RICHARD HUGHES won the President’s Prize at Saddleworth Golf Club for a fourth time and 44 years after his first success in the major.
The 65-year-old from Springhead produced a remarkable second round in the 36-hole competition to snatch victory by one shot.
Richard, who opened with a level par nett 71, fired a seven-under-par nett 64 in the second round which was one-under-par gross.
“It was one of those occasions when you know it is your day. I was level par gross one the outward nine and one under on the back,” explained Richard, whose handicap has been cut from six to five after his triumph.
“I would miss a green a chip and single putt time and time again. I was off the green on each of the last two holes, but got a birdie on the last.
“It was a bit nervous as I knew the scores of the leading players and that I had a chance.”
And Richard admitted his victory was a surprise.
“The day before the second round I played in an invitation at Werneth and I was embarrassingly bad. Yet the next day everything came right, that’s golf,” he continued adding that he only plays once a week now which again made the success sweet.
Richard, a semi-retired engineer, has been a member at Saddleworth for 45 years and has won 28 majors including being club champion eight times. He also held the old course record with a gross 65 before it was changed.
He has also won a number of district competitions, including the Oldham Centenary Trophy, Chronicle Cup and Royton Sword.
It was hardly surprising that Richard became a golfer as he was brought up a stone’s throw from a course at St Albans and began playing at the age of seven.
And it is a measure of his consistency that has his handicap has been between three and six for 40 years.
Richard had nett rounds of 71 and 64 for 135 to finish one stroke clear of runner-up Charles Walker (69 and 67 for 135).
In third place with 68 and 69 for 137 was Stephen Pullen.
There was an exciting finish in the Jubilee Trophy with three players returning 39 points in the Stableford.
Winning after a card play-off was Mike Taylor from runner-up Alan Squires and John Walsh.
The seniors’ open was won by home players Frank Pullen and John Barnes with 44 points in the Stableford.
Also on 44 points were runners-up G Smith and P Tunstall from Brookdale while third were J Hilton and S Bullock from Altrincham & Flixton with 43.
The President’s Invitation was won by Tony Isaacs and Bob Bloomer with 45 points.
Lee Tilley and Dave Rhodes (44pts) were runners-up from Mick Harrington and Phil Jackson, Nick Marner and Brad Tupman, also all with 44.
The open four-man team Stableford was won by Gary Simpson, David Pullen, Marcus Wray and Martin Heap with 97 points.
They finished six points clear of runners-up Jonathan Fancy, Alan Squires, Lee Blainey and Simon Fancy.
Third with 90 points were Robert Heap, John Taylor, Mick Heap and Nick Kerin while fourth were Gary Torr, Lee Tilley, David Rhodes and Andy Wild with 88.
David Pullen (71-5-66) won the monthly medal from runner-up Simon Halliwell (73-6-67) and third-placed Darren Cudlip (80-13-67).
Jeff Platt won a singles Stableford scoring 39 points, the same return as runner-up Phil Jones and Ian Charnock who was third.
The Chronicle Cup Junior Open was hosted by Saddleworth and the best nett score was recorded by Hugo Roberts, from Delamere Forest. Second was Saddleworth’s Jordan Bailey.
Saddleworth’s Ben Pullen had the best scratch score and Crompton and Royton’s Scott Taylor had the best score in the 14/18 age group and Outlane’s Joe Beeby in the under-14s.
Meanwhile, Julie Ward was the winner of Mr President’s Prize, a major, after returning nett rounds of 72 and 71 for 143.
She finished two shots clear of runner-up Denise Brown (69 and 76 for 145).
The first-day prize went to Linda Kenworthy (101-29-72) and second round to Jean Dervan (95-22-73).
The EGWA Medal and Bunty Booth qualifier was also won by Julie after a round of 96-22-74. Second was Barbara Shuttleworth (99-24-75).
And a five-club Stableford was won by Janice Nicholson with 34 points from Sue Booth (31).