NATHAN Rogers defied difficult conditions of wind and rain to post a magnificent afternoon round which swept him to victory in the Sheffield Amateur Open Championship - the coveted Sheffield Plate.
Nathan, from Wortley GC, had a second round 67, four under par, which gave him a total of 140 and victory by four strokes at Hallamshire GC.
It meant that the 24-year-old erased the memory of his defeat in this competition three years ago when he lost out in a play-off.
A morning round 73 left him four shots off the lead held by Abbeydale’s Richard Oades whose 69 ensured a one shot lead over Wath’s Ian Clarke, 70, with Jamie Harrison (Rotherham GC), 71, the only other player to make par.
With wind and rain continuing in the afternoon, conditions were extremely difficult and when Simon Coumbe (Pontefract) returned a second 72, his 144 looked a challenging total.
However Rogers, from Longley, was boosted by an early eagle on the fifth and went on to pick up four birdies in a magnificent round of 67 to give him a comfortable four shot victory - a margin that seemed extremely unlikely if not near-impossible, at the halfway point, not least in view of the capricious conditions.
Coumbe, 144, was second with Wheatley’s Steve Brennan, 145 (72, 73) and Richard Oades (Abbeydale) 145 (69, 76) next.