A Thoroughbred Performance by Abbott

Jamie Abbott found the Winners Enclosure again when he notched up his 5th win of the season at Lingfield Park after a play-off against David Dixon at the first extra hole.

Abbott and Nick Newbold led after the first days play with a fine pair of 6 under par 66’s which put them two shots ahead of defending champion Ryan Boyns, William Symons and South African Tyler Hogarty.

With a strong field, including several Challenge tour players forming the chasing pack the leading pair would have to keep their wits about them if they were to stay out in front at the finish line.

Day 2 proved to be a different kettle of fish with the weather forecast to be wet and windy for the first half of the day after some spectacular thunderstorms overnight.

With the leaders treading water, or sinking below the waves, Lewis Atkinson staked an early claim to the top of the leader board adding an excellent 5 under par 67 to his first round one over 73.

David Dixon and Tom Jordan battled it out to the end with Jordan carding a second 2 under par 70 to his first-round effort to join Atkinson at the head of proceedings in the clubhouse but Dixon went one shot better with a solid 3 under par 69 to lead on 5 under par.

Zane Scotland, Tyler Hogarty and defending champion Ryan Boyns in the penultimate group, failed to catch Dixon and with Abbott in the final game on 2 over par with one hole to play, things looked promising for Dixon.

Abbott, however had other ideas and bravely extracted a fine birdie at the last to tie Dixon and force a sudden death play-off.

The play-off was to be over the eighteenth hole and without going into too much detail the end came swiftly as an uncharacteristic snap hook off the tee by Dixon immediately handed the advantage to Abbott and after 3 putting, Dixon conceded victory to Abbott.

The on-site hotel accommodation is superb and in the comfortable clubhouse you can get a variety of tasty food at reasonable prices and then enjoy the golf course maintained by Head Green keeper Kevin Weller and his team.

Abbott Laps the Field

Jamie Abbott The Players ClubJamie Abbott continued his fine run of form and with a brilliant 11 shot win at The Players Club yesterday in extremely difficult conditions.

Abbott basically turned the event into two tournaments after his extraordinary first round of 11 under par which not only gave him a 6-shot lead over Mitchel Sarling but also the new course record.

In the chasing pack with Sarling were David Dixon on 4 under par with 7 other players tucked in behind on 3 under par including George Mullins, who was in contention to win the Mini Order of Merit that would give him a free season on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour.

Another notable event during the first round was the Hole-in-One made by Toby O’Connor on the second hole which won him a nice £100.

With the threat of heavy rain set to disrupt the second days play it was waterproofs on and fingers crossed as play began at 8: am.

Abbott teased his nearest rivals when he bogied the first hole but that was as far as it went and with 7 Birdies and an Eagle in the next seventeen holes Abbott easily won the tournament in which he was the only real contender after the first round.

The “other tournament”, as it were, for second place, was a much closer affair with Hayden Reay posting a 7 under par total of 137 which gave him second place over Tomasz Anderson, David Dixon, Sam Boyes and George Mullins who all tied for third place.

The consolation for Mullins came in the form of a free season on The Portugal Pro Golf Tour for 2017/2018 when he headed the second Mini Order of Merit.

Congratulations to Amateur golfer Gyuho Lee who won the second “Single Figure Golfer Order of Merit” and he will also receive a pass for free entry into the Portugal Pro Golf Tour events 2017/2018 courtesy of “Single Figure Golfer”.

The third Mini Order of Merit starts at Lingfield on the 19th when we go to the races so, if you want to get yourself over to Portugal for the winter, get your entries in as soon as possible.

Our thanks go to Head Greenkeeper Nick Perkins and his team for presenting the course in excellent condition, as they continue to do each year and we also enjoyed the food and hospitality in the clubhouse, which is one of the many benefits of a visit to The Players Club.

So, Jamie Abbott set a new course record with his first round of 11 under par 61 and then followed that up on the second day with a 7 under par 65 to post a tournament total of 18 under par and win by 11 shots. That’s some golf and we would also like to congratulate Jamie on his recent engagement to Kimberley.

Hogg Brings Home the Bacon!

Matthew HoggMatthew Hogg, who turned professional in February this year has won his first event in fine style at The Leatherhead Club with a 2-shot victory over the experienced trio of Jamie Moul, Sam Connor and George Mullins.

Hogg carded an almost flawless 6 under par round of 65 to lead by one from Dale Whitnell and George Mullins, on 5 under with Jamie Moul, Max Smith and Louis Hirst a further shot back.

On the second day, local hero Charlie Lydyard shot a best of the day 5 under par 66 to establish the clubhouse lead on 5 under par which only lasted until Sam Connor posted a total of 6 under par.

Jamie Moul joined Connor on 6 under par after adding a 2 under par 69 to his first round and the likelihood of a play-off loomed large but Hogg soon put paid to that by birdying the sixteenth and seventeenth holes to go to 9 under par.

Hogg made a bogey at the par 3 last but with 3 shots in hand it was of little consequence and he secured a thoroughly deserved 2 shot win over a very strong field.

Matthew looks very likely candidate to follow in the footsteps of Andrew Johnston and Tyrrell Hatton who both also secured their first professional wins with us.

The Leatherhead Club is undergoing some big changes at the moment which will enhance the status of the club in the future and we are very grateful for all the help we received from Adam Hinton, the head professional and the team at Leatherhead.