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Awesome Adam Doubles Up With North Crown

Winderemere’s Adam Chapman held off a challenge from England ‘A’ squad team-mate Jamie Bower to clinch the North of England Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship by  a single stroke.

The victory meant Chapman completed a North/South double, having already won the South of England Championship at Walton Heath earlier in the year.

The 19-year-old England international held his nerve during the fourth and final round at Pannal in a thrilling encounter that was only decided on the final hole.

Chapman needed a par on the 18th for victory and a precise iron shot from the tee set up a simple pitch to six feet.

The Cumbrian teenager had started the day with a four-stroke lead over nearest challenger Bower, but bogeys on the third  and fourth saw the Yorkshireman quickly trim the gap to one.

Chapman’s birdie on the sixth calmed his nerves and he played steadily until a drive  into the trees on the short par-4 14th saw him drop a further shot.

However, that set-back kicked him into life, as he birdied the next two holes before dropping a further shot at the 17th. His par  on the last saw him finish the round at  one-over.

Chapman put himself in pole position from the start with an opening seven-under-par  65 followed by two rounds of 69.

“I played nicely this week and hit the ball well but I’ve had a bit of luck, too, with some good lies and bounces. I played with a new putter and that seemed to work well,” he said.

Interestingly, Chapman’s victory was his second at Pannal this year, following his victory in the Pannal Rose Bowl in July.

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