ALAN SQUIRES narrowly failed to win the English Seniors Open Championship for a record-equalling fourth time.
The 64-year-old golfer from Lees finished runner-up to Woodhall Spa’s Richard Latham in the event which was staged in Bristol.
Squires, winner of the event in 2010, 11 and 12, played a qualifying round and then the top 60 players progressed to the 54-hole championship at Bristol and Clifton.
“I was five shots behind the leader going into the final round and was never in the hunt,” he explained.
It has been a case of Squires being the nearly man as he also finished fourth in the Lancashire Seniors at Heysham, another event he has dominated in recent years.
Squires says the damage was done on the front nine of his opening round when he was eight over par as he shot 79.
Though he fired a level par 70 in the second round, he left himself with too much work to do to challenge the winner.
Squires has tasted victory, however, as he was in the six man Lancashire seniors team which won the Northern Counties qualifier at Ilkley by 24 shots to progress to the final which will be held at the RAC Club, Epsom.
He won the individual title at Ilkley after shooting rounds of 71 and 70.