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Elementary for Watson

Billy Watson with Jamega at Enfield 2019Billy Watson lead from the gun, to win “The Enfield Invitational” with a 13 under par total that put him one shot ahead of James Willis on 12 under and 3 ahead of Glen Portelli in third place, on 10 under par.

The first round produced some excellent scoring with David James posting a 7 under par 65 early in the day and that remained unchallenged until Watson joined him on the same score later on.

The highlight of the first round, was a Hole-in-One, on the par 3 sixth hole, by Henry Sheridan-Mills, which helped him to a 5 under par 67 opening score.

During the second round Watson showed great composure and proved his class by compiling an error free 6 under par 66 to add to his first round 65 and pick up the £3,500 winners’ cheque.

Watson was pushed all the way by James Willis, who shot a best of the day 7 under par 65, a round which culminated with a Birdie, Eagle finish.

It was rewarding again to see another young player, who is at the dawn of his professional career, play well and win against a very experienced, international field such as the one we had again this week.

The Enfield International was preceded, as usual, by a very successful Pro-Am with over 30 teams participating. Giles Evans was the leading professional with a magnificent score of 8 under par 64.

The overall winners of the pro-am were “Team Mignano” (2) with a magnificent score of 90 points helped by their exuberant professional, Steve Tooth, aka “Toothy”, contributing too the score and also keeping the team entertained.

The Enfield Club maintained their claim to be the friendliest golf club in North London, thanks to the eager and enthusiastic membership making both us and the professionals very welcome and with a course maintained in excellent condition, thanks to the efforts of Head Greenkeeper, Dane Watts and his team, it is a must stop for every nomadic golfer.

Vernon is the Cream of the Crop

Eddie Vernon with Jamega at The Leatherhead 2019Eddie Vernon overcame the difficult scoring conditions at The Leatherhead Golf Club to win “The Leatherhead Trophy” by one shot from Louis Hirst, with South Africa’s Lyle Rowe a shot further back in third place.

Strong blustery winds made controlling the golf ball extremely difficult on day one, where only 10 players bettered the par of 71.

One of the highlights of the first round was a hole in one on the par 3 seventeenth, by James Heath, which gave him a share of the halfway lead on 2 under par.

Vernon, after a first round of one under par 70, which left him just shot off the lead, put together a flawless second round of 66 made up of 5 birdies and thirteen pars for a 6 under par total and the deserved win.

In afield of over 90 players, made up of golfers from 12 different golfing nations, which included several current and former European tour and Challenge tour players, it was rewarding for us to see the up and coming Eddie Vernon triumph.

We are sure that after this experience Vernon will progress to bigger and better things in his golfing career, boosted by winning against a quality field.

The Leatherhead Club is one of our favourite venues as there is always a friendly welcome from the helpful staff both on the course and in the clubhouse, where you can be sure of having a choice of excellent food after your round on the superb golf course.

Party in The Park for Laskey

Mark Laskey with Jamega at Park Wood 2019Mark Laskey strolled to victory at Park Wood with an excellent score of 8 under par, which given the chalk and cheese weather of the two days, was tremendous golf.

An ideal first day for scoring at Park Wood with sunshine and light winds helped Dale Whitnell and Alasdair Plumb to 6 under par 66’s to set the early target.

Daniel Bennett, Mark Laskey, Jack Slater and South Africa’s Lyle Rowe came close to joining the leaders with solid 5 under par 67’s.

It was to be a challenging final round for the players as the weather was forecasted to be wet at times and very windy.

Early starter, Max Jordan, showed what could be done with a one under par 71 that gave him a fourteen-shot improvement on his first round of thirteen over par.

In the wet blustery conditions scoring was not easy but from the penultimate group, Laskey set the clubhouse target at 8 under par by adding a solid 3 under par 69 to his first round 5 under, while Rowe’s card was a “Liquorice All sorts” of colour, indicating pars, bogies, birdies and an Eagle all adding up to a level par 72.

In the final group, last year’s winner, Dale Whitnell, never came to grips with the front nine and turned in 3 over par, whilst Plumb and Bennett both faded away in the trying conditions to leave Laskey the winner of the “Park Wood Futures” and a cheque for £3,500.

The hospitality in the clubhouse at Park Wood was superb, as usual and the course held up well despite the dreadful weather on the second day, thanks to Head Greenkeeper Jack Sims and his enthusiastic staff.