The Bedfordshire Suits Taylor [UPDATED - GALLERY ADDED]

Jay TaylorJay Taylor sewed up a well-deserved win on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour with a masterful display of controlled golf on a very difficult second day when the strong gusty wind that swept over the course blew away many of the challengers hopes.

On the first day in easier scoring conditions with virtually no wind, it was Dan Garner and Jamie Moul who led the way with excellent 3 under par 67’s.

In all, some seventeen players either equalled or bettered the strict par of 70, including the eventual winner Taylor who was in the chasing pack led by Luke Fitzpatrick who carded a fine 2 under par 68.

The second day turned out to be a very different kettle of fish, with a strengthening wind developing through the morning and reaching a peak in the afternoon gusting, at times to 30 MPH and for the leaders it was going to be a trying time.

Taylor started the final round with a bogey but as so often happens good things then started to happen for him and with 3 birdies on the front nine he turned in 2 under par but still lagged behind Moul and the charging Liam Harper.

Taylor, playing 3 groups ahead of the first round leaders, then climbed aboard the “Birdie Train” and collected 4 of them in the first 5 holes of the back nine to lead the tournament on 6 under par.

Recent multiple winner Tom Speyer threatened to take the spoils with 2 birdies in the first four holes but then settled back on the “Par Train” and could make no further progress and finished on 3 under par for the tournament.

The charging Harper, who was playing alongside Speyer, saw his charge come to a halt on the back nine and in the end could only replicate his first round of one under par 69 and finish at 2 under par.

Then more drama as suddenly Taylors progress was halted with a nasty double bogey 6 on the seventeenth to fall back to 4 under par and now found himself one shot adrift of Moul, who had birdied the par 5 fourteenth.

To his credit Taylor steadied himself and finished with a par at the last and could then only sit and wait to see if 4 under par would be good enough for at least a play-off.

Moul had now reached the seventeenth but a tugged second that missed the green followed by a clumsy chip saw him card a bogey 5 and fall into a tie with Taylor at 4 under par.

Moul’s drive at the last was struck well but drifted left into the strategically placed fairway bunker and rolled into an awful position under the left hand lip, which meant he had to play the shot with one foot out of the bunker and one in it.

He could only manage to progress the ball some 30 odd yards forward and that still left him a lot to do in order to get up and down for par and a play-off with Taylor.

His approach was again slightly pulled and finished long and left of the last green and meant he now had to hole his chip shop to force a play-off.

Another poor chip and 2 putts later saw the unfortunate Moul slip into a tie for second place with Tom Speyer on 3 under par but a delighted Jay Taylor was over the moon to have won on the Jamega Tour again after some nine years.

We love coming to the Bedfordshire who always put on a good show for us and even the weather was good this time for a change.

Everyone in the clubhouse is helpful and nothing is too much trouble for any of them especially Abby, who looked after us very well indeed.

It’s a Double for James Allan [UPDATED - GALLERY ADDED]

James AllanAfter a tremendous Pro Am at Enfield which saw Andrew “Beef” Johnston take part as the team Professional on the Captains Team and then throughout the day signed autographs and posed for selfies with everyone who asked we moved on to the main tournament.

Jamie Abbott put together a spectacular round of 7 under par to take a 2 shot lead into the second day of the tournament at Enfield golf club.

Abbott completed the outward nine in a modest 2 under par 35 but then covered the back nine in a very impressive 5 under par 30.

Sean Maisey and James Allen on 5 under par headed up the chasing pack of some twenty-three players on level par or better so Abbott would have to keep his wits about him.

The second day turned out to be a scorcher in more ways than one with the temperatures in the very high twenties and the hot golf played, especially by James Allan in the final group looking for his second win on tour as a professional.

Allen, playing spectacular golf, had caught and overtaken Abbott within 6 holes of the front nine and after going out in a brilliant 5 under par 32 he led the tournament by 2 shots going into the final nine holes.

Things went a bit flat for Allan after the turn and the game continued to be difficult for Abbott, who has been struggling of late to maintain his first round form going forward.

Both players bogied the twelfth hole, then Abbott all but threw in the towel with a double bogey at the par 3 fourteenth that gave Allen a comfortable 4 shot lead with 4 holes left to play, and a second win for the affable left hander who loves a bag of “Burts Handmade Chips”, pretty much in the bag.

The pair then traded pars on the following 3 holes and so with an unassailable 4 shot lead Allan played the eighteenth for a regulation par while Abbott to his credit made a birdie to reduce the deficit to 3 shots.

What a forward thinking club Enfield is with an active Captain in Phil Tiddy and a committee who actively support and encourage junior golf at the club.

The club itself is welcoming and friendly with great food on offer in the clubhouse after your round, so get on down to Enfield Golf Club and enjoy a good day’s golf.

Speyer Loves a Triple

Tom Speyer - Aldwickbury ParkTom Speyer made it a third win in just a few weeks at Aldwickbury Park, with a narrow one shot victory over Zane Scotland and four others.

Scotland, with a 5 under par 66, established a narrow one shot lead over Louis Hirst and David James, with eventual winner Tom Speyer and Jay Taylor a shot further back.

Looking at the scoring from the first day it seemed that the back nine on the final day would prove to be pivotal in producing a winner.

Scotland seemed to be cruising towards the finishing line when he got to 9 under par thanks to a blistering run in the middle of the front nine of an Eagle and 2 Birdies but then he gave back 2 shots on the eighth and ninth,

This still had Scotland a couple of shots clear of Speyer and James and with the difficult back nine to come the tournament was still wide open with a lot of players still in the mix.

The 2 bogeys that Scotland closed out the back nine with seemed to stay with him as he then gave more shots away with bogeys on the Eleventh, Thirteenth and Fifteenth.

Speyer, in the penultimate group, was also having his troubles and almost got derailed with a triple bogey 7 on the par 4 Eleventh, but Speyer didn’t panic and birdied the next 2 holes to settle himself and stay in the fight on 4 under par.

Suddenly, with a birdie at the fifteenth David James unexpectedly found himself one shot in the lead but then he almost immediately relinquished it with a bogey on the Seventeenth.

Scotland then re took the lead with Birdie on the Sixteenth but it didn’t last long as Speyer Birdied the Seventeenth to join him on 5 under par.

Speyer made a comfortable par at the last and waited to see if he was to be in a play-off for the second week in a row and with Scotland in the middle of the fairway that looked like a distinct possibility.

A slightly tugged second shot by Scotland saw his ball finish left of the green leaving him with a difficult downhill chip to the pin.

His over hit chip rolled on and on and finished some 12 feet from the hole, so it was a do or die putt that Scotland had to hole to join Speyer in a play-off but it failed to drop and left a delighted Speyer as a back to back winner.

It was testimony to Speyer that he refused to panic after his damaging triple bogey on the Eleventh and gathered his thoughts to finish strongly and win, so it just goes to prove that you should never give up.

Aldwickbury Park was in excellent condition as usual thanks to all the Green Keeping staff and with the cheery clubhouse staff to look after your catering needs, it is a great place to enjoy a day’s golf.