Dixon is Back to his Best

David Dixon with Jamega at Aldwickbury Park 2017 David Dixon finally broke a spell of finishing runner up with a sparkling performance to win at the beautifully prepared Aldwickbury Park Golf Club near Harpenden.

After the first round, Dixon was 3 shots off the pace set jointly by Simon Griffiths and Dale Whitnell who both equalled the existing course record of 7 under par. Craig Hinton lay one shot back on 6 under with Patrick Blunt on 5 under the card.

In the group on 4 under par were six players that included multiple winner Jamie Abbott and the very talented sixteen-year-old Korean, Min Kyu Kim who is rapidly making a name for himself in the golfing world.

In the second and final round, Dixon swept through the front nine in 4 under par to lead by one from Abbott who has been his nemesis over the past few weeks.

Meanwhile the two leaders fell away over the front nine and would have to play catch-up over the last nine holes but with the very experienced Dixon and Abbott leading the race it would be a tough ask.

Abbott did himself no favours with a bogey on the tenth and another on the fourteenth whilst Dixon, despite bogeying the thirteenth, maintained his lead and settled the duel with Abbott extracting birdies from the fifteenth and seventeenth.

Having set the clubhouse target of 9 under par Dixon had to wait for the final group to finish before the outcome could be finalised and with Whitnell needing to birdie the last to force a play-off, the result was still uncertain.

Whitnell fired in a great second shot to within some 6 feet of the cup giving himself a great chance of the birdie he required to tie Dixon.

Faced with a very quick downhill putt he decided to try and force it into the cup in order to take out any break, but the plan failed and he missed, sending the ball a good 5 feet past and then proceeded to miss the return to drop back into a tie for second with Abbott.

A delighted Dixon also won a free season of starts on the 2016/2017 Portugal Pro Golf Tour worth some £4,500.

To a man the players heaped praise on the golf course which was a fitting accolade for course manager and head green keeper Craig Betts and his staff who worked from dawn to dusk preparing the course.

The greens were in stunning condition and at one point they were running between 12 and 13 on the stimp meter, Ken Brown, who designed the greens, would have been delighted!

Anyone looking to have a day’s golfing could do a lot worse than going to Aldwickbury Park, where you will play one of the best courses in the south of England and be greeted by friendly and accommodating staff in the spacious clubhouse.

First Win for Min Kyu Kim 김민규의 첫 우승

Min Kyu KimThe young Korean, Min Kyu Kim won his first professional event at Windmill Hill after the tournament was foreshortened to one-day due to constant, heavy rain that swamped the course on the second day.

Kim’s only blemish came when he bogied the fifth hole but made up for that with 5 birdies and an eagle to post the clubhouse leading score of 6 under par.

Tight behind Kim in second place were Ben Storey, Josh White and serial winner Jamie Abbott all on 5 under par.

Another young Korean showing a marked improvement was Kim’s friend and fellow countryman Yeoung Bin Lee who shot an excellent score of 3 under par to finish amongst the prize winners.

Min Kyu and his fellow Korean, Yeoung Bin Lee are both far from home but have already made an impression on the tour, with their hard work and dedication in the quest to improve and they will both be ones to look out for in the future.

The whole experience at Windmill Hill was an enjoyable one, apart from the rain of course, with friendly helpful clubhouse staff making everyone feel welcome and the dedicated green staff for working their socks off to get the course in good condition for us.

Kinnear Breaks His Duck

Paul Kinnear at Park Wood with JamegaPaul Kinnear won his first professional event at Park Wood Golf Club with a fine performance against a strong field which included some Challenge Tour and former European Tour players.

Kinnear was the model of consistency scoring 5 under par 67’s in both rounds to win by a comfortable three shots from David Dixon and prolific winner Jamie Abbott.

The first round was the property of former European Tour winner Dixon who shot an error free 7 under par 65 to lead by 2 from the rapidly improving Marcus Sewell and the eventual winner, Kinnear.

The second round produced some early fireworks with Lewis Atkinson and the irrepressible Abbott carding 5 under par 67’s which elevated Atkinson into the prize fund on 4 under par and Abbott into the clubhouse lead on 7 under.

In the final group Dixon was cruising along nicely and maintaining his lead until an unwelcome 6 on the ninth saw him drop back into a tie with Kinnear who then took the lead with a birdie on the tenth hole.

Dixon immediately struck back with birdies on the eleventh and twelfth but then Kinnear drew level with a birdie on the thirteenth to Dixon’s bogey.

Both players parred the next but then Kinnear put the hammer down and birdied the fifteenth and sixteenth and with Dixon making a bogey on the sixteenth Kinnear enjoyed a three-shot lead playing the last.

A standard par at the last saw Kinnear bag his first win as a pro and he certainly looks like he could follow in the footsteps of Dan Brooks, Andrew Johnston and Tyrrell Hatton who also cut their teeth on a Jamega Tour win.

It has to be said that the green staff worked wonders getting the course in a playable condition for both the pro-am and the tournament after torrential rain swamped the course on the Friday night / Saturday morning.

Park Wood is a fantastic venue both for the golf and the hospitality shown to us and also the players by the general manager KJ, head professional Sam and the lovely Barbara behind the bar who worked tirelessly serving up fabulous food and beverages.