It's Joy for Luke at Lingfield

Luke Joy (Remedy Oak) returned to the winner’s enclosure with a one-shot victory over Sam Buss (Positive Impact Golf) and Steve Surry (Cumberwell Park) at Lingfield with a 6 under par total of 138.

Buss and the young Korean, Matthew Choi, led after the first day, both tied on 4 under par and they headed up four players on 2 under par including the eventual winner, Joy.

On the second day Joy made his intentions clear when he came racing out of the blocks and was 3 under par after just 4 holes, but a slight setback with a bogey on the fifth hole slowed him down slightly.

It was nip and tuck for most of the afternoon for the leaders but deeper into the pack Steve Surry was gaining on the leaders and with a fine 4 under par 68 added to his one under par first round he established the clubhouse lead.

However, it was Joy who maintained his form throughout the afternoon and a final hole birdie saw him overtake Surry at the line.

In the final group, only Buss could catch Joy with an eagle at the last but it was not to be and a birdie saw him finish on 5 under par and in a tie with Surry for second place.

Given the unusual weather conditions that have prevailed over the last few weeks, Head Greenkeeper, Greg Milton and his team did a wonderful job in presenting the course to everyone’s satisfaction.

Hospitality in the clubhouse was excellent as usual and the on-site accommodation is superb, so if you are looking for golf, racing, or indeed both, Lingfield is a must for you.

Dixon Back on Pole

David Dixon with Jamega at The Leatherhead 2018David Dixon raced to a 3 shot win at The Leatherhead Club thanks to a blistering last lap of 6 under par, which saw him overtake local resident professional, Michael Lowe and take the chequered flag.

First round leader, Lowe enjoyed a varied selection of numbers whilst compiling his 5 under par 66 on the first day, it had a smattering of pars and birdies but the highlight of his round was undoubtedly the Eagle 2 he made on the seventeenth.

Marco Penge was Lowe’s closest challenger at the end of the day with a 4 under par 67 and a shot further back came the veteran, John Hoskison who rekindled days of yesteryear with a solid 3 under par 68.

Dixon who was 3 shots back, had to come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders if he was going to catch Lowe, who as the resident professional, had to be the hot favourite.

On the second day Tyler Hogarty and George Mullins fed off each other’s good play in the afternoon and both recorded 4 under par 67’s that left Mullins as the clubhouse leader on 3 under par.

Dixon then came in and blew the tournament wide open with a superb 6 under par 65 that gave him a final total of 8 under par and a substantial lead in the clubhouse.

Luke Johnson came close with a fine 3 under par 68 but that still left him 3 shots behind Dixon, who was now in a commanding position, as news that the final group were all struggling came in, with neither Penge, Lowe or Hoskison under par.

So, it was a delighted Dixon who took the victors laurels and the guaranteed winner’s prize of £3,500 but the biggest prize, for Dixon, was the welcome return to form adding this win to the one he enjoyed at the Paul Laurie Par 3 Tournament recently.

In the stunning sunshine the Leatherhead Club looked a picture and thanks to the hard work of the clubhouse staff and Pro, Michael Lowe, the hospitality was second to none and we would, without hesitation recommend it as a course to be played.

Towndrow Secures Maiden Victory

Sean Towndrow with Jamega at Mill Ride 2018Sean Towndrow (Golfin4Life) held off the opposition with a patient and mature performance while most of the field found the going heavy at Mill Ride.

Towndrow proved to be the stayer and at close of play on the first day he had a 5 under par 67 under his belt to lead by three.

Dan Garner (Romford Golf Club) was his nearest challenger on 2 under the card, and a length back on one under par sat the amateur Jack Floydd (Haywards Heath GC) and Jamie Moul (Stoke by Nayland).

It promised to be a very interesting second day for Towndrow, in the way of him keeping the chasing pack at bay and holding his nerve.

The second day was a little lack lustre in terms of an exciting finish, with only four players finishing level par or better.

One of those was overnight leader Towndrow, who with 3 birdies, 3 bogeys and 12 pars did more than enough to secure his first professional win by 4 shots from Freddie Price.

A solid performance from the “Single Figure Golfer” entry, amateur Jack Floydd who finished level par for the tournament tied with Ben Follett-Smith in third place.

Congratulations to Will Brown who has just pipped David Dixon to top the second Order of Merit to secure him a free season on the2018/2019 Portugal Pro Golf Tour worth in excess of £4,500.

Mill Ride is a classic golf course set in the heart of Ascot and is maintained to the highest level by Head Greenkeeper Drew Ramsey and his team.

With excellent hospitality provided by the clubhouse staff and enthusiastic members, who make you feel more than welcome, Mill Ride is most certainly worth a visit.