Jack Colgate fought tooth and nail to win his first Jamega Pro Golf Tour event with a hard earned 8 under par total of 138, afterleading wire to wire.
Early on the first day four players scored impressive 6 under par 66’s to establish a 2-stroke lead over the chasing pack.
Marco Penge (Goodwood GC), Max Smith (Foxhills), Tom Shadbolt (Brockett Hall) and Jack Colegate (Rochester and Chobham), all put together solid rounds, each compiled in various ways.
Penge Birdied the last 4 holes, Smith with a Birdie fest over the front nine, Shadbolt with 3 under on both nines and Colgate with 8 Birdies and 2 Bogeys.
Within striking distance of the leaders were four players on 4 under par, Alasdair Dalgleish, Josh Loughrey, David Dixon and last week’s winner, James Ruebotham, looking to do the double.
On the second day the players were going to have the added incentive of playing for an increased Prize Fund, with a first prize of £3,500 and 19 players, plus ties getting paid.
The eventual winner, Colegate got to 9 under par after nine holes of the second round, with Penge losing ground, dropping back to 5 under par.
Smith was having a much better time of it arriving at the start of the back nine on 11 under and a comfortable lead over the other contenders but there were dramatic changes ahead.
Jamie Rutherford and Liam Robinson playing together, spurred each other on and they eventually each posted a 7 under par total which the way things were going with the leaders was potentially a play-off score.
Next in was Colegate, who held it together on the run in, with his only blemish, a bogey on the thirteenth but it was still good enough to give him the clubhouse lead on 8 under par.
With the news that Smith was having all sorts of problems on the run in, made Colegate’s 8 under par total look very promising indeed.
Whilst Smith was dealing with his demons, Penge and Rutherford were making a charge to catch Colegate but despite their efforts they were both to fall one shot shy of forcing a play-off and a slightly shocked Colegate was delighted to be the winner of the £3,500 first prize.
It has been a pleasure to run an event with such a high-class field playing over one of the premiere courses in the South East, Essendon (New).