Whitnell gets Back on Track

Dale WhitnellDale Whitnell has finally won again at Hamptworth with a 10 under par total which gave him a 5 shot advantage over Asian Tour player Steve Lewton.

Whitnell now goes to the European Tour Qualifying school Marathon with renewed confidence and to hopefully realise the potential he demonstrated when he was once one of the top amateurs in the country,representing GB&I in the Walker Cup in 2009

Whitnell laid the foundations for his win with a new course record of 7 under par 64 which gave him a 4 shot lead over the eventual runner-up Lewton.

Three players were banked up behind Lewton on 2 under par but with Whitnell in a determined mood and playing some of the best golf since his return to competition, it would difficult for anyone to catch him.

On the second day Whitnell maintained a very healthy lead over the rest of the field with no one able to get close, even though he carded a double bogey 7 on the sixteenth hole known as, “The Beast”.

There was a little excitement in the afternoon when we were treated to a “Thunderbolt and Lightening” show at midday but it only delayed play for an hour.

Whitnel finally tapped in for a solid birdie on the last for a really comfortable win over Lewton, who now returns to The Asian Tour while Witnell prepares for stage one at Q School.

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

Our final tournament of 2016 is next week at The Shire London and it is the last chance to get your 2017 membership for £75 and play for a guaranteed £10,500 Prise fund regardless of numbers next year

The Bedfordshire Suits Taylor [UPDATED - GALLERY ADDED]

Jay TaylorJay Taylor sewed up a well-deserved win on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour with a masterful display of controlled golf on a very difficult second day when the strong gusty wind that swept over the course blew away many of the challengers hopes.

On the first day in easier scoring conditions with virtually no wind, it was Dan Garner and Jamie Moul who led the way with excellent 3 under par 67’s.

In all, some seventeen players either equalled or bettered the strict par of 70, including the eventual winner Taylor who was in the chasing pack led by Luke Fitzpatrick who carded a fine 2 under par 68.

The second day turned out to be a very different kettle of fish, with a strengthening wind developing through the morning and reaching a peak in the afternoon gusting, at times to 30 MPH and for the leaders it was going to be a trying time.

Taylor started the final round with a bogey but as so often happens good things then started to happen for him and with 3 birdies on the front nine he turned in 2 under par but still lagged behind Moul and the charging Liam Harper.

Taylor, playing 3 groups ahead of the first round leaders, then climbed aboard the “Birdie Train” and collected 4 of them in the first 5 holes of the back nine to lead the tournament on 6 under par.

Recent multiple winner Tom Speyer threatened to take the spoils with 2 birdies in the first four holes but then settled back on the “Par Train” and could make no further progress and finished on 3 under par for the tournament.

The charging Harper, who was playing alongside Speyer, saw his charge come to a halt on the back nine and in the end could only replicate his first round of one under par 69 and finish at 2 under par.

Then more drama as suddenly Taylors progress was halted with a nasty double bogey 6 on the seventeenth to fall back to 4 under par and now found himself one shot adrift of Moul, who had birdied the par 5 fourteenth.

To his credit Taylor steadied himself and finished with a par at the last and could then only sit and wait to see if 4 under par would be good enough for at least a play-off.

Moul had now reached the seventeenth but a tugged second that missed the green followed by a clumsy chip saw him card a bogey 5 and fall into a tie with Taylor at 4 under par.

Moul’s drive at the last was struck well but drifted left into the strategically placed fairway bunker and rolled into an awful position under the left hand lip, which meant he had to play the shot with one foot out of the bunker and one in it.

He could only manage to progress the ball some 30 odd yards forward and that still left him a lot to do in order to get up and down for par and a play-off with Taylor.

His approach was again slightly pulled and finished long and left of the last green and meant he now had to hole his chip shop to force a play-off.

Another poor chip and 2 putts later saw the unfortunate Moul slip into a tie for second place with Tom Speyer on 3 under par but a delighted Jay Taylor was over the moon to have won on the Jamega Tour again after some nine years.

We love coming to the Bedfordshire who always put on a good show for us and even the weather was good this time for a change.

Everyone in the clubhouse is helpful and nothing is too much trouble for any of them especially Abby, who looked after us very well indeed.

It’s a Double for James Allan [UPDATED - GALLERY ADDED]

James AllanAfter a tremendous Pro Am at Enfield which saw Andrew “Beef” Johnston take part as the team Professional on the Captains Team and then throughout the day signed autographs and posed for selfies with everyone who asked we moved on to the main tournament.

Jamie Abbott put together a spectacular round of 7 under par to take a 2 shot lead into the second day of the tournament at Enfield golf club.

Abbott completed the outward nine in a modest 2 under par 35 but then covered the back nine in a very impressive 5 under par 30.

Sean Maisey and James Allen on 5 under par headed up the chasing pack of some twenty-three players on level par or better so Abbott would have to keep his wits about him.

The second day turned out to be a scorcher in more ways than one with the temperatures in the very high twenties and the hot golf played, especially by James Allan in the final group looking for his second win on tour as a professional.

Allen, playing spectacular golf, had caught and overtaken Abbott within 6 holes of the front nine and after going out in a brilliant 5 under par 32 he led the tournament by 2 shots going into the final nine holes.

Things went a bit flat for Allan after the turn and the game continued to be difficult for Abbott, who has been struggling of late to maintain his first round form going forward.

Both players bogied the twelfth hole, then Abbott all but threw in the towel with a double bogey at the par 3 fourteenth that gave Allen a comfortable 4 shot lead with 4 holes left to play, and a second win for the affable left hander who loves a bag of “Burts Handmade Chips”, pretty much in the bag.

The pair then traded pars on the following 3 holes and so with an unassailable 4 shot lead Allan played the eighteenth for a regulation par while Abbott to his credit made a birdie to reduce the deficit to 3 shots.

What a forward thinking club Enfield is with an active Captain in Phil Tiddy and a committee who actively support and encourage junior golf at the club.

The club itself is welcoming and friendly with great food on offer in the clubhouse after your round, so get on down to Enfield Golf Club and enjoy a good day’s golf.