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.