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.

The Duke of Mentmore

Carl Duke did not quite emulate the scoring orgy by Jack Doherty at last year’s event on The Rothschild Course at Mentmore but non the less put together two excellent rounds to finish on 11 under par and win by two shots.

The first day on The Rothschild saw the course bathed in sunshine with light winds and all was set fair for a low scoring day. Two scores of seven under par 65 by Ryan Massetti and David Ginn sat on top of the leader board with Challenge Tour player Dan Brooks again featuring on 6 under close behind. With Brooks on 6 under was James Scade trying to blot the memory of last weeks collapse from his mind.

A large group of players finished under par to form the chasing pack including Tom Dolan who saw a lot of hard work and steady improvement over the last few years pay off with an excellent 4 under par 68.

The second day was just as warm but a strong breeze would make scoring difficult and patience would be the key to un-lock a victory. Neil Reilly surged through the field scoring a brilliant 64 to set an impressive early target of 8 under par 136 for the others to chase. Carl Duke was having a birdie fest on the links scoring no less than 9 in all with just two bogeys spoiling an otherwise great card. Duke said that everything was moving on his last two putts for birdie except the ball but both efforts found the bottom of the cup and Duke assumed the lead with an impressive total of 11 under par 133.

On the golf course James Scade was holding things together recovering from two early bogeys and was chasing the new clubhouse leader Duke. After a stuttering front nine of 37, one over par, Scade proved that he has the game by recovering and gathering 4 birdies to come home in 32 for a 3 under par 69 but it was just not enough and he had to settle for a second place total of 9 under par 135 and a cheque for £2,000.

Neil Reilly’s superb 64 left him on his own in third place and a cheque for £1,500 but it was Carl Duke who took the first prize of £4,000 and registered his first win on The Jamega Tour.

Our next event is at South Winchester starting on the 12th of July and now that Open qualifying no longer interferes with our schedule it is sure to be busy so enter early to ensure your place.

David James, again!

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”.