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Windermere’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.

His victory means Chapman has completed a North/South double having won the South of England Championship at Walton Heath in July.

The 19 year old England international held his nerve on the fourth and final round at Pannal in a thrilling encounter that was 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, from Meltham quickly trim the gap to one.

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

However, the set-back proved an inspiration 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 73.

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

“I’ve 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.

Lifting the Shaw Plate was the second time Chapman has tasted victory at the famous Yorkshire course this season – in July he won the Pannal Rose Bowl by six shots.

Leading final scores:

276 A Chapman (Windermere) 65 69 69 73
277 J Bower (Meltham) 68 70 69 70
279 D Brown (Bedale) 71 69 72 67
280 A Wilson (Darlington) 71 70 67 72

Source: England Golf

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