Home Win for Pugh

Rhys PughWelshman Rhys Pugh secured his first professional win over the Machynys Peninsula course on the Gower coast in the most dreadful weather conditions imaginable.

The first day at Machynys Peninsula golf club produced two amazing scores that stood head and shoulders above the rest of the field.

Martin Sell and two-time Walker Cupper Rhys Pugh, both shot 4 under par 68's which in itself may not seem very remarkable except when the wind blows hard over this tough Nicklaus design course, that measures over 7,100 yards, it turns into a beast.

Recent winner at nearby Ashburnham, Richard Bentham, staggered through the front nine holes in an uncharacteristic 4 over par forty but turned things around on the back nine coming home in a blistering 6 under par thirty to sit just 2 shots behind the joint leaders, Sell and Pugh.

Tom Speyer and James Adams headed up the chasing pack on one over par but given the forecasted conditions due to prevail on the second day it would be difficult for any of the pack to catch the leaders.

The second day lived up to the forecast and the players were battered by snow, hail, rain and increasingly high winds.

But this did not seem to bother Pugh who seemed impervious to the elements and added a 3 under par 69 to his first round 4 under 68 to win by an impressive 7 shots from Sell who finished second on level par.

Richard Bentham leads the first of Five Mini Order of Merits going into the final counting tournament at Essendon next week and even though it is still mathematically possible for Bentham to be caught he looks favourite to win the Free 2016/2017 season on the Algarve Pro Golf Tour.

The second Mini Order of Merit starts at Magnolia Park on the 9th of May and will give another player who can perform consistently over four tournaments the chance to win a prize worth in excess of £4,000.

Apart from the weather it was a delight to come back to Machynys Peninsula Golf Club and we would recommend golfers of all standards to come and sample the delights it has to offer.

Moul Digs in for Win

Jamie MoulJamie Moul put together two tremendous rounds of golf at Dummer Golf Club in Hampshire to win by a single shot from the 2015 defending champion Craig Hinton.

The first round leader Ryan Boyns was plodding along quite nicely for a decent round after a one under par front nine but then he let loose with a volley of 6 birdies over the back nine which included 5 in a row from the fourteenth.

The much travelled man, Jonathan Mullaney, Rob Sutton and the eventual winner Moul lay in wait on 6 under whilst a whole host of experienced players made up an impressive posse to chase down Boynes, including the eventual runner-up Hinton.

In relatively easy scoring conditions on a well prepared golf course more than half the field either equalled par or bettered it and one of those was the young amateur Daniel Smith from Princes Golf Club, who shot level par.

The second day proved slightly more difficult in much breezier conditions and it was going to be the patient player who would triumph in the end.

All the fireworks came from the penultimate two groups with Hinton completing a second flawless round of golf that again contained 5 birdies and no bogies to post 10 under par and he then waited to see if he would be caught.

In the penultimate group Moul and Liam Harper were having a right old scrap but Harper could not make up any ground on Moul and with Hinton in the clubhouse on 10 under Moul knew that a par at the last would see him home the winner.

So with that par Jamie Moul broke his duck on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour and was proclaimed the very worthy winner.

The golf course at Dummer is very well presented and maintained to a high standard, as is indeed the crème de la crème of bacon rolls. These should NOT be avoided!

In the newly refurbished clubhouse you will be greeted by cheerful and helpful staff and it was a pleasure to hold an event there.

The tour heads back into Wales next week to Machynys Golf Club, so pack your bags and come and join us at this fantastic course. This will be the third tournament of the four event first Mini Order of Merit that will decide who gets a free season on the 2016 / 2017 Algarve Pro Golf Tour.

Remember, we have a total of 5 Mini Order of Merits throughout the season and each winner will receive that free season on the Algarve Pro Golf Tour, a prize worth in excess of £4,000.

Bentham Wins “Duel in The Sun”

Richard BenthamReminiscent of the Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus “Duel in The Sun” at Turnberry in the 1977 Open Championship, Richard Bentham and Rhys Enoch battled it out over the final 18 holes at the wonderful Ashburnham links course on the South Wales coast.

The golf was, to say the least, spectacular with Bentham and Enoch trading blow for blow with a barrage of birdies but Craig Adams, who made up the last group, could not buy a putt despite giving himself numerous opportunities to join the fray.

Bentham led jointly with Adams after round one with both players fashioning 3 under par 69’s on a damp and difficult first day by the seaside to lead by one from Enoch and by three from the experienced journeyman Craig Farrelly.

The sun did finally make an appearance in the late afternoon and that was to cause a problem in the form of a fog delay of an hour and twenty minutes at the start of the second day.

When the fog finally disappeared and left the players with a warm, sunny and virtually windless day the early signs were that the scoring would be low when both Neil Chaudhuri and James Adams shot 4 under par 68’s to set the early clubhouse target at 2 under par.

Enoch and Bentham traded blow for blow over the front nine with both players extracting 4 birdies each to reach the turn in 32 shots, whilst Adams struggled on the opening few holes and fell behind after reaching the turn in one over par and never really caught up.

Enoch finally caught Bentham on the eleventh hole with a fine birdie 3 but Bentham hit back with back to back birdies on the thirteenth and fourteenth to lead by two with four to play.

Enoch then seemed to give it away with a bogey 5 on the fifteenth and so with Bentham leading by two with three to play, it seemed to be all over.

Both players parred the sixteenth but then, as the “Fat Lady” was warming up it all turned a bit dramatic, when on the seventeenth a bogey from Bentham and a strong birdie from Enoch brought the pair back to within one shot of each other once more.

The Eighteenth at Ashburnham is a tough finishing hole where you play your second shot up steep incline to a tricky raised green that can throw your ball back at you if you are in the slightest bit short with your approach.

In the end both players played the hole out in par and it was a delighted Bentham who enjoyed his first professional win ,with a one shot victory over the disappointed but gracious Enoch who said that although he had lost, it was a very enjoyable day.

Bentham now has a great start in the first of Five Order of Merits that run throughout the season, where the winner of each of these Mini 4 tournament Order of Merits wins a Free season on The Algarve Pro Golf Tour for 2016-2017 which is a prize worth nearly £4,000.

James Sewell was victorious in the one day amateur tournament with a score of 78 and wins a “Druh” Belt and the opportunity to participate in a three day tournament on the Algarve Pro Golf Tour.

Ashburnham is a little gem on the South coat of Wales and is a delight to play, giving players a taste of real “Links Golf” in a wonderful setting.

Our thanks go out to Paul, the head green keeper, for presenting the course in excellent condition and all the help and advice that he offered.

One of the best things Ashburnham has to offer is the fantastic hospitality and with the delicious home cooked food that the welcoming clubhouse has to offer and we would recommend it to golfers of all standards without reservation.