Caversham Heath is “Hatton's Garden”


Tyrrell Hatton produced a gem of a performance to win his second Jamega Tour event at the glorious Caversham Heath golf course situated on the outskirts of Reading, close to the M4.

Sunshine was the order of the day for a change and with the weather set fair for the next few days we went in search of the sun screen and put away the waterproof clothing for a well deserved rest!

Michael Lowe, the very talented and previous winner, produced the round of the first day, carding a blemish free 7 under par 66 to equal the course record.

Jonathan Day also played some excellent golf and got to within two shots of Lowe but he was to be the nearest anyone got to joining the lead on the first day.

Former P.G.A Champion Scott Drummond, James Ruebotham and Luke Joy all shot excellent 4 under par 69's to lead the other nineteen players who also managed to break par.

This was the first tournament where we introduced the new 30% of the field prize fund pay-out and it brought a lot more players into the race to earn a pay cheque so there was all to play for on the second day.

Another glorious morning greeted the players on their arrival to commence battle on the final day however under the cover of the early morning darkness a minor drama had unfolded.

John, the head green keeper, was hunting for the spot that marked the day 2 pin position on the 11th green and despite pacing out the yardage and searching for it with torches it was nowhere to be seen!

Deciding to return to the clubhouse, John and the crew picked up their equipment, including the bucket that, guess what, was covering the spot for the new hole! Glass bottomed bucket is on order!

Back to the golf and it was Tyrrell Hatton who flew out of the blocks carding 5 birdies on the front nine to move to 8 under par and very much into contention.

James Ruebotham was holding onto the coat tails of Hatton, also reaching 8 under par for the tournament at the turn. Although playing solid golf, the first round leader, Michael Lowe could not seem to find many birdies and when he did he gave them back and was just treading water.

However, Hatton was staying focussed and produced a 3 under par back nine to set a clubhouse target of 11 under par with his last round of 65 strokes setting a new course record for Caversham Heath.

Playing in the group just behind Hatton, Martin Sell was on a Roller Coaster ride, with a front nine containing pars, bogeys, birdies and an eagle to turn four behind. He then embarked on a rampage scoring another two eagles and a birdie to reach 9 under with three holes to play.

Sell was unable to extract another birdie from the last 3 holes and had to be content to move into second place for the moment and contemplate the 3 "tap in" Eagles he scored in a most unusual round of golf.

Ruebotham was also still in the mix getting to 10 under with just 2 holes to play but a bogey on the seventeenth ended his chances of catching Hatton and he eventually finish second tied with Sell on 9 under par with each of them winning £1,250.

This then left a delighted Tyrrell Hatton the winner of a cheque for £2,500 and a "Winners Flag" to hang on his wall at home.

The new prize payout scheme whereby 30% of the field get paid proved popular with the majority of the players and will be continued for the rest of this season and certainly on into 2013.

We are also launching a Ladies Tour in 2013 with a taster tournament at Mentmore on the 24th and 25th of this month. We are pleased that there has already been a good response from the ladies and they appear to be delighted that we are putting on more tournaments for them in the UK.

The Ladies Tournament will be run as a completely separate event, over  2 days and they will tee off after the men and play their own course set-up (not 10%) with their own separate prize fund but will still enjoy all the benefits of  full tournament conditions as laid out by Jamega Officials.

Located close to Reading and the M4, Caversham Heath offers everything a golfer would want on a day out.

With a superb course to play which is kept in pristine condition by the head green keeper John and his team followed by a relaxing drink and maybe a very reasonably priced meal in the extensive yet welcoming clubhouse it is a "must visit" golfing destination.