Abbott is The Player’s Player

Jamie Abbott at The Players clubJamie Abbott captured the Players title after a tense play-off against Sam Day, after Day had set a clubhouse target of 7 under par which sent Elliott Groves home after a lengthy wait to see if his final total of 6 under would be good enough for at least a play-off place.

Abbott, who is in a rich vein of form at the moment, trailed the first round leader, former two-time Walker Cupper, Rhys Pugh by a single shot after Pugh scored an impressive 4 under par 68, however Pugh could not carry his fine form on into the final round.

Starting on 2 under par, Day, in the penultimate group, found some brilliant form over the final day which saw him shoot a flawless 5 under par 67.

Day had a steady but unspectacular front nine holes that cumulated with a birdie at the ninth and that seemed to light the blue touch paper and he then harvested 4 more birdies on the back nine that saw him set the benchmark at 7 under par.

So it was going to be a nervy wait for Day until the final group came home but with Abbott at 8 under with 6 holes to play it looked like a lost cause.

Abbott held onto his slender lead until the fifteenth hole where he took a bogey to drop back into a tie with Day and regulation pars from Abbott over the closing holes saw us into a sudden death play-off over the fourteenth and eighteenth holes.

Both players hit great tee shots at the first extra hole and Abbott hit his second shot to within 14 feet of the cup whilst Day’s ball went wandering some 35 feet away from the hole.

Day putted up first to about 4 feet shy of the hole which left Abbott with a shot at the win but he missed his chance and so Day needed to hole out from 4 feet to continue but before finding the bottom his ball took the scenic route around the edge of the hole.

Good tee shots from both players on the second play-off hole left Day to play first and a well struck iron shot saw the ball suck back off the front of the green.

Abbott managed to hold the green some 25 feet from the hole and give himself a chance for a birdie and so Day had to at least get up and down to stand a chance of continuing proceedings,

His chip on finished three feet or so from the cup and so Abbott had his chance to win but again just missed his birdie but tapped in for par.

Day therefore had to hole his putt to continue but his luck unfortunately ran out and he missed, which left Abbott the worthy winner over a disappointed Sam Day.

The only disappointing element of the tournament was the weather which threatened thunder storms and torrential rain but in the end we managed to miss most of it and finished on time.

The Players club is one of our favourite venues, where we and the players are always made to feel welcome and where nothing is too much trouble for the clubhouse staff and the course is always beautifully presented.

Henry plays it Smart at Luton Hoo [UPDATED - GALLERY]

Henry Smart - Luton HooHenry Smart led the Luton Hoo tournament from start to finish with an excellent display of golf over this superb bunker free golf course in Bedfordshire.

Smart shared the lead after the first day with James Adams with both players shooting 7 under par rounds of 66.

Rumayne Stevens and Michael Saunders sat one shot further back on 6 under par and they headed

After the glorious weather of the first day the forecast was not looking so rosy for the second, with electrical activity predicted to arrive later in the day.

There was a dramatic start made to the final round by Smart, Adams and Stevens in the final group with Adams taking over the lead with a birdie at the first to Smart’s double bogey and that gave Adams a 2 shot lead going to the second tee.

Although Stevens bogeyed the first he was now level with Smart and with several players beating up the front nine holes the leaders were under pressure from the very start.

Smart immediately rectified the situation with birdies at the second and third and 2 more at the seventh and eighth saw him out in 34 and nine under for the event.

Stevens closed out the front nine with 4 birdies in 5 holes to join Smart and Adams, who was just playing steady golf, also hit the turn on nine under par.

Mark laskey butted into proceedings, reaching the turn in 5 under par to join the three leaders on nine under but his challenge rather fizzled out over the back nine and he remained at that number but never the less it was a strong contender for at least a play-off.

Smart took over the lead with a birdie on the eleventh and another on the sixteenth saw him reach 11 under for the tournament and with Stevens running out of gas and Adams taking a double bogey on the seventeenth Smart had the luxury of a 2 shot lead playing the last.

A bogey at the final hole was enough to give Smart his well-deserved first win on The Jamega Pro Golf Tour, just edging out a disappointed Mark Laskey who had played tremendous golf over the two days.

There was a lengthy delay for the predicted electrical activity but the players remained patient and to everyone’s credit the tournament got completed, just in time.

So, Henry Smart has taken the first step on the road towards a free season playing on The Algarve Pro Golf Tour as he heads up the third Mini Order of Merit but with 3 more events still to play, the prize, which is worth over £4,000, is still up for grabs.

Luton Hoo hosted a very successful Pro-Am that preceded the tournament and everyone enjoyed the well prepared golf course and the palatial surroundings that they were treated too.

A Bumper Week for Abbott

Jamie AbbottJamie Abbott came from 4 shots back to win at the Isle of Purbeck and in doing so also won the Mini Order of Merit prize that clinched him a Free season on the 2016/2017 Algarve Pro Golf Tour.

We were delighted to be at the picturesque Isle of Purbeck Golf Club, which is set on the south coast near Swanage, just across the water from Bournemouth and ranks amongst the top 100 courses in England.

The Club dates back to 1892, and among the past owners, who were responsible for the extension to 27 holes, were Enid Blyton, the legendary writer of children’s books, and her husband, Dr Darrell-Waters.

On a tough first day, Sam Robertshawe found a way to battle through the strong winds that swept over the splendid Isle of Purbeck course to score a fine 3 under par 67 and establish an impressive 4 shot lead over Jamie Abbott.

Jamie Milligan and Mike Searle lay a further stroke back from Abbott but they all had work to do in order to catch Robertshawe.

The second day was to present further challenges for the players, with strong winds and an unseasonable chill in the air, only the toughest would survive this strict examination of their golfing game.

Michael Watson improved upon his first round 7 over par 77 with a level par 70 to set the early pace on 7 over par for the tournament.

Martin Sell, in the penultimate group, redeemed himself after his first round 73 with a brilliant 3 under par 67 that set the clubhouse lead at level par, which, given the conditions, would be hard to beat.

It was going to be an apprehensive wait for Sell until the final group appeared before he knew whether he had won, lost or was in a play-off situation.

With the final group now in it was a delighted Jamie Abbott who, with a birdie on the final hole, pipped Sell to win by a single shot but unfortunately first round leader Robertshawe had a miserable day that saw him finish in third place.

Our further congratulations go to Jamie Abbott who has also won the second of the “Famous Five” Mini Order of Merits on offer this year and he gets a free season of entry fees on the 2016/2017 Algarve Pro Golf Tour.

The third Mini Order of Merit starts next week at Luton Hoo and is your chance to win this brilliant prize worth over £4,000.

A visit to The Isle of Purbeck is a must for all golfers; the beginner is catered for on the 9-hole Dene course and the Purbeck Championship course proves an exciting test for even the most accomplished player.

The courses are built on heathland and are set within a nature reserve where many rare plants can be seen as well as rare birds. The restaurant has a well-deserved reputation for excellent food and is very good value.