Armitage Pinches Five Lakes Win

Marcus ArmitageMarcus Armitage improved on his first round by 10 shots to pinch the Five Lakes title by one shot from Tom Hayward and last weeks winner Jamie Abbott.

Armitage (Ignite Sports) shot a flawless 7 under par 65 made up of 7 birdies and 11 pars and that just got him over the finishing line into first place.

A small but beautifully formed field gathered at Five Lakes near Colchester and for once we were blessed with a sunny rain free day for the players to enjoy for a change.

The good weather has been attributed to the fact that Richard did not attend this event, so hopefully the good weather will also appear on the second day!

Last weeks winner, Jamie Abbott lead alongside Ben Smith (Thames Materials Ltd) shared the lead at 2 under par 70 on a difficult scoring day that saw just 7 player’s score par or better.

Jack Hiscock (Marlborough GC) led the chasing pack on one under par with Tom Hayward, Ryan Boynes, James Adams and Owen Curry backing him up on level par.

Armitage, the eventual winner, was languishing well down in the pack on 3 over par and must have been wondering what the second day would bring.

The second day did indeed bring the first chill of late autumn to Five Lakes but on this bitterest of days the scoring improved quite considerably.

Armitage courtesy of his first round had an early start and stormed round the Five Lakes course and came in with that perfect 7 under par 65 to set the clubhouse bar at 4 under par.

Local hero, Will Boniface who was playing in the same group as Armitage also shot a much better score, compiling a solid 5 under par 67 to get to 2 under par for the tournament.

Both players had the wait now to see firstly if Armitage could be caught and secondly if Boniface could remain in the prize fund.

Another local lad, Dale Whitnell also improved on the second day with a 4 under par 68 that saw him join Boniface on 2 under and both would eventually end up in the prize money.

Tom Hayward was next into the clubhouse with a fine 3 under par 69 that saw him leapfrog both Whitnell and Boniface but end up just one shot shy of the clubhouse leader Armitage.

In the final group Ben Smith was having a miserable time of it and Jack Hiscock despite a great Eagle 3 at the last had left it to late to challenge Armitage.

In the final group of the day, Jamie Abbott arrived at the seventeenth on 3 under par knowing that a birdie at either of the remaining two holes would force a play-of against Armitage.

But the bubble burst for Abbott when he bogied the hole which left him now needing an Eagle on the par 5 last to get into a play-off and to his credit he managed a birdie to tie Hayward in second place.

It was a pleasure to be at Five Lakes again, where we are always made welcome and given to 5* treatment by the golf club and the excellent Crown Plaza hotel.

This is the final tournament of the year for the Jamega Tour and we would like to thank all the players who have played with us and we hope you have enjoyed the overall experience.

In the eleven years we have operated several players who have started their professional careers with us have moved onto the European Tour and more importantly stayed on it.

Our 2016 schedule is nearing completion and will be published on the website in the near future and we hope to see you all again next year.

The Algarve Pro Golf Tour season kicks off on November the 13th in Portugal and there are 17 tournaments and 3 Pro Am’s on offer, plus 2 spots in the 2016 European Tour Madeira Islands Open for the first and second in the season long Order of Merit.

Details can be found on the Algarve Pro Golf Tour website:-www.algarveprogolftour.com

It’s Abbott, that’s Hoo

Jamie AbbottJamie Abbott survived a three man play-off against James Watts and James Adams at Luton Hoo to win on the second hole with a solid 8 foot putt for a birdie three.

The first day was interrupted when a torrential downpour hit the course and play was suspended due to flooded greens but the storm soon passed and because Luton Hoo is a free draining course we were able to resume play after just over an hour.

Although the European Q School at Frilford Heath impacted on the field size the standard of play remained high and it was newly turned professional, Luke Johnson and James Watts who led at the end of the day on 4 under par.

Martin Sell and Sam Watts led the pursuing pack on 3 under the card and they had Jamie Abbott and Ryan Boyns close by on 2 under, so with a tightly bunched leader board it was really anyone's to win, or indeed to lose.

In the relatively calm conditions that prevailed on the second day, scoring improved and James Adams, who started the day on one under par put together a great round of 5 under to set a clubhouse target of 6 under par, although he was actually unhappy with his finish.

Adams was the enjoying a superb round of golf and a great Eagle 3 on the seventeenth put him at 5 under for the round and he gave himself an excellent chance for a birdie from 4 feet at the last but missed it and that miss would ultimately cost him the title.

Jamie Abbott joined Adams on 6 under, adding a solid, bogie free 4 under par 69 to his first round of 71 and the pair settled down to wait for the final group and see if they would make it to at least a play-off.

In the final group, James Watts was having a “Pick and Mix” round of golf with birdies, pars and bogies up until he arrived at the fifteenth, which he proceeded to birdie and followed that with 2 more at sixteen and seventeen to finish on 6 under par and make it a three man play-off for the title.

The sudden death play-off was to be over the tenth and eighteenth holes and after they all secured pars on the tenth they moved to the eighteenth and that’s where it was settled, with Abbott holing from some 8 feet for a winning birdie three.

It’s always a pleasure to come back to Luton Hoo and the course was a credit to the green keeping staff who, despite the wet conditions, presented the players with an excellent course to test their skills on.

There was a Jamega Amateur event held on the first day of the main event and it was a delighted Steve Rixon who proved to be triumphant with a solid 36 stableford points.

Steve won a 3 day trip to the Algarve to play in an Algarve Pro Golf Tour event and that will include staying in a 4/5* Hotel with car hire included.

We head off to Five Lakes in Essex next week and there is a great on-site hotel deal on offer where for a total of £70 two people can share for two nights including breakfast. So that’s £35 each for 2 nights in a 4/5* hotel.

A Boost for Amateur Kevin Flack

Kevin Flack
Jamega's first winning Amateur, American, Kevin Flack pictured with club President, Alan Waldron
American Kevin Flack became the first amateur to win a Jamega Tour tournament event outright and gave himself a tremendous boost ahead of his attempt to graduate onto The European Tour through the qualifying school journey that starts for him at Frilford Heath next month.

Flack led wire to wire at Aston Wood and started with a first round of 2 under par 69 to lead by one shot from Martin Sell (Wrag Barn) and David James.

Another amateur, Alex Chalk (Hartbury College) and Nick Lofthouse (Origin Frames) on level par headed a chasing pack and it was good to see Lofthouse making progress after his recovery from a horrific accident he suffered last year.

Flack realised that he would have to resist the pressure from a very experienced group of players who would be trying to chase him down, if he was to go on and win.

Flack started off the second day in determined fashion and made it to the turn in 2 under par and increased his lead to three shots over David James and to four over the other member of the final group, Martin Sell.

Earlier in the afternoon Ben Hall came steaming through the field with a best of the day 5 under par 66 to set a clubhouse target of 3 under par but this total looked a little weak with Flack and James playing steady golf over the closing holes.

The pair were tied on 4 under par with 4 holes to play but then Flack birdied the fifteenth and sixteenth to establish a 2 shot lead over James with 2 holes left to play.

James saw his hopes disappear with a double bogey on the seventeenth and after Flack made par on the same hole he knew he had 3 shots in hand over clubhouse leader Hall and an easy par at the last saw him home for a thoroughly deserved win.

Because he is an amateur, Flack cannot win prize money so it was a delighted Ben Hall who was in receipt of an unexpected bonus in the form of the winner’s cheque, just reward for his fine second round score.

Ben Hall
The highest finishing professional, Ben Hall
All the players appreciated the natural ingredients of the “Positive” energy drinks provided free of charge by Quench Worldwide which give a slow release of much needed energy during the long hours the players spend on the golf course these days!

Aston Wood is a delightful club, where the members are welcoming and all the clubhouse staff were cheerful and helpful, especially Tracy who looked after us brilliantly for the 3 days we were there.

A special thank you goes out to club President, Alan Waldron, who supplied the tournament starters with very welcome tea and coffee for both days.

A huge thank you goes out to course manager Harvey Colbourne, who worked way above and beyond the call of duty to provide the players with a course and greens of the highest standard for the tournament.

The players also benefitted from the services of putting Coach Glenn Billington who ran a rule over many of the players putting techniques and Glenn has established a fully equipped Putting Studio at Magnolia Park near Thame for players who want to improve their game.

A final thank you to our prize sponsors, First Choice Villas, Single Figure Golfer, Jamega Pro Golf Tour and The Algarve Pro Golf Tour for providing excellent prizes for the amateurs to compete for during the season and a there will be a full schedule of amateur events next season.