Two-time title winner poised in the box seat
IT HAS been 12 long years since Adam Richards last held up the Headland Golf Club Championship trophy, but the long-time member reckons he might earn his third this weekend.
Richards was 21 when he won his first club championship in 1995, before going on to claim another in 2002.
The 40-year-old is in the box seat to make the triple, taking a five-shot lead into this weekend's final two rounds.
"It has been a long time since I got the last one," Richards said. "It would mean a lot to me to get another championship."
Sitting on 148 after rounds of 78 and 70 last weekend, Richards leads Adam Rydwanski (153 - 78, 75) and schoolboy Riley Martin (153 - 78, 75), with three-time champion David Rattray (154 - 79, 75) a further shot away.
The first 18 of the remaining 36 holes will be played on Saturday and the final 18, with a seeded draw, on Sunday.
"I have been a member here since 1987 so I have been playing here for a very long time," Richards said.
"You could say I know the course pretty well - I have been around it a couple of times."
Windy weather made conditions extremely difficult last Saturday, when Barry Newton returned the best score, a five-over par 77.
Starting on the 10th hole, Richards eagled the 16th before finishing bogey, triple bogey on holes eight and nine on his way to 78.
He found form on Sunday, however, when his two-under 70 became the only below-par score on the first weekend of the championship.
Bryan Haggarty (165) takes a six-shot lead over Ian Farrington and Peter Holt into the final two rounds in B grade, and Jeff Davis (181) is two shots clear of Gary Savill in C grade.
Richards said: "The club has such camaraderie and is full of some great people.
"The course is awesome and I am looking forward to getting out there this weekend.