Shields shares tro­phy as final is aban­doned fol­low­ing del­uge

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Paul Shields, from Glas­gow, was left with one hand on the North­ern Ama­teur Open Cham­pi­onship tro­phy in Jo­han­nes­burg last night af­ter his match­play final against Aubrey Barnard was aban­doned with six holes to play be­cause of tor­ren­tial rain, writes Nick Rodger.

The 21-year-old Kirkhill golfer had been all-square with his South African op­po­nent through 30 holes of a real nip and tuck en­counter but the con­di­tions even­tu­ally took a toll on a wa­ter­logged Rand­park course and the con­test was halted. With the prospect of fur­ther play ruled out, as well as the fact that Shields and the rest of the SGU squad were fly­ing home last night, of­fi­cials de­cided that the tro­phy should be shared.

It was a bit­ter sweet mo­ment for the Glas­gow young­ster. Shields may go down as a joint win­ner in the record books but, hav­ing twice been a run­ner-up in the Scot­tish Boys’ Cham­pi­onship as well as hav­ing lost last year’s South African Open, an out­right vic­tory in a ma­jor match­play event con­tin­ues to elude him.

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