It’s a Breeze for Abbott

Jamie Abbott WychwoodJamie Abbott completed a “hat trick” of consecutive wins at The Wychwood conquering the very windy conditions to finish on 4 under par and win by 3 shots from David Dixon and Dale Whitnell.

Despite the wind and rain the first day saw Sam Whitehead post an impressive 4 under par to establish a 2-shot lead over the eventual winner, Abbott and James Willis but with a closely packed field behind them it was difficult to predict who would emerge victorious.

The second day had all the hallmarks of being a wash-out with heavy rain driven by gale force winds sweeping over the course making the scheduled start literally, a non-starter!

After the rain abated It was decided to try and complete the second round with a “shotgun” start at 1:30pm and thanks to the heroic efforts of the green staff, who worked tirelessly to get the course playable, the second round got under way as scheduled.

The leaders were apportioned their starts on the first hole and so play began but it was going to be difficult to monitor who was doing what because of the staggered start.

But as the afternoon play developed it looked like Whitehead was getting blown away by the extremely windy conditions that prevailed throughout the day and played himself out of the picture dropping 6 shots over the front nine holes.

In the same group, Abbott was faring better, dropping just 2 shots to par and hitting the turn in 37 to maintain his chances of a third win in as many weeks.

The second nine holes proved to be pivotal for Abbott when he birdied four of the first seven holes to pretty much cement his victory and although a bogey on the seventeenth halted his run a final birdie made him the certain winner.

Although Dixon and Whitnell gave chase throughout the afternoon it seems that Abbott has found the golfing “Eldorado” and seems unstoppable at the moment.

The final few words about The Wychwood, are that the staff who run the club and the green staff who nurture the course with such loving care and attention are brilliant and if you are looking to join a friendly golf club, with a superb course to play, look no further.

Its Abbott Again!

Jamie Abbott - Luton Hoo WinnerJamie Abbott continued his amazing run of form to win the Luton Hoo Trophy by an amazing 7 shots from David Dixon and William Symons.

In the first round Abbott equaled the current course record with a stunning 9 under par 64 and the proceeded to equal it again in the second round to leave the rest of the field trailing in his wake.

In the first round his closest rivals, James Ruebotham and Jimmy Mullen got to within 2 shots of him, with William Symons a further shot back and it looked all set for a ding, dong battle on the second day.

The hottest new kid on the block, Marcus Sewell, shot out of the blocks and reached 8 under par for the round after 11 holes to get to within 4 shots of Abbott but then the realisation of what he was doing in his first professional tournament hit home and he drifted out of contention.

Previous tour winner, George Mullins, made a “Hole in One” on the fourth hole to win a special award of £100.

Dixon, who has started to find a bit of form of late, added a 6 under par 67 to his first round 68 and finished tied for second place with Symons on 11 under par

Abbotts only mistake of the tournament came at the twelfth hole, where he made his only bogey of the tournament but still continued to set a low scoring record for the tour, of 18 under par.

Abbott also sealed his place at the top of the first mini Order of merit to win a FREE Season on the Portugal Pro Golf for the 2017/2018 season.

The second mini Order of Merit begins at The Wychwood next week and will run for four tournaments, where another free place on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour for the 2017/2018 season will be the prize.

Luton Hoo was in stunning condition with the greens running fast and true thanks to the hard work put in by all the green keeping staff and of course Country Club manager, Mark Brierton.

The very attentive staff, for which nothing was too much trouble, made the whole experience a pleasure for both us and the players and we are looking forward to returning next year.

Abbott Blooms at Magnolia

Jamie Abbott with Jamega FlagJamie 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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