Sam Matton shows his metal

Matton Sprints to Mentmore win.

The Pro-Am on Sunday Sponsored by GreenFleets which preceded the main tournament was a huge success and local Pro Will Roebuck put his local knowledge to good use and won a total of £900 in prize money!

Roebuck would be hoping to carry on his good form into the tournament proper on Monday.

The first day was quite extraordinary in many respects, the scoring was very low and the number of players under par was extremely high.

The lowest 3 ball score in our history was achieved by Warren Bennett (65), James Watts (66) and Steve McAnally (66) scoring a total of 19 under par between them and that put them firmly at the top of the leader board alongside Jay Beisser and Sam Matton who also scored 6 under par totals.

At the end of the day a total of 31 players broke the par of 72 on the Mentmore  Rosebery course that was almost on third of the field. This reflects the high standard of the Professionals now playing The Jamega Tour.

With several players looking to take some form into the first stage of European Tour Qualifying at Frilford Heath next week it was going to be a fierce battle between the leaders on day two.

After a foggy start the players were presented with a perfect golfing day, brilliant warm autumn sunshine and with very little wind it was Steve McAnally who shot out of the blocks fastest birdying 2 of the first 3 holes with Matton and Bennett keeping in touch with birdies at the third hole. Matton then stumbled over the next few holes dropping back to 6 under par whilst Bennett improved his position to 9 under par to lead McAnally by 2 shots after nine holes.

They say that it’s the last nine holes are the nitty gritty of any tournament and so it proved to be. Matton bogeyed ten to seemingly drop out of contention at 5 under par whilst McAnally birdied eleven to move to 8 under par and to within one shot of Bennett.

Matton, meanwhile, would have to call on divine intervention to win now and with his caddie, nicknamed “Saint”, on the bag it seemed to work because Matton went on a birdie blitz from twelve onwards and after Bennett bogeyed the fourteenth and McAnally birdied the fifteenth to join Matton on 9 under it was going to be a battle to the end with 3 holes to play.

Whilst McAnally parred in Matton managed to pull another rabbit out of the hat and birdied the 17th to take the lead on 10 under par which was good enough to see him home as the winner.

Warren Bennett showed his class by birdying the 18th to tie Steve McAnally in second place to win £1,750 each

However it was Sam Matton who put the pedal to the metal over the last 7 holes at Mentmore and birdied 5 of them to race from a pedestrian 5 under par to top of the leader board on 10 under par and win his first Jamega Tour event and a cheque for £5,000.

The welcome at Mentmore was as usual fantastic with a welcoming clubhouse and two first class courses it is a must play venue and with great green fee deals available why not have a day out and enjoy yourselves.

Hattons first professional win

Tyrrell races to first Professional Win

The Jamega Pro Golf Tour provided the platform for Tyrrell Hatton’s first professional win, this feat accomplished at Woodcote Park that is a traditional parkland golf course with tree lined fairways and small greens set close to Croydon in South London.

It was our first visit to the course hidden away in the suburbs and what a gem it turned out to be. The first day was perfect for scoring but although not long by modern day standards Woodcote Park repelled all attempts to extract a” low one” from its tree lined fairways.

Graham Povey started to show the form of which he is capable and compiled a 3 under par 68. This was equalled by Ben Banks and they lead the way by a single shot from the chasing pack of 5 players that included Challenge Tour player Adam Gee, Trevor Jones, Tyrrell Hatton, Ryan Harrison and local hero Graham Thatcher.

To show how well the course defended itself against modern technology only 10 players managed to break par on a perfect autumn golfing day.

The second day, although bright was also breezy and that would probably take a low score out of the equation. This assumption proved to be totally wrong when James Scade came from nowhere with a course record equalling 5 under par 66 that elevated him well up into the prize fund to win £375 for a joint 7th place finish.

Martin Sell overtook Scade to assume the clubhouse lead on 2 under par adding a 68 to his first round one over par 72. Nathan Treacher and Tom Murray were the models of consistency both scoring a second one under 70 to join Sell on 2 under par.

As the final groups approached the last couple of holes it became clear that Tyrrell Hatton in the penultimate trio was going to win unless he fell over. Standing on the 18th tee leading by 2 shots, a par would do but to make sure Hatton birdied it for a second round 68 and an unassailable total of 5 under par to win by 3 shots.

In the final group neither Adam Gee or first round leaders Graham Povey and Ben Banks could get to grips with the either the conditions or the course and joined the others in a 5 way tie for second place each winning £870. A delighted Hatton won his first pro event and a welcome cheque for £5,000 to help fund his future golfing ambitions.

Woodcote Park is a delightful golf course with a traditional warm and welcoming clubhouse where you can order very reasonably priced food, which comes in very generous portions. The course is looked after by a team of dedicated green keepers, many thanks Gordon, an excellent job particularly as you’ve only recently taken over the course managers role, it was a joy to behold and play.

Do yourselves a favour and pay a visit to Woodcote Park and enjoy a complete golfing experience.

Our next event, at Mentmore, is getting busy so if you want to play please enter now as we will have a limited field due to lack of daylight.

Steve's at home at Cumberwell

Surry weathers the Storm to Win at Home

With gale force winds and heavy showers lashing the course at Cumberwell Park for both tournament days some of the players must have wished they’d been good at Snooker or Darts instead of golf!

A home player victory was a definite possibility with local hero Steve Surry in the field and although being a hot favourite brings its own pressures, Surry performed quite brilliantly in the conditions and returned a 4 under par 67 over the combined Red and Blue courses.

Paul Reed, who is in a rich vein of form this year, played superbly to get within one shot of Surry, scoring a solid 3 under 68 and he was joined by Challenge Tour member Kyron Sullivan and former P.G.A Champion Scott Drummond.

Adam Wootton, Ben Jones, Daniel Phillips, Sam Matton and Adam Stott formed the main chasing pack on 2 under par. To show how tough the conditions were on the first day only 15 players managed to break the par of 71 out of a field of 98.

The second day brought no respite from the strong winds and with even more rain sweeping in from the West it would be a tough day for all the players and most definitely the men would be sorted from the boys. The conditions caused a slight hiccough in the proceedings with a monsoon like downpour flooding three of the greens but with the help of the green keepers and complex owner Ali James, play was soon back on track.

Andy Shakespear and Jake Amos threw caution to the wind and extracted 3 under par 68’s from the course to elevate them into the prize fund. Multiple winner Lee James put himself into a possible winning position carding a 3 under par 68 to finish the tournament on 4 under par to be club-house leader yet again!

James had to wait for the last four groups to finish before he would know his fate but with the news that Surry was negotiating the back nine successfully and standing on 5 under par after 33 holes with the birdie able par 5 eighteenth to come it looked like a forlorn hope.

Sure enough Surry plucked a final birdie from the last hole to finish an emphatic winner on 6 under par and win a welcome cheque for £5,000 to help with his quest for European Tour status at stage 2 of Q School. Lee James although disappointed not to win had his mood lifted a little with a second place cheque for £2,500.

Cumberwell Park is a magnificent facility with a combination of 4 nine-hole courses that will suit golfers of all standards and abilities. Cumberwell also has one of the best short game facilities in the south at which you could spend the whole day and not get bored. All that combined with helpful staff and “imported” pasties from Cornwall, that do nothing for your dietary ambitions, make Cumberwell Park, is a must visit golf complex.

A welcome week off for the team now before the final push to complete the season with the last three events of a 23 tournament season.