Dan Brooks wins after playoff

Dan Brooks takes 2nd win in playoff against Sam Robinson at a sun drenched Donnington Grove, winning £6000.

Report below.

Extra Time Win for Dan Brooks
at Donnington Grove.

Donnington Grove took the golfers back to the time when “Mr Par” was going to do well and so it proved with just thirteen players doing better than the strict par of, level fours, and 72.
Christopher Gill found his game and headed the field with a 4 under 68, close behind  on a Challenge Tour break, sat Dan Brooks who was joined by Sam Robinson (Alps Tour)and Francis McGuirk on 3 under par. Hovering in the shadows waiting to pounce on 2 under par came former European Tour players Lee James and Mark Mouland who were joined by Oliver Reddick, Paul Maddy and Michael Bush.
Scoring on the second day is generally better than the first as the players learn to read the course and so it proved with Ben Banks improving on his first round of 78 by ten shots to card a four under par 68! Former Amateur Champion Warren Bladon and Kris Jones forced their way into the prize fund with classy 4 under par scores of 68 to finish on 3 under par for the tournament.
Matthew Swales who finished the day with a blemish free card of 5 under par 67 and he looked for a time to be heading to a play-off as the news from the course showed Lee James , Sam Robinson and Dan Brooks homing in on a final total of 139. However the Earth shook as Robinson leapt into the air with fist pump to celebrate a 25 foot birdie putt at the last to snatch the lead from Swales by one and look like a likely winner on 6 under for the event.
However playing in the final group and standing on the 18th tee at 5 under, having birdied two of the last four holes Dan Brooks knew a birdie was required to tie Robinson and force a play-off. The 8 footer for his birdie took the required 6 inch drop and both Brooks and Robinson headed for the first tee to commence the head to head battle for the first prize of £6,000.It was over very quickly as Brooks emulated Robinsons putt on the 18th and drained a huge 25 footer for a birdie and his second victory of the year. Although disappointed, Sam Robinson felt a little better when he received his second place cheque for £3,000.
The size of the field this week showed that The Jamega Pro Golf Tour is becoming popular with players from the higher reaches of The Challenge Tour and is a perfect place to gain experience playing against some of the best players in Tournament Golf at the moment.

For those wishing to play a tough but fair “real” golf course we highly recommend you visit Donnington Grove, a very popular choice with big golfing societies and small groups alike.
Our next event is at the wonderful Selsdon Park near Croydon next week on the 2nd and 3rd of August, with an excellent Hotel B&B deal , see our website at www.jamegatour.co.uk

Jordan "flowers" at Magnolia

After 3 years of effort on The Jamega Pro Golf Tour Jordan Smith "blossoms" at Magnolia, with an excellent 8 under par.
No less than 6 players were snapping at his heels finishing on 7 under.

Report below.

Jordan Smith showed that dogged persistence and patience pay off, by winning his first Jamega Pro Golf Tournament at Magnolia Park after 3 years of trying. Smith carded a solid three under par 70 in the first round but this sat three shots adrift of Oliver Reddick who scored a brilliant 6 under par 67 in difficult scoring conditions.
Keeping Reddick honest only one shot behind on 68 sat Jack Marsh and former Asian Tour player Yasin Ali who is starting to find some form after coming back from injury. Craig Housden and the consistent performer Rory Kirwan were a shot further back on 4 under 69’s.
Joining eventual winner Smith on 3 under were, new member, Toby Burden, Duncan Elbury, Andrew Johnston and Steve McAnnaly.
On a calmer second day scoring proved to be as hot as the weather and first in with a low one was second round specialist Neil Reilly with a blistering 6 under par 67 to take the clubhouse lead on 7 under par.
 Andrew Johnston came to the last on 5 under and with a spectacular eagle three joined Reilly on 7 under. Toby Burden was also 7 under par playing the 18th alongside the leader Jordan Smith who was nursing a slender lead of one shot.
 Burden was to par to join Reilly on 7 under leaving Smith with a 10 foot putt for birdie which would leave him in an almost un-assailable position at 9 under. “ The hole never comes to meet the ball”, as Smith found out by leaving his birdie putt agonisingly short in the jaws.
 In the penultimate group Craig Housden had a chance to catch Smith but he also left his birdie putt short to leave him in joint second for the moment. The final group reached the 18th with only Oliver Reddick having a chance to beat Smith with an eagle or tie him with a birdie. He achieved neither and settled for a par and join the others on 7 under par.
 Also in the group with Reddick was Yasin Ali who had to eagle the last to tie Smith, he also failed but a brave birdie left him one short and join  the log jam of players in joint second place.
Six players eventually tied for second place each winning £1,133 but it was the delighted and relieved Jordan Smith who picked up the first place cheque for £5,000 and prove to himself that he is a winner!
Always a pleasure to play and enjoy the hospitality on offer, Magnolia Park is a hidden gem on the Buckinghamshire borders just north of Oxford  and is a must play course for golfers of all standards
If you are intending to enter our event at Donnington Grove next week on the 26th and 27th enter now or you will not get in because the event is rapidly reaching its capacity.

Lyle Rowe takes South Winchester by one shot.

Lyle Rowe shoots 9 under, to win at South Winchester.

A now relaxed Lyle Rowe, after his drive on 18 found the base of a bush, requiring a chip-out away from the green, leaving an incredibly difficult blind pitch over a lake to a tough pin, under normal play this would require a steely nerve but needing to
"up & down" to win the tournament this was by any ones standards, a truly GREAT shot, to just 3 feet  securing his first Jamega Win. Brilliant performance. Well Done.

Full report below.

A high quality field assembled at South Winchester to challenge for the eleventh Jamega Tour event of the year and there was some quality golf played especially by the eventual winner, South African Lyle Rowe.
Rowe, who flew in from Johannesburg  at the start of the year to see what golf was available in the U.K  and decided to give “Jamega a go” and  having pecked away at the lower reaches of the prize fund for several weeks he finally landed the top prize of £4,000.
Rowe carded a fine 6 under par 66 on the first day to lead by three shots from Ben Jones, Jordan Smith, Chris Brook and the man who knows every inch of the course, resident Pro, Richard Adams.
 Close behind on 2 under par sat Challenge Tour player Dan Brooks, former Asian Tour member Yasin Ali and the ever present Will Fox.
On the second day Lee James, a regular European and Challenge Tour player, found his form and added a fine 5 under par 67 to his level par first days effort to hold the clubhouse lead.  Ben Banks soon took over the lead in the house on seven under par by shooting a best of the day, 6 under, 66.
Still on the course Dan Brooks was putting up a fight for first place reaching the 18th tee on 7 under par and knowing a birdie would possibly get him in a play-off with Lyle Rowe who was on 8 under playing the seventeenth.
Brooks hit the green in two and had a thirty footer for eagle to get to 9 under and set a tough target for Rowe. Brooks went for broke on the first putt and the ball raced past the cup finishing some eight feet past. The second effort did take the 6 inch drop for birdie and a final total of 8 under par but now all he could do was wait and see if Rowe would birdie 18 to win.
Rowe’s drive down 18 incredibly finished under a bush which left him with no clear shot to the green but keeping a cool head Rowe played out sideways onto a strip of land on the far side of the lake which surrounds the 18th green. From there Rowe hit a sublime pitch which checked-up past the pin and screwed back to about 3 feet.  As cool as a cucumber Rowe rolled in the putt to record a final winning total of 9 under par and collect the winner’s cheque for £4,000. Dan Brooks had to be satisfied with the second place money of £2,000.
South Winchester was in excellent condition and with reasonably priced food served by helpful and friendly staff we would recommend it to all golfers.
Magnolia Park is our next stop on the 19th and 20th of July and with entries coming in thick and fast we would recommend you get your entry in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.