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.

A close shave for Paul Doherty

With the wind from an un-familiar Northerly direction it was going to be an interesting first day for the 128 golfers competing for the first prize of £6,000.

Playing “speed golf” the first 2 ball of Nathan Treacher and Lee Corfield flew round in under 3 hours 15 minutes to each record 4 under par 67’s.

A lesson in the benefits of playing quickly, rather than slowly, to be learned there maybe!

The pair of them continued to lead the first round until Craig Shave and local Cumberwell Park hero Matt Swales matched their score later in the day.

Paul Doherty and Phil Wastell slotted in just behind the leaders both scoring excellent 3 under par 68’s

A rash of players fell in behind Doherty and Wastell including the recently turned Pro from Broome Manor, Miles Mackman, who was endeavouring to follow in the foot steps of David Howell, the renowned Broome Manor boy.
Mackman was joined at 2 under by Michael Lowe, James Ruebotham, James Mynott, Craig Housden and James Jankowski.

Day one was not quite over yet though, so now for a magical story about a Frog, a Fox. A Buggy and a Bunker!
“Late on the first day a Frog was found hopping about on the practice putting green looking for a princess to kiss and a pond. After realizing that it was not a new putting aid the poor thing was rescued by the plucky youngest son of one of the Directors who is known by the nickname, “The Fox”.
They were told that the nearest water was the pond on the 3rd hole and so The Fox, the Son and The Frog hopped into a buggy and set off to return Froggy to his natural habitat.
Concentrating more on the frog than where he was going the Fox managed to launch the buggy over the edge of a bunker!
Luckily the buggy rolled out of its pitch mark and ended in a good enough lie to be played out back onto the fairway.
With the son left to rake the bunker the Fox and the Frog made their way to the pond in the now re-named Dune Buggy where the Frog was returned to water, with pace!!

Day 2 was bright and sunny with the ever present Cumberwell Park breeze in the trees and with the course in superb condition we all looked forward to an exciting day’s golf.
Steve Surry set the early pace by adding a 4 under par 67 to his lack lustre first round of 72, to lead on 3 under par 139.
Stuart Hemming and Steve Courtney overtook Surry both carding fine 4 under par 67’s but we heard from the on course scorer that Paul Doherty was in fine form and coming down the stretch on fire and with 4 birdies and an Eagle in his back nine, Doherty set the target at 7 under par 135.
First round leader Craig Shave came within a whisker of catching Doherty but the first round spark had left him and he scored a final round of 1 under par 70 to fall just 2 short with a 5 under the card total 137.
Some consolation for Shave was the second place cheque for £3,000 which he took home from his very first Jamega Tour event.
So congratulations to Paul Doherty who emulated his Brother Jack’s win at Mentmore last year to pick up the substantial first place cheque of £6,000.

Cumberwell Park is a great complex with a fantastic short game practice area and challenging golf courses for golfers of all standards the hospitality is second to none and the Pasties are awesome!

Our next event at The Players Club is now full, we’re taking reserves only, so once again if you know your schedule, don’t delay get your entry in now.

Kirwan “Rors“ To Victory in Wales

Rory KirwanWe arrived at The Vale of Glamorgan Golf and Country Club and immediately contacted Tourist Information to check that we were really in Wales.
The reason for our confusion was because the sun was shining and we had not seen one single sheep!
Day one saw the sun peep over the horizon again and slowly warm the early starters bones and with no wind to speak of it should have proved to be a good day for scoring.

The Wales National Course at The Vale of Glamorgan however is long and tight, an example being the second hole which is a 607 yard par 5 where the players have to walk in single file down the fairway!
As we suspected very few players broke par even with benign conditions prevailing. One who did was the likeable Aussie, Cameron Russell who shot an impressive 4 under par 69 to head the field.

Running him close, came Giuseppe Licata at 3 under the card with Martin Sell and the eventual winner Rory Kirwan lurking menacingly a shot further back at 2 under par.
Darren Prosser, Andrew Richardson, Andrew Cloke and Ernie, sorry, Nico Els kept themselves in the race for the £5,000 first prize at 1 under par.
Chris Brook who was to shoot a level par total for round 1 which included a golden stretch of Eagle, Birdie, Birdie from the 6th still felt he had a chance.

The second day was again sunny but with an interesting breeze blowing, so we looked forward to a great day of exciting golf.
The scoring was actually better than day one, with Bill Hodkin, having shaken off the effects of too many Cream Teas, compiling an impressive 2 under par 71 to see him jump up the leader board and eventually finish joint 7th.
Nick Redfern from The Asian Tour lead for a while carding a solid 3 under par 70 to finish the tournament on 1 under.
Redfern was then  joined by Chris Brook who scored a steady 72 to add to his first round 73.

Meanwhile the unassuming Rory Kirwan was munching up the course, the field and eventually the first round leader Cameron Russell with some scintillating golf to shoot a 5 under par final round of 68 which, when added to his first round set him on top of the heap at 7 under.
Kirwan did not have long to wait to be declared the winner as Cameron Russell in the final grouping failed to replicate his superb play from Day 1, finishing 3 shots off the pace but still picking up a cheque for £2500.
Martin Sell also in the last group, missed his 7 footer which would have given him 3rd place alone.
Licata also faded to a final total of 1 under to join Sell, Redfern and Brook in joint 3rd position each winning £975 for their efforts.

Rory Kirwan was a deserved winner who went about his business in a quiet professional manner, taking home a rather large cheque of £5,000.

The facilities at The Vale Resort are second to none, with a very testing Championship Golf Course, a friendly welcoming clubhouse and a Hotel and Spa for all to enjoy.

Our next event at Cumberwell Park is FULL so it’s reserves only.

Our advice to you is get your schedules worked out and enter all your tournaments early or run the risk of not getting a start.