Reeson’s To Be Cheerful

James Reeson - Jamega Essendon Classic James Reeson had every reason to be cheerful at Essendon New with his first professional win since moving from the amateur ranks last October.

Reeson secured his win after a tense 3-hole play-off against James Scade when the pair tied after 36 holes on 6 under par.

David Dixon led after round one with fine 5 under par 68 with Reeson one shot back on 4 under and Scade in close order on 3 under.

Dixon got off to a shocking start dropping 3 shots in the first 2 holes of the final round which put him on the back foot with a mountain to climb whereas Reeson and Scade played steady golf to eventually both turn in 2 under par making up 4 shots on the frustrated Dixon.

Reeson compiled 9 straight pars on the back nine whereas Scade was more adventurous with an Eagle, 2 Birdies, 3 Pars and 3 Bogeys.

Playing the final hole, Reeson held a one-shot lead over Scade and a 2 shot lead over David Dixon but with Dixon some 6 feet away putting for Eagle and Scade comfortably on for 2, although some 25 feet away anything could happen.

Reeson chipped up woefully short and Scade made a comfortable birdie to leave Reeson with a putt to win but it was not to be, so this left Dixon with an Eagle putt to tie the pair and move into a play-off.

Dixon’s effort missed and he tapped in for his birdie to end up one shot shy and so Scade and Reason started their play-off.

The play-off began on the tenth hole and lasted for 3 holes and it was a delighted Reeson who triumphed and picked up the winner’s cheque for £3,500.

The guaranteed prize fund of £10,500 is attracting good entries so it would be advisable to enter events as soon as possible.

Essendon New was in superb condition and a credit to Head Greens Keeper Craig Gibson and his team and we are looking forward to returning in a few weeks to the Essendon Old course.