Marcus 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