Golf: Booth claims Sheffield Open on home turf

Louis Booth won the Sheffield Open Championship at his home course of Worksop
Louis Booth won the Sheffield Open Championship at his home course of Worksop

Home advantage helped Worksop’s Louis Booth to claim the Sheffield Open Championship on his own turf.

The 19-year-old recorded scores of 67 and 73 for a four under par total of 140, to claim the sought-after Hughes Cup on a fine day at Worksop Golf Club.

Despite the great score, it was not all plain sailing for Booth who found himself one down early on after three putting the second hole for a bogey.

Birdies at the seventh and the difficult ninth put him in a good position for a push on the back nine.

Further birdies on the 12th and 17th and an eagle on 15th gave him a great score of five under par 67.

Booth had a steady start to the afternoon round and found himself a further two under after the sixth but he came back to earth with a double bogey on the ninth, a bogey on 12th and another double on the 14th.

He steadied the ship on the 16th, rolling in a 30 foot putt for birdie and he held his nerve to come back with a one over 73.

“The weather was nice and calm in the morning and the course and greens were excellent which helped me get into a nice flow,” said Booth.

Wath’s Nick Poppleton put up a great fight but his birdie on his last hole for a 72 was not enough leaving him trailing Booth by just one shot.

Two very steady rounds of 69 and 70 saw him finish with a three under par 141.

The Sheffield Open Championship is competed each year by the leading amateurs and professionals from the Sheffield Union’s 41 affiliated clubs.

Leading professional, who received the Lockwood Salver, was Matthew Wright of Silkstone with 146.