James Allan Blooms at Magnolia Park

James AllanJames Allan took another crucial step up the ladder of success as a professional golfer with a convincing win at Magnolia Park yesterday, where he shot an amazing 8 under par on the final day.

Allan, who had a very successful amateur career that included tying for 45th place in the 2016 Dubai Desert Classic alongside another Jamega Tour graduate Andrew “Beef” Johnston.

Allan, who is sponsored, amongst others, by “Burts Homemade Potato Chips” put in a crisp performance for the 2 days of the tournament, with a steady, if, unspectacular first round of level par 73 that saw him sit two shots behind the first round leaders, Michael Joy and last week’s winner Liam Crawford.

A shot further back from Joy and Crawford on one under par, came the very experienced former European Tour player, Tom Whitehouse, Craig Ainsley and P.G.A Portugal’s Jay Taylor.

On the second day the heavy overnight rain had taken some of the fire out of the course and this was apparent in the lower scores that were achieved by several players who had shot in the Eighties on day one, improving with scores in the sixties.

Most notable improvement came from Gareth Blease who after stumbling to an error strewn 10 over par 83 on the first day bounced back with a spectacular 4 under par 69 on the second.

Daniel “DJ” Bennett also made a dramatic improvement in his overall position adding a 5 under par 68 to his first round 7 over par 80 to finish tied for 12th place.

Allan, meanwhile was gradually getting a strangle hold on the tournament with a 5 under par front nine that gave him a 3 shot advantage over his nearest rivals with 9 holes to play.

With the leading groups all on the back nine holes, which are normally crucial, it seemed that Allan was enjoying a walk in the park as all his main challengers gradually faded away and after enjoying a rest with a few mundane pars, Allan executed the Coup de Gras with 3 birdies in 4 holes to reach 8 under par for the round and the tournament.

As he mounted the eighteenth tee, Allan now enjoyed a 4 shot lead over the field and you could almost hear the Fat Lady warming up in the distance to signify that it was indeed, all over.

Only a major blunder could have prevented Allan from taking his first win, as his nearest challenger, Liam Crawford, was four shots back and in the end a solid par from Allan meant Crawford had to be content with a second place finish.

This tournament seems to have a habit of producing spectacular final rounds, like last year when Rhys Enoch skipped around Magnolia Park in an amazing 10 under par 63, albeit in much softer conditions.

A continuing number of talented players are realising that “cutting their teeth” on The Jamega Pro Golf Tour gives them the experience and knowledge to progress further in the game and join the likes of Tyrell Hatton and Andrew Johnston, who both earned their first professional wins on the tour.

Magnolia Park offers the golfer everything they could wish for from a championship golf course and a very comfortable hotel which is attached to the welcoming clubhouse that serves up appetizing food for you to enjoy after the round.

Crawford Takes the Biscuit

Liam Crawford, Gatton ManorLiam Crawford won the Jamega Pro Golf Tour title after first round leader Jamie Abbott tragically crumbled, in an exciting final days play at Gatton Manor.

Abbott’s first round was a brilliant effort in which he netted 7 birdies to equal the course record set by Mark Mouland, that was also set in a Jamega Tour event.

Abbotts nearest rivals were local hero Jonathan Poulton and the ever consistent Nick Newbold who both shot very creditable 3 under par 69’s to sit one shot ahead of the eventual winner Crawford and the redoubtable Steve Surry.

On the first day no one it seemed, apart from Abbott, could unravel the secret of the perfectly prepared greens that ran an impressive 11.5 on the Stimpmeter, so on the second day, with a four shot lead, it appeared the tournament was his for the taking.

However, the second day began badly for Abbott, when he started with a double bogey 6 at the very first hole and from then on he struggled and the battle for the win soon developed into a tussle between Surry and Crawford.

When the pair reached the thirteenth hole Crawford got to 8 under for the tournament with a fine birdie 4 and led Surry by a single shot.

Surry then bogeyed the fourteenth to slip two shots behind but then in a dramatic turn of events Crawford made a double bogey seven on the par 5 fifteenth and so with a solid par from Surry the pair were tied at 6 under par with 3 holes to play.

With Surry and Crawford watching each other, Poulton, in the last group, was joining the fray and quietly going along at 5 under par, he could well have a say in the final outcome

Surry then took the lead with a fine birdie three on the sixteenth but then even more drama unfolded as Surry hit a wild drive on the par 5 seventeenth and could eventually only hole out, from some 9 feet, for a triple bogey eight.

In a last ditch effort to force a play-off Surry found a rare birdie on the treacherous eighteenth hole but Crawford manfully holed out for a par and so became leader in the clubhouse on 6 under par.

In the final group, only Jonathan Poulton on 5 under par could catch Crawford with a birdie but despite getting his second shot onto the right hand fringe of the green, a clumsy chip resulted in a bogey 5 and that left Crawford as the worthy winner.

The course was prepared to perfection with greens that would not have looked out of place at Augusta National and our sincerest congratulations go out to Head Greens Keeper Rob Sebbage and his staff for producing such fine surfaces.

A friendly and welcoming clubhouse made this tournament a pleasure to be part of and we hope that Gatton Manor goes from strength to strength in the future.

Boyns Wins a Close Race [UPDATED - GALLERY ADDED]

Ryan Boyns collected his second professional win at Lingfield in Surrey after a devastating run to the finish line over the last few holes.

In near sub-tropical temperatures the first day turned out to be a test, not only of survival, but also a thorough examination of golf, which tested not only the players golf game but also their patience.

Ryan Boyns with Caddie
Winner, Ryan Boyns (right) pictured with his caddie, Sam Boyns
Two-time winner, George Mullins led the way on the first day with a 3 under par 69 and he was in front by a single shot from Tyler Hogarty, Steve Surry and the eventual winner, Ryan Boyns.

The only other player to break the strict par of 72 was Marcus Mohr, who carded a one under par 71 to head the chasing pack into the second day.

A slightly cooler day welcomed the runners on the second and final day at “The Races” but as the day wore on not only the did the temperature rise but also so did the tension amongst the leading players as they jockeyed for position.

Tyler Hogarty posted a 2 under par total in the company of his playing partner, Jamie Abbott, who carded a final total of one under par, so it was now a case of Hogarty waiting to see if that score would at least merit a play-off place.

However, he did not have long to wait as the leaders entered the home straight it was Boyns and Surry neck and neck on 3 under par, leading playing partner Mullins by a length, on 2 under par.

In the end, with a final effort it was Boyns who secured the vital birdie on the last to get one in front of Surry and secure his second win as a professional to go with his win on The Algarve Pro Golf Tour at Pinheiros Altos in 2015.

Lingfield Golf Club is located adjacent to the renowned Lingfield Race Course and it presents the player with a good test of golf over a carefully prepared tree lined course with superb greens.

This coupled with a very friendly and hospitable clubhouse, which also overlooks the race course, makes it one for the discerning golfer to pencil in for a great day’s golf.