Jordan "flowers" at Magnolia
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After 3 years of effort on The Jamega Pro Golf Tour Jordan Smith "blossoms" at Magnolia, with an excellent 8 under par.
No less than 6 players were snapping at his heels finishing on 7 under.
Jordan Smith showed that dogged persistence and patience pay off, by winning his first Jamega Pro Golf Tournament at Magnolia Park after 3 years of trying. Smith carded a solid three under par 70 in the first round but this sat three shots adrift of Oliver Reddick who scored a brilliant 6 under par 67 in difficult scoring conditions.
Keeping Reddick honest only one shot behind on 68 sat Jack Marsh and former Asian Tour player Yasin Ali who is starting to find some form after coming back from injury. Craig Housden and the consistent performer Rory Kirwan were a shot further back on 4 under 69’s.
Joining eventual winner Smith on 3 under were, new member, Toby Burden, Duncan Elbury, Andrew Johnston and Steve McAnnaly.
On a calmer second day scoring proved to be as hot as the weather and first in with a low one was second round specialist Neil Reilly with a blistering 6 under par 67 to take the clubhouse lead on 7 under par.
Andrew Johnston came to the last on 5 under and with a spectacular eagle three joined Reilly on 7 under. Toby Burden was also 7 under par playing the 18th alongside the leader Jordan Smith who was nursing a slender lead of one shot.
Burden was to par to join Reilly on 7 under leaving Smith with a 10 foot putt for birdie which would leave him in an almost un-assailable position at 9 under. “ The hole never comes to meet the ball”, as Smith found out by leaving his birdie putt agonisingly short in the jaws.
In the penultimate group Craig Housden had a chance to catch Smith but he also left his birdie putt short to leave him in joint second for the moment. The final group reached the 18th with only Oliver Reddick having a chance to beat Smith with an eagle or tie him with a birdie. He achieved neither and settled for a par and join the others on 7 under par.
Also in the group with Reddick was Yasin Ali who had to eagle the last to tie Smith, he also failed but a brave birdie left him one short and join the log jam of players in joint second place.
Six players eventually tied for second place each winning £1,133 but it was the delighted and relieved Jordan Smith who picked up the first place cheque for £5,000 and prove to himself that he is a winner!
Always a pleasure to play and enjoy the hospitality on offer, Magnolia Park is a hidden gem on the Buckinghamshire borders just north of Oxford and is a must play course for golfers of all standards
If you are intending to enter our event at Donnington Grove next week on the 26th and 27th enter now or you will not get in because the event is rapidly reaching its capacity.