First Win for Min Kyu Kim 김민규의 첫 우승

Min Kyu KimThe young Korean, Min Kyu Kim won his first professional event at Windmill Hill after the tournament was foreshortened to one-day due to constant, heavy rain that swamped the course on the second day.

Kim’s only blemish came when he bogied the fifth hole but made up for that with 5 birdies and an eagle to post the clubhouse leading score of 6 under par.

Tight behind Kim in second place were Ben Storey, Josh White and serial winner Jamie Abbott all on 5 under par.

Another young Korean showing a marked improvement was Kim’s friend and fellow countryman Yeoung Bin Lee who shot an excellent score of 3 under par to finish amongst the prize winners.

Min Kyu and his fellow Korean, Yeoung Bin Lee are both far from home but have already made an impression on the tour, with their hard work and dedication in the quest to improve and they will both be ones to look out for in the future.

The whole experience at Windmill Hill was an enjoyable one, apart from the rain of course, with friendly helpful clubhouse staff making everyone feel welcome and the dedicated green staff for working their socks off to get the course in good condition for us.

Kinnear Breaks His Duck

Paul Kinnear at Park Wood with JamegaPaul Kinnear won his first professional event at Park Wood Golf Club with a fine performance against a strong field which included some Challenge Tour and former European Tour players.

Kinnear was the model of consistency scoring 5 under par 67’s in both rounds to win by a comfortable three shots from David Dixon and prolific winner Jamie Abbott.

The first round was the property of former European Tour winner Dixon who shot an error free 7 under par 65 to lead by 2 from the rapidly improving Marcus Sewell and the eventual winner, Kinnear.

The second round produced some early fireworks with Lewis Atkinson and the irrepressible Abbott carding 5 under par 67’s which elevated Atkinson into the prize fund on 4 under par and Abbott into the clubhouse lead on 7 under.

In the final group Dixon was cruising along nicely and maintaining his lead until an unwelcome 6 on the ninth saw him drop back into a tie with Kinnear who then took the lead with a birdie on the tenth hole.

Dixon immediately struck back with birdies on the eleventh and twelfth but then Kinnear drew level with a birdie on the thirteenth to Dixon’s bogey.

Both players parred the next but then Kinnear put the hammer down and birdied the fifteenth and sixteenth and with Dixon making a bogey on the sixteenth Kinnear enjoyed a three-shot lead playing the last.

A standard par at the last saw Kinnear bag his first win as a pro and he certainly looks like he could follow in the footsteps of Dan Brooks, Andrew Johnston and Tyrrell Hatton who also cut their teeth on a Jamega Tour win.

It has to be said that the green staff worked wonders getting the course in a playable condition for both the pro-am and the tournament after torrential rain swamped the course on the Friday night / Saturday morning.

Park Wood is a fantastic venue both for the golf and the hospitality shown to us and also the players by the general manager KJ, head professional Sam and the lovely Barbara behind the bar who worked tirelessly serving up fabulous food and beverages.

A Thoroughbred Performance by Abbott

Jamie Abbott found the Winners Enclosure again when he notched up his 5th win of the season at Lingfield Park after a play-off against David Dixon at the first extra hole.

Abbott and Nick Newbold led after the first days play with a fine pair of 6 under par 66’s which put them two shots ahead of defending champion Ryan Boyns, William Symons and South African Tyler Hogarty.

With a strong field, including several Challenge tour players forming the chasing pack the leading pair would have to keep their wits about them if they were to stay out in front at the finish line.

Day 2 proved to be a different kettle of fish with the weather forecast to be wet and windy for the first half of the day after some spectacular thunderstorms overnight.

With the leaders treading water, or sinking below the waves, Lewis Atkinson staked an early claim to the top of the leader board adding an excellent 5 under par 67 to his first round one over 73.

David Dixon and Tom Jordan battled it out to the end with Jordan carding a second 2 under par 70 to his first-round effort to join Atkinson at the head of proceedings in the clubhouse but Dixon went one shot better with a solid 3 under par 69 to lead on 5 under par.

Zane Scotland, Tyler Hogarty and defending champion Ryan Boyns in the penultimate group, failed to catch Dixon and with Abbott in the final game on 2 over par with one hole to play, things looked promising for Dixon.

Abbott, however had other ideas and bravely extracted a fine birdie at the last to tie Dixon and force a sudden death play-off.

The play-off was to be over the eighteenth hole and without going into too much detail the end came swiftly as an uncharacteristic snap hook off the tee by Dixon immediately handed the advantage to Abbott and after 3 putting, Dixon conceded victory to Abbott.

The on-site hotel accommodation is superb and in the comfortable clubhouse you can get a variety of tasty food at reasonable prices and then enjoy the golf course maintained by Head Green keeper Kevin Weller and his team.