Groves is Pleased as Punch

Luke Groves, Red Golf Management, secured his first significant professional win with a knock-out performance at Aldwickbury Park, which produced a fine 10 under par total and a 2-shot win over a quality field.

Former Coventry City footballer, Liam Robinson who turned to professional golf after fracturing his femur, established himself as the first-round leader with a solid 5 under par 66 to take a one-shot lead over, Luke Groves, Tommy Dolan, both Red Golf Management and the former Somerset amateur, now a professional, Ali Balcombe.

Luke Groves with Jamega at Aldwickbury Park 2018
Winner, Luke Groves, pictured with General Manager, Ian McDowell

Like most weeks, there were a host of players stacked up behind the leaders, who would be waiting for any sign of a slip-up from the leading groups, in order to pounce and become dream wreckers!

With the players using the knowledge of the course they gained on the first day, scores improved substantially on the final day and the clubhouse target of 4 under par,(70+68), was set by Matt Mumford who after setting the course on fire with an outward 5 under par 31, rather stumbled to a 2 over par back nine.

The ever-present Jamie Abbott came roaring in with a 5 under par 66, which added to his first round 68 set a new clubhouse low of 8 under the card but with the leaders still to come in it would be a long wait for Abbott to see if he was going to be in the final shake-up.

Last weeks winner, Scott Fallon, was well on the way to completing the double with a 4 under par front nine to reach 7 under but fell away badly on the home stretch to finish 2 under par for the tournament.

Young Somerset professional, Ali Balcombe put in a fine performance ending his first Jamega event on 5 under and a top ten finish against a strong field.

As the dust of the day settled, with the final group in, it was an excellent 6 under par 65 from Luke Groves that finally won the day, with a 10 under par total and a 2-shot win over Abbott and 3 better than overnight leader Robinson.

As always, the hospitality on offer at Aldwickbury Park was second to none and the course was presented in pristine condition by course manager Craig Betts and his team, with greens as pure as the driven snow.

Starting at the next event we will be running a Mini Order of Merit over the last 4 tournaments of the year, at Essendon Old, Royal Ascot, Hamptworth and The Players Club.

The winner will receive FREE Entries for the entire 2019 Jamega Pro Golf Tour season. The Runner-up will be able to choose 9 FREE 2019 entries and the player in Third place, 6 FREE 2019 entries.

Fallon Wins Enfield Shoot-Out

Scott Fallon with Jamega at Enfield Golf Club 2018Scott Fallon surged through the field, with all guns blazing, to win The Enfield Invitational by a single shot from Jamie Abbott and Jamie Moul despite being 3 shots behind after the first round.

On a roasting hot first day, scoring at The Enfield Golf Club was also rather warm, with a Birdie Fest for many of the players with Abbott gathering 8 of them to post a 64 with Six of his Birdies coming in a back nine of just 29 shots.

Gathered behind Abbott, were some 44 players who had either equalled par or bettered it and his nearest challenger was, last week’s winner, Dale Whitnell on 7 under par.

One shot further back, Order of Merit leader, David Dixon on 6 under, lay in wait, with a former Jamega Tour winner, Paul Kinnear, who finished his first round with an Eagle two, for his 6 under score.

Another very warm day dawned to greet the players as they prepared to improve their position on the leader board and at 8 AM the first 3 Ball left the first tee.

Two players who certainly did improve on the first day’s outing, were Ricky Brackenbury, 7 under 65, for a 6 under total and Dan Garner who scored a 6 under 66 to also finish on 6 under par for the tournament.

Patrick Ruff added a 5 under par 67 to join Garner and Brackenbury in the clubhouse lead, however on the course the leaders were having a real tussle.

After 27 holes, Whitnell was leading on 10 under par but hot on his heels were Moul -9, Abbott -8 and Dixon on -7, so still all to play for and who knows what scores may come in to worry the leaders in the meantime?

Jack Charman briefly took over the clubhouse lead on 7 under, adding a 4 under par 68 to his first round 69 but his lead is short-lived, when in the next group, Sam Robinson posts 9 under par (68+67).

Jamie Moul was next in to establish a new clubhouse lead at 10 under par, (68+66). but that again only lasted a short while before Scott Fallon moved in front with 11 under, (67+66), with Eagles at the Fifteenth and Eighteenth greatly helping his cause.

With just the last group to come it was to be a tense wait for Fallon to see if he has done enough to secure the win.

Well, with Whitnell having faded away on the back nine and Dixon and Abbott not being able to muster a challenge over the last nine holes, it was the Lewis Hamilton style charge through the field that gave Fallon the deserved win by a single shot.

A very successful Pro-Am, with 34 teams participating, preceded the tournament and with the winners “Team Tony” made up of Tony Peak, Neil Clydesdale, Malcolm White and Team Professional Gary Walsh scoring an incredible 94 points.

A special mention for Enfield member, Matt Andrew who scored an excellent 7 under par 65 to match Jamie Abbotts winning Pro score.

The Enfield Club maintained their claim to be the friendliest golf club in North London, with eager and enthusiastic members making both us and the professionals very welcome and with the course in excellent condition it is a must stop for every travelling golfer.

Whitnells Walk in the Park

Dale Whitnell returned to the winner’s circle after a fairly lengthy absence, taking The Park Wood Classic with two classy rounds of 4 under par 68 to win by 5 shots.

From wall to wall sunshine and record high temperatures in the recent weeks we went to torrential rain which drenched the course during the pro-am, which made for a difficult opening day but thanks to the efforts of head green keeper Jack Sims and his team, play commenced at 11am.

Dale Whitnell with Jamega at Park Wood Golf Club 2018
Dale Whitnell with Director, KJ Rhee
The Eleven O’clock shotgun start was the only option to enable a completion of the first days play and Dale Whitnell posted the low round of the day with a fine 4 under par 68 which could have been a whole lot better but for his bogey, double bogey finish.

Whitnell’s poor finish gave hope to the chasing pack with Dan Smith on 3 under, one ahead of Sam Buss and Michael Farrier-Twist.

Into the second day the winner could emerge from any of the leading groups and it would be an interesting final 18 holes to see who would emerge victorious.

However, it really did turn out to be a walk in the park for Whitnell, with no-one really challenging him throughout the afternoon, although the young 16-year-old Korean, Hee Min Chang came a gallant second with rounds of 71 and 70, for a total of three under par.

This second place finish also meant that Chang also won the third Order of Merit, which gives him a free season on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour for 2018/2019.

A highlight of the day for Ben Isaac, was a Hole-in-One on the eighth that contributed to his second round of one under par

Both Alex Albut and James Ruebotham scored excellent, best of the day, 5 under par 67’s, although they were each undone by their untidy first rounds of 76 and 75 respectively.

No praise is high enough for the green staff at Park Wood, who after dealing with a very long spell of hot, dry sunny weather they were faced with torrential downpours on the pro-am day and the first day of the tournament but with great resolve and dedication they still managed to make the course playable.

Throughout this difficult time, the clubhouse staff maintained a high level of service and all coped brilliantly with any situation that arose because of the unfortunate weather.

We are pleased that the more experienced professionals choose to play the tour whenever possible and although they seem to be prolific winners at times, it does give the younger players a golden opportunity to learn from these guys and also get an insight into the level of competition they will have to face, if they graduate to the bigger tours.