Phil Ridden from Northumberland won the English Mid-Amateur Championship after shooting a total of five times over three times at the Thorpeness Golf Club in Suffolk.
Ridden, a member of the City of Newcastle Golf Club, selected a final round of 75 to end the 54-hole championship with a winning score of 215.
From a starting field of 144 players over 35, Ridden won the Logan Trophy with one shot from a four-player chase group – Andrew Minnikin (Newcastle), Simon Richardson (Spalding), Mike Henson (Rockliffe Hall) and Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park).
Ridden, who took the lead after 18 and 36 holes, started the last day with a three-stroke lead over playmate Henson. After a run of three bogeys from the fifth, a birdie in ninth place allowed Ridden to take a two-stroke lead in the back nine. Through 16 holes, there was only one shot in it because Henson refused to give up the fight, but thanks to a steady birdie-try on the penultimate hole, Ridden stood on the 18th tee with a two-shot cushion.
Ridden decided to take an iron off the tea and then lay down shortly after the green. An eternal wedge approach shot then ends up in a green bunker. With Henson on the green in two, it comes down to a hole-in-one game. While sitting twice for a six, Henson chases his birdie effort past the hole and then misses the six-foot setback that would have forced a playoff game.
An enlightened Ridden said: ‘It was definitely hard work today. The putter was definitely not that hot, which made it a little more interesting, but I’m over the moon to get over the line. ‘
For Ridden, it was a moving moment when he lifted a trophy, donated in 1988 by the late George Logan, a statesman of golf in the Northeast and a former president of the English Golf Union, who died in 2020. . He said: ‘George is a well-known home in Northumberland and is a bit of a legend in the Northeast, so it’s definitely coming home this time. I want to dedicate it to George’s memory. ”