First Jamega win for Iwan Griffiths

Iwan Griffiths of Aberdare Golf Club in South Wales, was delighted to win his first Jamega Pro Golf Tour event over the splendid Rosebery course at the Mentmore Golf and Country Club. Griffiths put together two fine rounds of  66 and 68 for a winning total of 10 under par 134.

On receiving his winners cheque for £5,000 Griffiths praised the  condition of the golf course and the efforts of the Jamega Team in organizing such an excellent tournament.

Second by a single shot came Matthew Cort  winning £2,500 with rounds of  65 and 70 . In third place was Robert Watkins who picked up £1,500 with scores of  69 and 67.

Mentmore Golf and Country Club provides two challenging but fair golf courses to test players of all standards and  the  hospitality you receive in the clubhouse is excellent.

We will be back at Mentmore later in the year  to play The Rothschild course where last year the winning total was 15 under par!

Paul Maddy wins in style at a glorious Wharton Park.

Maddy goes Crazy to win at Wharton Park! Cruising up the M5 towards Wharton Park in the tour van we remembered last year at this event when the van broke down and we had to be towed to the venue.
Well, in the most bizarre of coincidences on this journey the engine overheated and we ground to a halt on the hard shoulder of the M5.
Despite pouring in copious amounts of the finest Evian Spring water into the radiator she refused to perform and so we waited for the tow truck to arrive, again!

 When we finally arrived at Wharton Park we found the course in pristine condition with greens that would rival Augusta’s finest.
Sunshine and very little wind the made the course vunerable to low scoring and a 10 under prediction for round one was made by some.
Under par scores came to the recording desk at regular intervals with Nick Redfern, Jonathan Gidney, Rory Kirwan and Adam Chamberlain presenting the scorers with excellent 4 under par 67’s.
Graham Benson, Graham Povey and the big hitting former U.S Tour member James Mclean got a bit nearer to the elusive 10 under prediction by posting 5 under par 65’s.
However it was Paul Maddy who was going crazy with birdie fever on the course and got the nearest to the predicted score with a brilliant 8 under score of 63.

The temperature rose and the wind dropped at the start of day two and we all wondered what score would win at the end of the day.
Steve Courtney was the first to show and after a pedestrian first round of level par Courtney scorched round the benign Wharton Park in a great score of 7 under par 64 to race up the leader board and harbour thoughts of a possible win.
James Busby was to dash Courtney’s hopes of a first win on the tour by adding a tremendous 6 under 65 to his first round 69 to finish on 8 under par.
Rory Kirwan, Vale of Glamorgan winner, added a solid 3 under par 68 to his first round to join Courtney on 7 under and a share of third place each of them winning £1,600.
In the end it all rested on the final 3 ball of Graham Povey, James Mclean and first round leader Paul Maddy as to whether any of them could dislodge Busby from the top of the tree.
Both Mclean and Povey posted 1 under par 70’s to fall short of the lead but Maddy looked to be heading for a nervy finish standing at 9 under par on the 17th tee.
However he drew on his experience and proceeded to birdie the 17th to hold a comfortable 2 shot lead playing the last.
A now relaxed Maddy marched down the fairway and made a final birdie to finish on a fantastic 11 under par to deliver the final coup de grace to Busby’s hopes of winning.

The £3,000 cheque for second place cheered Busby up somewhat but it was Paul Maddy,  the happiest of them all pocketing the winners cheque for £5,000.

The greens are a testament to the skill of the green staff and just like last year, many, many compliments from our professionals, very rare indeed……..just perfect.

Wharton Park Golf Club, near Bewdley, is a friendly place to play golf and all the staff and management go out of their way to make it an enjoyable experience for all and the food is good as well!

“Fancy seeing you here again”, said the tow truck driver. Didn’t you break down here last year? The reply, I am afraid, is un-printable!

Safe to say that we are now getting very busy and events are filling up fast so if you want to play you had best enter today.

James versus James in Players Club playoff

The Players Club just off the M4 near Bristol is always a popular venue and it proved so again with our largest field of the year filling the fairways in bright sunshine.
Always a joy to play but not easy to score on The Players would be a tough test and set a challenging examination for the golfers.

With the first bleary eyed 2 ball setting off at 7am the start of a very long day was underway but it was not long before under par scorecards began to appear.
James Jankowski set the bar at 2 under par with a splendid round of 68 however this was bettered within a few groups by David James who blazed round in a jaw dropping 5 under par 65.
James scored a 65 in his final round last year so for his last two rounds at this far from easy golf course he was 10 under par.
Gary King came within a shot of catching James carding a fine 4 under par 66 but then a gap appeared  on the leader board as these two opened up a lead over the chasing pack.
Michael Bush, Andrew Johnston, Michael Lowe, James Webber and Paul Maddy joined Jankowski on 2 under par to keep the leaders looking over their shoulders.
Even though there was very little of the normal wind blowing on the second day the final round jitters were going to play their part in an exciting finale.
No jitters for Asian Tour player Nick Redfern though who scored a magnificent 4 under par 66 to lead the tournament at 3 under par.
Matt Ford dashed Redferns hopes of winning by carding a 3 under 67 which when added to his first round 69 gave him a final score of 4 under 136.

Andrew Johnston joined Ford almost immediately adding another 2 under par 68 to sit with Ford hoping to emerge victorious.
Coming down the stretch James Jankowski and David James were ahead of the pack now at 5 under and 6 under par respectively with just the last hole to play.
Playing his approach first David James leaked his shot into the right hand greenside bunker. Jankowski next to play bombed the flag with a great shot to within 10 feet for an obvious birdie chance.
Under pressure now James splashed out onto the fringe leaving him a chance from 15 feet which would force Jankowski to hole his putt to tie.
James missed by inches and tapped in to finish the tournament at 5 under par and leave Jankowski to study his 10 footer to win.
Sliding agonisingly by the hole the ball failed to comply with Jankowski’s wishes and so we had our first play-off of the year.

The play-off was to be sudden death over the 18th and 14th holes, the first extra hole completed in very solid pars, so onto the 14th. Two excellent drives, David James hits his approach pin high 15 feet right of the flag quickly followed by an arrow straight wedge finishing just 5 feet short, advantage Jankowski but only until James, obviously aware that he probably needed his putt to stay in the game, rammed his 15 footer into the back of the hole, pressure now back on Jankowski and after just a few moments deliberation, painfully slipped his putt passed the cup, playoff over!
David James’s very first Jamega win picking up the 1st Place cheque for £6000. James Jankowski obviously disappointed with losing the playoff, soon smiling when clutching his second place cheque for £3000.

The Players Club was in great condition with superb greens and as always the hospitality was excellent.

Our event at Wharton Park next week on the 17th-18th May is a virtually full and with membership of the tour swelling daily we would again ask you to get your entries in as early as possible for the events you wish to play in or you may be disappointed.