The Earls is right up Paul's Street

Not since "Four Weddings and a Funeral" has Wet, Wet, Wet had so much exposure as they did on the first day of the Jamega Tour tournament at The Warwickshire - the day ended up being a complete wash-out.

So it was decided to abandon play for the day and reduce the event to an 18 hole tournament starting on the Tuesday. The best completed round of the now voided first day came from Lee Corfield who shot level par 72.

Now that may not sound too spectacular but in the conditions it most certainly was, however, in the end it unfortunately ended up counting for nothing.

With a dry day forecasted for the second day it was hoped that we would be able to complete the tournament and declare a winner and so the first groups departed the first tee onto a very soggy golf course at 8am sharp.

With no leaders from the first day to follow, a winner could jump out from anywhere in the field and the first to show on the clubhouse leader board with a chance was Joe Smoothy who posted an excellent 2 under par 70.

Smoothy lead for some time until Matt Morris joined him on the same score and it seemed that a play-off was a likely scenario when Lee Corfield also joined them on top of the heap.

Corfield showed a lot of grit and determination to post such an excellent total after suffering the disappointment of his great score from the first days play being ruled out.

It was probably ironic that the winning score actually came from the last group and it was the inform horse, Paul Streeter, who posted an impressive 4 under par 68 round the tough Earls course to pick up the winners cheque for £5,000.

It was always going to be Streeter's day when he birdied the first hole and then holed his third shot for an Eagle on the long par 5 fourth hole and followed that up with 2 more birdies on holes seven and ten.

His only blot on an otherwise perfect landscape was a bogey on the difficult par 5 last but he never the less still won by 2 clear shots from Smoothy, Morris and Corfield who each pocketed £1,500 each for sharing second place.

A difficult tournament was made easier by the helpful and friendly staff at The Warwickshire and we are looking forward to returning there in August to play the Kings course and lets hope that Wet, Wet, Wet are not on the bill!

Frilford's getting busy for next week so get your entries in, confirmed and paid for by Friday or you could be on the reserve list.

Best win for Oliver by Farr at Burghill

The Tour arrived at Burghill Golf Club near Hereford not knowing what to expect for our first visit there. Well, what a pleasant surprise was in store for us and our players for the first of three "Super 7" enhanced Jamega Tour events.

With fairways and greens that would certainly be the equal of any found on The European Tour the players were in for a treat.

These "Super 7" Tournaments are run alongside the normal events and the qualifying players compete for an extra £3,500 in addition to the main prize fund.

In order to qualify, a member of the Tour must have played at least 2 Jamega Tour events prior to the "Super 7" Tournaments.

Former Coventry City football Professional, Liam Robinson took the lead on the first day with an almost perfect 6 under par 65 containing 7 Birdies and just one solitary bogey.

Local Hero Oliver Farr and Asian Tour member Nick Redfern slotted in behind Robinson on 5 under par with a pack of 6 chasing players just one shot behind them, which included Lee James, Paul Maddy, Ian Brown, Richard Tagg, Mark Laskey and Lee Corfield.

A total of 21 players broke par on the first day, so it was going to be difficult to predict a winner from a field containing the young and enthusiastic, the older and more experienced players and the local specialists.

With the inevitable "Jamega Rains" and stronger winds predicted for the second day it was going to be a test of skill and determination for the leaders.

Reports from the course indicated that Liam Robinson was going to run away with victory when he reached 9 under par for the tournament after 26 holes. Local Pro and member of Burghill, Ian Brown, was keeping in touch with Robinson reaching 7 under par after 29 holes.

All the other challengers seemed to be dropping shots except Mark Laskey who posted a final total of 5 under par to take the clubhouse lead.

As Laskey waited it looked as though there could be a play-off with several players tied on 5 under par out on the course and Ian Brown, who had just dropped a shot, on 6 under par with 6 holes left to play.

Then wheels came flying off in spectacular fashion with Brown crashing out of contention with a quadruple bogey on the 13th and a triple on the 16th it was time to call a "Taxi for Brown".

Overnight Leader Robinson was also limping home with an error filled back 9 containing 5 bogies. At this point Laskey in the house on 5 under was licking his chops in anticipation of at least a play-off.

Then after consecutive bogies on 11 and 12 Oliver Farr found a birdie on the 13th that steadied his ship and got him back to within one shot of Laskey. Farr followed his birdie with 3 solid pars and then found another birdie on the 17th to tie Laskey with one to play.

With an Eighteenth green ringed with his supporters and club members, Farr speared in a shot that rolled up to within a couple of feet of the cup to the rapturous applause of the large gallery.

Farr duly tapped in the putt to win his first Professional event by a single shot from the disappointed Laskey who, however had a cheque for £2,000 to soften the blow.

A delighted Oliver Farr won his first Professional event at his home club in front of his growing army of fans and banked a cheque for £4,000, what could be better way to start your career than that.

Mark Laskey had a further slice of good news when he was told he had won the £2,000 "Super 7" first prize because Oliver Farr did not qualify for the additional prize pot on offer.

Lee James also picked up the "Super 7" second place cheque for £1,000 to add to his main event cheque of £1,500 for third place.

The £500 third place "Super 7" money was split between four players who finished joint fourth on the main event, Liam Robinson, Paul Maddy, Luke Joy and Nick Redfern.

Farr thanked his family and the Burghill members, who by the way have recently formed the Rolf Harris appreciation society, for their support and had a special mention for his dad, Graham, who has caddied for K. J. Choi in the past, thanking him for his help in adjusting to the professional game.

Burghill has the most fantasticly conditioned greens and fairways which you seldom see outside of a main tour event and this is due entirely to Head Green Keeper Steve and his team who have done a fabulous job for us and the Burghill members.

The members, well what can you say? Enthusiastic, ebullient, friendly, and helpful these all spring to mind but most of all they welcomed us with open arms. The hospitality we received from the clubhouse staff who kept us fed and watered, was wonderful and we would without hesitation recommend it to all golfers looking for a great experience.

The next "Super 7" event is at Essendon Golf and CC on the 23rd of July, so if you want a slice of the Extra £3,500 on offer make sure you qualify by playing at least 2 events prior to it.

Our next tournament at The Warwickshire is already getting busy so get your paid entry in as soon as possible or you may have to go on the reserve list!

A Huge win for Craig Smith at Frilford Heath

A calm day greeted the players for the first day's play on the Red Course at the glorious Frilford Heath Golf Club, near Oxford, and for the player who could resist the Sirens call from the Gorse, there was a good score to be had.

Early starter Lee James took full advantage of the benign conditions and after a shaky start he compiled a 5 under par score of 67 that was eventually to lead for the rest of the day.

Two players got to within one shot of James, the effervescent Australian, Shaun Malone and the big hitting Bristolian, Charlie Cossins.

Tucked in behind the leaders on 3 under par were the fast improving pair of John Chamberlain and Michael Moore both of whom would be challenging the leaders on the second day.

Miles Mackman and Martin Sell, both from Swindon, were joined by James Pratt to make up the chasing pack on 2 under par and they had every chance of making a sizeable dent in the prize fund.

Making a welcome return to the tour was former European Tour player Warren Bennett who showed glimpses of years gone by and compiled a solid 1 under par 71. Playing alongside Bennett in round two, also on 1 under par, will be Lee Corfield and recent Stoke Park one day  event winner, Ed Harding.

The temperature fell to a more comfortable level for the start of the second day's play and battle commenced at 7-30am sharp.

What a strange day it was with the leaders treating the lead like "hot potato" and not wanting to hold onto it and throwing away shots like confetti at a wedding!

Meanwhile early starter, Ryan Harrison cruised around the Red course in a serene, error-free 5 under par 67, to finish the tournament at one under par and reflect on his first round 4 over par 76. Oh my, what might have been?

The focus now concentrated on the leaders who continued to spend money on the course like there was no tomorrow and it was a grateful Craig Smith who was going around and picking it up.

Smith, although bogeying the first hole, proceeded to settle into his rhythm and then he eagled the 6th hole but immediately gave one back at the next to turn in level par.

Rock solid golf on the back nine, with 3 birdies and no mistakes, saw Smith in the house with a 3 under par 69 and a tournament score of 4 under par.

John Chamberlain was also frittering away shots, going from 3 under at the start, back to level par with 3 holes to go, but then Chamberlain burst into life and birdied the last 3 holes to just fall short of Smith's total.

Word came in from the course that Martin Sell was now the only realistic challenger to Smith and Sell tied for the lead with a birdie on the 15th; he then gave it straight back to Smith with a bogey on the very next hole.

Sell now had to find a birdie at either of the last two holes in order to tie Smith and force a play-off but it was not to be and Sell parred in to tie for second place with Chamberlain with each of them winning £1,750.

This left the mighty Craig Smith as the winner of his first Jamega Tour event and a very nice winners cheque for £5,000.

Stunningly beautiful, is probably the best way to describe Frilford Heath Golf Club and with 3 courses offering the golfer different challenges it is one to play before you die, as they say.

Offering unbounded hospitality and reasonably priced food and beverages it is a haven for golfers of all standards and well worth a visit.

The first "Super 7" kicks off next week at Burghill Valley where the Prize Fund will be enhanced by £3,500, details are on our website.

This event will be popular so you will need to enter quickly and pay your entry fee before 6pm on Friday, or you will miss out.