Rogers lands Sheffield Plate with super round to defy the elements

Worth the wait: Nathan Rogers with the trophy
Worth the wait: Nathan Rogers with the trophy
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After the agony of losing a sudden-death play-off three years ago, Nathan Rogers has won the Sheffield Open Amateur Championship.

He won the coveted tournament - known as the Sheffield Plate - by four shots after a magnificent four under par 67 in his second round at a windy Hallamshire Golf Club for an aggregate 140.

In the morning round, when wind made low scoring very difficult, reigning Sheffield Union of Golf Clubs matchplay champion Richard Oades from Abbeydale led the field after a two under par 69.

Rogers, aged 24, was the only player in the first round to get below 70 and the only other golfer to break par was Sheffield team captain Ian Clarke, of Wath, with a 70,

Jamie Harrison from Rotherham GC was just behind on level par 71 and close behind the leaders were plus two handicapper Simon Coumbe from Pontefract on 72 alongside Wheatley’s evergreen Steve Brennan on the same score.

At this stage eventual winner Rogers, who recently switched clubs from Tankersley Park to Wortley, was one shot further back on 73.

Hickleton’s Lewis Foster from Hickleton had the considerable consolation of having his first hole in one on the 148 yard 9th hole in his opening round 79.

With the weasther deteriorating any score around level par was going to be a great target to aim for on the exposed and tricky Hallamshire course.

Defending champion Sam Young from Rotherham showed what could be achieved with an afternoon 72, a score matched by Rotherham colleague Dominic Moon and Oliver Smith from Sickleholme.

When Simon Coumbe, one of the leaders, came in with a one over par 72 for a 144 total, it seemed this would be a very difficult target to beat with the rain still continuing to lash down.

However, Rogers - the 2010 Yorkshire Amateur Championship runner-up - was up for the challenge and helped by an eagle on the fifth and birdies on the seventh, 11th, 12th and 14th, he navigated his way superbly round the course.

His 67 was five shots better than any other afternoon score in the difficult conditions. His winning total of 140 was a great score for Nathan who has graduated through the Sheffield Union Junior and Senior Teams.

The championship was again generously sponsored by Sheffield Special Steel Group.

Past winners include former Yorkshire Amateur champions Ian Mackenzie, Richard Jones and Shaun Tarplett, as well as current European Tour player Danny Willett.

Leading scores: 1 Nathan Rogers (Wortley) 140 (73, 67), 2 Simon Coumbe (Pontefract) 144 (72, 72), 3 Steve Brennan (Wheatley) 145 (72, 73), 4 Richard Oades (Abbeydale) 145 (69, 76), Sam Young (Rotherham) 147 (75, 72), Barry Downing (Hallamshire) 147 (71, 76), Jamie Harrison (Rotherham) 147 (71, 76), Ian Clarke (Wath) 147 (70, 77), Oliver Smith (Sickleholme) 148 (76, 72), Joe Dean (Renishaw Park) 148 (73, 75), Mike Hammond (Wath) 149 (73, 76), Gary Beresforde (Hickleton) 149 (73, 76), Gary Fullwood (Wath) 149 (73, 76), David Booth (Rotherham) 150 (76, 74).