Winter Series Summary

What a way to start the winter series with a 13 under par 59 shot at The Bedford by Simon Lilly who beat a shocked Michael Lowe ,who scored a 7 under par 65 and lost by 6 shots! This will be talked about for many years to come as we believe it is the first sub 60 round to be recorded by a professional in a professional stroke play event in the United Kingdom.

From there we moved on to the Red Course at Frilford Heath and as usual it provided a good test for the players, having recently hosted a stage one European Tour Qualifying school tournament. The final result was a tie between Martin Sell and the Jamega Tour Order of Merit winner Lee James who navigated their way around in 3 under par 69’s. Not quite the dramatics of Lilly’s 59 of the previous week but nonetheless two good solid performances.

Moving swiftly on three days later to the fantastic Woodcote Park Golf Club in South London and yet another glorious autumn day greeted us and the players. A fantastic day for scoring and the day produced another tie for first place between James Ruth and Francis McGuirk each navigating their way around this delightful parkland course in 5 under par 66’s.

Cumberwell Park near Bath was our next port of call on this whirlwind winter series tour and a foggy start to the day nearly proved our undoing because with a field of 46 players and poor light it would prove to be a struggle to get the field of 46 players round. We just managed to get everybody in the house before darkness fell and at the end of the day we had another tie, this time between last weeks joint winner Martin Sell and local hero Charlie Cossins who both compiled 5 under par 66’s.

Our final stop on this five series winter tour took us to the coast and the brilliant Burnham and Berrow golf course. A traditional links design with nine holes going out and nines holes coming home where its only protection is from the normally ever present wind which was conspicuous by its absence and the flags on the perfect greens hung limp all day.

Despite a dry day being forcast the rains came and made it a miserable day for the players. However the course held its own and protected its reputation, only allowing one player to breach the par of 71 and that was first time winner on tour Liam Crawford who scored a fine 2 under par 69 to win the day.

The winter series has proved to be a popular new feature for the players and we will most certainly be doing some more in the early part of next year so keep looking at the website for information.

The 2012 schedule is now confirmed and on the website and if you want to save yourself £75 then you need to take up the £125 membership offer for 2012 before the 1st of December after which it goes up to £200.

Finally can we at Jamega thank all the players who have supported us during this and our previous 6 years and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous golfing New Year.

James Ruth, again, well done

"Strewth", it's James Ruth, by 8 shots!

With a strong breeze sweeping across this delightful parkland course, set in the grounds of the magnificent Bowood House near Calne in Wiltshire it was going to be a day where experience and patience would be the key.

This proved to be the case with former European Tour members James Ruth and Lee James topping the Leaderboard on the first day with 3 under par 69’s.

The fact that only four players equalled or bettered the par of 72 showed the strength of golf course that has held a Challenge Tour tournament in the recent past. David James also bettered par with a hard fought 1 under par 71 that put him one in front of Frilford Heath winner Steve Tooth.

Local amateur and Bowood member Jordan Smith scored a solid 73 to sit alongside former P.G.A Champion Scott Drummond and the very experienced Neil Riley.

A drizzly start to the second day with less wind gave the players a better chance to go low and Michael Moore shot up the leader board, adding a 3 under par 69 to his first round 77 to assume the clubhouse lead on 2 over par. On the course James Ruth took control of the tournament to lead by 2 shots after the front nine holes of 2 under par 34. Ruth’s nearest challenger, Lee James, could not get going on the front nine and his challenge fell away after bogies at ten and eleven.

Much to the delight of the Bowood members Jordan Smith got himself back to level par with 9 to play and parred every hole on the back nine to take the clubhouse lead on level par and with Lee James scattering shots over the closing holes, a second place finish for the young amateur was a distinct possibility.

Meanwhile Ruth was feeding off James’s misfortunes and with a 6 shot lead with 2 to play birdied the last two holes for fun and won the tournament by a staggering 8 shots adding a stunning 5 under par 67 to his first round 69 to win his second Jamega Pro Tour event of the year and a cheque for £5,000.

Lee James tied for second place with Jordan Smith but as an amateur Smith cannot accept prize money which left James holding a cheque for £1,000 to take his seasons earnings on the Tour to over £30,000!

Bowood is a superb test of golf, lovingly looked after by the course manager Jay and is set in magnificent countryside with excellent practice facilities and a clubhouse offering a warm welcome.

Although the main season is over we are now embarking on The Winter One Day Series that is starting at The Bedford Golf Course on the 1st of November and we are holding 6 events throughout November so you can be competitive right up to the next stage of The European Tour qualifying school.

Information about the series and details on how to enter will shortly be on the website.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our discounted membership offer, full 2012 Membership for just £125. This applies until the 30th November when it then increases to the normal £200.

Finally we would like to wish the 35 of our players taking part in the first stage of “Q “school at Frilford Heath this week all the very best of luck.

Sam Matton shows his metal

Matton Sprints to Mentmore win.

The Pro-Am on Sunday Sponsored by GreenFleets which preceded the main tournament was a huge success and local Pro Will Roebuck put his local knowledge to good use and won a total of £900 in prize money!

Roebuck would be hoping to carry on his good form into the tournament proper on Monday.

The first day was quite extraordinary in many respects, the scoring was very low and the number of players under par was extremely high.

The lowest 3 ball score in our history was achieved by Warren Bennett (65), James Watts (66) and Steve McAnally (66) scoring a total of 19 under par between them and that put them firmly at the top of the leader board alongside Jay Beisser and Sam Matton who also scored 6 under par totals.

At the end of the day a total of 31 players broke the par of 72 on the Mentmore  Rosebery course that was almost on third of the field. This reflects the high standard of the Professionals now playing The Jamega Tour.

With several players looking to take some form into the first stage of European Tour Qualifying at Frilford Heath next week it was going to be a fierce battle between the leaders on day two.

After a foggy start the players were presented with a perfect golfing day, brilliant warm autumn sunshine and with very little wind it was Steve McAnally who shot out of the blocks fastest birdying 2 of the first 3 holes with Matton and Bennett keeping in touch with birdies at the third hole. Matton then stumbled over the next few holes dropping back to 6 under par whilst Bennett improved his position to 9 under par to lead McAnally by 2 shots after nine holes.

They say that it’s the last nine holes are the nitty gritty of any tournament and so it proved to be. Matton bogeyed ten to seemingly drop out of contention at 5 under par whilst McAnally birdied eleven to move to 8 under par and to within one shot of Bennett.

Matton, meanwhile, would have to call on divine intervention to win now and with his caddie, nicknamed “Saint”, on the bag it seemed to work because Matton went on a birdie blitz from twelve onwards and after Bennett bogeyed the fourteenth and McAnally birdied the fifteenth to join Matton on 9 under it was going to be a battle to the end with 3 holes to play.

Whilst McAnally parred in Matton managed to pull another rabbit out of the hat and birdied the 17th to take the lead on 10 under par which was good enough to see him home as the winner.

Warren Bennett showed his class by birdying the 18th to tie Steve McAnally in second place to win £1,750 each

However it was Sam Matton who put the pedal to the metal over the last 7 holes at Mentmore and birdied 5 of them to race from a pedestrian 5 under par to top of the leader board on 10 under par and win his first Jamega Tour event and a cheque for £5,000.

The welcome at Mentmore was as usual fantastic with a welcoming clubhouse and two first class courses it is a must play venue and with great green fee deals available why not have a day out and enjoy yourselves.