Pullen wins Captain’s Prize for second time

STEPHEN PULLEN won Captain’s Prize, one of the season’s biggest competitions, at Saddleworth Golf Club 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.

Charles Nicholson (72 and 69 for 141) finished third in Captain’s Prize while the day prizes went tom Kevin Rafferty and Danny Guerriero.

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).

Day-prize winners were Andy Dunster and David Chapman.

Saddleworth have won through to the last 16 of the Archie Preston Trophy, the Manchester Alliance’s Mixed Foursomes, where they have been drawn away to Ellesmere.

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