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.
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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.

A Breeze for Tom Whitehouse!

Tom Whitehouse wins on The Kings Course at The Warwickshire, battling floods on Day 1 and severe winds on Day 2. More like November than August most of the field were blown away but Tom showed his experience and tenacity and won through with grit and determination. Well done.

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Tom Whitehouse “Blows” away the opposition
 to win at a ” Windy” Warwickshire.

Challenge Tour regular Tom Whitehouse showed he’s a class act by surging through the field on the second day with a 4 under par 68 to win his first Jamega Tour event playing in only his second tournament with us.  Given that the winds were gusting to 30-40 mph, Whitehouse’s score was remarkable in the fact that it only contained two bogies which were countered by four birdies and a magnificent Eagle on the sixteenth.
A rain interrupted first day finally ended at around 8 pm with Ryan Massetti at the head of proceedings with a 5 under par 67. Big hitting Thomas Coulson was hot on Massetti’s heels on 4 under par 68 and he headed a group comprising of Duncan Elbury, Richard Gurney, Aaron Parkes and James Horn who were close behind with 3 under par, 69’s.
The second day was thankfully dry but an increasingly strong North Easterly wind swept over the course causing havoc on some greens, with balls being blown back to the players feet on the more exposed holes. Eventually the wind eased enough to enable play to continue without further delay.

Tom Whitehouse finished well before the day 1 leaders, having set an impressive clubhouse target of 6 under par for them to chase.
Out of the final pairings only Duncan Elbury was mounting a serious challenge to Whitehouse down the stretch, as the others found the going too tough and gradually fell out of contention.
Elbury hitting the vunerable par 5 sixteenth in two, giving him an obvious chance, just two putts to tie the lead but by his own admission, nerves played a part as he raced the first putt by the hole and then twitched over the next, managing  just an ordinary par!
Tom Whitehouse earlier had really taken advantage of this particular hole with a fantastic eagle. The 16th hole therefore was the key to who would take the spoils from a long and difficult battle.
Elbury needing to birdie the last to move the day into extra time, going for broke with his birdie putt and then missing the return meant he dropped a shot to finish on 4 under par but this still secured the second place cheque for £2,000 and re-enforcing his new-found belief, in his own ability.

Tom Whitehouse on his first win with Jamega picking up his £4000 Winners cheque, stated that being in the mix towards the end of a tournament, with the tension building is something unique and critical to a golf professional, being able to “close out” an event and therefore becoming  “The Winner”  is all part of the learning process that ambitious young professionals just have to go through and hopefully relish, on the  road to long-term success.
As usual the hospitality at The Warwickshire was excellent and friendly  and with a choice of two Championship Golf Courses, nurtured by a superb green keeping team,  makes it a must visit for anyone that enjoys quality golf.
Next week we are at the magnificent Luton Hoo which, to the relief of some, has No Bunkers!

Seve's Challenge,tamed!

James Jankowski's first Jamega win has been accomplished at one of this years most demanding courses, in rather blustery conditions. The Shire London, set out by the great Severiano Ballesteros was this weeks Jamega test for our tournament playing professionals with a prizefund kindly boosted by Jemca Toyota. James played with confidence and flair and was only really challenged in the latter stages by South Winchester winner Lyle Rowe who finished 7 under forcing James to par the difficult 18th to take the Winners Flag.

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The Fat Lady finally sings for James Jankowski at The Shire.

James Jankowski finally breasted the tape after a drama packed last three holes to win his first Jamega Pro Golf Tour event at The Shire London by one shot from the South African, Lyle Rowe.
The Seve Ballesteros designed course which consists of 6 par 3’s, 6 par 4’s and 6 par 5’s proved to be a stern test in a strong North Easterly wind on the first day with only eight players bettering the par of 72. James Jankowski headed the list compiling an excellent 5 under par 67 to lead by two from Jordan Smith and David James. Well positioned on his own on 3 under Stewart Mitchell was ready to make a move on day two. Lee Drew, James Ablett, Danny O’reilly and Nick Redfern led the chasing pack on 2 under par and were keen for the start of the second day to try and set a tough target for the leaders to catch.
The forecasted heavy rain for the second day fortunately failed to materialise and we were greeted with an ideal day for scoring. Early drama came in the form of Jordan Smith, who was due to tee off in the leading group on 4 under, having to withdraw with a back problem. South African, Lyle Rowe set the cat amongst the Pidgeons early on by adding a blemish free, seven birdie 65 to his fairly pedestrian level par effort on day one and waited for the leaders to finish to see if his final total of 137 could be the winning score!
The final group, without the unfortunate Jordan Smith, was looking like becoming a procession for James Jankowski, as  David James was struggling, seemingly unable to prevent bogeys from infecting his card. Jankowski, on the other hand, was enjoying a birdie fest which culminated with a fantastic Eagle on the 13th to move him on to eleven under par and a four shot lead over clubhouse leader Lyle Rowe.
“Don’t start writing your winners speech until the fat lady sings”. Very relevant advice which Jankowski forgot and by  his own admission thought he could “Showboat” in, with a 4 shot lead and enjoy getting his revenge over playing partner David James who beat him in a play-off at The Players Club earlier in the year. He had a gentle reminder on the 16th that the fat lady was just warming up,  dropping a shot to now lead by just three.
Meanwhile Lyle Rowe was relaxing in the clubhouse enjoying an unexpected visit from his brother who had flown in from South Africa, continued to hope for a play-off, at least. With the adrenalin pumping through Jankowski’s veins his second shot flew the 17th green, pitched on a down slope and started swimming in the water hazard which actually surrounds the first hole some 20 yards away. With his lead now just one shot, Jankowski knew that he must par the last to win. A tee shot up the right side of the 18th fairway was nudged into the middle, by fate maybe, and ended in perfect position to hit the green from around 130 yards. A solid wedge, followed by a huge sigh of relief saw his ball hit the water surrounded green coming  to rest about 25 feet from the cup. A near perfect first putt stopping just 6 inches from the sanctuary of the hole.  A now relieved Jankowski tapped in to triumph and savour his first win  and his winners cheque for £3,000 plus an additional £300 from the event sponsor Jemca Toyota. Second place Lyle Rowe, receiving a cheque for £2,000 plus an extra £200 from Jemca to take back home to South Africa.
Our thanks to Jemca Toyota for sponsoring the tournament and enhancing the prize fund by £500.
The welcome we received from everyone at The Shire was fantastic with a great course designed by Severiano Ballesteros, the most charismatic golfer the world has ever seen, it is a must for our calendar and highly recommended for all golfers of all standards.
We are at The Warwickshire next week playing The Kings course which is always popular so enter early to secure your place