Whitnells Walk in the Park

Dale Whitnell returned to the winner’s circle after a fairly lengthy absence, taking The Park Wood Classic with two classy rounds of 4 under par 68 to win by 5 shots.

From wall to wall sunshine and record high temperatures in the recent weeks we went to torrential rain which drenched the course during the pro-am, which made for a difficult opening day but thanks to the efforts of head green keeper Jack Sims and his team, play commenced at 11am.

Dale Whitnell with Jamega at Park Wood Golf Club 2018
Dale Whitnell with Director, KJ Rhee
The Eleven O’clock shotgun start was the only option to enable a completion of the first days play and Dale Whitnell posted the low round of the day with a fine 4 under par 68 which could have been a whole lot better but for his bogey, double bogey finish.

Whitnell’s poor finish gave hope to the chasing pack with Dan Smith on 3 under, one ahead of Sam Buss and Michael Farrier-Twist.

Into the second day the winner could emerge from any of the leading groups and it would be an interesting final 18 holes to see who would emerge victorious.

However, it really did turn out to be a walk in the park for Whitnell, with no-one really challenging him throughout the afternoon, although the young 16-year-old Korean, Hee Min Chang came a gallant second with rounds of 71 and 70, for a total of three under par.

This second place finish also meant that Chang also won the third Order of Merit, which gives him a free season on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour for 2018/2019.

A highlight of the day for Ben Isaac, was a Hole-in-One on the eighth that contributed to his second round of one under par

Both Alex Albut and James Ruebotham scored excellent, best of the day, 5 under par 67’s, although they were each undone by their untidy first rounds of 76 and 75 respectively.

No praise is high enough for the green staff at Park Wood, who after dealing with a very long spell of hot, dry sunny weather they were faced with torrential downpours on the pro-am day and the first day of the tournament but with great resolve and dedication they still managed to make the course playable.

Throughout this difficult time, the clubhouse staff maintained a high level of service and all coped brilliantly with any situation that arose because of the unfortunate weather.

We are pleased that the more experienced professionals choose to play the tour whenever possible and although they seem to be prolific winners at times, it does give the younger players a golden opportunity to learn from these guys and also get an insight into the level of competition they will have to face, if they graduate to the bigger tours.

Dixon on Fire at The Wychwood

David Dixon with Jamega at The Wychwood 2018David Dixon continued his run of good form with a runaway 5 shot win over Jack Colegate at The Wychwood, smashing Warren Bennett’s previous course record of 6 under par by 2 shots with a very impressive 8 under par 64.

At the end of the first day a tightly packed leaderboard was headed by Jack Charman, Daniel Hendry and Michael Downey all scoring 3 under par 69’s.

A whole raft of players queued up behind the leading trio with the closest challengers, on 2 under par being Jack Seaman, Tom Dolan, Dan Smith, Michael Farrier-Twist, Sam Robinson and the eventual winner, Dixon.

The second round started quite sedately for Dixon, with four pars to kick off his day that gave no indication about what was to come but then he harvested three birdies over the last five holes of the front nine to take the lead

Jack Colegate, in the group ahead, was the closest challenger to Dixon but despite birdies at 3 of the last 4 holes to eventually post a 4 under par 68 for a 5 under par total, it was never going to be low enough to worry Dixon.

After a little rest with three pars at the start of the back nine, Dixon proceeded to birdie the next 5 holes to get to 10 under par and with a par at the last ran out a comfortable winner, with Colegate a gallant second.

The Wychwood Golf Club is a little gem tucked away near Chipping Norton and is one of the most friendly and hospitable clubs on our roster.

The head professional, Tom Field, and his team present a course in excellent condition and a welcoming clubhouse, with friendly staff serving very tasty food for you to enjoy after your round, It’s well worth a visit.

It's Joy for Luke at Lingfield

Luke Joy (Remedy Oak) returned to the winner’s enclosure with a one-shot victory over Sam Buss (Positive Impact Golf) and Steve Surry (Cumberwell Park) at Lingfield with a 6 under par total of 138.

Buss and the young Korean, Matthew Choi, led after the first day, both tied on 4 under par and they headed up four players on 2 under par including the eventual winner, Joy.

On the second day Joy made his intentions clear when he came racing out of the blocks and was 3 under par after just 4 holes, but a slight setback with a bogey on the fifth hole slowed him down slightly.

It was nip and tuck for most of the afternoon for the leaders but deeper into the pack Steve Surry was gaining on the leaders and with a fine 4 under par 68 added to his one under par first round he established the clubhouse lead.

However, it was Joy who maintained his form throughout the afternoon and a final hole birdie saw him overtake Surry at the line.

In the final group, only Buss could catch Joy with an eagle at the last but it was not to be and a birdie saw him finish on 5 under par and in a tie with Surry for second place.

Given the unusual weather conditions that have prevailed over the last few weeks, Head Greenkeeper, Greg Milton and his team did a wonderful job in presenting the course to everyone’s satisfaction.

Hospitality in the clubhouse was excellent as usual and the on-site accommodation is superb, so if you are looking for golf, racing, or indeed both, Lingfield is a must for you.