Jamie 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.
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