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.