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.
We 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.
We all sang “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside” as the Jamega Tour Bandwagon headed south to Hayling Island, near Portsmouth, for the first event of the year.
With a full field jousting for the first prize of £5,000 it was going to be an exciting tournament on our first visit to a links-land course.
Oh dear! The weather that dogged us for most of the last two years returned and as the day wore on the wind increased, the rain fell and the temperature dropped.
The first day provided some excellent scoring despite the worsening conditions and Challenge Tour member Mathew Mills set a scorching pace with a 5 under par 66.
Brett Taylor was shadowing Mills with a solid 4 under 67, Glyn Bateman and Danny Belch chipped in with 3 under par 68’s.
Jonathan Poulton, Michael Bush, Andrew Richardson, James Ruebotham and Andrew Cloke made it tight at top of the scoreboard all carding 2 under 69‘s.
A host of players posted 1 under par 70’s including the laconic James Busby who was searching for the end of the rainbow and the treasure chest containing five thousand doubloons!
The start of day two was horrendous to say the least, with high, near gale force, winds and later heavy rain. However the course took everything that was dumped on it and the greens remained quick and true and the fairways playable.
One player who was not affected by the conditions and presented an unbelievable 4 under par 67 was John Banbury which put him at the head of proceedings on 141.
Most of the scores coming in were in the mid seventies and as the day one leaders got blown off course several players saw the opportunity to bring their experience into play and grind out par golf.
As John Banbury paced up and down waiting and hoping that no one could catch him. Home Pro Mark Treleaven, Matt Allen, Andrew Richardson, James Ablett and Chris Brook came close finishing on 2 over and Banbury kept pacing!
To James Busby, the dark horse from the North of England, the conditions were just like home and he plotted his way around Hayling Island steadily and got himself in the lead with a great birdie on 14. A par on 15 followed by another birdie on 16 gave him a two shot cushion, which he would need playing the treacherous 17th and 18th holes.
Busby, drawing on his experience duly made par on the last two holes, carding a final round of 2 under 69 and a grand total of 3 under par 139.
So Hayling Island proved to be Busby’s “Treasure Island” as he un-earthed Jamega’s largest first-place cheque ever, for £5,000. John Banbury, although disappointed to be beaten, soon smiled again on receiving his second place cheque for £2,500.
Hayling Island is a beautifully presented Links course with fast and true greens overlooking the Isle of Wight. The clubhouse and staff are very welcoming and we would recommend it to golfers of all standards, a tough test for one and all.
Our next event at Magnolia Park is already full, so if you want to ensure that you get a place in the remaining 18 events we would recommend that you enter them sooner rather than later so as not to be disappointed.
View Hayling Island Photographs - By Simon Murdoch