Wrag Barn golfer Josh Loughrey won the latest Jamega Tour event at Reading Golf Club with a 2 round total of 13 under par but despite scoring an 8 under par 62 in the first round Loughrey did not lead from the gun.
Amazingly Loughrey was two shots behind first round leader Charlie Cossins from Ogbourne Downs at the half way point after Cossins smashed the Reading clubs course record with a fantastic 10 under par 60.
Cossins extracted 3 Eagles and 4 birdies from the course and we are sure that the course record he has set will last a very, very long time.
Martin Sell and Challenge Tour player Jamie Moul sat a further 2 shots behind Loughrey with Josh’s brother Ben Loughrey and Jake Ayres (Wentwoth) fronting the chasing pack on 4 under par.
The second day was charged with anticipation as the leaders mounted the first tee, with the Readig clubs members wondering if anyone catch Cossins who was obviously enjoying a golden spell of golf.
The tree lined Reading course soon took its revenge on Cossins as four dropped shots at the first three holes eventually cost him dear as he opened the door for Loughrey to home in on the title.
Although Loughrey also dropped a shot at the first, he bounced back with four birdies to the turn, while Cossins’ chances faded when he dropped further shots at seven and eight.
With the back nine to come, Loughrey led the field by two shots as Tom Hayward negotiated the front nine in a stunning six under par 29, that included a hole in one at the eighth and that appeared to give him the momentum coming to the back nine and at 9 under par he was right in the thick of the action.
Hayward’s hopes of a win faded as his first nine heroics could not be replicated on the back nine and he finished his homeward stretch in level par to finish the event on 8 under par and eventually his highest professional finish in third place.
Moul also mounted a challenge for the title with 5 birdies on the back nine but a mid-round peppering of bogies spoilt his chances as he fell 2 behind Loughrey to eventually finish in second place on 10 under par.
Loughrey dropped a shot at the 10th but that proved to be his only other dropped shot of the day as he responded with three more birdies to finish the round on five under, the tournament on 13 under and his first Jamega Tour win.
Loughrey, who during his very rare golfing breaks, helps out in the family Farm Shop business in Gloucester, was delighted to take home the fruits of his labours at Reading Golf Club.
Ogbourne’s Charlie Cossins bravely fought on and despite his second round dilemmas and he eventually finished in 12th place on four under par overall and pick up a cheque.
The Reading Golf Club is a gem of a course situated in the Caversham area of Reading and is a must play, traditional style, tree lined parkland course.
The course was beautifully presented by the green keepers and the welcome in the clubhouse is second to none with enthusiastic staff serving up very reasonably priced food.
We ran a Pro-Am for Reading on the Sunday preceding the main tournament and Liam Crawford (Foxhills) won the Professional prize with a solid 5 under par 65.
The team event was won by Mark Simpson, Tracy Crew and Kye Machin with 90 stableford points and they were led by Team professional Martin Sell.
Our next event is at the Enfield Golf Club on the 24th 25th August so why not take some steps on the “Pathway to Professional Golf” and join us there?