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.

It’s a Big Colegate Smile

Jack Colegate with Jamega at Essendon Park 2017Jack Colgate fought tooth and nail to win his first Jamega Pro Golf Tour event with a hard earned 8 under par total of 138, afterleading wire to wire.

Early on the first day four players scored impressive 6 under par 66’s to establish a 2-stroke lead over the chasing pack.

Marco Penge (Goodwood GC), Max Smith (Foxhills), Tom Shadbolt (Brockett Hall) and Jack Colegate (Rochester and Chobham), all put together solid rounds, each compiled in various ways.

Penge Birdied the last 4 holes, Smith with a Birdie fest over the front nine, Shadbolt with 3 under on both nines and Colgate with 8 Birdies and 2 Bogeys.

Within striking distance of the leaders were four players on 4 under par, Alasdair Dalgleish, Josh Loughrey, David Dixon and last week’s winner, James Ruebotham, looking to do the double.

On the second day the players were going to have the added incentive of playing for an increased Prize Fund, with a first prize of £3,500 and 19 players, plus ties getting paid.

The eventual winner, Colegate got to 9 under par after nine holes of the second round, with Penge losing ground, dropping back to 5 under par.

Smith was having a much better time of it arriving at the start of the back nine on 11 under and a comfortable lead over the other contenders but there were dramatic changes ahead.

Jamie Rutherford and Liam Robinson playing together, spurred each other on and they eventually each posted a 7 under par total which the way things were going with the leaders was potentially a play-off score.

Next in was Colegate, who held it together on the run in, with his only blemish, a bogey on the thirteenth but it was still good enough to give him the clubhouse lead on 8 under par.

With the news that Smith was having all sorts of problems on the run in, made Colegate’s 8 under par total look very promising indeed.

Whilst Smith was dealing with his demons, Penge and Rutherford were making a charge to catch Colegate but despite their efforts they were both to fall one shot shy of forcing a play-off and a slightly shocked Colegate was delighted to be the winner of the £3,500 first prize.

It has been a pleasure to run an event with such a high-class field playing over one of the premiere courses in the South East, Essendon (New).

A Walk in The Park for Ruebotham

James Ruebotham with Jamega Pro Golf Tour at Maxstoke Park 2018
James Ruebotham congratulated by Maxstoke Park Lady Captain, Elaine Partridge
You could feel the excitement in the air at Maxstoke Park as the first Jamega Pro Golf Tour Tournament got underway promptly at 8 am.

Scoring, on the first day, was very strong with some 31 players scoring par or better over this par 71 layout that was playing longer than normal due to the very wet winter the course had to endure.

At the top of the heap after the days play drew to a close was Mannings Heath’s Tom Hayward with a fine 5 under par 66 and for Hayward it was just reward for all his hard work and the fact that he had continued to play competitive golf throughout the winter.

James Ruebotham, Luke Johnson and Sweden’s Otto Bonning lay a shot behind Hayward and no less than 6 more players were a shot further back on 3 under the card, so the second day would be no walk in the park for Hayward.

The final day proved to be full of drama right up to the end, with at one stage Hayward looking comfortable, leading on 7 under par after 27 holes from Mark Laskey on 5 under and by 4 from Ruebotham, in the group ahead, on 3 under.

Hayward maintained that lead with pars at the next 2 holes until Ruebotham birdied the twelfth to get within 3 shots of Hayward.

Then Hayward bogeys Thirteen, then Fourteen and suddenly Ruebotham birdies the fifteenth to draw level, then Hayward responded and made a birdie 2 on the Sixteenth to take a one-shot lead.

While all this was going on Laskey saw his chance evaporate with a triple bogey on the seventeenth to drop back to one under par and out of the race.

Hayward then proceeds to double bogey the Seventeenth to gift Ruebotham, who made bogey, a level playing field with one hole to play.

Ruebotham makes a telling birdie at the last, for a 5 under par total and then waits for Hayward to finish in the final group.

Unfortunately, Hayward failed to make the necessary birdie to tie Ruebotham and force a play-off, eventually making an expensive bogey to slip back into a tie for second place.

Maxstoke Park pulled out all the stops to make the course playable after one of the wettest winters in recent times and our deserved thanks go out to all the green staff who made it possible to play the tournament.