Josh is the “Cream of the Crop”

Josh LoughreyWrag 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?

Cardy Bags First Jamega Win

Jack CardyJack Cardy (Purdis Heath) won The Luton Hoo Classic convincingly with a 14 under par, bogey free, wire to wire performance against a strong field of seasoned professionals.

Cardy led after day one with a blistering 9 under par 64, with a card containing 9 Birdies and 9 Pars to establish a new record for the 7,100 yard Luton Hoo course which, by the way, is also bunkerless.

Gregg Blainey (Bearwood Lakes) got closest to Cardy with a fine 6 under par 67 and he in turn was one ahead of Asian Tour winner Steve Lewton and former European Tour player David Dixon (Royal Enmore Park).

Some 28 players shot level par or better, so even with a 3 shot lead Cardy would need to be on guard and ready for an attack from any number of players in the pack.

The second day was again set fair for scoring and Will Boniface (Five Lakes) was kicking himself for shooting a 4 over par 77 on the first day after he set the very early pace with a 7 under par 66 to set a clubhouse target of 3 under par.

Boniface’s lead was short lived however as in a couple of groups behind Yasin Ali (Ealing GC) was setting fire to the back nine with 5 birdies and an Eagle to complete the homeward stretch in 30 and set the new clubhouse target of 6 under par.

Rumayne Stevens, playing in the same group as Ali, was also burning the course up and finished with a fine 6 under par 67 to sit just one shot behind Ali on 5 under par.

It seems that all the players were enjoying a birdie fest including Dale Whitnell (Forester Park) who was 5 under par after 12 holes and Dave Thomas (Hanbury Manor) who bettered that with 6 under par after 12. They both put themselves in contention at 9 under par with the “Back nine on Sunday” to come for the leaders.

Nick Cunningham (Bedfordshire & County GC) slipped ahead of Yasin Ali with yet another 7 under par 66 and was maybe regretting his first round of level par.

Of the leaders it seemed that David Dixon was determined to gate crash the party getting to 10 under with 8 holes to play just a single shot behind Cardy who must have been looking over his shoulder at who was gaining ground on him.

Meanwhile John White shot a 6 under 67 to join Cunningham in the clubhouse lead on 7 under but realistically it was not going to good enough to win, surely?

Jack Hiscock and Simon Griffiths took over the clubhouse lead at 8 under par but that lead was soon snatched from their grasp by Dale Whitnell, who posted a final total of 10 under par after a fine second round of 6 under the card.

The clubhouse lead changed yet again as David Dixon and Dave Thomas posted a total of 10 under par and joined Whitnell at the top but with Cardy on 13 under with one hole to play it looked like a lost cause for the waiting trio.

Indeed it was a forlorn hope as Cardy birdied the last to hold off a charging Steve Lewton, who finished Birdie, Eagle, Birdie to try and put some pressure on him but to no avail as Cardy coolly finished with 3 straight Birdies to finish on 14 under par and win by 2 shots from Lewton.

We ran another Amateur event alongside the main tournament and the powerful Jason Saunders(+1) won the 0 to 10 handicap section with 35 Stableford points.

Kevin Welch from Luton Hoo also had 35 points in the 0 to 10 handicap section but lost out on count back however he still goes away with a DRUH belt.

Connor McClurgh(14) won the 11 to18 handicap section with 36 Stableford points. They both win a place in an Algarve Pro Golf Tour event with a 3 night stay in a 4* Hotel, car hire and free range balls and practice facilities.

According to the players Luton Hoo was in great condition for our tournament and almost to a man, want to return next year and with no bunkers the course will also suit amateur golfers of all standards.

It’s a Breeze for Robertshawe

Sam RobertshaweSam Robertshawe (The Army GC) won at the Bedfordshire by two strokes after a testing couple of days due to the very strong winds that swept over the hilltop course situated at Stagsden near Bedford.

Robertshawe thanked the Jamega Tour for running the tournament and said, “I was delighted to win again, especially in such trying windy conditions and to birdie the last for a two shot victory was very special”.

Robertshawe lead from wire to wire and established the platform for his victory with a one under par 69 first round which turned out to be the only score under par of the day and that was not surprising given the strong wind and that the par for the course is a strict 70.

Rory Kirwan (Kenilworth GC) and Dave Thomas (Hanbury Manor), on level par, were nearest to Robertshawe and several players, including Asian Tour member Steve Lewton and defending champion Martin Sell, were close behind on one over par.

The second day was the most difficult of the two days with even stronger winds playing havoc with the player’s efforts to manage their game and their minds.

Defending Champion, Martin Sell and former Jamega Tour winner Steve Lewton, who is on a short break from The Asian Tour to play in the next three European Tour events set the clubhouse target at one over par the pair then waited for the final group to finish to see if there was to be a play-off?

Robertshawe, meanwhile found a difficult lie in a greenside bunker on the seventeenth and despite playing a great shot to find the green still bogeyed the hole to drop back to level par and would need to par the last to win.

The eighteenth was playing into the teeth of the wind but Robertshawe hit a solid tee shot down the right hand side of the fairway leaving him in the ideal place to attack the pin positioned on the left of the green.

He put the matter beyond any doubt with a great second shot that pitched and stopped to within 3 feet of the hole and he duly holed out for a birdie and a deserved 2 shot victory over Lewton and Sell.

There was a Jamega Amateur Tour event being run in conjunction with the main tournament and this produced two worthy winners with Kip Popert winning the 0-10 handicap section and Adrian Lennox-Lamb winning the 11-18 handicap section.

They both win a start in an “Algarve Pro Golf Tour” event of their choice that includes 4 night’s accommodation in a 4* Hotel, 3 rounds of golf, Car Hire and Free practice and range balls.

Staff at the Bedfordshire most certainly made us feel welcome and nothing was too much trouble when it came to looking after the players and the Jamega Tour team. 

The Bedfordshire is a “must play” course when you are next in the area.