Kirwan “Rors“ To Victory in Wales

Rory KirwanWe arrived at The Vale of Glamorgan Golf and Country Club and immediately contacted Tourist Information to check that we were really in Wales.
The reason for our confusion was because the sun was shining and we had not seen one single sheep!
Day one saw the sun peep over the horizon again and slowly warm the early starters bones and with no wind to speak of it should have proved to be a good day for scoring.

The Wales National Course at The Vale of Glamorgan however is long and tight, an example being the second hole which is a 607 yard par 5 where the players have to walk in single file down the fairway!
As we suspected very few players broke par even with benign conditions prevailing. One who did was the likeable Aussie, Cameron Russell who shot an impressive 4 under par 69 to head the field.

Running him close, came Giuseppe Licata at 3 under the card with Martin Sell and the eventual winner Rory Kirwan lurking menacingly a shot further back at 2 under par.
Darren Prosser, Andrew Richardson, Andrew Cloke and Ernie, sorry, Nico Els kept themselves in the race for the £5,000 first prize at 1 under par.
Chris Brook who was to shoot a level par total for round 1 which included a golden stretch of Eagle, Birdie, Birdie from the 6th still felt he had a chance.

The second day was again sunny but with an interesting breeze blowing, so we looked forward to a great day of exciting golf.
The scoring was actually better than day one, with Bill Hodkin, having shaken off the effects of too many Cream Teas, compiling an impressive 2 under par 71 to see him jump up the leader board and eventually finish joint 7th.
Nick Redfern from The Asian Tour lead for a while carding a solid 3 under par 70 to finish the tournament on 1 under.
Redfern was then  joined by Chris Brook who scored a steady 72 to add to his first round 73.

Meanwhile the unassuming Rory Kirwan was munching up the course, the field and eventually the first round leader Cameron Russell with some scintillating golf to shoot a 5 under par final round of 68 which, when added to his first round set him on top of the heap at 7 under.
Kirwan did not have long to wait to be declared the winner as Cameron Russell in the final grouping failed to replicate his superb play from Day 1, finishing 3 shots off the pace but still picking up a cheque for £2500.
Martin Sell also in the last group, missed his 7 footer which would have given him 3rd place alone.
Licata also faded to a final total of 1 under to join Sell, Redfern and Brook in joint 3rd position each winning £975 for their efforts.

Rory Kirwan was a deserved winner who went about his business in a quiet professional manner, taking home a rather large cheque of £5,000.

The facilities at The Vale Resort are second to none, with a very testing Championship Golf Course, a friendly welcoming clubhouse and a Hotel and Spa for all to enjoy.

Our next event at Cumberwell Park is FULL so it’s reserves only.

Our advice to you is get your schedules worked out and enter all your tournaments early or run the risk of not getting a start.

Busby finds “Treasure Island”

James Busby Hayling IslandWe all sang “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside” as the Jamega Tour Bandwagon headed south to Hayling Island, near Portsmouth, for the first event of the year.

With a full field jousting for the first prize of £5,000 it was going to be an exciting tournament on our first visit to a links-land course.

Oh dear! The weather that dogged us for most of the last two years returned and as the day wore on the wind increased, the rain fell and the temperature dropped.
The first day provided some excellent scoring despite the worsening conditions and Challenge Tour member Mathew Mills set a scorching pace with a 5 under par 66.
Brett Taylor was shadowing Mills with a solid 4 under 67, Glyn Bateman and Danny Belch chipped in with 3 under par 68’s.
Jonathan Poulton, Michael Bush, Andrew Richardson, James Ruebotham and Andrew Cloke made it tight at top of the scoreboard all carding 2 under 69‘s.
A host of players posted 1 under par 70’s including the laconic James Busby who was searching for the end of the rainbow and the treasure chest containing five thousand doubloons!

The start of day two was horrendous to say the least, with high, near gale force, winds and later heavy rain. However the course took everything that was dumped on it and the greens remained quick and true and the fairways playable.
One player who was not affected by the conditions and presented an unbelievable 4 under par 67 was John Banbury which put him at the head of proceedings on 141.
Most of the scores coming in were in the mid seventies and as the day one leaders got blown off course several players saw the opportunity to bring their experience into play and grind out par golf.

As John Banbury paced up and down waiting and hoping that no one could catch him. Home Pro Mark Treleaven, Matt Allen, Andrew Richardson, James Ablett and Chris Brook came close finishing on 2 over and Banbury kept pacing!

To James Busby, the dark horse from the North of England, the conditions were just like home and he plotted his way around Hayling Island steadily and got himself in the lead with a great birdie on 14. A par on 15 followed by another birdie on 16 gave him a two shot cushion, which he would need playing the treacherous 17th and 18th holes.
Busby, drawing on his experience duly made par on the last two holes, carding a final round of 2 under 69 and a grand total of 3 under par 139.
So Hayling Island proved to be Busby’s “Treasure Island” as he un-earthed Jamega’s largest first-place cheque ever, for £5,000. John Banbury, although disappointed to be beaten, soon smiled again on receiving his second place cheque for £2,500.

Hayling Island is a beautifully presented Links course with fast and true greens overlooking the Isle of Wight. The clubhouse and staff are very welcoming and we would recommend it to golfers of all standards, a tough test for one and all.

Our next event at Magnolia Park is already full, so if you want to ensure that you get a place in the remaining 18 events we would recommend that you enter them sooner rather than later so as not to be disappointed.

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Emotional First Jamega Tour Win for Jack Doherty

Jack DohertyThe final event of the year had arrived at Mentmore and with the course in pristine condition and the greens fast and true we expected some spectacular scoring and boy were we right.

As the scores started to come in our expectations were correct, in fact 4 under par 68's were coming in quicker than Usain Bolt.
They included, Mentmores general manager Clint Moore, Pete Lockett, Max Brackley, Rory Kirwan, Stuart Hemming, James Ruebotham, Michael Lowe, Adam Mason and last but not least Sam Robinson.

James Cundy and Darren Walton just beat these guys with 5 under 67's but even that score was not good enough to head the leader board.

The scoring just kept getting better and better with not one but four 7 under par 65's from Matt Allen, Jason Fallon, Craig Smith and Jack Doherty.

At the end of the first day the scoreboard was just a sea of red with a record number of players under par.

One of those not under par, but with reason to celebrate, was John Macklen who aced the par 3 third  to win a cheque for £100.

The wind was up for the start of the second day and we thought that the scoring would not reach the dizzy heights of the first day.
James Busby, fresh from his stage one Q  School win at Chart Hills, laid an immaculate card  on the desk totaling 7 under par 65 to propel him up the leader board to eventually finish joint 5th.

Michael Lowe, having a break from the Alps Tour, also compiled a card adding up to 65, to finish 4th on his own and bring the total number of players equaling the course record  to six.

As  the last  group neared the completion of their final rounds it was Jack Doherty who was ahead by a nose from Matt Allen and stood on the 18th tee one shot in front at an astonishing 15 under par.

The 18th is a tricky par 3 playing just over 200 yards to the stick and into wind which meant that both Doherty and Allen had the chance of either winning the tournament or losing it on this final test.

Both hit poor tee shots which climbed on the wind and came to rest short right of the green. It was Allen to play first and he popped his ball onto the green and saw it come to rest some 10 feet short of the hole.

Doherty knew he had to make par to ensure victory and played a difficult pitch and run well to within 5 feet.

Allen putted first and was convinced he had holed it but even with the strong wind helping it the ball refused to move the one millimetre left before the 6 inch drop to the bottom of the cup.

The pressure was now off Doherty who could take two putts and still win. In the event he holed out and set and a new course record of 8 under par, 64 and the lowest ever recorded winning total of 15 under on the Jamega Tour.

The third player in the final group, Jason Fallon, could not match Allen or Doherty's scoring but managed to make a hole in one at the third on the way to a creditable 2 under par 70 to finish tied 5th with James Busby.

This was an emotional win for Doherty who revealed after the event that his Grandad had passed away on the Monday and in his heart I think Jack dedicated this win to his Grandad.