Hattons first professional win

Tyrrell races to first Professional Win

The Jamega Pro Golf Tour provided the platform for Tyrrell Hatton’s first professional win, this feat accomplished at Woodcote Park that is a traditional parkland golf course with tree lined fairways and small greens set close to Croydon in South London.

It was our first visit to the course hidden away in the suburbs and what a gem it turned out to be. The first day was perfect for scoring but although not long by modern day standards Woodcote Park repelled all attempts to extract a” low one” from its tree lined fairways.

Graham Povey started to show the form of which he is capable and compiled a 3 under par 68. This was equalled by Ben Banks and they lead the way by a single shot from the chasing pack of 5 players that included Challenge Tour player Adam Gee, Trevor Jones, Tyrrell Hatton, Ryan Harrison and local hero Graham Thatcher.

To show how well the course defended itself against modern technology only 10 players managed to break par on a perfect autumn golfing day.

The second day, although bright was also breezy and that would probably take a low score out of the equation. This assumption proved to be totally wrong when James Scade came from nowhere with a course record equalling 5 under par 66 that elevated him well up into the prize fund to win £375 for a joint 7th place finish.

Martin Sell overtook Scade to assume the clubhouse lead on 2 under par adding a 68 to his first round one over par 72. Nathan Treacher and Tom Murray were the models of consistency both scoring a second one under 70 to join Sell on 2 under par.

As the final groups approached the last couple of holes it became clear that Tyrrell Hatton in the penultimate trio was going to win unless he fell over. Standing on the 18th tee leading by 2 shots, a par would do but to make sure Hatton birdied it for a second round 68 and an unassailable total of 5 under par to win by 3 shots.

In the final group neither Adam Gee or first round leaders Graham Povey and Ben Banks could get to grips with the either the conditions or the course and joined the others in a 5 way tie for second place each winning £870. A delighted Hatton won his first pro event and a welcome cheque for £5,000 to help fund his future golfing ambitions.

Woodcote Park is a delightful golf course with a traditional warm and welcoming clubhouse where you can order very reasonably priced food, which comes in very generous portions. The course is looked after by a team of dedicated green keepers, many thanks Gordon, an excellent job particularly as you’ve only recently taken over the course managers role, it was a joy to behold and play.

Do yourselves a favour and pay a visit to Woodcote Park and enjoy a complete golfing experience.

Our next event, at Mentmore, is getting busy so if you want to play please enter now as we will have a limited field due to lack of daylight.

Steve's at home at Cumberwell

Surry weathers the Storm to Win at Home

With gale force winds and heavy showers lashing the course at Cumberwell Park for both tournament days some of the players must have wished they’d been good at Snooker or Darts instead of golf!

A home player victory was a definite possibility with local hero Steve Surry in the field and although being a hot favourite brings its own pressures, Surry performed quite brilliantly in the conditions and returned a 4 under par 67 over the combined Red and Blue courses.

Paul Reed, who is in a rich vein of form this year, played superbly to get within one shot of Surry, scoring a solid 3 under 68 and he was joined by Challenge Tour member Kyron Sullivan and former P.G.A Champion Scott Drummond.

Adam Wootton, Ben Jones, Daniel Phillips, Sam Matton and Adam Stott formed the main chasing pack on 2 under par. To show how tough the conditions were on the first day only 15 players managed to break the par of 71 out of a field of 98.

The second day brought no respite from the strong winds and with even more rain sweeping in from the West it would be a tough day for all the players and most definitely the men would be sorted from the boys. The conditions caused a slight hiccough in the proceedings with a monsoon like downpour flooding three of the greens but with the help of the green keepers and complex owner Ali James, play was soon back on track.

Andy Shakespear and Jake Amos threw caution to the wind and extracted 3 under par 68’s from the course to elevate them into the prize fund. Multiple winner Lee James put himself into a possible winning position carding a 3 under par 68 to finish the tournament on 4 under par to be club-house leader yet again!

James had to wait for the last four groups to finish before he would know his fate but with the news that Surry was negotiating the back nine successfully and standing on 5 under par after 33 holes with the birdie able par 5 eighteenth to come it looked like a forlorn hope.

Sure enough Surry plucked a final birdie from the last hole to finish an emphatic winner on 6 under par and win a welcome cheque for £5,000 to help with his quest for European Tour status at stage 2 of Q School. Lee James although disappointed not to win had his mood lifted a little with a second place cheque for £2,500.

Cumberwell Park is a magnificent facility with a combination of 4 nine-hole courses that will suit golfers of all standards and abilities. Cumberwell also has one of the best short game facilities in the south at which you could spend the whole day and not get bored. All that combined with helpful staff and “imported” pasties from Cornwall, that do nothing for your dietary ambitions, make Cumberwell Park, is a must visit golf complex.

A welcome week off for the team now before the final push to complete the season with the last three events of a 23 tournament season.

A purple-patch for Dale Whitnell!

Once again Dale Whitnell shows the field a clean pair of heels! With win Number 2.

Travelling up the M6 to the most northerly of all of our events of 2011 the weather deteriorated with each passing mile, classic northern conditions greeted us on arrival at The Tytherington near Macclesfield, making first day very difficult for scoring with strong winds and constant rain sweeping the course.

Despite the awful weather the members of The Tytherington Club, obviously a hardy bunch, turned out in numbers to support the Jamega Professionals, who were battling not only the conditions but a very strong golf course.
Although a relatively small field for our first venture north of Watford Gap, only 6 players managed to break the par of 72.

Sam Robinson and Mark Laskey led the way both completing their rounds in excellent 3 under par scores.
 Leading the chasing pack were Michael Lowe, Adam Stott and Trevor Jones all scoring very respectable 2 under par 70’s.

The only other player to break par on this weather beaten day was Ian Brown, who managed  a one under par total, just ahead of a group on level, which included Ryan Harrison, Mark Smith and last week’s winner Dale Whitnell.
The second day, although overcast, was considerably less windy and the early indications were that scoring would be lower than day one.

This proved to be the case when early starter and local hero Steve Pullan carded a fine 2 under par 70. Two groups later James Ruth having travelled all the way up from St Mellion, in Cornwall added a magnificent 5 under par 67 to his first round score of 76 to assume the clubhouse lead at 1 under.

Tom Murray, the son of Andrew Murray the former European Open winner, starting to show some promise, carding a solid 2 under par to leave him on 1 over par for the tournament.

News came in from the on-course scorer that Dale Whitnell had stormed into the lead at 7 under par with just 2 holes to play. Hot on his heels and desperate to stay in touch, came the mercurial Michael Lowe, trying to improve on his on course total of 5 under par.

After a par on the difficult 17th hole Dale Whitnell was left needing a 6 or better to take the Clubhouse lead. A slightly pushed second shot left him a difficult chip to a pin cut at the very back on a very fast running green. His chip coming up some 4 feet short, with steely nerves rammed it firmly into the back of the hole to record a -7 tournament total and a tentative wait for the last 2 groups to record their scores.

No real need for concern as his 2 shot lead was maintained with just Michael Lowe snapping at his heels but coming up shy at 5 under.

Well done for the second week in a row, a very confident Dale Whitnell is now really looking forward to carrying this form through to the European Tour Qualifying School in just a few weeks time. We wish him well.

The Tytherington Club situated on the outskirts of the old silk town of Macclesfield offers a superb golfing experience with extensive leisure facilities.

A challenging tournament in more ways than one but “what a golf course”, superbly designed to test the best of the Pro’s but still an excellent course for all levels of player with many possible tee choices making it fair for all. Really well presented by Jim Cassidy and his team of enthusiastic green-keepers, many thanks to them, we will be back!