England Men’s squad player David Hague won the Lee Westwood Trophy at Rotherham Golf Club in dramatic fashion with a superb birdie on the final hole to pip local hero Lewis Hollingworth into second place.
Hollingworth, playing in front of family and friends at his home club, stood one stroke ahead of Hague and the rest of the field on the 72th and final hole of the three-day event aiming to become the second consecutive home player to win the prestigious trophy.
However, his drive on the 18th found the trees to the right of the fairway leaving him with no shot to the green on the long par four.
Malton & Norton GC star Hague saw his opportunity and hit an arrow-like long iron to the heart of the green leaving a tap in for birdie and the championship.
He said: “It has been a tough week for everybody with the wind being so gusty.
“I played steadily from tee to green all week but struggled on the greens,” which, he said, were the best he had encountered all season.
Victory lifted a cloud on a difficult year for Hague, who had struggled with a virus for a large part of the early season.
“I hadn’t played competitive golf until May and this was only my fifth WAGR event all year. But I’m fully fit again now and very happy to have won this event.”
Losing on the last was a bitter pill for Hollingworth who had performed well all week in very difficult conditions. None of the players in the field of 108 finished the competition under par.
The Lee Westwood Trophy is one of England’s top amateur events. Officially known as The Rotherham Golf Club Open Strokeplay Championship, this annual World Amateur Golf Ranking PING/EGU order of merit 72-hole event is one of the region’s major highlights of the golfing season. Lee’s mum, Trish, presents the prizes.
Previous winners include European Tour Player David Horsey, Gary Wolstenholme, Rotherham’s Sam Haywood and Ben Schmidt, and Wath’s Nick Poppleton.