England squad player Adam Chapman retained his North of England amateur championship crown with a polished performance at Pannal Golf Club, Yorkshire.
Chapman opened with an impressive eight-under par 64 and followed up with a second round 69 for a 36-hole total of 11-under 133. He won the Shaw Salver by two shots from Jack Gaunt of Drayton Park and Lindrick’s Bailey Gill.
Victory at the end of the season tasted particularly sweet for Chapman, who has been disappointed with his form in 2015.
“I’ve had a poor season which started off badly and got a little bit better as time went on,” he said. “I’ve not putted well for most of the year so I’m pleased to have ended with a win,” said the Windermere player, who has now won three major events in successive years at Pannal.
He said: “I’ve played nicely this week, hitting fairways in the first round and making good positions count. The putts were dropping too which was a relief.”
Chapman added: “I played sensibly and felt comfortable throughout. I hit a few ropey drives, but recovered well and I felt I left a few putts out there to be honest.”
Gaunt provided a firm challenge shooting under par rounds of 71 and 64 to put the pressure on. Lindrick’s Gill also put up an impressive performance with rounds of 67 and 68 to equal Gaunt’s total, two strokes behind the winner.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire lifted the County Plate for securing the best score after 36 holes by two members of the squad – Bailey Gill and James Walker (The Oaks) – with the latter finishing birdie, birdie, eagle.
Bad weather hindered this year’s championship, scheduled as a three-day, 72 hole event. Organisers had to make changes and reduce play to 36 holes due to thick fog that stubbornly refused to lift each morning.
Next year’s championship will be held at Alwoodley GC, Leeds.
Caption: Adam Chapman with Yorkshire past president John Shaw and his wife, Gill, who gave the trophy. (Image © www.drivinggolf.co.uk)