Big Win for Sam Edwards [UPDATED - GALLERY ADDED]

Sam Edwards, Jamega Tour's Essendon EventSam Edwards, from Bigbury Golf club in Devon, was delighted to have won his first professional tournament over the Essendon Old Course after a one hole play-off against Tomasz Anderson yesterday.

In the first round Anderson led on 5 under par alongside Jamie Moul with Simon Griffiths and Sam Boyes tucked in behind on 4 under.

Five players on 3 under par, including the eventual winner Edwards, led the chasing pack into the second day.

Edwards made his intentions clears as he raced to the turn in 3 under par and after turning for home really put his foot down and found 5 more birdies on the back nine, to post a flawless 8 under par 64 and set the clubhouse target of 11 under par.

Sam Buss was trading blow for blow with Edwards and with the pair level pegging with 3 holes to play it was looking like they would dead heat for a play-off, but then Buss bogeyed the sixteenth to give Edwards the edge he needed.

Tomasz Anderson seemed to be cruising to a comfortable win when he reached 13 under par with 5 holes left to play but then he bogeyed the fourteenth and fifteenth to be tied with Edwards, who was patiently waiting in the clubhouse, just in case.

Anderson regained his composure and parred the remaining 3 holes and join Edwards on 11 under par and prepare for a sudden death play-off.

The play-off started on the par 3 eighteenth and Anderson, who was first to go, came up some 18 feet short of the flag and then Edwards delivered the “coup de gras” when he put his tee shot some 18 inches from the hole.

Anderson just missed his birdie effort and tapped in for par which left Edwards with his short putt for victory which he duly holed for his first professional win and a cheque for £3,500, which will make his journey home to Devon a little easier.

All the players were very complimentary about the condition of the greens and the course in general and with a fine selection of reasonably priced food available in the clubhouse it is certainly recommended to all golfers.

It’s a Breeze for Abbott

Jamie Abbott WychwoodJamie Abbott completed a “hat trick” of consecutive wins at The Wychwood conquering the very windy conditions to finish on 4 under par and win by 3 shots from David Dixon and Dale Whitnell.

Despite the wind and rain the first day saw Sam Whitehead post an impressive 4 under par to establish a 2-shot lead over the eventual winner, Abbott and James Willis but with a closely packed field behind them it was difficult to predict who would emerge victorious.

The second day had all the hallmarks of being a wash-out with heavy rain driven by gale force winds sweeping over the course making the scheduled start literally, a non-starter!

After the rain abated It was decided to try and complete the second round with a “shotgun” start at 1:30pm and thanks to the heroic efforts of the green staff, who worked tirelessly to get the course playable, the second round got under way as scheduled.

The leaders were apportioned their starts on the first hole and so play began but it was going to be difficult to monitor who was doing what because of the staggered start.

But as the afternoon play developed it looked like Whitehead was getting blown away by the extremely windy conditions that prevailed throughout the day and played himself out of the picture dropping 6 shots over the front nine holes.

In the same group, Abbott was faring better, dropping just 2 shots to par and hitting the turn in 37 to maintain his chances of a third win in as many weeks.

The second nine holes proved to be pivotal for Abbott when he birdied four of the first seven holes to pretty much cement his victory and although a bogey on the seventeenth halted his run a final birdie made him the certain winner.

Although Dixon and Whitnell gave chase throughout the afternoon it seems that Abbott has found the golfing “Eldorado” and seems unstoppable at the moment.

The final few words about The Wychwood, are that the staff who run the club and the green staff who nurture the course with such loving care and attention are brilliant and if you are looking to join a friendly golf club, with a superb course to play, look no further.

Its Abbott Again!

Jamie Abbott - Luton Hoo WinnerJamie Abbott continued his amazing run of form to win the Luton Hoo Trophy by an amazing 7 shots from David Dixon and William Symons.

In the first round Abbott equaled the current course record with a stunning 9 under par 64 and the proceeded to equal it again in the second round to leave the rest of the field trailing in his wake.

In the first round his closest rivals, James Ruebotham and Jimmy Mullen got to within 2 shots of him, with William Symons a further shot back and it looked all set for a ding, dong battle on the second day.

The hottest new kid on the block, Marcus Sewell, shot out of the blocks and reached 8 under par for the round after 11 holes to get to within 4 shots of Abbott but then the realisation of what he was doing in his first professional tournament hit home and he drifted out of contention.

Previous tour winner, George Mullins, made a “Hole in One” on the fourth hole to win a special award of £100.

Dixon, who has started to find a bit of form of late, added a 6 under par 67 to his first round 68 and finished tied for second place with Symons on 11 under par

Abbotts only mistake of the tournament came at the twelfth hole, where he made his only bogey of the tournament but still continued to set a low scoring record for the tour, of 18 under par.

Abbott also sealed his place at the top of the first mini Order of merit to win a FREE Season on the Portugal Pro Golf for the 2017/2018 season.

The second mini Order of Merit begins at The Wychwood next week and will run for four tournaments, where another free place on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour for the 2017/2018 season will be the prize.

Luton Hoo was in stunning condition with the greens running fast and true thanks to the hard work put in by all the green keeping staff and of course Country Club manager, Mark Brierton.

The very attentive staff, for which nothing was too much trouble, made the whole experience a pleasure for both us and the players and we are looking forward to returning next year.