Longtime supporter of The Jamega Tour, James Busby, makes a profitable return and in the process shoots two great rounds to take the Course Record to a new level at 6 under par. Two very contrasting days, Day 1 with strong blustery winds and Day 2 benign and bathed in sunshine producing some excellent golf from numerous players but Busby cruised to a 4 shot victory, well done.
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Classy Busby wins by four at a fabulous Luton Hoo.
Long time supporter of The Jamega Tour James Busby returned to his professional roots at Luton Hoo and spread-eagled the field with rounds of 68 and 67 to win by four shots from Miles Mackman. James Ablett and Jason Burns.
A chilly and breezy day greeted the golfers on the first day at Luton Hoo which made scoring conditions difficult for the early starters except Richard Tagg who defied the elements to card a 4 under 69. He was joined throughout the day by James Ablett and Sam Watts and this trio looked set to lead the field into day two. However the penultimate group had other ideas with James Busby and Jason Burns spurring each other on to both end the day on 5 under par and establish a new joint professional course record for the Luton Hoo course. A mention for local Luton Hoo amateur member Robert Grant who scored a creditable level par 73 despite, as he said, “everything shaking on the first tee”!
What a difference a day makes with wall to wall sunshine and not a breath of wind greeting the golfers for day two. Ben Jones was the first in to set the pace and a possible winning target of 5 under par adding a course record equalling 68 to his first round of level par 73. It was not long though until second round specialist Neil Reilly added a 5 under par 68 to his first round 72 to shade Jones and set a new clubhouse target of 6 under. Playing in the same group as Reilly, Miles Mackman handed the scorer a course record equalling card of 68 to immediately re-set the clubhouse pace at 7 under. With the final groups flooding in it was not long before Mackman was joined on 7 under by James Ablett who added a solid 3 under par 70 to his first round 69.
In the final group James Busby was going on a birdie hunt capturing seven of them to stand on the 17th tee with a comfortable four shot lead and after parring the 16th Busby wanted a par at the last to establish a new record for the delightful Luton Hoo. With no pressure on him Busby completed the task of getting it up and down for par and won the £3,000 first prize and go into the course record book with his 6 under par 67 which gave him the winning total of 11 under par 135. First round joint leader Jason Burns shot a solid final round 71 to join Mackman and Ablett in second place each winning £1,066.
What can you say about Luton Hoo? A wonderful venue set within a picturesque wooded estate overlooked by a stunning Mansion which now provides the ultimate in luxurious hotel accommodation. The golf course, which unusually has no bunkers, provides a fair test for golfers of all standards and your every need will be catered for by the excellent pro shop staff and the welcoming clubhouse staff.