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.

Speyer is a Two Timer

Tom Speyer - Windmill HillTom Speyer racked up his second professional win on The Jamega Pro Golf Tour this year at Windmill Hill Golf Club near Milton Keynes, to join a select group who have had 2 wins or more in a single season.

Gareth Blease carried his new found form into this tournament and shared the lead with Jamie Moul on 4 under par and the pair headed the eventual winner, Speyer, by one shot.

Their nearest challengers sat a further 3 shots behind and so had some ground to make up but with the likes of Jamie Abbott, Dale Whitnell and Zane Scotland in the chasing pack there was still a lot to play for on the second day.

With strong, blustery winds making things difficult, the second day proved to be a little lacklustre with no one really making a dash for the winning post.

Never the less there were some notable improvements by some players like Liam Robinson who shot 3 under par to improve on his first round by some 9 shots.

Young Jake Ayers shot a 4 under par 69 to improve on his first round by 7 shots and finish in the prize money.

Anyway, back to the action, as the final 2 groups battled it out over the last few holes it was a birdie on the seventeenth that enabled Jay Taylor, in the penultimate group, to break away from Speyer and Moul, in the final group, and post a tournament score of 4 under par.

The big hitting, first round joint leader, Gareth Blease, brilliantly Eagled the last but it was not enough to join Taylor and he falls one shot shy.

Jamie Moul never really recovered from a disastrous triple bogey 7 on the par 4 eighth hole and he eventually also failed to match Taylors score by a single shot.

Tom Speyer was moving along quietly on 2 under par but with 3 holes to play he let loose with birdies on the sixteenth and most importantly the eighteenth that enabled him to join Taylor on 4 under par and into a play-off.

So to the sudden death play-off over holes One and Eighteen and it was a clinical birdie at the par 5 first which swiftly ended the proceedings and gave Speyer victory over the disappointed Taylor.

Congratulations to Tyler Hogarty on his victory in the 4th Mini Order of Merit and winning Free starts on the Algarve Pro Golf Tour 2016/2017 season, which is worth in excess of £4,000.

The 5th and final Mini Order of Merit starts next week at Aldwickbury Park, so could it be you who wins the last prize of a Free season on The Algarve Pro Golf Tour in 2016/2017.

We are pleased to say that The Jamega Tour is going up to North Middlesex Golf Club on Friday to support “The Noel Johnston Foundation” Pro-am Golf day in order to raise funds and help children get into sport.

Former Jamega Tour winner and now World famous Andrew “BEEEEEF” Johnston will be hosting the day alongside his, maybe not quite so famous brother, James “Snapper” Johnston.

We are putting in a team made up of Sally Jones, Tony Jones, John Law (the pro) and Tom Law under the team name of “FILET de BOEUF” so, if you’re around, why not come along, have a great time and support a very worthy cause?

James Allan Blooms at Magnolia Park

James AllanJames Allan took another crucial step up the ladder of success as a professional golfer with a convincing win at Magnolia Park yesterday, where he shot an amazing 8 under par on the final day.

Allan, who had a very successful amateur career that included tying for 45th place in the 2016 Dubai Desert Classic alongside another Jamega Tour graduate Andrew “Beef” Johnston.

Allan, who is sponsored, amongst others, by “Burts Homemade Potato Chips” put in a crisp performance for the 2 days of the tournament, with a steady, if, unspectacular first round of level par 73 that saw him sit two shots behind the first round leaders, Michael Joy and last week’s winner Liam Crawford.

A shot further back from Joy and Crawford on one under par, came the very experienced former European Tour player, Tom Whitehouse, Craig Ainsley and P.G.A Portugal’s Jay Taylor.

On the second day the heavy overnight rain had taken some of the fire out of the course and this was apparent in the lower scores that were achieved by several players who had shot in the Eighties on day one, improving with scores in the sixties.

Most notable improvement came from Gareth Blease who after stumbling to an error strewn 10 over par 83 on the first day bounced back with a spectacular 4 under par 69 on the second.

Daniel “DJ” Bennett also made a dramatic improvement in his overall position adding a 5 under par 68 to his first round 7 over par 80 to finish tied for 12th place.

Allan, meanwhile was gradually getting a strangle hold on the tournament with a 5 under par front nine that gave him a 3 shot advantage over his nearest rivals with 9 holes to play.

With the leading groups all on the back nine holes, which are normally crucial, it seemed that Allan was enjoying a walk in the park as all his main challengers gradually faded away and after enjoying a rest with a few mundane pars, Allan executed the Coup de Gras with 3 birdies in 4 holes to reach 8 under par for the round and the tournament.

As he mounted the eighteenth tee, Allan now enjoyed a 4 shot lead over the field and you could almost hear the Fat Lady warming up in the distance to signify that it was indeed, all over.

Only a major blunder could have prevented Allan from taking his first win, as his nearest challenger, Liam Crawford, was four shots back and in the end a solid par from Allan meant Crawford had to be content with a second place finish.

This tournament seems to have a habit of producing spectacular final rounds, like last year when Rhys Enoch skipped around Magnolia Park in an amazing 10 under par 63, albeit in much softer conditions.

A continuing number of talented players are realising that “cutting their teeth” on The Jamega Pro Golf Tour gives them the experience and knowledge to progress further in the game and join the likes of Tyrell Hatton and Andrew Johnston, who both earned their first professional wins on the tour.

Magnolia Park offers the golfer everything they could wish for from a championship golf course and a very comfortable hotel which is attached to the welcoming clubhouse that serves up appetizing food for you to enjoy after the round.