Last-gasp victory

WINNER: Mark Orme with his trophey

MARK ORME produced a barnstorming finish to win the club championship at Saddleworth Golf Club for the first time.

The 36-year-old from Greenfield, who had previously had a number of top three placings in the event, shot birdie, eagle at the last two holes to snatch victory by one shot.

“I knew I was in the mix, but was not aware how close I was. I knew I needed something special to get into contention and somehow I managed to do it,” explained the structural steel engineer.

Mark (pictured with the trophy) also finally upstaged elder brother Martin who is a six times winner of the club championship and who was in third place.

“Martin was made up that I had finally won it because he knew I had been close so many times,” he continued.

Mark shot gross rounds of 71 and 70 for 141, which was one-under par and excellent bearing in mind he is a five handicapper. Runner-up Marcus Wray and Martin Orme had identical rounds of 72 and 70 for 142.

Until Mark’s spectacular finish, it looked as though Marcus and Martin would have to contest a sudden death play-off for the championship.

In fact Mark had fabulous finishes to both rounds. In the opener he was four under par for the last six holes and then in the second was three under for the final two holes.

This is the fourth major Mark has won at Saddleworth having also captured Captain’s Prize and Vice-Captain’s Prize.

“This is the biggest and the one everybody wants to win,” he said.

The club championship also saw two holes-in-one recorded by Nick Kane and Steve Castle, both at the second.

Stephen Pullen won Captain’s Prize, another of the season’s big competitions, for a second time.

The 21-year-old from Diggle followed up his success of 2010 with victory in the 36-hole major.

Three-handicapper Pullen recorded nett rounds of 71 and 68 for a two-round total of 139.

Pullen, who recently graduated with a first in hospitality management, finished one shot clear of Roy Dobson whose 140 comprised rounds of 71 and 69.

That was far less dramatic than 2010 when he needed a play-off before he emerged victorious.

Pullen’s latest triumph takes the number of majors he has won at Saddleworth to six. He is even eclipsing father David, a former club captain, who is still trying to win Captain’s Prize.

There was an exciting finish to Vice-Captain’s Prize with a three way tie at the top of the leaderboard.

The winner, after a card play-off, was Gary Banks with nett rounds of 71 and 68 for 139.

Runner-up was Nigel Rhodes (72 and 67 for 139) while third place went to Marcus Wray (73 and 66 for 139).

Winners of the Millgate Trophy, an open mixed medal, were Ron and Sheila Mellor from Meltham with a score of 68.5.

The remaining prizes all went to Saddleworth pairings as Barry and Pam Tomlinson (71) were runners-up on the card from Matt Chapman and Sue Booth.

Barry and Eileen Simpson (72) were fourth on the same score as Trevor Higham and M Leigh.

The Cyril Taylor Trophy saw Steve Woodmancy and Stewart Frost emerge the victors with a score of 66.4.

Runners-up were Stuart Cox and Malcolm McVeigh (68.1) while third place went to Dave Pullen and Nick Marner (70).

Saddleworth were beaten at Ellesmere in the last 16 of the Archie Preston Trophy, the Manchester Alliance’s Mixed Foursomes.

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