Jamie Abbott made a successful return to tournament golf, after the enforced lay-off due to Covid-19, winning The Leatherhead Trophy by the narrowest of margins from Mitch Waite, with an 11 under par total.
Social distancing with the scoring was certainly not being observed after the first round of the The Leatherhead Trophy, with a very closely packed leader board headed by the indomitable Jamie Abbott, who negotiated the par 71 layout in a bogey free 7 under par 64.
Tightly packed in behind Abbott, on 6 under par, were Guy Woodman and Will Enefer, who in turn led Tom Sloman on 5 under par, by one shot.
There were 6 players on 4 under par who had the leaders in their sights, so it was going to be a closely fought battle to the finish on the second day.
The second day burst into life with Jonathan Poulton shooting an excellent 7 under par 64 early on, putting him on top of the clubhouse leader board at 7 under, just one shot ahead of the talented amateur, Ollie Huggins who added a 6 under par 65 to his first-round effort.
Marcus Armitage and Gary King rained on Poulton’s parade when each of them carded 6 under par 65’s to post 8 under par totals, however their time at the top was short-lived as Mitch Waite finished on 10 under par with the second 7 under par 64 of the day.
Despite a bogey 4 at the last, Jamie Abbott, in the last group, spoiled Waite’s day, adding a 4 under par 67 to his first round of 64 to pip him at the post by a single shot.
Club manager Mike Lowe, greenkeepers, clubhouse staff and not least the members, deserve an NHS style round of applause for the herculean effort they all put in to enable the tournament to take place in such an efficient and safe manner.
The Leatherhead Club was in perfect condition, as shown by the low scoring, so we would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great day’s golf.