Lloyd Kennedy and Andrew Johnston both make the cut in their first ever venture out on The European Tour at Aloha in Spain, well done, bodes well for the rest of the season, good luck.
We started the whirlwind Winter Tour Series at The Bedford Golf Club, the scene of last years amazing 13 under par 59 by Simon Lilly. No such heroics this time although European Tour player Daniel Gaunt took the spoils with a fine 6 under par 66 culminating with a great birdie on the last to win by a single stroke from Challenge Tour regular Dan Brooks. Simon Lilly had to settle for a share of 4th place this time with a creditable 4 under par 68. After their rounds, Ryder Cup and European Tour player Paul Broadhurst and newly qualified European Tour member Andrew Johnston gave freely of their time to pass on some tips and advice to 3 up and coming junior members of The Bedford.
Foggy Frilford was our next port of call and without some lateral thinking we would have lost the tournament. It was decided that we would use a shotgun start for the 21 groups and it worked a treat, the sun came out and bathed the course in warm Spring sunshine and with everyone in the house in 4 and a half hours it ended up being a successful day. The final result was a tie on 5 under par between Red Golf Managements Tom Haylock and Worksop’s Ryan Brown.
As Frilford was very foggy our next port of call, High Post, was very, very windy. Although short by modern day standards High Post can be tricky to navigate and when you factor in a 40 knot wind it becomes very tricky. This was reflected in the scoring with High Post maintaining her modesty by not having par breached by a small but high quality field. Level par it was then by Luke Joy and Lee James that shared the spoils each winning £800. After his round Lee James, a former winner of The Amateur Championship gave some junior members of High Post a few tips on how to play the game.
Onto Aldwickbury Park for the penultimate event and the weather came through for us and without any dramas Red Golf Management’s Nick Pateman set the early target at 3 under par. This was to be the mark for the rest of the day with only Mega Yacht Solutions Neil O’Briain coming close with a solid 2 under par effort to take second place to win £700 leaving Pateman to pocket the winners cheque for £1,000.
Almost without pausing for breath we arrived at Studley Wood for the last of the series and again fog was there to welcome us. However right on cue the fog lifted and we were able to start on time and complete play without further ado. Martin Sell extracted a 5 under par winning score from a fairly benign Studley Wood to win by a shot from Stephen Cronin, Mickael Fox and the Aussie invader Nigel Lane.
A very big thank you to all the courses we used for the winter series and also our special thanks to the guys who put their trust in us and played the series.
We now head for Spain on the 19th of March for the first of three Jamega Tour events on The Algarve that herald the start of the 2012 season and the start of a run of 27 tournaments.
Who else wants to play Golf in sunny Spain?
Would you like to join Jamega in beginning your season playing tournament golf in sunny Spain?
As long as you're a professional golfer, you can play - no Jamega Membership is required! We’ll provide you with three, 2 day tournaments, on 2 courses, providing great golf, on superb greens in excellent weather.
You’ll be playing on the Spanish Algarve, just over the border from Portugal, under 40 minutes from Faro Airport. You start the series at the Costa Esuri Golf Club, then off to Jose Maria Olazabal’s La Monacilla and then finally you’ll finish up at Costa Esuri.
If you get your entry in early, you can claim a FREE ENTRY into the Pro-Am, with a €1000 prize-fund, that will be held on the 21st March.
Dates: (All March)
19th/20th - Fly out
20th - Official Practice - Costa Esuri
21st - Pro-Am
22nd - Costa Esuri, Day 1
23rd - Costa Esuri, Day 2
24th - Official Practice - La Monacilla
25th - La Monacilla, Day 1
26th - La Monacilla, Day 2
27th - Free day
28th - Official Practice - Costa Esuri
29th - Costa Esuri, Day 1
30th - Costa Esuri, Day 2
We have negotiated accommodation prices for the 11days of The Spanish Swing with the 4*Eurotel Hotel and Beach at Altura on the Eastern Algarve (www.eurotel-altura.com). The cost of sharing a twin room will be £360 per person based on 2 players sharing. Single player occupancy will cost £495.
For non golfers I.e wife, girlfriend or parent etc sharing with a player the cost of the accommodation for the non golfer £255. These prices include Breakfast, Gym membership, 3 practice rounds, Free use of the practice facilities at each venue, including Range Balls, for the duration of your stay.
If you require rates for a different length of stay or have any other queries please call the tour phone on 07910562735
Entry & Fees:
You’ll need to pay normal Jamega entry fees of £220 or €260 per event, unless you provide your own accommodation, in which case entry fees will be £255, or €300 per event to include practice facilites and range balls that are built in to the normal accommodation price.
Flights and Further Travel Information:
To fly by British Airways from Gatwick or Bristol, to Faro, will cost you £140 - including clubs. Easyjet is £85 plus £60 for clubs. If you’d like a Hire Car, you can hire one from £90 per car for 10 days.
Your total costs will come in at about £400, per event. You’ll need to pay a deposit of £200 by 31st January and full payment of all fees will be needed by 20th February. If you pay by credit card, your total cost will be subject to a 4% surcharge.
Fields are strictly limited on a first come first served basis, so call now on 07910562735 to guarantee your place or enter now!