A Princely win for Francis McGuirk.

This time a play-off win for Francis McGuirk.

For the second time "Franny" was back out for extra-time. Having lead and apparently cruising, when Rory Kirwan with a fantastic second round 9 under par put McGuirk under pressure, by catching and overtaking on the closing stretch. Forcing McGuirk to call on all resources to finish birdie, birdie to tie the lead.
Back out, they both birdied the first and it was the decided on the 2nd playoff hole with another birdie, with Kirwan leaving his effort from 50' in the Jaws, just 1" short!

Report below.

Marathon Man McGuirk wins final event at Studley Wood.
Francis McGuirk just loves play-offs now he’s finally come out on top in one!                                   
Earlier in the year McGuirk lost out in a marathon five way play-off at the Warwickshire which went into a second day but this time he was triumphant over Rory Kirwan after just 2 holes.
On the first day at Studley Wood the course was swept by a brisk South Easterly wind gusting at times to around 30MPH and this suited a certain Francis McGuirk perfectly. Having learnt his golf at Princes Golf Club in Kent, McGuirk knows how to play in the wind and blew away most of the field with a great 5 under par 68. Kevin Tilbury joined McGuirk as the only other player to break 70 at the end of the day scoring a 4 under par 69. A group of five players, Lee Nash, Matt Briggs, Nick Pateman, Andrew Rait and Rory Kirwan slipstreamed McGuirk and Tilbury with each of them carding 3 under par 70’s.
Day 2 was much calmer and the scoring reflected that with a host of players breaching the par of 73 which had remained strong on the first day. Rob Bardsley was the first of the players to set a possible winning target of 8 under par after adding a fabulous 6 under par 67 to his first round 71. Rory Kirwan was having a birdie orgy on the course and presented a card which contained no less than ten of them with just one solitary bogey spoiling the card of 9 under par 64 which gave him the clubhouse lead on 12 under. Meanwhile on the course in the final group, Francis McGuirk who had for most of the day been seemingly cruising along to an easy win suddenly found out that he had to birdie the last two holes to tie Kirwan!
Showing tremendous bottle he completed the task and so we headed to the first tee for the play-off.
The first hole failed to produce a winner with both players making birdies. The pair now proceeded to the par five 18th to continue the battle and after reaching the green in two McGuirk looked to be the favourite with Kirwan surveying his 50 foot birdie putt after taking 3 shots to reach the green. Kirwans courageous effort fell just one inch short of dropping in and this left a delighted Francis McGuirk the winner after he extracted yet another birdie from the poor old 18th hole.
A comment from professional, James OConnor, "one of the best Holes-in-One I've ever seen", this majestic shot was achieved in the second round at Hole number 8, by guess who?, James OConnor!
Just a mention for Broome Manor based Swindon golfer Yoshio Takeuchi who won the right to compete as an amateur in the event by winning a Bang & Olufsen qualifying competition. Yoshio shot a total of 1 over par 147 to finish a very creditable joint 34th out of a field of 87.
Studley Wood is a brilliant place to play golf and all the staff are welcoming and enthusiastic about what they do and we wholeheartedly recommend it to all of you that play golf.

Who Wins at Luton Hoo!

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.

A Breeze for Tom Whitehouse!

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.

Report below.

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!