By George, It’s Mullins

George MullinsYoung 19-year-old, newly turned professional, George Mullins wins his first professional tournament at only his second time of trying, playing at the fabulous Essendon Golf and C.C.

The New course was playing long and tough for both days and this was born out by the fact that only five players broke par and seven managed to equal it.

Mullins, from Langley Park Golf Club, led on 2 under par after the first round and headed a very experienced group on one under par that included Paul Streeter, James Watts, Rhys Pugh and Simon Griffiths, who later withdrew to compete in Morocco on the European Tour.

A glorious second day greeted the players with clear blue skies and a warm sun but as the wind strengthened scoring became increasingly more difficult.

Jamie Abbott and James Adams playing in the same group set the clubhouse target with both adding fine 2 under par 70’s to their first round 74’s to finish up on level par, which given the difficult scoring conditions was by no means out of it.

Jordan McColl took over the lead from Abbott and Adams when he posted the new target of one under par for the remaining groups to chase.

In the group immediately following McColl, Kit Holmes was on target to set a very realistic winning total as he stood on the tee at the seventeenth on 3 under par but a slightly errant tee shot saw his ball join the Geese and Swans in the left hand Lake.

The ensuing bogey saw him drop back to 2 under and with a par at the last Holmes became the new leader with only Mullins in the final group who could catch him.

Mullins was going along very nicely and came to the eighteenth tee on 5 under par and a 3 shot lead over Holmes but there was a little bit of drama to come yet that could have proved costly for young Mullins.

His tee shot though, which was in his words, “one of the best I’ve struck all day” however found a downhill lie in the right hand rough with some very large fir trees blocking his path to the green.

A simple pitch out and chip onto the green of the final hole was surely going to be the tactic that would give him a comfortable victory but!

The “Hollywood shot” was chosen and he tried to draw the ball around one of the large firs and the inevitable happened when he clipped a branch that shot the ball into more tree trouble.

Fortunately, the ball was found and Mullins hit a great, towering wedge over even more trees to find the green and a solid 2 putts for a bogey 5 saw him secure that first win as a professional by 2 shots from Holmes.

The winner of the first Mini Order of Merit winner Richard Bentham was delighted to receive his prize of a free season on the 2016/2017 Algarve Pro Golf Tour that is worth in excess of £4,000.

The second of the Five, 4 tournament Mini Order of Merits starts at Magnolia Park next week when another free season on the 2016/2017 Algarve Pro Golf Tour can be won. So wo will be joining Richard Bentham on the Algarve? Will it be you?

With two courses plus an academy course and a fabulous clubhouse where you can get reasonably priced food served with a welcoming smile Essendon Golf and Country Club is a must visit destination for every golfer.

Home Win for Pugh

Rhys PughWelshman Rhys Pugh secured his first professional win over the Machynys Peninsula course on the Gower coast in the most dreadful weather conditions imaginable.

The first day at Machynys Peninsula golf club produced two amazing scores that stood head and shoulders above the rest of the field.

Martin Sell and two-time Walker Cupper Rhys Pugh, both shot 4 under par 68's which in itself may not seem very remarkable except when the wind blows hard over this tough Nicklaus design course, that measures over 7,100 yards, it turns into a beast.

Recent winner at nearby Ashburnham, Richard Bentham, staggered through the front nine holes in an uncharacteristic 4 over par forty but turned things around on the back nine coming home in a blistering 6 under par thirty to sit just 2 shots behind the joint leaders, Sell and Pugh.

Tom Speyer and James Adams headed up the chasing pack on one over par but given the forecasted conditions due to prevail on the second day it would be difficult for any of the pack to catch the leaders.

The second day lived up to the forecast and the players were battered by snow, hail, rain and increasingly high winds.

But this did not seem to bother Pugh who seemed impervious to the elements and added a 3 under par 69 to his first round 4 under 68 to win by an impressive 7 shots from Sell who finished second on level par.

Richard Bentham leads the first of Five Mini Order of Merits going into the final counting tournament at Essendon next week and even though it is still mathematically possible for Bentham to be caught he looks favourite to win the Free 2016/2017 season on the Algarve Pro Golf Tour.

The second Mini Order of Merit starts at Magnolia Park on the 9th of May and will give another player who can perform consistently over four tournaments the chance to win a prize worth in excess of £4,000.

Apart from the weather it was a delight to come back to Machynys Peninsula Golf Club and we would recommend golfers of all standards to come and sample the delights it has to offer.

Moul Digs in for Win

Jamie MoulJamie Moul put together two tremendous rounds of golf at Dummer Golf Club in Hampshire to win by a single shot from the 2015 defending champion Craig Hinton.

The first round leader Ryan Boyns was plodding along quite nicely for a decent round after a one under par front nine but then he let loose with a volley of 6 birdies over the back nine which included 5 in a row from the fourteenth.

The much travelled man, Jonathan Mullaney, Rob Sutton and the eventual winner Moul lay in wait on 6 under whilst a whole host of experienced players made up an impressive posse to chase down Boynes, including the eventual runner-up Hinton.

In relatively easy scoring conditions on a well prepared golf course more than half the field either equalled par or bettered it and one of those was the young amateur Daniel Smith from Princes Golf Club, who shot level par.

The second day proved slightly more difficult in much breezier conditions and it was going to be the patient player who would triumph in the end.

All the fireworks came from the penultimate two groups with Hinton completing a second flawless round of golf that again contained 5 birdies and no bogies to post 10 under par and he then waited to see if he would be caught.

In the penultimate group Moul and Liam Harper were having a right old scrap but Harper could not make up any ground on Moul and with Hinton in the clubhouse on 10 under Moul knew that a par at the last would see him home the winner.

So with that par Jamie Moul broke his duck on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour and was proclaimed the very worthy winner.

The golf course at Dummer is very well presented and maintained to a high standard, as is indeed the crème de la crème of bacon rolls. These should NOT be avoided!

In the newly refurbished clubhouse you will be greeted by cheerful and helpful staff and it was a pleasure to hold an event there.

The tour heads back into Wales next week to Machynys Golf Club, so pack your bags and come and join us at this fantastic course. This will be the third tournament of the four event first Mini Order of Merit that will decide who gets a free season on the 2016 / 2017 Algarve Pro Golf Tour.

Remember, we have a total of 5 Mini Order of Merits throughout the season and each winner will receive that free season on the Algarve Pro Golf Tour, a prize worth in excess of £4,000.