Mullins Canters to Second Win

George Mullins at Royal AscotGeorge Mullins has continued his amazing start as a professional golfer by galloping on to his second win in four weeks on The Jamega Pro Golf Tour at the glorious Royal Ascot Golf Club in Berkshire.

Mullins got off to a flying start on the first day at Royal Ascot with a stunning 7 under par 63 to establish a 4 shot lead over Tyler Hogarty and Jamie Dick who headed up the chasing pack of Alasdair Dalgliesh, Craig Adams, Jack South, Jamie Abbott and Nick Garland on 2 under par.

With a four shot lead, going into the home straight on the final day of the tournament, Mullins was not interested in protecting his lead, he was intent on increasing it.

With the weather set fair again with just a light breeze wafting over the course it looked as though it would be a low scoring day.

Although the scoring was generally better than day one, there were no fireworks compared to the first day.

Jamie Moul set an early target at 3 under par for the tournament but with Mullins keeping his nerve and not giving anything away it was hard to see that score being at the top by the end of the day.

Jamie Abbott joined Moul on three under par but soon after, in the third from last group Alasdair Dalgliesh carded a second 2 under par 68 to jump ahead of Moul and Abbott but it was Craig Adams who put a little pressure on the leader Mullins with a four under par 66 to lead on 6 under par.

In the final group both Tyler Hogarty and Jamie Dick fell out of contention early on and left Mullins to continue playing steady golf and maintaining a comfortable lead.

A dropped shot on the par 3 seventeenth left Mullins on 9 under par and three ahead of Adams but Mullins loves a “gasp” from his followers on the final hole and as a slightly pushed tee shot drifted towards the out of bounds, hearts were definitely in mouths.

It’s not often that players enjoy seeing their ball get caught up in the rough but it looked as though that’s what may have saved Mullins from a possible disaster.

A controlled recovery shot followed by a superb approach to within 4 feet of the hole and although the birdie putt just missed the hole it left Mullins with a comfortable second win in his very short career as a professional.

Royal Ascot Golf Club is a hidden gem, set within a stone's throw of Ascot Racecourse and has the likes of Wentworth, Sunningdale and The Berkshire as close neighbours.

Founded in 1887 and originally set within the centre of Ascot racecourse the club was suddenly given notice to vacate the racecourse in November 2000.

Fortunately the club was able to move a short distance just across the road onto land within Sunninghill Park this new course was opened in May 2006 by patron of the club, HRH The Duke of York.

The club is managed by Alison Hall, who always has a ready smile and nothing is too much trouble for her at this thriving and friendly members club.

The course is kept in superb condition by head greens keeper Ian Hockley and his staff and with Andy Slodczyk looking after the food and beverage side in the welcoming clubhouse, you could not wish for a better day-out on a golf course.

We hold tournaments all over the southern half of the UK and have to say that Royal Ascot Golf Club is amongst the best we visit and cannot speak to highly of it and are looking forward to coming back next year.

Laskey Triumphant in “Duel of The Dragons”

Mark LaskeyMark Laskey won at Magnolia Park when he defeated fellow Welshman, Rhys Enoch at the first extra hole in an unusual sudden death play-off, but how Enoch got into the play-off is a story that will unfold later on.

The first day at Magnolia Park produced some excellent scoring, especially from Mark Laskey who battered the course into submission with a great score of 7 under par that contained 5 Birdies and 2 Eagles. Only bogies on the fifth and seventh hole blotted an otherwise perfect scorecard.

Sam Forgan, who had led for much of the first day on 6 under, was closely followed by Tyler Hogarty, Martin Sell, Charlie Simpson and last week's winner George Mullins on 4 under.

Nineteen other players made up the chasing pack, all on par or better, so the result was far from certain, although Laskey would take some stopping.

A very damp and dismal second morning greeted us and it was not expected to improve for the rest of the day unfortunately.

One player who seemed to relish the conditions was Rhys Enoch, who started to play some spectacular golf, covering the first nine holes in 5 under par.

Enoch then bagged 2 more Birdies on the tenth and thirteenth to reach 7 under par and with the leaders either treading water or doing the backstroke he smelt blood and pushed on and covered the last 5 holes in 3 under to finish on a fabulous 10 under par.

The overnight leader, Laskey, seemed to get things back under control when Birdie’s at the thirteenth and fourteenth put him at 11 under, one ahead of Enoch, with 4 to play.

However, Laskey then proceeded to give the shots straight back to the course with bogies at the fifteenth and sixteenth to leave Enoch, the leader by one shot, sitting in the clubhouse on an emotional roller coaster.

Laskey steadied the ship with a par at the seventeenth and knew he needed a Birdie at the par five eighteenth to tie Enoch or an Eagle to win.

He hit a magnificent second shot that found the heart of the green and gave himself a 20-foot putt for an Eagle and the win.

As the putt slipped agonisingly by Laskey could not hide his disappointment but he never the less tapped in for Birdie to set up a play-off with Enoch.

The sudden death play-off was to be over holes sixteen, seventeen and eighteen after an unbelievable afternoons play, where Enoch’s golf would have set the course on fire had it not been raining so hard and then Laskey’s grit and determination to force the play-off.

But it all came to an end rather quickly for Enoch when his tee shot found the right hand rough and despite a frantic search could not be found and with Laskey sat in the middle of the fairway, Enoch regrettably conceded the victory to Laskey.

The amateur prize to play golf in the Algarve and compete in a three round professional tournament was won by Adam Gaskins from Single Figure Golfer who shot an excellent one over par gross 74.

Magnolia Park is a hidden gem situated on the Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire border near Bicester and now the complex boasts a 40-bedroomed hotel it makes it an ideal venue for weddings, conferences and of course golf.

By George, It’s Mullins

George MullinsYoung 19-year-old, newly turned professional, George Mullins wins his first professional tournament at only his second time of trying, playing at the fabulous Essendon Golf and C.C.

The New course was playing long and tough for both days and this was born out by the fact that only five players broke par and seven managed to equal it.

Mullins, from Langley Park Golf Club, led on 2 under par after the first round and headed a very experienced group on one under par that included Paul Streeter, James Watts, Rhys Pugh and Simon Griffiths, who later withdrew to compete in Morocco on the European Tour.

A glorious second day greeted the players with clear blue skies and a warm sun but as the wind strengthened scoring became increasingly more difficult.

Jamie Abbott and James Adams playing in the same group set the clubhouse target with both adding fine 2 under par 70’s to their first round 74’s to finish up on level par, which given the difficult scoring conditions was by no means out of it.

Jordan McColl took over the lead from Abbott and Adams when he posted the new target of one under par for the remaining groups to chase.

In the group immediately following McColl, Kit Holmes was on target to set a very realistic winning total as he stood on the tee at the seventeenth on 3 under par but a slightly errant tee shot saw his ball join the Geese and Swans in the left hand Lake.

The ensuing bogey saw him drop back to 2 under and with a par at the last Holmes became the new leader with only Mullins in the final group who could catch him.

Mullins was going along very nicely and came to the eighteenth tee on 5 under par and a 3 shot lead over Holmes but there was a little bit of drama to come yet that could have proved costly for young Mullins.

His tee shot though, which was in his words, “one of the best I’ve struck all day” however found a downhill lie in the right hand rough with some very large fir trees blocking his path to the green.

A simple pitch out and chip onto the green of the final hole was surely going to be the tactic that would give him a comfortable victory but!

The “Hollywood shot” was chosen and he tried to draw the ball around one of the large firs and the inevitable happened when he clipped a branch that shot the ball into more tree trouble.

Fortunately, the ball was found and Mullins hit a great, towering wedge over even more trees to find the green and a solid 2 putts for a bogey 5 saw him secure that first win as a professional by 2 shots from Holmes.

The winner of the first Mini Order of Merit winner Richard Bentham was delighted to receive his prize of a free season on the 2016/2017 Algarve Pro Golf Tour that is worth in excess of £4,000.

The second of the Five, 4 tournament Mini Order of Merits starts at Magnolia Park next week when another free season on the 2016/2017 Algarve Pro Golf Tour can be won. So wo will be joining Richard Bentham on the Algarve? Will it be you?

With two courses plus an academy course and a fabulous clubhouse where you can get reasonably priced food served with a welcoming smile Essendon Golf and Country Club is a must visit destination for every golfer.