A MAN from Broughton has won the British Open Golf Championships.

Stuart Hutcheson, 51, from Broughton, has this week won one of the most prestigious Blind Golf Tournaments in the World, The British Open.

The British Blind Golf Open took place from Sunday, July 9, to Thursday, July 13, at the Lakes Golf Course, Belton Woods in Lincolnshire.

Stuart, a member of Chester Golf Club and his caddy guide John Smith, 54, a member of Northop Golf Club held off a field of international golfers from around the world to win.

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The British Open is one of nine events played across the globe every year on the International Blind Golf Tour and the only one in the UK.

Stuart who has only joined the England and Wales Blind Golf Tour this season and is currently lying 11th in the Order of Merit, beat a field consisting of mainly experienced International Golfers who have all represented their respective countries.

He said: "Winning the Open is just beyond our wildest dreams."

John said: "When my brother-in-law Stuart asked me to be his caddy guide for this season I had no idea what to expect but the world of Blind Golf has some of the most inspirational and talented people you could ever meet.

"We would have been happy to win any event but an international event is just crazy."

A spokesperson for England and Wales Blind Golf said: "Stuart only joined EWBG earlier this year and was delighted when he was invited to fill a cancelled place at the British Open.

"However, his delight was surpassed when, beyond his dreams, after a super second round, he won. Well done Stuart and of course his Guide John Smith.

England and Wales Blind Golf was formed back in 1989 and is a registered charity. It is open to men and women who are blind or visually impaired and is open to all ages.


"Stuart said when he joined EWBG he became a part of a new family which became even bigger as he made yet more friends at this international event."

Stuart received the Claret Jug from Karen Becker, Chair of the International Blind Golf Association for his wonderful achievement.

He also met the champion of the Women's British Open, Amanda Large, also from the England & Wales Golf Tour.