Emotional First Jamega Tour Win for Jack Doherty
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The final event of the year had arrived at Mentmore and with the course in pristine condition and the greens fast and true we expected some spectacular scoring and boy were we right.
As the scores started to come in our expectations were correct, in fact 4 under par 68's were coming in quicker than Usain Bolt.
They included, Mentmores general manager Clint Moore, Pete Lockett, Max Brackley, Rory Kirwan, Stuart Hemming, James Ruebotham, Michael Lowe, Adam Mason and last but not least Sam Robinson.
James Cundy and Darren Walton just beat these guys with 5 under 67's but even that score was not good enough to head the leader board.
The scoring just kept getting better and better with not one but four 7 under par 65's from Matt Allen, Jason Fallon, Craig Smith and Jack Doherty.
At the end of the first day the scoreboard was just a sea of red with a record number of players under par.
One of those not under par, but with reason to celebrate, was John Macklen who aced the par 3 third to win a cheque for £100.
The wind was up for the start of the second day and we thought that the scoring would not reach the dizzy heights of the first day.
James Busby, fresh from his stage one Q School win at Chart Hills, laid an immaculate card on the desk totaling 7 under par 65 to propel him up the leader board to eventually finish joint 5th.
Michael Lowe, having a break from the Alps Tour, also compiled a card adding up to 65, to finish 4th on his own and bring the total number of players equaling the course record to six.
As the last group neared the completion of their final rounds it was Jack Doherty who was ahead by a nose from Matt Allen and stood on the 18th tee one shot in front at an astonishing 15 under par.
The 18th is a tricky par 3 playing just over 200 yards to the stick and into wind which meant that both Doherty and Allen had the chance of either winning the tournament or losing it on this final test.
Both hit poor tee shots which climbed on the wind and came to rest short right of the green. It was Allen to play first and he popped his ball onto the green and saw it come to rest some 10 feet short of the hole.
Doherty knew he had to make par to ensure victory and played a difficult pitch and run well to within 5 feet.
Allen putted first and was convinced he had holed it but even with the strong wind helping it the ball refused to move the one millimetre left before the 6 inch drop to the bottom of the cup.
The pressure was now off Doherty who could take two putts and still win. In the event he holed out and set and a new course record of 8 under par, 64 and the lowest ever recorded winning total of 15 under on the Jamega Tour.
The third player in the final group, Jason Fallon, could not match Allen or Doherty's scoring but managed to make a hole in one at the third on the way to a creditable 2 under par 70 to finish tied 5th with James Busby.
This was an emotional win for Doherty who revealed after the event that his Grandad had passed away on the Monday and in his heart I think Jack dedicated this win to his Grandad.