It’s a Back to Back Win for Abbott

Jamie Abbott with Jamega at Essendon 2018Jamie Abbott rolled in his final putt at Essendon Old Course to secure his second win in as many weeks as he makes the most of finding a rich vein of form.

At last a warm and sunny day for the players and also the Jamega crew to enjoy for a change and the scoring certainly reflected the improvement in the weather.

Four players shared the lead after the first round on 5 under par, Will Symons, Tom Jordan, Patrick Ruff and last week’s winner, Jamie Abbott would be vying for the win but they would also be very aware of the 25 or so players on level par or better who ready to spoil their day.

The second day was filled with much promise and we were not disappointed when David Dixon made the Essendon Old course feel very Old when he scorched round the par 72 layout in no less than 62 shots made up of 6 Birdies 2 Eagles and just 10 Pars.

This score gave Dixon a share of the course record for Essendon Old, which is some compensation for coming a gallant second in the tournament.

Dixon would have a long wait to see if that would be low enough for at least a play-off but with Abbott and Jamie Moule each on 8 under par after 27 holes it looked like Dixon might live to regret his first round of one over par.

In the end, as the main contenders neared the end of their second round, it was Abbott, playing relentless golf, who triumphed with a flawless 6 under par 66 to add to the 5 under from the first day that beat Dixons by 2 shots.

The head green keeper at Essendon, Craig Gibson and his staff presented the course in excellent condition for the players and certainly Jamie Moul enjoyed the fifth and Jay Taylor enjoyed the short fifteenth where each had a hole in one.

The hospitality at the Essendon was excellent as usual and we cannot recommend it highly enough if you are looking for a good day out at a fantastic facility.

Abbott is Back

Jamie Abbott and Rob Watson with Jamega at The Shire 2018Seve would have been delighted to see the array of talent on display at The Shire London this week and bar an extraordinary first round score of 7 under par 65 from Jamie Abbott, his original and iconic design survived the onslaught from modern equipment and balls.

Abbott’s nearest challengers, Steve Surry (Cumberwell Park), Michael Watson (Wessex Golf Centre), Mark Laskey (Brockett Hall) and Rob Watson, all sat 4 shots behind but on this testing layout there was still all to play for.

The second day started overcast and dull but thankfully the drizzle had not returned and play commenced on time, at 07:38 am.

As the early scores started to come in it seemed that scoring seemed a lot better than yesterday with players improving on their first-round scores, some by quite a margin.

Well, what an afternoon of golf we had with Rob Watson starting his second round Birdie, Eagle, Eagle and another Birdie saw hm 6 under par after 5 holes and suddenly 2 shots ahead of overnight leader Abbott.

The play continued to ebb and flow but as the final groups started to drift in it was Marco Penge who established the early clubhouse lead with a 5 under par total, which included 3 Eagles, one of which was a hole in one on the Fourteenth which earned him an extra £100.

Rob Watson, in the following group, immediately leapfrogged Penge to take over the lead with a final total of 6 under par and then he had a short wait for the final group to appear to see what Abbott was up to.

Abbott meanwhile had to deal with a traumatic back nine after dropping 4 shots in 3 holes from the eleventh but he recovered well and birdied the fourteenth and fifteenth to get back to 6 under par and level with Watson.

Abbott failed to extract another birdie from the remaining 3 holes and so it was of for a play-off between these two warriors. The play-off only lasted for just one hole, with Abbott emerging as the winner of The Shire London Bowl.

The Shire London is a true test of golf for players of all abilities and is also a great day out with friendly staff and maybe on the range, you could see Long Drive Champion, Joe Miller being coached by resident professional Lee Cox.

After the excellent 2 days of play, Seve would have a smile on his face and be proud of the way his design has stood the test of time.

Great Scott, It’s a Win for Fallon

Scott Fallon with Jamega at Stock Brook Manor 2018Scott Fallon left it until the last minute to win the Stock Brook Manor Cup from Jack Colegate by a single shot with a birdie on the thirty-sixth hole in a thrilling climax.

Day one at Stock Brook produced seven under par 65’s from three players, Scott Fallon, Peter Williamson and Patrick Ruff.

Fallon was one of the early starters and he set the benchmark at 7 under with a round that began with a bogey but then Fallon scorched through the next ten holes in seven under par.

Another blot on the card came at the fifteenth where Fallon harvested another unwelcomed bogey but then he recovered his position with two birdies in the last three holes.

Ruff came in later on in the day to equal Fallon’s score and a blistering 5 birdies in the last nine holes certainly helped towards his score of 65.

Hot on Ruffs heels came Williamson, whose front nine of 6 under par 30, left scorch marks on the course and only a double bogey on the eleventh quenched the flames of an otherwise spectacular round of golf.

With over half the field scoring par or better, the second day was going to be a test of nerve for the leaders and a day for taking the bull by the horns for the pursuers.

Indications of another low scoring day arrived in the form of a 6 under par 66 from Jack South, who took the clubhouse lead, probably only for a short while though.

Meanwhile out on the course after 27 holes, Fallon and Ruff were back pedalling with each of them dropping back to 5 under par, whilst David Dixon and Jack Colegate picked up shots to get to 5 under and into the mix.

David Dixon improved again in the home stretch and set the clubhouse lead at 6 under par, just one shot ahead of Will Brown, who finished Birdie, Birdie, Eagle for his 5 under total. So, it was just a matter of Dixon waiting to see if that was going to be good enough.

Dixons lead was short-lived however because Colegate birdied the last 2 holes to shade him by a single shot, while in the final group of the day Williamson was having a day to forget, Ruff was hanging on and birdied the last to tie Dixon on 6 under.

Fallon was level with Colegate on 7 under with just one hole to play and to his delight he managed to squeeze a birdie 4 out of the par five to win by a single shot for the £3,500 winners cheque.