Speyer Steps up to The Plate
Tom Speyer won his first ever professional tournament at Essendon Golf and Country Club yesterday by a single shot from overnight leader Rumayne Stevens after a nail biting and dramatic last day’s play.
Due to Open Championship final qualifying a smaller field than normal assembled at Essendon Golf and Country Club to battle it out over two days and it was Rumayne Stevens who established a slender one shot lead over Josh Walsh and Tom Speyer.
A group of six players sat 2 shots further back on one over par and to be honest it was going to be the most patient of the players who would triumph over New course that was not giving away too many birdies.
On the second day Jerome Titlow found some form and posted a 3 under par 69 for a one over par total after his opening 4 over 76 but playing in the same group Sam Towler bettered that by one shot with a 68 for the clubhouse lead on level par.
George Mullins, who won here earlier in the year, and Nick Newbold both came home with one under par 71’s to join Towler on level par and with the leading group treading water it was not beyond the bounds of possibility that they could be in a play-off.
In the final group things finally warmed up for Stevens after a lacklustre front nine holes when he strung together some birdies to get to 4 under par with 2 holes to play and establish a 2 shot lead over Speyer who eagled the sixteenth to stay in touch.
That Eagle lit the blue touch paper for Speyer who then promptly birdied the seventeenth to get to within one shot of Stevens and so the eighteenth was going to be centre stage in the outcome of the tournament.
Indeed, the eighteenth was decisive but in an unfortunate way and it was to be a disappointing end to the tournament for young Stevens when he hit his tee shot into the right hand rough and lost it after Speyer had found the centre of the fairway.
Stevens had run through the back of the green with his fourth shot which left him a very difficult chip to a green running away from him and although he played an excellent shot there was no chance of getting it close and 2 putts later it was a 7 on the card.
Speyer had found the right hand bunker on the last with his second shot but splashed out safely and putted up to within 3 feet and he duly knocked that in for for a bogey 5 and a one shot win.
It was a bitter pill for Stevens to swallow but on the other side of the coin it was a delighted Speyer who has now broken his duck with a first win as a professional.
This win by Tom Speyer, after a tremendous battle with Rumayne Stevens over 2 days was heart-warming and just goes to prove that it’s not always the high profile, experienced campaigners who can win but so can the guys trying to gain valuable experience on the best developmental tour in the UK.
Essendon Golf and Country club was presented in immaculate condition and proved to be a testing but fair challenge and we have to thank all concerned for making us and the players feel at home at this fantastic venue.