fraser 4 and 3 while Latham completed a similar scoreline over Barry Brooks.

The other two contests resulted in halves, England’s Andrew Stracey with David Gardner and Clive Jones with Ian Brotherston.

Meanwhile, Latham is on England duty again this week in the Senior Home Internationals at Royal North Berwick.

England will be seeking a hat trick of titles after winning in Ireland and Wales over the last two years.

The event started yesterday (Tuesday) and finishes tomorrow (Thursday).

Latham, enjoyed a meteoric rise through the senior ranks last year, winning the Scottish and English titles within weeks then being capped in European Team Championships.

This year, he has finished tied fourth in defending the English Seniors title and sixth in the Scottish Seniors while he also represented GB&I against the US in the Concession Cup.