Surry returns to the Winners Enclosure [UPDATED - GALLERY ADDED]

Steve Surry - Royal AscotSteve Surry returned to the winner’s rostrum after some 3 years to claim a well-deserved cheque for £3,500 for his win at Royal Ascot this week.

The first-round lead was held jointly by Jay Taylor and Nick Newbold, who both scored impressive 5 under par 65’s to lead Sam Buss and the eventual winner, Surry by a single shot.

The second day proved more challenging with a strong wind testing both the player’s skill and patience to the full.

Dale Whitnell defied the difficult playing conditions and returned a 5 under par 65 to post a total of 3 under par and that score led for quite some time until he was joined by Greg Blainey, who added a level par 70 to his first round of 3 under par.

In the penultimate group, Surry compiled a boring but very effective card of 17 pars and a single birdie to leapfrog Blainey and Whitnell and set the bar at 5 under par.

In the final group things were not going well for the first-round leaders, Taylor and Newbold,they spent the day dropping shots and both eventually fell away to claim the minor places.

This all left Surry as a deserved winner by 2 shots and we hope that he can use this experience to go on to bigger and better things in the very near future.

A deserved mention for Ben Loughrey, with the best score of the day 6 under par, an excellent achievement in very windy conditions.

Royal Ascot Golf Course was a joy to behold and with the fast and true greens, framed by beautifully maintained fairways, it is a hidden gem set next to the racecourse and it is well worth a visit.

All the management and staff at Royal Ascot were as always, friendly and willing to help especially the General Manager, Alison Hall, her catering staff who provided excellent food to satisfy the largest of appetites.

We must not forget the green staff, headed up by Ian Hockley who went the extra mile for us again to produce a course which the players were very complimentary about.

We head off to Magnolia Park near Thame next which also has a Pro-Am preceding it on the Sunday, a few team spaces still available, sign-up soon for a great day.

Reeson’s To Be Cheerful

James Reeson - Jamega Essendon Classic James Reeson had every reason to be cheerful at Essendon New with his first professional win since moving from the amateur ranks last October.

Reeson secured his win after a tense 3-hole play-off against James Scade when the pair tied after 36 holes on 6 under par.

David Dixon led after round one with fine 5 under par 68 with Reeson one shot back on 4 under and Scade in close order on 3 under.

Dixon got off to a shocking start dropping 3 shots in the first 2 holes of the final round which put him on the back foot with a mountain to climb whereas Reeson and Scade played steady golf to eventually both turn in 2 under par making up 4 shots on the frustrated Dixon.

Reeson compiled 9 straight pars on the back nine whereas Scade was more adventurous with an Eagle, 2 Birdies, 3 Pars and 3 Bogeys.

Playing the final hole, Reeson held a one-shot lead over Scade and a 2 shot lead over David Dixon but with Dixon some 6 feet away putting for Eagle and Scade comfortably on for 2, although some 25 feet away anything could happen.

Reeson chipped up woefully short and Scade made a comfortable birdie to leave Reeson with a putt to win but it was not to be, so this left Dixon with an Eagle putt to tie the pair and move into a play-off.

Dixon’s effort missed and he tapped in for his birdie to end up one shot shy and so Scade and Reason started their play-off.

The play-off began on the tenth hole and lasted for 3 holes and it was a delighted Reeson who triumphed and picked up the winner’s cheque for £3,500.

The guaranteed prize fund of £10,500 is attracting good entries so it would be advisable to enter events as soon as possible.

Essendon New was in superb condition and a credit to Head Greens Keeper Craig Gibson and his team and we are looking forward to returning in a few weeks to the Essendon Old course.

Hoo-Reay for Haydn

Haydn ReayHaydn Reay, from The Army Golf Club, yomped to a 2 shot victory over last week’s winner, Dale Whitnell, despite taking a double bogey on the eighteenth.

Reay was a wire to wire winner although he did have Whitnell for company after the first round, where both players scored 6 under par 66’s to lead by one shot from Luke Fitzpatrick.

Michael O’Connor and Jamie Moul sat 2 shots further back and headed just 6 other players who were either on level par or better.

One of the highlights of the first day was a “Hole-in-One” by Nathan Treacher, who has been a loyal supporter of the tour for many years and it was a pleasure to reward him with £100.

On the second day there were no dramas, as most players got to grips with the Seve Ballesteros masterpiece and produced some better scoring on a rare windless day at The Shire London.

It was Whitnell and Reay going head to head throughout the day, as the other player played “catch-up” and with Reay just one shot in front after fifteen holes it looked like it was going to be a photo finish, if not a dead heat at the finish.

Whitnell then boarded the bogey train for the next 2 holes, while Reay birdied the sixteenth and parred the seventeenth to take a commanding 4 shot lead to the eighteenth tee.

A lapse of concentration probably led to an unfortunate double bogey by Reay at the last but with playing partner Whitnell making par there was no danger of him being caught.

Whitnell clung on to second place on 8 under after the charging “Icelandic Warrior” Olafur Loftsson had earlier posted a total of 7 under par that included his only blemish of the day, a bogey on the seventeenth.

We love coming back to The Shire London, with the evocative memories of the course designer Seve Ballesteros and with the superb hospitality shown to us and the professionals by all the staff it is a club that we would recommend unreservedly to golfers everywhere.

So that’s it for another season, which has flown by, and work has begun on next seasons schedule which is looking exciting with several excellent additions.

We are looking forward to the response we get regarding the Guaranteed £10, 500 Prize Fund, regardless of numbers, that comes into force next year.

Don’t forget that those who played in the last 3 events can join the tour next year for just £75 as long as you have paid by the 30th of September 2016.

The Algarve Pro Golf Tour starts on the 16th of November with a total of 18 tournaments to play in between November 2016 and March 2017 with Free practice facilities and balls on offer it is worth a look.

All the information is on the Algarve website, so please visit the site and see what’s on offer for your warm weather competitive play and practice.