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Olympian Chloe is runner-up in national golf final
3:51pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
Braintree Golf Club’s Chloe Rogers narrowly lost out in the English Women’s Open Mid-Amateur Championship Final.
Rogers, who won bronze with Team GB’s women’s hockey team at last year’s London Olympics, was beaten 4/3 by Charlotte Thomas, following an excellent final in Bedfordshire.
Despite losing out in the final, Rogers said: “Charlotte played very well and I just couldn’t do anything about it.
“She was top qualifier and she’s been on top form all week.
“But I’ve loved it – I wasn’t expecting to get this far, so it’s been a bonus.”
Rogers played extremely well in the final but Thomas was superb on and around the greens and her short game kept her opponent at bay.
She regularly chipped or pitched stone dead, most memorably on the long 13th, where her second found water and she had to drop back under penalty.
A glorious shot with a wedge soared over a tree and finished close to the hole and she rescued a par and a half.
Thomas laid the foundations of her win with four consecutive birdies, starting on the par four third where she drove the green on the 268-yard hole.
The Singapore-based golfer followed up by ramming home a 12-footer on the short fourth for two, chipping dead on the fifth to set up a birdie four.
She then pitched up stiff, over a greenside bunker on the sixth, for another birdie four.
Rogers was hanging on tight and had a couple of birdies of her own in that stretch, finding herself just two down after the sixth.
But, after a par putt stopped on the lip on the seventh and a tangle with the deep rough on the ninth, she was four down.
Rogers produced her own short-game magic on the tenth, where she got up and down from a difficult greenside bunker for a par three to win the hole.
But Thomas’s bogey on ten was one of only two she had during the final and, as she relentlessly secured the pars, she piled on the pressure.
On the 12th, she chipped up stone dead for par from the edge of the green.
Rogers had a birdie opportunity but charged her putt past the hole and missed the return, dropping back to four down in the match.
And after the next three holes were halved, the title belonged to Thomas.
Rogers will now attempt to take her good form into the British Stroke Play Championship, which starts today in Prestwick.
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