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George Mullins with Jamega at Royal Ascot 2018George Mullins entered the winners enclosure again with a very consistent performance over the delightful Royal Ascot course with a 7 under par total to win by a single shot from Tom Shadbolt.

On the first day, Royal Ascot proved to be a fitting backdrop to a superb round of golf by Ben Amor (Marlborough GC), who scorched around the Berkshire course in a 7 under par 63 to set a new course record and establish a 3 shot lead over Matt Mumford (Wrag Barn GC) and George Mullins (Langley Park GC).

With several players on par or better, including the amateur, Alfredo Curbishley (The Wisley), on 3 under, looking to close the gap on the leaders, it promised to be an exciting second days play and with the weather set fair it could again prove to be a low scoring classic.

Another stunning day greeted the players at Royal Ascot Golf club and it had all the hallmarks of an exciting climax as Amor would try to fend off any attacks from the chasing pack and win his first Jamega Pro Golf Tour event.

The second day proved to be a mixture of pleasure for some and pain for others and as the afternoon unfolded it was Tom Shadbolt who was feeling the pleasure of recording a record equalling 7 under par 63 to storm into the clubhouse lead on 6 under.

Shadbolt finished well ahead of the leader’s, courtesy of his one over par 71 on the first day, which had him out and finished over an hour ahead of the leading groups, so he had a nervous wait to enjoy!

Into the back nine the leaders were either treading water, or sinking fast, which was the case for Amor who saw his chances disappear with seven dropped shots over the last 12 holes.

Mullins, however, was keeping his good form of recent months going with an outward nine of 4 under par to establish a comfortable lead over the rest of the field.

But, winning is never easy and Mullins was aware that Shadbolt was sitting in the clubhouse on 6 under par but knew that after birdying the fifteenth he had a 2-shot lead, with 3 holes left to play.

Fate then played her hand and dealt Mullins a nasty bogey on the penultimate hole leaving him having to par the last for the win, never an easy thing to do at any level.

In the end he made par, which meant that Shadbolt was pipped at the post by the resurgent Mullins, who has found the form that had seemingly deserted him last year.

Royal Ascot Golf Club is one of many top-class golf courses in Berkshire but this week the quality of the greens, the condition of the course generally and above all the warm welcome we received put Royal Ascot as the odds-on favourite for a great day’s golf.

Kinnear loves The Woods

Paul Kinnear with Jamega at Studley Wood 2018Paul Kinnear registered his second Jamega Pro Golf Tour win at Studley Wood in Oxfordshire and with his first win being at Park Wood GC in Kent, perhaps there is a lumberjack or two lurking in his family tree!

In the end Kinnear won comfortably with an 8 under par total for a 2-shot win, compiled in very trying conditions.

Due to a biblically bad weather forecast for the first day of the tournament at Studley Wood it was decided to complete the day as quickly as possible so rather unusually it was decided to have a shotgun start.

This made life difficult for the green staff but they came through with flying colours to get the course ready for the 109 players and play commenced at 09:30.

On an extremely windy day the scoring was excellent and it was Liverpudlian Paul Kinnear (Formby GC) who led the way with a magnificent 6 under par 67 which gave him a one-shot lead over Billy Spooner (Woodhall Spa) and Jamie Abbott (Stoke by Nayland).

Thirty-Three players either bettered par or equalled it on an extremely hard day for scoring and the second day forecast looked to be just as challenging for the players.

Well, what a difference a day makes, with lighter winds and sunshine play commenced at 07:30 and with everyone in a brighter frame of mind, we looked forward to an exciting days play.

Kinnear played faultless golf to get to 9 under par after 10 holes and looked extremely comfortable in the heat of battle until a slight stutter with bogeys on the thirteenth and fourteenth brought him back to the chasing pack.

Several players in the final groups mounted charges but they seemed to fizzle out, although Michael O’Connor did finish Eagle, Birdie to set a target of 5 under par for the remaining groups to challenge.

In the penultimate group, Dave Coupland and James Allan joined O’Connor on 5 under but Hugo Dobson birdied the par 5 last to leapfrog into the clubhouse lead on 6 under par.

In the final group pairings Abbott and Spooner had fallen away from contention and it was a relieved Kinnear who holed out for par and a 2 Shot win which also won him the £3,500 first prize.

A massive thank you for everyone at Studley Wood, especially the greens staff, for enabling the tournament to be completed and we hope to be back again next year.

It’s a Big Colegate Smile

Jack Colegate with Jamega at Essendon Park 2017Jack Colgate fought tooth and nail to win his first Jamega Pro Golf Tour event with a hard earned 8 under par total of 138, afterleading wire to wire.

Early on the first day four players scored impressive 6 under par 66’s to establish a 2-stroke lead over the chasing pack.

Marco Penge (Goodwood GC), Max Smith (Foxhills), Tom Shadbolt (Brockett Hall) and Jack Colegate (Rochester and Chobham), all put together solid rounds, each compiled in various ways.

Penge Birdied the last 4 holes, Smith with a Birdie fest over the front nine, Shadbolt with 3 under on both nines and Colgate with 8 Birdies and 2 Bogeys.

Within striking distance of the leaders were four players on 4 under par, Alasdair Dalgleish, Josh Loughrey, David Dixon and last week’s winner, James Ruebotham, looking to do the double.

On the second day the players were going to have the added incentive of playing for an increased Prize Fund, with a first prize of £3,500 and 19 players, plus ties getting paid.

The eventual winner, Colegate got to 9 under par after nine holes of the second round, with Penge losing ground, dropping back to 5 under par.

Smith was having a much better time of it arriving at the start of the back nine on 11 under and a comfortable lead over the other contenders but there were dramatic changes ahead.

Jamie Rutherford and Liam Robinson playing together, spurred each other on and they eventually each posted a 7 under par total which the way things were going with the leaders was potentially a play-off score.

Next in was Colegate, who held it together on the run in, with his only blemish, a bogey on the thirteenth but it was still good enough to give him the clubhouse lead on 8 under par.

With the news that Smith was having all sorts of problems on the run in, made Colegate’s 8 under par total look very promising indeed.

Whilst Smith was dealing with his demons, Penge and Rutherford were making a charge to catch Colegate but despite their efforts they were both to fall one shot shy of forcing a play-off and a slightly shocked Colegate was delighted to be the winner of the £3,500 first prize.

It has been a pleasure to run an event with such a high-class field playing over one of the premiere courses in the South East, Essendon (New).