Tom Whitehouse wins on The Kings Course at The Warwickshire, battling floods on Day 1 and severe winds on Day 2. More like November than August most of the field were blown away but Tom showed his experience and tenacity and won through with grit and determination. Well done.
Tom Whitehouse “Blows” away the opposition
to win at a ” Windy” Warwickshire.
Challenge Tour regular Tom Whitehouse showed he’s a class act by surging through the field on the second day with a 4 under par 68 to win his first Jamega Tour event playing in only his second tournament with us. Given that the winds were gusting to 30-40 mph, Whitehouse’s score was remarkable in the fact that it only contained two bogies which were countered by four birdies and a magnificent Eagle on the sixteenth.
A rain interrupted first day finally ended at around 8 pm with Ryan Massetti at the head of proceedings with a 5 under par 67. Big hitting Thomas Coulson was hot on Massetti’s heels on 4 under par 68 and he headed a group comprising of Duncan Elbury, Richard Gurney, Aaron Parkes and James Horn who were close behind with 3 under par, 69’s.
The second day was thankfully dry but an increasingly strong North Easterly wind swept over the course causing havoc on some greens, with balls being blown back to the players feet on the more exposed holes. Eventually the wind eased enough to enable play to continue without further delay.
Tom Whitehouse finished well before the day 1 leaders, having set an impressive clubhouse target of 6 under par for them to chase.
Out of the final pairings only Duncan Elbury was mounting a serious challenge to Whitehouse down the stretch, as the others found the going too tough and gradually fell out of contention.
Elbury hitting the vunerable par 5 sixteenth in two, giving him an obvious chance, just two putts to tie the lead but by his own admission, nerves played a part as he raced the first putt by the hole and then twitched over the next, managing just an ordinary par!
Tom Whitehouse earlier had really taken advantage of this particular hole with a fantastic eagle. The 16th hole therefore was the key to who would take the spoils from a long and difficult battle.
Elbury needing to birdie the last to move the day into extra time, going for broke with his birdie putt and then missing the return meant he dropped a shot to finish on 4 under par but this still secured the second place cheque for £2,000 and re-enforcing his new-found belief, in his own ability.
Tom Whitehouse on his first win with Jamega picking up his £4000 Winners cheque, stated that being in the mix towards the end of a tournament, with the tension building is something unique and critical to a golf professional, being able to “close out” an event and therefore becoming “The Winner” is all part of the learning process that ambitious young professionals just have to go through and hopefully relish, on the road to long-term success.
As usual the hospitality at The Warwickshire was excellent and friendly and with a choice of two Championship Golf Courses, nurtured by a superb green keeping team, makes it a must visit for anyone that enjoys quality golf.
Next week we are at the magnificent Luton Hoo which, to the relief of some, has No Bunkers!