Towndrow Secures Maiden Victory

Sean Towndrow with Jamega at Mill Ride 2018Sean Towndrow (Golfing 4Life) held off the opposition with a patient and mature performance while most of the field found the going heavy at Mill Ride.

Towndrow proved to be the stayer and at close of play on the first day he had a 5 under par 67 under his belt to lead by three.

Dan Garner (Rosemont GC) was his nearest challenger on 2 under the card, and a length back on one under par sat the amateur Jack Floydd (Haywards Heath GC) and Jamie Moul (Stoke by Nayland).

It promised to be a very interesting second day for Towndrow, in the way of him keeping the chasing pack at bay and holding his nerve.

The second day was a little lack lustre in terms of an exciting finish, with only four players finishing level par or better.

One of those was overnight leader Towndrow, who with 3 birdies, 3 bogeys and 12 pars did more than enough to secure his first professional win by 4 shots from Freddie Price.

A solid performance from the “Single Figure Golfer” entry, amateur Jack Floydd who finished level par for the tournament tied with Ben Follett-Smith in third place.

Congratulations to Will Brown who has just pipped David Dixon to top the second Order of Merit to secure him a free season on the2018/2019 Portugal Pro Golf Tour worth in excess of £4,500.

Mill Ride is a classic golf course set in the heart of Ascot and is maintained to the highest level by Head Greenkeeper Drew Ramsey and his team.

With excellent hospitality provided by the clubhouse staff and enthusiastic members, who make you feel more than welcome, Mill Ride is most certainly worth a visit.

It’s a Back to Back Win for Abbott

Jamie Abbott with Jamega at Essendon 2018Jamie Abbott rolled in his final putt at Essendon Old Course to secure his second win in as many weeks as he makes the most of finding a rich vein of form.

At last a warm and sunny day for the players and also the Jamega crew to enjoy for a change and the scoring certainly reflected the improvement in the weather.

Four players shared the lead after the first round on 5 under par, Will Symons, Tom Jordan, Patrick Ruff and last week’s winner, Jamie Abbott would be vying for the win but they would also be very aware of the 25 or so players on level par or better who ready to spoil their day.

The second day was filled with much promise and we were not disappointed when David Dixon made the Essendon Old course feel very Old when he scorched round the par 72 layout in no less than 62 shots made up of 6 Birdies 2 Eagles and just 10 Pars.

This score gave Dixon a share of the course record for Essendon Old, which is some compensation for coming a gallant second in the tournament.

Dixon would have a long wait to see if that would be low enough for at least a play-off but with Abbott and Jamie Moule each on 8 under par after 27 holes it looked like Dixon might live to regret his first round of one over par.

In the end, as the main contenders neared the end of their second round, it was Abbott, playing relentless golf, who triumphed with a flawless 6 under par 66 to add to the 5 under from the first day that beat Dixons by 2 shots.

The head green keeper at Essendon, Craig Gibson and his staff presented the course in excellent condition for the players and certainly Jamie Moul enjoyed the fifth and Jay Taylor enjoyed the short fifteenth where each had a hole in one.

The hospitality at the Essendon was excellent as usual and we cannot recommend it highly enough if you are looking for a good day out at a fantastic facility.

Abbott is Back

Jamie Abbott and Rob Watson with Jamega at The Shire 2018Seve would have been delighted to see the array of talent on display at The Shire London this week and bar an extraordinary first round score of 7 under par 65 from Jamie Abbott, his original and iconic design survived the onslaught from modern equipment and balls.

Abbott’s nearest challengers, Steve Surry (Cumberwell Park), Michael Watson (Wessex Golf Centre), Mark Laskey (Brockett Hall) and Rob Watson, all sat 4 shots behind but on this testing layout there was still all to play for.

The second day started overcast and dull but thankfully the drizzle had not returned and play commenced on time, at 07:38 am.

As the early scores started to come in it seemed that scoring seemed a lot better than yesterday with players improving on their first-round scores, some by quite a margin.

Well, what an afternoon of golf we had with Rob Watson starting his second round Birdie, Eagle, Eagle and another Birdie saw hm 6 under par after 5 holes and suddenly 2 shots ahead of overnight leader Abbott.

The play continued to ebb and flow but as the final groups started to drift in it was Marco Penge who established the early clubhouse lead with a 5 under par total, which included 3 Eagles, one of which was a hole in one on the Fourteenth which earned him an extra £100.

Rob Watson, in the following group, immediately leapfrogged Penge to take over the lead with a final total of 6 under par and then he had a short wait for the final group to appear to see what Abbott was up to.

Abbott meanwhile had to deal with a traumatic back nine after dropping 4 shots in 3 holes from the eleventh but he recovered well and birdied the fourteenth and fifteenth to get back to 6 under par and level with Watson.

Abbott failed to extract another birdie from the remaining 3 holes and so it was of for a play-off between these two warriors. The play-off only lasted for just one hole, with Abbott emerging as the winner of The Shire London Bowl.

The Shire London is a true test of golf for players of all abilities and is also a great day out with friendly staff and maybe on the range, you could see Long Drive Champion, Joe Miller being coached by resident professional Lee Cox.

After the excellent 2 days of play, Seve would have a smile on his face and be proud of the way his design has stood the test of time.