Vernon is the Cream of the Crop

Eddie Vernon with Jamega at The Leatherhead 2019Eddie Vernon overcame the difficult scoring conditions at The Leatherhead Golf Club to win “The Leatherhead Trophy” by one shot from Louis Hirst, with South Africa’s Lyle Rowe a shot further back in third place.

Strong blustery winds made controlling the golf ball extremely difficult on day one, where only 10 players bettered the par of 71.

One of the highlights of the first round was a hole in one on the par 3 seventeenth, by James Heath, which gave him a share of the halfway lead on 2 under par.

Vernon, after a first round of one under par 70, which left him just shot off the lead, put together a flawless second round of 66 made up of 5 birdies and thirteen pars for a 6 under par total and the deserved win.

In afield of over 90 players, made up of golfers from 12 different golfing nations, which included several current and former European tour and Challenge tour players, it was rewarding for us to see the up and coming Eddie Vernon triumph.

We are sure that after this experience Vernon will progress to bigger and better things in his golfing career, boosted by winning against a quality field.

The Leatherhead Club is one of our favourite venues as there is always a friendly welcome from the helpful staff both on the course and in the clubhouse, where you can be sure of having a choice of excellent food after your round on the superb golf course.

Party in The Park for Laskey

Mark Laskey with Jamega at Park Wood 2019Mark Laskey strolled to victory at Park Wood with an excellent score of 8 under par, which given the chalk and cheese weather of the two days, was tremendous golf.

An ideal first day for scoring at Park Wood with sunshine and light winds helped Dale Whitnell and Alasdair Plumb to 6 under par 66’s to set the early target.

Daniel Bennett, Mark Laskey, Jack Slater and South Africa’s Lyle Rowe came close to joining the leaders with solid 5 under par 67’s.

It was to be a challenging final round for the players as the weather was forecasted to be wet at times and very windy.

Early starter, Max Jordan, showed what could be done with a one under par 71 that gave him a fourteen-shot improvement on his first round of thirteen over par.

In the wet blustery conditions scoring was not easy but from the penultimate group, Laskey set the clubhouse target at 8 under par by adding a solid 3 under par 69 to his first round 5 under, while Rowe’s card was a “Liquorice All sorts” of colour, indicating pars, bogies, birdies and an Eagle all adding up to a level par 72.

In the final group, last year’s winner, Dale Whitnell, never came to grips with the front nine and turned in 3 over par, whilst Plumb and Bennett both faded away in the trying conditions to leave Laskey the winner of the “Park Wood Futures” and a cheque for £3,500.

The hospitality in the clubhouse at Park Wood was superb, as usual and the course held up well despite the dreadful weather on the second day, thanks to Head Greenkeeper Jack Sims and his enthusiastic staff.

King Henry Rules the Wychwood

William Sheridan-Mills with Jamega at The Wychwood 2019Henry Sheridan-Mills broke his professional duck on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour, winning “The Wychwood International” by a single Shot from Australian challenger, Will Heffernan.

The first round produced a 7 under par 65 by Sheridan-Mills that gave him a one stroke lead over the consistent Australian, Will Heffernan, who in turn was a single shot in front of Pat Ruff, Jamie Abbott and Sheridan-Mills’ brother Freddie.

So, the second day should produce some interesting battles for the title but hopefully, no “Cain and Abel” moments between the Sheridan-Mills brothers!

On the blustery second day it was a battle the whole way for the leaders, who kept a close eye on each other throughout the afternoon.

Louis Hirst set a feasible clubhouse target of 7 under par for the others to aim at and he was soon joined on that total by Giles Evans.

With the groups finishing thick and fast Louis Campbell added a fine 5 under par 67 to his first round 68 to leapfrog Evans and Hirst to assume the lead on 9 under par.

In the final group, with Abbott unable to make progress, there was a right royal tussle going on between Sheridan-Mills and Heffernan.

Sheridan-Mills, one shot ahead on the seventeenth, missed a short birdie putt that would have given him a 2-shot lead over Heffernan, with the driveable par 4 eighteenth to come, so it was going to be a tight finish.

Sheridan-Mills hit a great tee shot to drive the eighteenth to see his ball finished some 10 feet from the hole, from where he calmly rolled it up to the cup for a tap-in birdie, the win and of course a £3,500 winners’ cheque.

The successful pro-am, which preceded the “Wychwood International”, saw the team of Shaun James Jnr, Adam Nolan, David Bates and Team Professional Jack Slater smash it with 89 points. The leading Professional score was a tie at 3 under par, with 69’s, scored by Liam Robinson and Tom Spreadborough.

The Wychwood Golf Club is a little gem tucked away near Chipping Norton and is one of the most friendly and hospitable clubs on our roster.

The head professional, Tom Field, and his team present the course in excellent condition every year and a welcoming clubhouse and with friendly staff serving very tasty food for you to enjoy after your round, It’s well worth a visit.