Foster Runs out the Winner

Jerome Forest with Jamega at The Shire 2017The young amateur, Jerome Foster who is the Shire London Club Champion ran out the winner by two shots from 6-time winner Jamie Abbott, Ryan Boyns and Sam Forgan at the Seve designed masterpiece near Barnet in North London.

Foster held the joint lead after the first round with Luke Johnson on 4 under par and they were being chased by Michael Watson and Sam Buss, both just one shot further back.

On a very benign autumn day the scoring was not as spectacular as was anticipated, although some 25 players either broke or equaled the strict par of 72 including another talented amateur from Mill Hill Golf Club, Gyuho Lee.

The second day was a carbon copy of the first, with no wind to speak of and some intermittent sunshine to keep the autumn mist at bay.

Again, the scoring was a little flat and it seemed that none of the players wanted to take control of the tournament and make a charge for the winning post.

David Dixon posted an early clubhouse target of 4 under par adding a 68 to his level par first round and that was quickly equaled by Paul Kinnear with a best of the day 5 under par 67 to add to his one over par 73.

Apart from a mistake at the fourth with a bogey, Foster ran out a convincing winner, playing flawless golf over the remaining fourteen holes to post a 3 under par 69 and a 7 under par total.

Foster joined the American Kevin Flack as the only Amateurs to win on The Jamega Pro Golf Tour and make no mistake, for an amateur to win on the tour against seasoned professionals is no mean achievement.

We love coming back to The Shire London, with the evocative memories of the course designer Seve Ballesteros and with the superb hospitality shown to us and the professionals by all the staff it is a club that we would recommend unreservedly to golfers everywhere.

Our last tournament is at Old Fold Manor next week and don’t forget that those who played in the last 3 events can join the tour for next year at just £50, payment due by the 3rd of October 2017.

Thereafter membership for the 2018 season will cost £100, if paid before the New Year, when it rises to a normal full payment of £200.

Marcus Does “Soo-Well” at Hamptworth

Marcus Sewell with Jamega at Hamptworth 2017 Marcus Sewell took a massive step into his professional golfing life when he held his nerve to win his first pro event by 2 shots from Paul Kinnear at Hamptworth Golf Club yesterday.

A very benign day greeted the players on the first day and it was anticipated that the scoring would be pretty low, however the fast running greens and some tricky pins kept the scoring at a modest level.

Sewell and Kinnear led after the first round with solid 5 under par 66’s with Liam Robinson tucked in one shot behind, on 4 under.

Wiltshire’s own Matt Mumford, Sean Towndrow, Sam Boyes and the promising young amateur Peter Baeg were all grouped together on 3 under par with a good chance of being in the mix at the end.

Sewell made a blistering start covering the front nine holes in 5 under par to stretch out a 2-shot lead over Kinnear, but he had been in this position before and knew that there were still hurdles to overcome. Winning is never easy.

It was Mumford and Towndrow, in the penultimate group who each posted 7 under par totals to establish the clubhouse lead but with Sewell and Kinnear battling it out over the closing holes it would not be a wining total.

As the final group headed to the eighteenth and final hole, Sewell held a slender one-shot lead over Kinnear who had just birdied the seventeenth to Sewell’s bogey and so all the pressure was on the shoulders of young Sewell.

Kinnear had the opportunity to test Sewell with a birdie chance on the last but his effort just slid past, leaving Sewell with 2 putts for the win but he only needed the one and that sealed a 2-shot victory and a well-deserved cheque for £3,000, but the biggest reward for Sewell was being able to finish the job, and win.

Sewell will now hopefully use his victory as a launch pad to join other Jamega first timers, like Andrew Johnston and Tyrrell Hatton on the European Tour.

The Hamptworth Golf Club is very well worth a visit, set at the edge of the New Forest on the Wiltshire Dorset border, it presents you with a well prepared and fair test of golf. There is also a comfortable clubhouse where you can get excellent food, served up by enthusiastic staff.

Just a reminder that if you played Hamptworth, or intend to play either The Shire or Old Fold Manor you can claim your 2018 Jamega Tour membership for just £50. This can be paid via the website or at either of the last two venues.

Abbott Wins in Photo Finish

Jamie Abbott with Jamega at Royal Ascot 2017Jamie Abbott made it 6 Wins for the season so far, after a closely fought play-off battle over 3 holes with his arch rival David Dixon at Royal Ascot.

On an ideal day for golf, with little or no wind and perfect greens Abbott led jointly with Michael O’Connor, who both scored impressive 8 under par 62’s, which gave them a slender one-shot lead over Nick Newbold and Marcus Sewell.

Given the conditions it was hardly surprising that over fifty percent of the field, either equalled par or bettered it and with a similar day forecasted for the second day Royal Ascot could yield a low winning score.

The young American Kevin Flack set the benchmark for low scoring with a fine 6 under par 64 but Flack was left to rue his first round of 5 over par.

Jamie Moul also added a 6 under par 64 to his first round of one over par but with several groups still to come in his 5 under par total was unlikely to win.

Steve Surry equalled Mouls’ score but both were subsequently swamped by the leading groups and both players eventually finished in a tie for 8th place.

On the course, it was David Dixon who was making most headway amongst the leading groups with a solid 3 under par 32 for the front nine with just a solitary bogey on the ninth to spoil an almost perfect nine holes.

Dixon finally shot a 5 under par 65 to post a 9 under par total of 131 and then had to sit and wait to see if he could be caught by anyone in the remaining groups

Craig Farrelly, the gritty Northerner, was the first to try and equal Dixons total with a 12-foot putt for birdie on the final hole but when that slid by, it just left Jamie Abbott in the final group who could catch Dixon with a birdie at the last.

Although a par 5 the eighteenth is no pushover and Abbott had to get up and down in 2 from some 125 yards to force the play-off.

Abbott did well and his third shot finished some 7 feet left of the hole and he then, after some deliberation duly dispatched the ball into the hole and into a sudden death play-off we went.

The play-off began on the tenth hole and Dixon had an ideal opportunity to finish it there and then with a 6-foot putt for birdie but his effort failed to drop and with a half in par on the eleventh hole it was off to the twelfth.

This was to be the decider and when Dixon failed to get up and down from a difficult position it was an easy task for Abbott to cosy his putt up to the hole edge for a par and his sixth win of the season.

Royal Ascot Golf Club is a hidden gem, set within a stone's throw of Ascot Racecourse and has the likes of Wentworth, Sunningdale and The Berkshire as close neighbours.

The club is managed by Alison Hall, who always has a ready smile and nothing is too much trouble for her at this thriving and friendly member club.

The course is kept in superb condition by head greens keeper Ian Hockley and his staff and with the superb food and beverage available in the welcoming clubhouse, you could not wish for a better day-out on a golf course.

We hold tournaments all over the southern half of the UK and have to say that Royal Ascot Golf Club is amongst the best we visit and cannot speak highly enough of it and are looking forward to coming back next year.