Extra Time Win for King

Gary King with Jamega at Mill Ride 2019Gary King won a sudden death play-off against Dale Whitnell to triumph in the Mill Ride Classic yesterday, after both players finished tied on 5 under par.

Although the first day at Mill Ride golf club in Ascot was somewhat of a damp affair, to say the least, three players made the best of the very wet and miserable conditions to hold the joint lead on 2 under par.

Jack Charman, Liam Robinson and Gary King headed some seven players who finished on one under par, who in turn had four players on level par chasing them.

Play was eventually abandoned, due to the heavy relentless rain in the afternoon and the plan was to complete the first round early the next day and then, hopefully, have a shotgun start to get the tournament finished.

On the second day, the shotgun start began at 10-30 and the leading three players kept each other at close quarters throughout the day, with Jack Charman covering his first 9 holes in 33, giving him a 4 shot lead over King and a 3 shot lead over Robinson.

Dale Whitnell was making a charge covering his first nine in 32 shots to make up ground and was level with Charman.

Over the second nine holes experience came into play and as Charman began to falter during the last five holes, Whitnell and King began to forge ahead, although Whitnell did have a stumble, with a double bogey on the thirteenth.

King had a stellar last nine, with 5 birdies and a single bogey, seeing him home in 32 shots for his final total, whereas Whitnell was far more pedestrian completing his back nine in level par.

And so, the pair were tied and on they went for the play-off, which was quickly decide by a chip and putt birdie by King to secure the win and the £3,500 first prize cheque.

Even in the appalling conditions Mill Ride was presented in great condition by Drew Ramsey and his team, plus many loyal volunteers from the club members.

Head professional, Terry Wild and the clubhouse staff ensured that we were well looked after and in better weather conditions it is a great place to spend a day playing golf and enjoying yourselves.

Abbott secures the second Shire London Bowl

Jamie Abbott with Jamega at The Shire London 2019Jamie Abbott has won the second Shire London Bowl with a steady final round of level par 72 in extremely difficult conditions to complete the two rounds in a total of 6 under par.

Scoring a solid 6 under par 66, Abbott established a 2-shot lead over Lewis Atkinson after the first day’s play at The Shire London, who are proud to be the custodians of the only Seve Ballesteros designed golf course in the United Kingdom.

The second day proved to be a difficult test of patience and endurance and experience prevailed with Abbott keeping his challengers at arm’s length throughout the day and was never seriously tested.

Tom Shadbolt came the nearest to challenging Abbott, carding an excellent 3 under par 69 to finish the tournament on 3 under par for the runners-up place.

Although the weather was not the greatest the course itself was in magnificent condition with superb greens for the players to enjoy.

The Shire London is a thriving golf club near Barnet, in Hertfordshire, with good motorway access that brings golfers to one of the best clubs in the area, where you can actually see the masterful skills of the great Severiano Ballesteros woven into the design of each hole.

The hospitality and relaxed atmosphere in the clubhouse will certainly round off your days golf and if you are lucky you may see the World Long driving Champion, Joe Miller, on the range being coached by head professional, Lee Cox.

Gary is The King of Aldwickbury Park

Gary King with Jamega at Aldwickbury Park 2019Gary King came, saw and conquered the field to win the Aldwickbury Challenge, after a devastating burst of form during the first round.

King was in the middle of an ordinary round of golf for the first nine holes, on day one, at Aldwickbury park and for all the world it was looking like ending in an ordinary score.

King managed to counter two bogies with an Eagle and a solitary Birdie to make the turn in a steady but un-spectacular, one under par.

But then King, lit the touch paper and his playing partners stood back as the fireworks began and he proceeded to reel off 6 Birdies, an Eagle and just two solitary pars, to complete the back nine in an 8 under par score of 27 shots to set the clubhouse lead at 9 under par!

The young Korean player, Gookmin Kim was Kings nearest challenger on 6 under par with John Hickey and Pat Ruff on 4 under the card.

On the second day King seemed to be feeling sorry for his pursuers when he negotiated the front nine in two over par and seemed to have a battle on his hands.

James Heath, Dale Whitnell and the evergreen Van Phillips fared better on the second day and all posted a final total of 7 under par to set the clubhouse lead.

King steadied the ship on the homeward nine and in the end recorded a rather mundane, two birdies and 7 pars to come home a comfortable winner on 9 under par.

Aldwickbury Park was in stunning condition with fast but true greens thanks to the hard work of Course Manager, Craig Betts and his band of Merry men.

Aldwickbury Park is a very friendly and welcoming club and nothing is too much trouble so, without reservation we would recommend it as a good day out.