Abbott Laps the Field

Jamie Abbott The Players ClubJamie Abbott continued his fine run of form and with a brilliant 11 shot win at The Players Club yesterday in extremely difficult conditions.

Abbott basically turned the event into two tournaments after his extraordinary first round of 11 under par which not only gave him a 6-shot lead over Mitchel Sarling but also the new course record.

In the chasing pack with Sarling were David Dixon on 4 under par with 7 other players tucked in behind on 3 under par including George Mullins, who was in contention to win the Mini Order of Merit that would give him a free season on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour.

Another notable event during the first round was the Hole-in-One made by Toby O’Connor on the second hole which won him a nice £100.

With the threat of heavy rain set to disrupt the second days play it was waterproofs on and fingers crossed as play began at 8: am.

Abbott teased his nearest rivals when he bogied the first hole but that was as far as it went and with 7 Birdies and an Eagle in the next seventeen holes Abbott easily won the tournament in which he was the only real contender after the first round.

The “other tournament”, as it were, for second place, was a much closer affair with Hayden Reay posting a 7 under par total of 137 which gave him second place over Tomasz Anderson, David Dixon, Sam Boyes and George Mullins who all tied for third place.

The consolation for Mullins came in the form of a free season on The Portugal Pro Golf Tour for 2017/2018 when he headed the second Mini Order of Merit.

Congratulations to Amateur golfer Gyuho Lee who won the second “Single Figure Golfer Order of Merit” and he will also receive a pass for free entry into the Portugal Pro Golf Tour events 2017/2018 courtesy of “Single Figure Golfer”.

The third Mini Order of Merit starts at Lingfield on the 19th when we go to the races so, if you want to get yourself over to Portugal for the winter, get your entries in as soon as possible.

Our thanks go to Head Greenkeeper Nick Perkins and his team for presenting the course in excellent condition, as they continue to do each year and we also enjoyed the food and hospitality in the clubhouse, which is one of the many benefits of a visit to The Players Club.

So, Jamie Abbott set a new course record with his first round of 11 under par 61 and then followed that up on the second day with a 7 under par 65 to post a tournament total of 18 under par and win by 11 shots. That’s some golf and we would also like to congratulate Jamie on his recent engagement to Kimberley.

Hogg Brings Home the Bacon!

Matthew HoggMatthew Hogg, who turned professional in February this year has won his first event in fine style at The Leatherhead Club with a 2-shot victory over the experienced trio of Jamie Moul, Sam Connor and George Mullins.

Hogg carded an almost flawless 6 under par round of 65 to lead by one from Dale Whitnell and George Mullins, on 5 under with Jamie Moul, Max Smith and Louis Hirst a further shot back.

On the second day, local hero Charlie Lydyard shot a best of the day 5 under par 66 to establish the clubhouse lead on 5 under par which only lasted until Sam Connor posted a total of 6 under par.

Jamie Moul joined Connor on 6 under par after adding a 2 under par 69 to his first round and the likelihood of a play-off loomed large but Hogg soon put paid to that by birdying the sixteenth and seventeenth holes to go to 9 under par.

Hogg made a bogey at the par 3 last but with 3 shots in hand it was of little consequence and he secured a thoroughly deserved 2 shot win over a very strong field.

Matthew looks very likely candidate to follow in the footsteps of Andrew Johnston and Tyrrell Hatton who both also secured their first professional wins with us.

The Leatherhead Club is undergoing some big changes at the moment which will enhance the status of the club in the future and we are very grateful for all the help we received from Adam Hinton, the head professional and the team at Leatherhead.

Big Win for Sam Edwards [UPDATED - GALLERY ADDED]

Sam Edwards, Jamega Tour's Essendon EventSam Edwards, from Bigbury Golf club in Devon, was delighted to have won his first professional tournament over the Essendon Old Course after a one hole play-off against Tomasz Anderson yesterday.

In the first round Anderson led on 5 under par alongside Jamie Moul with Simon Griffiths and Sam Boyes tucked in behind on 4 under.

Five players on 3 under par, including the eventual winner Edwards, led the chasing pack into the second day.

Edwards made his intentions clears as he raced to the turn in 3 under par and after turning for home really put his foot down and found 5 more birdies on the back nine, to post a flawless 8 under par 64 and set the clubhouse target of 11 under par.

Sam Buss was trading blow for blow with Edwards and with the pair level pegging with 3 holes to play it was looking like they would dead heat for a play-off, but then Buss bogeyed the sixteenth to give Edwards the edge he needed.

Tomasz Anderson seemed to be cruising to a comfortable win when he reached 13 under par with 5 holes left to play but then he bogeyed the fourteenth and fifteenth to be tied with Edwards, who was patiently waiting in the clubhouse, just in case.

Anderson regained his composure and parred the remaining 3 holes and join Edwards on 11 under par and prepare for a sudden death play-off.

The play-off started on the par 3 eighteenth and Anderson, who was first to go, came up some 18 feet short of the flag and then Edwards delivered the “coup de gras” when he put his tee shot some 18 inches from the hole.

Anderson just missed his birdie effort and tapped in for par which left Edwards with his short putt for victory which he duly holed for his first professional win and a cheque for £3,500, which will make his journey home to Devon a little easier.

All the players were very complimentary about the condition of the greens and the course in general and with a fine selection of reasonably priced food available in the clubhouse it is certainly recommended to all golfers.