David James now tops the OOM after excellent playoff win at a Glorious Caversham Heath.
The final days mobile leader board was “hot” bathed in sunshine and changing on virtually every back 9 hole. Daniel Perrett standing on the eighteenth Tee, at minus 9 , his tournament to win, doubles the last to tie David James in the clubhouse, joint leaders in waiting.
With 3 holes to go, youngster James Scade sitting at a fantastic 9 under par, could be his first Jamega win! Sadly slips out of contention with double, bogey, bogey finish, maybe next time James. Jason Levermore needs to birdie the last to join the playoff.....his putt unfortunately pulling up just 2 feet short.
So it’s off to the first playoff hole where David James hits a superb second shot wedge to 5 feet and closes Dan out with a solid putt for birdie to win the first place cheque of £5000.
Full report below.
Deja vu. Play-off win for David James at Caversham Heath.
David James is fast becoming a Play-off specialist being involved in a second one in two weeks. This time though James was victorious over Dan Perrett after both players finished tied at 7 under par.
Both James (70) and Perrett (72) concealed themselves in the chasing pack as the first round lead was held by Miles Pearson who shot a magnificent new course record of 6 under par 67 to hold a narrow lead over Jason Levermore and James Scade who both finished the first day with 5 under par 68’s
Hiding in the pack on 3 under par and looking to pounce on Pearson during the second day were Martin Sell, Tom Murray, Paul Reed, Christopher Gill, Nathan Treacher and of course David James.
Dan Perrett came to the 18th tee on 8 under par for the round and a par at the last would have been good enough to set an un-beatable target of 9 under par but tragically he doubled it but still equalling the course record with a 67 and end the tournament on 7 under par. Perrett waited for the last group to finish and hoped that 7 under would be good enough to win or at least tie the tournament. David James wrenched a great birdie out of the last to tie Perrett and both men waited to see if anyone in the final group could beat them.
Jason Levermore saw his second shot run through the back of the 18th green and his 3rd shot, a putt from just off the green, to birdie and tie Perrett and James, came up just
2 feet short of the cup.
James Scade standing on the 16th tee seemed to be coasting to a possible first win on 9 under par but went on a spending spree finishing double-bogey, bogey, bogey, ouch!
So James and Perrett prepared to play-off over the first hole at the magnificent Caversham Heath Golf Club and it was James who threw down the gauntlet spearing his second shot to within 5 feet of the flag. Perrett hit an equally fine second to 15 feet but saw his putt stay above ground leaving James with his 5 footer to win. Making no mistake with either line or length James holed out to win the first place prize of £5,000 and erase the memory of the play-off defeat at The Warwickshire 2 weeks previously. Consolation for Dan Perrett was a second place cheque for £2,000.
The vast majority of the players praised the condition of the golf course and especially the greens which ran fast and true with some tricky but fair pin positions challenging the shot making ability of the golfers. Caversham Heath, just North of Reading, is a joy to play and the hospitality in the clubhouse is fantastic so we would, without reservation, recommend it to all.
Put on your best golfing gear next week because we have the film cameras at Mentmore finishing the filming for our T.V. pilot show. It’s sure to be busy so get your entries in or you may miss out on being a “film star”.