Abbott Blooms at Magnolia

Jamie Abbott with Jamega FlagJamie Abbott continued his fine run of form with a convincing win at Magnolia Park yesterday with rounds of 69 and 70 for a total of 7 under par and a 2 shot winning margin over the promising young amateur Peter Baeg.

European Challenge tour player Josh Loughrey led the way after round one with a 5 under par 68 to lead Abbott by a single shot and the eventual runner-up Baeg by four.

On the second day Baeg made a stuttering start with 2 bogeys and 2 birdies in the first 5 holes but another birdie on the ninth settled him down and a solid back nine of 3 under par saw him set the clubhouse target at 5 under par.

Abbott and Loughrey, in the final group were having diametrically opposite days, with Abbott cruising along and getting to 8 under par with 5 holes left to play, whereas Loughrey, could not get things going at all and gradually slipped out of contention.

Abbotts only error came on the fifteenth where he made bogey to give Baeg a glimmer of hope of maybe getting into a play-off.

But Abbott parred the last 3 holes and completed a thoroughly professional performance over the 2 days and put himself in a position to challenge for the first Order of Merit at Luton Hoo and win a Free season on The Portugal Pro Golf Tour, although Paul Kinnear will not be an easy man to catch.

Please spare a thought for the victims of the savage attack on the innocent men, women and children of Manchester by mindless sub-human terrorists on Monday.

Surry returns to the Winners Enclosure [UPDATED - GALLERY ADDED]

Steve Surry - Royal AscotSteve Surry returned to the winner’s rostrum after some 3 years to claim a well-deserved cheque for £3,500 for his win at Royal Ascot this week.

The first-round lead was held jointly by Jay Taylor and Nick Newbold, who both scored impressive 5 under par 65’s to lead Sam Buss and the eventual winner, Surry by a single shot.

The second day proved more challenging with a strong wind testing both the player’s skill and patience to the full.

Dale Whitnell defied the difficult playing conditions and returned a 5 under par 65 to post a total of 3 under par and that score led for quite some time until he was joined by Greg Blainey, who added a level par 70 to his first round of 3 under par.

In the penultimate group, Surry compiled a boring but very effective card of 17 pars and a single birdie to leapfrog Blainey and Whitnell and set the bar at 5 under par.

In the final group things were not going well for the first-round leaders, Taylor and Newbold,they spent the day dropping shots and both eventually fell away to claim the minor places.

This all left Surry as a deserved winner by 2 shots and we hope that he can use this experience to go on to bigger and better things in the very near future.

A deserved mention for Ben Loughrey, with the best score of the day 6 under par, an excellent achievement in very windy conditions.

Royal Ascot Golf Course was a joy to behold and with the fast and true greens, framed by beautifully maintained fairways, it is a hidden gem set next to the racecourse and it is well worth a visit.

All the management and staff at Royal Ascot were as always, friendly and willing to help especially the General Manager, Alison Hall, her catering staff who provided excellent food to satisfy the largest of appetites.

We must not forget the green staff, headed up by Ian Hockley who went the extra mile for us again to produce a course which the players were very complimentary about.

We head off to Magnolia Park near Thame next which also has a Pro-Am preceding it on the Sunday, a few team spaces still available, sign-up soon for a great day.

Reeson’s To Be Cheerful

James Reeson - Jamega Essendon Classic James Reeson had every reason to be cheerful at Essendon New with his first professional win since moving from the amateur ranks last October.

Reeson secured his win after a tense 3-hole play-off against James Scade when the pair tied after 36 holes on 6 under par.

David Dixon led after round one with fine 5 under par 68 with Reeson one shot back on 4 under and Scade in close order on 3 under.

Dixon got off to a shocking start dropping 3 shots in the first 2 holes of the final round which put him on the back foot with a mountain to climb whereas Reeson and Scade played steady golf to eventually both turn in 2 under par making up 4 shots on the frustrated Dixon.

Reeson compiled 9 straight pars on the back nine whereas Scade was more adventurous with an Eagle, 2 Birdies, 3 Pars and 3 Bogeys.

Playing the final hole, Reeson held a one-shot lead over Scade and a 2 shot lead over David Dixon but with Dixon some 6 feet away putting for Eagle and Scade comfortably on for 2, although some 25 feet away anything could happen.

Reeson chipped up woefully short and Scade made a comfortable birdie to leave Reeson with a putt to win but it was not to be, so this left Dixon with an Eagle putt to tie the pair and move into a play-off.

Dixon’s effort missed and he tapped in for his birdie to end up one shot shy and so Scade and Reason started their play-off.

The play-off began on the tenth hole and lasted for 3 holes and it was a delighted Reeson who triumphed and picked up the winner’s cheque for £3,500.

The guaranteed prize fund of £10,500 is attracting good entries so it would be advisable to enter events as soon as possible.

Essendon New was in superb condition and a credit to Head Greens Keeper Craig Gibson and his team and we are looking forward to returning in a few weeks to the Essendon Old course.