Title double for young north-east golfer

Stephen Roger with the North East District Under-18 Matchplay trophy.
Stephen Roger with the North East District Under-18 Matchplay trophy.

A young Aberdeenshire golfer is celebrating a double success.

Stephen Roger, 16, won the North East District Boys Strokeplay Championship at Inverurie last week and followed it up the next day by clinching the Under 18 Matchplay Championship.

Stephen, who plays off one at Cruden Bay and is an away member at Ellon’s McDonald Golf Club, shot a 68 in the morning round and then 71 in the afternoon.

His total of 139 was enough to lift the title by a stroke from Banchory’s Sam Locke.

He defeated Calvin Duffton 6&5 in the semi-final of the Matchplay Championship the following day - standing at one under after the 13 holes played.

Sam Locke won the other semi-final by one hole against Callum Morrison.

Stephen then went on to win the final by a 3&2 margin.

He said he was thrilled to have won both titles after missing the cut in the recent Scottish Boys Strokeplay Championship.

This year’s North East District Championships were sponsored by the Paul Lawrie Foundation.

Earlier in July, the teenager reached the final of the Men’s Cruden Bay Four-Day Challenge Cup, but was beaten by Laurie Phillips.

On Saturday, July 26, Stephen was fifth scratch in the Men’s Buchan Firkin 36-hole Open at Fraserburgh. He shot 75 and 70 for a gross total of 145.

The following day he was second scratch in the Murcar Men’s Open with a gross score of 70 - one under par.

Stephen won the Junior Championship at Ellon at the end of June.