“Chicken Dinner” for Charman

Jack Charman with Jamega at Weybrook Park 2019Jack Charman thoroughly deserved his, “Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner”, when he finally made the breakthrough that he had yearned for since turning pro two years ago.

Charman, a qualified chef, was victorious at The Weybrook Park Trophy, with a birdie at the final hole, to win by a single shot from first round leader Jake Ayres.

Jake Ayers led after the first round, with a solid 6 under par 65 with Jack Charman on 5 under par, tucked in close behind.

Three players on 2 under par, James Rooney, newly turned pro Tom Spreadborough and the Amateur, Danny Goddard, were ready to give chase on second day.

The weather had been set fair for the first day but with thunderstorms and heavy rain forecast for the second day it would be in the lap of the gods as too how the day would unfold.

It actually developed into a titanic battle between Charman and Ayres, with no quarter asked for, or given, as the pair exchanged birdies throughout the final round.

Earlier in the day two players, Patrick Ruff and Cameron Phillips, carded 7 under par 64’s which lifted Phillips into the prize fund but Ruff’s first round of 9 over par left him too much to do.

Charman threw down the gauntlet, with an opening nine holes of 3 under par 33, to establish a slender one-shot lead over Ayres but with the back nine to come, which one would hold their nerve?

Charman increased his lead with a birdie on the thirteenth to go two in front but then Ayres hit back with a trio of birdies to re-take the lead by one shot, with two holes left to play.

The Seventeenth proved expensive for Ayres, when he carded a bogey to slip back into a tie with Charman on 9 under par, with just the par 5 Eighteenth left to play.

A clinical birdie putt from 8 feet by Charman, saw the Wiltshire man home by a single shot and afterwards he said how delighted he was to finally clinch his first win as a professional.

Weybrook Park proved to be excellent hosts, with the course in great condition, thanks to course manager ……. and his team of green keepers, with their work being complimented in the clubhouse by the hospitality shown to us and all the players.

Extra Time Win for King

Gary King with Jamega at Mill Ride 2019Gary King won a sudden death play-off against Dale Whitnell to triumph in the Mill Ride Classic yesterday, after both players finished tied on 5 under par.

Although the first day at Mill Ride golf club in Ascot was somewhat of a damp affair, to say the least, three players made the best of the very wet and miserable conditions to hold the joint lead on 2 under par.

Jack Charman, Liam Robinson and Gary King headed some seven players who finished on one under par, who in turn had four players on level par chasing them.

Play was eventually abandoned, due to the heavy relentless rain in the afternoon and the plan was to complete the first round early the next day and then, hopefully, have a shotgun start to get the tournament finished.

On the second day, the shotgun start began at 10-30 and the leading three players kept each other at close quarters throughout the day, with Jack Charman covering his first 9 holes in 33, giving him a 4 shot lead over King and a 3 shot lead over Robinson.

Dale Whitnell was making a charge covering his first nine in 32 shots to make up ground and was level with Charman.

Over the second nine holes experience came into play and as Charman began to falter during the last five holes, Whitnell and King began to forge ahead, although Whitnell did have a stumble, with a double bogey on the thirteenth.

King had a stellar last nine, with 5 birdies and a single bogey, seeing him home in 32 shots for his final total, whereas Whitnell was far more pedestrian completing his back nine in level par.

And so, the pair were tied and on they went for the play-off, which was quickly decide by a chip and putt birdie by King to secure the win and the £3,500 first prize cheque.

Even in the appalling conditions Mill Ride was presented in great condition by Drew Ramsey and his team, plus many loyal volunteers from the club members.

Head professional, Terry Wild and the clubhouse staff ensured that we were well looked after and in better weather conditions it is a great place to spend a day playing golf and enjoying yourselves.

Abbott secures the second Shire London Bowl

Jamie Abbott with Jamega at The Shire London 2019Jamie Abbott has won the second Shire London Bowl with a steady final round of level par 72 in extremely difficult conditions to complete the two rounds in a total of 6 under par.

Scoring a solid 6 under par 66, Abbott established a 2-shot lead over Lewis Atkinson after the first day’s play at The Shire London, who are proud to be the custodians of the only Seve Ballesteros designed golf course in the United Kingdom.

The second day proved to be a difficult test of patience and endurance and experience prevailed with Abbott keeping his challengers at arm’s length throughout the day and was never seriously tested.

Tom Shadbolt came the nearest to challenging Abbott, carding an excellent 3 under par 69 to finish the tournament on 3 under par for the runners-up place.

Although the weather was not the greatest the course itself was in magnificent condition with superb greens for the players to enjoy.

The Shire London is a thriving golf club near Barnet, in Hertfordshire, with good motorway access that brings golfers to one of the best clubs in the area, where you can actually see the masterful skills of the great Severiano Ballesteros woven into the design of each hole.

The hospitality and relaxed atmosphere in the clubhouse will certainly round off your days golf and if you are lucky you may see the World Long driving Champion, Joe Miller, on the range being coached by head professional, Lee Cox.