Great Scott, It’s a Win for Fallon

Scott Fallon with Jamega at Stock Brook Manor 2018Scott Fallon left it until the last minute to win the Stock Brook Manor Cup from Jack Colegate by a single shot with a birdie on the thirty-sixth hole in a thrilling climax.

Day one at Stock Brook produced seven under par 65’s from three players, Scott Fallon, Peter Williamson and Patrick Ruff.

Fallon was one of the early starters and he set the benchmark at 7 under with a round that began with a bogey but then Fallon scorched through the next ten holes in seven under par.

Another blot on the card came at the fifteenth where Fallon harvested another unwelcomed bogey but then he recovered his position with two birdies in the last three holes.

Ruff came in later on in the day to equal Fallon’s score and a blistering 5 birdies in the last nine holes certainly helped towards his score of 65.

Hot on Ruffs heels came Williamson, whose front nine of 6 under par 30, left scorch marks on the course and only a double bogey on the eleventh quenched the flames of an otherwise spectacular round of golf.

With over half the field scoring par or better, the second day was going to be a test of nerve for the leaders and a day for taking the bull by the horns for the pursuers.

Indications of another low scoring day arrived in the form of a 6 under par 66 from Jack South, who took the clubhouse lead, probably only for a short while though.

Meanwhile out on the course after 27 holes, Fallon and Ruff were back pedalling with each of them dropping back to 5 under par, whilst David Dixon and Jack Colegate picked up shots to get to 5 under and into the mix.

David Dixon improved again in the home stretch and set the clubhouse lead at 6 under par, just one shot ahead of Will Brown, who finished Birdie, Birdie, Eagle for his 5 under total. So, it was just a matter of Dixon waiting to see if that was going to be good enough.

Dixons lead was short-lived however because Colegate birdied the last 2 holes to shade him by a single shot, while in the final group of the day Williamson was having a day to forget, Ruff was hanging on and birdied the last to tie Dixon on 6 under.

Fallon was level with Colegate on 7 under with just one hole to play and to his delight he managed to squeeze a birdie 4 out of the par five to win by a single shot for the £3,500 winners cheque.

Mullins Gallops Home

George Mullins with Jamega at Royal Ascot 2018George Mullins entered the winners enclosure again with a very consistent performance over the delightful Royal Ascot course with a 7 under par total to win by a single shot from Tom Shadbolt.

On the first day, Royal Ascot proved to be a fitting backdrop to a superb round of golf by Ben Amor (Marlborough GC), who scorched around the Berkshire course in a 7 under par 63 to set a new course record and establish a 3 shot lead over Matt Mumford (Wrag Barn GC) and George Mullins (Langley Park GC).

With several players on par or better, including the amateur, Alfredo Curbishley (The Wisley), on 3 under, looking to close the gap on the leaders, it promised to be an exciting second days play and with the weather set fair it could again prove to be a low scoring classic.

Another stunning day greeted the players at Royal Ascot Golf club and it had all the hallmarks of an exciting climax as Amor would try to fend off any attacks from the chasing pack and win his first Jamega Pro Golf Tour event.

The second day proved to be a mixture of pleasure for some and pain for others and as the afternoon unfolded it was Tom Shadbolt who was feeling the pleasure of recording a record equalling 7 under par 63 to storm into the clubhouse lead on 6 under.

Shadbolt finished well ahead of the leader’s, courtesy of his one over par 71 on the first day, which had him out and finished over an hour ahead of the leading groups, so he had a nervous wait to enjoy!

Into the back nine the leaders were either treading water, or sinking fast, which was the case for Amor who saw his chances disappear with seven dropped shots over the last 12 holes.

Mullins, however, was keeping his good form of recent months going with an outward nine of 4 under par to establish a comfortable lead over the rest of the field.

But, winning is never easy and Mullins was aware that Shadbolt was sitting in the clubhouse on 6 under par but knew that after birdying the fifteenth he had a 2-shot lead, with 3 holes left to play.

Fate then played her hand and dealt Mullins a nasty bogey on the penultimate hole leaving him having to par the last for the win, never an easy thing to do at any level.

In the end he made par, which meant that Shadbolt was pipped at the post by the resurgent Mullins, who has found the form that had seemingly deserted him last year.

Royal Ascot Golf Club is one of many top-class golf courses in Berkshire but this week the quality of the greens, the condition of the course generally and above all the warm welcome we received put Royal Ascot as the odds-on favourite for a great day’s golf.

Kinnear loves The Woods

Paul Kinnear with Jamega at Studley Wood 2018Paul Kinnear registered his second Jamega Pro Golf Tour win at Studley Wood in Oxfordshire and with his first win being at Park Wood GC in Kent, perhaps there is a lumberjack or two lurking in his family tree!

In the end Kinnear won comfortably with an 8 under par total for a 2-shot win, compiled in very trying conditions.

Due to a biblically bad weather forecast for the first day of the tournament at Studley Wood it was decided to complete the day as quickly as possible so rather unusually it was decided to have a shotgun start.

This made life difficult for the green staff but they came through with flying colours to get the course ready for the 109 players and play commenced at 09:30.

On an extremely windy day the scoring was excellent and it was Liverpudlian Paul Kinnear (Formby GC) who led the way with a magnificent 6 under par 67 which gave him a one-shot lead over Billy Spooner (Woodhall Spa) and Jamie Abbott (Stoke by Nayland).

Thirty-Three players either bettered par or equalled it on an extremely hard day for scoring and the second day forecast looked to be just as challenging for the players.

Well, what a difference a day makes, with lighter winds and sunshine play commenced at 07:30 and with everyone in a brighter frame of mind, we looked forward to an exciting days play.

Kinnear played faultless golf to get to 9 under par after 10 holes and looked extremely comfortable in the heat of battle until a slight stutter with bogeys on the thirteenth and fourteenth brought him back to the chasing pack.

Several players in the final groups mounted charges but they seemed to fizzle out, although Michael O’Connor did finish Eagle, Birdie to set a target of 5 under par for the remaining groups to challenge.

In the penultimate group, Dave Coupland and James Allan joined O’Connor on 5 under but Hugo Dobson birdied the par 5 last to leapfrog into the clubhouse lead on 6 under par.

In the final group pairings Abbott and Spooner had fallen away from contention and it was a relieved Kinnear who holed out for par and a 2 Shot win which also won him the £3,500 first prize.

A massive thank you for everyone at Studley Wood, especially the greens staff, for enabling the tournament to be completed and we hope to be back again next year.