Neil Reilly reaches The Altar of Success

Neil ReillyThe first day at The Vale was at long last rain free and we all enjoyed a free flowing day's play with no hold-ups, for a change.

Former Coventry City professional footballer, Liam Robinson, was an early starter and took full advantage of the benign conditions and set the clubhouse target at 5 under par.

Robinson, who has progressively grown in confidence since joining the tour and has worked hard at his trade, held onto the lead on his own for most of the day until he was joined by Greg Peters, who is at long last starting to realise his potential and put some good scores together.

They held onto the joint lead for the rest of the day but hot on their heels came, The Vale of Glamorgan winner, Adam Runcie who, along with Dave Thomas, was tucked in behind the leading pair on 4 under par.

A posse of players that was made up of Tom Whitehouse, Dan Waite, Jack Clark, Luke Murray, Lloyd Evans and Craig Smith, formed the bulk of the pack on 3 under par.

An interesting second day beckoned with joint leaders Robinson and Peters looking for their first win being chased by some very experienced former winners. As long as the pair of them didn't get involved in a match-play scenario we could have a new winner tomorrow.

Well, heavens above, a clear sky and a brilliant sun welcomed the players on day 2 and with temperatures predicted to be nudging 25 degrees Celsius; the whiff of sunscreen could be detected in the air for the first time this year, instead of the usual WD40!

Joe Ferguson was the first to post a possible winning total adding an impressive 6 under par 68 to his first round 73 for a final tally of 7 under the tournament.

Fergusons lead was short-lived however, as "round 2 specialist", Neil Reilly, swept majestically around the International Course in a remarkable error free 8 under par 66 to snatch the lead.

Dan Waite joined Ferguson on 7 under par with consistent rounds of 71 and 70 that included a holed second shot on the 15th for a spectacular Eagle, and they each won £1,750 for their efforts

Of the first round leaders Liam Robinson was making a charge to try and catch Reilly by getting to 8 under after 6 holes, but an aberration saw him hit one out of bounds on the ninth. Robinson replied with a birdie on ten but then fell away with 3 bogeys on the home stretch.

Neil Reilly, so often the Jamega Tour Bridesmaid, never The Bride, played almost perfect golf with 8 birdies and no bogeys to deservedly pick up the winners cheque for £3,000 for his first win with us that we are sure it wont be his last.

Praise was heaped upon the condition of The International Course by the players and this was due, in no small part, to the skill and determination of the Deputy Head Green keeper, Kevin Spiers, who had to step up to the challenge of taking charge with his "boss" laid up due to a recent fall on the golf course, he coped superbly infact excelled in producing the best of greens this year, many thanks. The course, was a picture!

The Vale of Pershore provide two courses for you to enjoy, the Championship standard "International Course" and the easier 9 hole "Lenches", both of which are a joy to play, with stunning views and a clubhouse serving delicious, reasonably priced food it is a must visit for golfers of all standards.

Paul Streeter Banks a Win on The Rothschild

As a warm up for the main event Mentmore Golf and CC hosted their bi-annual Pro Am on the Rothschild course. The main sponsor was again Greenfleets the Vehicle Leasing Specialists.

We had excellent weather for the Pro-am with long sunny spells and a course in great condition considering the weather of late. The leading professional in the pro-am was Lee Corfield who shot a fine 5 under par 67 to win by a shot from Martin Sell, Ryan Newman and Tom Haylock.

The whole day was a great success thanks to Greenfleets, Mentmore Golf and CC and DreamFlight the charity who fly seriously ill and disabled children to Disney in the USA once a year for the holiday of a lifetime. Log onto www.dreamflight.org to find out more.

Day 1 of the main tournament was greeted by Jamega’s old friend, the rain, which persisted throughout the morning eventually giving way to a bright but blustery afternoon.

Despite the weather variations the scoring was of very high quality with Nick Brennan, and the eventual winner Paul Streeter, heading the race on 5 under par. They however had Paul Maddy and Michael Moore on their coat tails in hot pursuit on 4 under par.

The chasing pack of 5 players on 3 under par was made up of Lee Corfield, Adam Runcie, Chris Parsons, Charlie Burke and Yasin Ali. A large group of some 6 players on 2 under par, including last weeks winner Steve Surry, lay in wait hoping for a slip by the leaders on the second day.

Day 2, well the rain returned and without the considerable expertise of Course manager, Danny - and his team, we would not have been able to start on time. However we did start at 7am and play continued un-interrupted until the early afternoon when we were treated to a thunder and lightening display which fortunately only lasted a short while until play was resumed.

The lightening certainly energised Simon Lilly who scorched around the Rothschild course in an incredible 8 under par 64 which propelled him through the field to sit on top of the Leaderboard at 7 under par. Lilly was left to contemplate “what might have been” except for the 1 over par 73 he had on the first day.

Of the leaders, Paul Streeter reached the turn in 32 to put him firmly in control on 9 under par with 9 holes to play.

Paul Maddy was Streeter’s only real challenger but even he was falling away and with an even par front nine remained on 4 under par for the tournament and 5 behind.

Steeter then bogied ten and eleven to give Maddy a sniff and Lilly some hope of at least a play-off. Streeter however steadied the ship with 4 birdies in the next 6 holes to more or less close out the tournament when he reached 11 under par.

Maddy also made a little charge with a birdie, birdie, eagle run to get to 8 under par with 2 to go. Streeter managed to keep his cool and although dropping a shot at the difficult par 3 last, posted the winning score of 10 under par.

Maddy was now playing for second place and needed to par the 18th to make certain of second place on his own. However, it was not to be and a bogey saw him slip back into a tie for second place with a delighted Simon Lilly.

So Paul Streeter was the winner of a handsome cheque for £6,000 and a huge boost of confidence for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth next week.

We would like to wish him and all the other Jamega Tour players in this great Championship the very best of luck.

Simon Lilly and Paul Maddy had consolation cheques for £2,375 each to enjoy for their joint second place that was achieved in very different ways.

We would like to congratulate all of those involved in the successful completion of the tournament especially the redoubtable Sue, who stood out in all weather conditions for 8 hours a day for 2 days ball spotting for us. Val, who also endured some awful weather, helped Sue in her spotting role.

Mentmore is one of our favourite stops on tour with 2 fabulous courses to choose from and hospitality that knows no bounds it is a must for golfers of all standards to visit and enjoy.

Next week we are at The Vale of Pershore International Course near Worcester for 2 days of blistering sunshine!!

Super Surry Comes up Trumps

The Jamega Tour weather followed us to Cumberwell Park for what was to be yet another rain affected tournament. It was only due to the efforts of the head green keeper, Matt and his crew, that the course was kept in a playable condition and we suffered no delays.

Although wet, it was not windy until later on in the day so, although difficult conditions prevailed, a score was to be had on the Red and Yellow courses we were playing.

In the second group out was the local hero Steve Surry, who is just coming into a bit of form and was undoubtedly the hot favourite to win his third Jamega Tour event at Cumberwell Park. True to form Surry set the bar at an impressive 4 under par compiling an almost error free 67 which included just one bogey on the difficult 15th hole.

Paul Maddy, however, quickly took Surry’s crown carding a fine 6 under par total that was made by completing the back nine in just 30 shots. Five players slotted in right behind Surry on 3 under par, Abhishek Ruia, Benjamin Martin, Rory Kirwan, Luke Joy and Greg Peters, who is at long last making good use of his talent.

A total of 21 players finished under par on the first day and our first female competitor, Tara Dayer-Smith, carded a very respectable 1 over par 72 in her first U.K. Jamega Tour event. Watch out boy’s!

On day 2 the ground conditions were even worse than the first day but Matt and his crew worked their magic again and we duly started play on time at 11 minutes past 7 in the morning.

Neil Riley was obviously inspired on the second day as he scorched round in 5 under par 66 to sit on the clubhouse lead at 4 under par total, until he became part of a log jam of players on the same score.

There was an unfortunate incident when Tony Piccolo, star of “Take me Out”, was struck by a wayward shot from the tenth tee whilst standing on the eleventh. For Tony it was a case of “Let the Hip see the Ball”. Ouch!

Mark Laskey spectacularly broke the deadlock carding a 7 under par 64 to assume the lead on 7 under. Laskey’s round included 8 birdies and just a solitary bogey but he was to live to regret losing his Mojo and finishing off his first round with 3 bogies in the last 4 holes.

The final group of the day included Paul Maddy and Steve Surry and they were having a battle royal with Maddy on a total of 7 under par after nine holes and Surry, hanging on to Maddy’s coattails, reaching the turn on 5 under par.

Maddy started the back nine with a birdie to increase his lead to 3 shots but then Surry hit him with 3 birdies in a row and with Maddy bogeying the 13th Surry found himself in the lead by two. Surry then relinquished the lead over the next 2 holes by bogeying the 14th and when Maddy birdied the very difficult 15th it was back to even with 3 to play.

A sizeable gallery, mainly made up of Cumberwell Park members, then witnessed a crucial birdie by Surry on the 17th to regain the lead and when both he and Maddy made pars at the last it was another Steve Surry victory and the winners cheque for £5,000. Paul Maddy joined Mark Laskey in joint second place on 7 under each of them winning £2,000 for their efforts.

Cumberwell Park is a fantastic venue with 36 holes of golf, made up of 4 very different nines that vary from links style, through Parkland to U.S. style water dominated holes.

The practice facilities are really second to none, with a grass range and the best short game area we have ever seen, Cumberwell Park  is a must stop for a days golf for golfers of all standards. The hospitality you will receive in the clubhouse is also excellent and dare I say it the Pasties are delicious!

We move on to Mentmore, near Leighton Buzzard, next week for a Pro-am on Sunday, followed by the normal 2 day event on Monday and Tuesday which is looking very full at the moment with over 130 players registered to play.