With the course at The Shire London Club being closed on practice day, due to heavy overnight rain, it did not look very promising for day one of the tournament.
Largely due to the efforts of the green keeping staff, play commenced from the first tee as scheduled at 07:30 and continued without delay throughout the day.
With several former and current European Tour players in the field we expected the scoring to be low given that there was very little wind and the greens were receptive.
This proved not to be the case, however, as only ten players managed to break par and it was former BMW PGA winner Scott Drummond who topped the leader board with a solid round of 5 under par 65.
Drummond's nearest challengers on 3 under par were former European Tour regulars, Paul Streeter and Iain Pyman and Asian Tour players, Yasin Ali, Dan Osbaldeston and Nick Joy. Challenge Tour's Dan Brooks sat menacingly on 2 under par alongside former Jamega Tour winner David James.
The field was so closely bunched that realistically any one of a number of players would have a chance of winning come tomorrow.
A rain free night enabled the course to dry out a little and would give the players a chance to complete 36 holes without any delays.
At the start of the second day we were blessed with bright sunshine for the first tee time at 7:30, then within 10 minutes, only brief glimpses of blue sky could be seen through the thickening cloud.
With many players in the mix, it was to be an interesting day's golf to look forward to. The first bit of excitement was when Michael Moore popped his card on the table with a nice little hole-in one, on the par three 7th, that enabled him to return a level par round of 70 strokes.
It was last week's winner, Martin Sell, who set the early clubhouse lead at 3 under par adding a 67 to his level par first round. However news from the course suggested this would not be good enough.
Dan Brooks was next to show his hand, adding a 3 under par 67 to his first round giving him a realistic chance of at least a play-off at 5 under par.
Paul Streeter, in the penultimate group, was tied with Brooks until he arrowed a shot into the par 3 17th hole to within inches of the cup for a tap-in birdie to move to 6 under with one to play.
Ian Pyman who was playing in the same group as Streeter also made birdie at this demanding par 3, to cling onto his coat tails at 4 under par for the tournament.
Yasin Ali, in the final group, was keeping pace with Streeter until the seventeenth, but unfortunately he bogied it to drop back to 4 under alongside Pyman.
So Streeter, with a one shot cushion over Brooks, who had finished, was in the driving seat and realistically only had to par the last to win.
But the Eighteenth is by no means a pushover par though, with a shallow green set within the iconic "Seve" S shaped water hazard an accurate iron shot would be needed to find the green.
Streeter found the green with a solid approach shot to within 10 feet for a realistic birdie chance but more importantly a stone cold par.
Pyman also found the green and putted first to try to put some sort of pressure onto Streeter but his putt slid agonisingly past the cup and he tapped in for par.
Streeter's putt for birdie also stayed above ground but an easy par gave him the clubhouse lead over Brooks and he looked a certain winner.
When Yasin Ali, who had to hole his second shot to tie, found the water a relieved Streeter knew he was the winner by one from Dan Brooks and pocketed a nice first place cheque for £5,000, whilst Brooks had the consolation of receiving £2,000 for his second place finish.
The Shire London is well worth a visit to play the "Seve" designed layout and walk in the footsteps of the great man and after your round enjoy the high quality food and hospitality on offer.
Our next event is at Aldwickbury Park in Hertfordshire and this is the last counting event for the "Super 7" Bonus Pool the following week at The Essendon Golf & Country Club. All players please note, that on the recommendation of the greenstaff at Essendon we will be playing the new, not old course as advertised, due to better drainage!
So make sure you enter Aldwickbury if you want the opportunity to play for the extra £3500 on offer at Essendon.