Shields shares trophy as final is abandoned following deluge
NORTHERN AMATEUR OPEN
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.