Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stephen Roger wins Scottish youths ahead 

of Rory Franssen in NE/North joy day

Cruden Bay's Stephen Roger scored his biggest golf win todate when he captured the Scottish youths open amateur championship over the Kittocks course at Fairmont St Andrews.
And Rory Franssen from Inverness made it a joy day for the North and North-east by finished second.

Roger, pictured, led from the second round onwards with scores of 71, 67, 70 and 68 for an eight-under-par aggregate of 276.
He won by three strokes from Franssen who had rounds of 70, 70, 69 and 70.
Par 284 (4x71) SSS 73. CSS 73 73 73 72
276 S Roger (Cruden Bay) 71 67 70 68
279 R Franssen (Inverness) 70 70 69 70
281 J Rooney (West Lancs) 70 71 69 71, C Handy (South Moor) 68 72 71 70
282 A Thomson (Lanark) 72 70 70 70
285 O White (Pannal) 76 70 72 67, S Easton (Irvine) 75 71 70 69, C Hill (Tantallon) 75 69 74 67, H Young-Alls (Notts) 71 70 73 71, J Stewart (Old Ranfurly) 67 74 69 75



Scottish Golf News Release:

 Red-Hot Roger Lands Scottish Youths Crown

Cruden Bay’s Stephen Roger credited his recent experience in Men’s golf after claiming his biggest title to date with victory in the Scottish Youths Open Championship at the Fairmont St Andrews.
The 18-year-old led a Scotland one-two over an international field, triumphing by three strokes from Rory Franssen (Inverness).
Over the Kittocks Course at the renowned Fife venue, Roger built on his two-shot lead after round two by adding closing scores of 70 and 68 for a fine eight-under-par total over 72 holes.
The north-east player fired six birdies and just two dropped shots over the final 36 holes to see off the challenge of European Boys player Franssen, who finished on five under.
“I played really solidly out there,” said Roger, a former North East Boys and Junior Jug champion. “Rory was absolute quality on the back nine but I held on down the stretch.
“I’ve been playing well recently, seventh in the East of Scotland Open and tied fifth at the Cameron Corbett Vase, both Men’s Order of Merit events. My game has been good for a while and came together even more this week.
“This is my biggest win by far. I was fifth on the Boys Order of Merit last year, but I’ve never won anything on this kind of scale to be honest. It was great to prove my game is at a good level. I’ve been playing full-time since I left school and my game has come on a lot, especially from learning in Men’s events the last few weeks as the standard is really good.”
The English pair of James Rooney and Christopher Handy shared third spot on three under par, with Lanark’s Andrew Thomson the next best Scot a shot further back. First-round leader Jamie Stewart finished in a five-way tie for sixth on one over.



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