Where There’s a Will, There’s a Winner

Will Enefer (Lindrick GC & ISM) came through to win the Royal Ascot Cup by one shot today after a closely fought battle with, not only his fellow competitors but also “Storm Francis”.

On the first day Dustin Johnson’s low scoring “virus” infected George Mullins,at Royal Ascot, when he skated around the par 70 layout in a remarkable 9 under par 61, made up of 6 Birdies, 2 Eagles with only a solitary Bogey to spoil an otherwise perfect card.

Before Mullins’s 61, Enefer topped the leader board for a long time with his 8 under par 62, which put him one shot ahead of, Gary King, Leon Fricker and Steve Surry, all of whom are on 7 under par.

The weather forecast for the second day looking Biblical, with “Storm Francis” due to pay us a visit, it would be a titanic battle against fellow competitors and the elements for the eventual winner.

Storm Francis teed off early and disrupted the start of proceedings on the second day and play was halted after the first few groups had started but after a delay of some 30 minutes, play resumed as the weather improved.

It was going to be a long day for the leaders and a tough day for all the players and the Jamega staff, although Jake Ayres didn’t seem to concerned when he added an exceptional 5 under par 65 to his first round 66 to top the leader board on 9 under par.

All Ayres could do now was to sit and wait to see if his total could be matched or indeed beaten, although most of the leading groups seemed to be struggling with “Francis”.

Mark Young joined Ayres on 9 under par adding a 3 under par 67 to his first round 64 so the possibility of a play-off loomed large, especially when Jack South gate crashed the party to also post 9 under par.

Enefer put the spectre of a play-off to bed when he carded a 2 under par 68 that gave him the winning total of 10 under par, much to relief of everyone, as a play-off was not needed after a very trying day and it was also nice to beat “Francis”!

We were also fortunate to have Andy Cook (European Tour Photographer) on site for the second day providing pictures of the players.

Royal Ascot provided an excellent venue in pristine condition and considering the difficult weather conditions a special thanks must go to the Head Greenkeeper, Ian Hockley and his team for keeping the course playable for the two days.

The protocols in place to keep the players and the Jamega staff safe during the tournament were of the highest standard and Royal Ascot comes highly recommended if you are looking for a golfing day out.

Just a reminder that a Challenge Tour start is on offer to the winner of the next event, Sandwell Park and a further Challenge Tour start is also on offer to the winner of the second Order of Merit.

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Gill Breathes Sigh of Relief

Bailey Gill won the Leatherhead Trophy at the last gasp, by one shot over Gary King, to secure his first Jamega Tour win, after two days of spectacular golf.

It was back to Leatherhead for the second time this season and we had a top-class field again, which was borne out by the very low scoring first day.

Paul Maddy led for much of the day with an 8 under par 63, to lead Bailey Gill and Jack South by one and Alfie Plant, Jack Clarkson, James Allen and Gian-Marco Petrozzi by two, so an interesting second day was in prospect.

So, into the cauldron of competition went the leading groups to decide who would emerge victorious and it was to be a closely fought battle all afternoon.

An early indication of what was to come, came when Benjamin Follett-Smith, added an 8 under par second round 63 to his rather uncharacteristic 4 over par first round of 75, leaving him on 4 under par for the tournament.

Later in the day, Gary King equalled Follett-Smith’s 8 under par 63 to give him a tournament score of 12 under par and probably a bit of a wait to see whether that score might yield at least a play-off.

Alfie Plant, who was the model of consistency, came within a whisker of joining King at the top of the leader board but finished one shot shy, adding a bogey free round of 5 under par 66 to his first round of 6 under par which was also without a blemish.

King had waited patiently for a long time as one challenger after another fell by the wayside and it was not until the final group, that Gill did for him, by a single shot.

It was a well-deserved win for Gill, who was wonderfully consistent over the two days, with 14 Birdies and a lone dropped shot on the ninth in the first round.

Leatherhead kept up their usual high standards, providing an excellent course for the players and looking after everyone safely, in and around the clubhouse.

Sloman Wins The Battle of Surrey Downs

Tom Sloman secured a notable first win on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour, over the fast running Surrey Downs course.

Not only was it a scorching day for the first round of the competition but the scoring was extremely hot as well, with over 65 players scoring par or better.

Top of the pile was last week’s winner, Zimbabwean, Benjamin Follett-Smith, who shot a magnificent 9 under par 62, made up of 7 Birdies and an Eagle with no dropped shots.

Sitting on Follett-Smith’s tail on 8 under par were, Nick Cunningham, Tom Sloman and Zane Scotland, so Follett-Smith would be looking over his shoulder at some serious talent hunting him down.

The second and final day at Surrey Downs provided the players with glorious weather again and we were all looking forward to seeing who would come through in the heat of the battle.

The players, almost to a man, began recording an improvement on their first round, this was epitomised by Eoin Leonard, who, in the first round scored a one over par 72, to languish way down the field but his 9 under par second round of 9 under par 62, saw him race up to the top of the leader board, although it would not afford him the winners cheque, this time.

The battle at the sharp end of the draw was being closely fought and eventually boiled down to four-way tussle between Sloman, Follett Smith, Cunningham and Paul Maddy.

However It was Sloman who proved to be the model of consistency, with only one bogey on his card over the two days, to set the clubhouse target at a magnificent 15 under par, with just the last group to come in and even the previous week’s winner, Follett-Smith’s Birdie, Eagle finish could not dislodge Sloman who secured the title by two shots.

A special thank you to Surrey Downs’ Head greenkeeper, Jack Sims, for presenting the greens in excellent condition which, given the baking condition of recent days was no mean feat.

The clubhouse staff were very hospitable, given the restrictions that are in place because of Covid 19 and we thank them for looking after the players and the Jamega team.