Winner, Sam Hutsby, in full-flow

After six long and miserable winter months the tour headed for the seaside and the beautiful Hayling Island Golf Club for the first event of the year.

With a full field which included the former PGA Champion Scott Drummond, U.S. Champions Tour member Mark Mouland plus several Challenge Tour players including Kyron Sullivan, Zane Scotland, Dan Brooks and the defending champion James Busby.
A thoroughly disappointed John Banbury, last year’s runner-up, had to withdraw at the eleventh hour having pulled a stomach muscle during his final practice session.

Bright and breezy best described the weather on the first morning, although the early groups had the benefit of lighter winds. Early starter, Australian, Alex Munro took advantage to produce the lowest score of the day with a fine 4 under par 67, which stood the test of time to lead at the end of play.
Hot on Munro’s heels though, on 3 under par sat the defending champion, James Busby alongside, Steve Mitchell , Alex Belt, Dan Brooks and Richard Wallis all equaling Busby’s 68.
Local pro, Mark Treleaven, a little disappointed with his opening level par round of 71 compiled in the lighter winds of the morning but with an abundance of local knowledge could cause some damage to the prize fund on day two.
When the wind picked up in the afternoon, putting became difficult on the superfast greens and this was reflected in the overall scoring with some scores ballooning out of control.

On day 2 a relatively calm and sunny day dawned to greet the players, well, as calm as it can be on a links-land golf course and the general improvement in the scoring reflected that.
Scott Drummond raced up the leader board and into the prize fund with a stunning 5 under par 66, finally claiming a joint 6th place, winning £510.
Local Hero, Sam Hutsby moved on up the field with 2 eagles and a final birdie on 18 to post a superb 6 under par target of 136. So now it was a case of waiting to see if anyone in the latter groupings could catch him.

As the final group reached the 18th green with the defending champion Busby and first round leader Munro now out of the final shake-up it was left up to Richard Wallis to try and hole a birdie putt from around fifteen feet to tie Hutsby and force a play-off.
Wallis narrowly missed the putt, which left the delighted former European Tour player Sam Hutsby the winner of the first place cheque for £5000.
Richard Wallis had the consolation of £2,500 for second spot.

Hayling Island, a jewel in our calendar, providing a stunning venue, unsurpassable hospitality and service, together with liberal sprinkling of friendliness.
Many thanks to the Membership for their assistance and lovely welcome.
A special mention for Lochlan and his team of green-keepers for a course produced in immaculate condition, complimented by most, if not all Professionals. Well done, a great job.
We would highly recommend golfers of all standards to savour a taste of links golf and visit Hayling Island. A challenge and a joy.
Entries are no longer being taken for our next event at South Essex, reserve positions only.
So to avoid disappointment we would recommend that you enter The Vale of Glamorgan   25th / 26th of April as soon as possible.

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A Princely win for Francis McGuirk.

This time a play-off win for Francis McGuirk.

For the second time "Franny" was back out for extra-time. Having lead and apparently cruising, when Rory Kirwan with a fantastic second round 9 under par put McGuirk under pressure, by catching and overtaking on the closing stretch. Forcing McGuirk to call on all resources to finish birdie, birdie to tie the lead.
Back out, they both birdied the first and it was the decided on the 2nd playoff hole with another birdie, with Kirwan leaving his effort from 50' in the Jaws, just 1" short!

Report below.

Marathon Man McGuirk wins final event at Studley Wood.
Francis McGuirk just loves play-offs now he’s finally come out on top in one!                                   
Earlier in the year McGuirk lost out in a marathon five way play-off at the Warwickshire which went into a second day but this time he was triumphant over Rory Kirwan after just 2 holes.
On the first day at Studley Wood the course was swept by a brisk South Easterly wind gusting at times to around 30MPH and this suited a certain Francis McGuirk perfectly. Having learnt his golf at Princes Golf Club in Kent, McGuirk knows how to play in the wind and blew away most of the field with a great 5 under par 68. Kevin Tilbury joined McGuirk as the only other player to break 70 at the end of the day scoring a 4 under par 69. A group of five players, Lee Nash, Matt Briggs, Nick Pateman, Andrew Rait and Rory Kirwan slipstreamed McGuirk and Tilbury with each of them carding 3 under par 70’s.
Day 2 was much calmer and the scoring reflected that with a host of players breaching the par of 73 which had remained strong on the first day. Rob Bardsley was the first of the players to set a possible winning target of 8 under par after adding a fabulous 6 under par 67 to his first round 71. Rory Kirwan was having a birdie orgy on the course and presented a card which contained no less than ten of them with just one solitary bogey spoiling the card of 9 under par 64 which gave him the clubhouse lead on 12 under. Meanwhile on the course in the final group, Francis McGuirk who had for most of the day been seemingly cruising along to an easy win suddenly found out that he had to birdie the last two holes to tie Kirwan!
Showing tremendous bottle he completed the task and so we headed to the first tee for the play-off.
The first hole failed to produce a winner with both players making birdies. The pair now proceeded to the par five 18th to continue the battle and after reaching the green in two McGuirk looked to be the favourite with Kirwan surveying his 50 foot birdie putt after taking 3 shots to reach the green. Kirwans courageous effort fell just one inch short of dropping in and this left a delighted Francis McGuirk the winner after he extracted yet another birdie from the poor old 18th hole.
A comment from professional, James OConnor, "one of the best Holes-in-One I've ever seen", this majestic shot was achieved in the second round at Hole number 8, by guess who?, James OConnor!
Just a mention for Broome Manor based Swindon golfer Yoshio Takeuchi who won the right to compete as an amateur in the event by winning a Bang & Olufsen qualifying competition. Yoshio shot a total of 1 over par 147 to finish a very creditable joint 34th out of a field of 87.
Studley Wood is a brilliant place to play golf and all the staff are welcoming and enthusiastic about what they do and we wholeheartedly recommend it to all of you that play golf.

Who Wins at Luton Hoo!

Longtime supporter of The Jamega Tour, James Busby, makes a profitable return and in the process shoots two great rounds to take the Course Record to a new level at 6 under par. Two very contrasting days, Day 1 with strong blustery winds and Day 2 benign and bathed in sunshine producing some excellent golf from numerous players but Busby cruised to a 4 shot victory, well done.
Report to follow.

Classy Busby wins by four at a fabulous  Luton Hoo.

Long time supporter of The Jamega Tour James Busby returned to his professional roots at Luton Hoo and spread-eagled the field with rounds of 68 and 67 to win by four shots from Miles Mackman. James Ablett and Jason Burns.
A chilly and breezy day greeted the golfers on the first day at Luton Hoo which made scoring conditions difficult for the early starters except Richard Tagg who defied the elements to card a 4 under 69. He was joined throughout the day by James Ablett and Sam Watts and this trio looked set to lead the field into day two.  However the penultimate group had other ideas with James Busby and Jason Burns spurring each other on to both end the day on 5 under par and establish a new joint professional course record for the Luton Hoo course. A mention for local Luton Hoo amateur member Robert Grant who scored a creditable level par 73 despite, as he said, “everything shaking on the first tee”!
What a difference a day makes with wall to wall sunshine and not a breath of wind greeting the golfers for day two. Ben Jones was the first in to set the pace and a possible winning target of 5 under par adding a course record equalling 68 to his first round of level par 73. It was not long though until second round specialist Neil Reilly added a 5 under par 68 to his first round 72 to shade Jones and set a new clubhouse target of 6 under. Playing in the same group as Reilly, Miles Mackman handed the scorer a course record equalling card of 68 to immediately re-set the clubhouse pace at 7 under. With the final groups flooding in it was not long before Mackman was joined on 7 under by James Ablett who added a solid 3 under par 70 to his first round 69.
In the final group James Busby was going on a birdie hunt capturing seven of them to stand on the 17th tee with a comfortable four shot lead and after parring the 16th Busby wanted a par at the last to establish a new record for the delightful Luton Hoo. With no pressure on him Busby completed the task of getting it up and down for par and  won the £3,000 first prize and go into the course record book with his 6 under par 67 which gave him the winning total of 11 under par 135. First round joint leader Jason Burns shot a solid final round 71 to join Mackman and Ablett in second place each winning £1,066.
What can you say about Luton Hoo? A wonderful venue set within a picturesque wooded estate overlooked by a stunning Mansion which now provides the ultimate in luxurious hotel accommodation. The golf course, which unusually has no bunkers, provides a fair test for golfers of all standards and your every need will be catered for by the excellent pro shop staff and the welcoming clubhouse staff.