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.