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King Henry Rules the Wychwood

William Sheridan-Mills with Jamega at The Wychwood 2019Henry Sheridan-Mills broke his professional duck on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour, winning “The Wychwood International” by a single Shot from Australian challenger, Will Heffernan.

The first round produced a 7 under par 65 by Sheridan-Mills that gave him a one stroke lead over the consistent Australian, Will Heffernan, who in turn was a single shot in front of Pat Ruff, Jamie Abbott and Sheridan-Mills’ brother Freddie.

So, the second day should produce some interesting battles for the title but hopefully, no “Cain and Abel” moments between the Sheridan-Mills brothers!

On the blustery second day it was a battle the whole way for the leaders, who kept a close eye on each other throughout the afternoon.

Louis Hirst set a feasible clubhouse target of 7 under par for the others to aim at and he was soon joined on that total by Giles Evans.

With the groups finishing thick and fast Louis Campbell added a fine 5 under par 67 to his first round 68 to leapfrog Evans and Hirst to assume the lead on 9 under par.

In the final group, with Abbott unable to make progress, there was a right royal tussle going on between Sheridan-Mills and Heffernan.

Sheridan-Mills, one shot ahead on the seventeenth, missed a short birdie putt that would have given him a 2-shot lead over Heffernan, with the driveable par 4 eighteenth to come, so it was going to be a tight finish.

Sheridan-Mills hit a great tee shot to drive the eighteenth to see his ball finished some 10 feet from the hole, from where he calmly rolled it up to the cup for a tap-in birdie, the win and of course a £3,500 winners’ cheque.

The successful pro-am, which preceded the “Wychwood International”, saw the team of Shaun James Jnr, Adam Nolan, David Bates and Team Professional Jack Slater smash it with 89 points. The leading Professional score was a tie at 3 under par, with 69’s, scored by Liam Robinson and Tom Spreadborough.

The Wychwood Golf Club is a little gem tucked away near Chipping Norton and is one of the most friendly and hospitable clubs on our roster.

The head professional, Tom Field, and his team present the course in excellent condition every year and a welcoming clubhouse and with friendly staff serving very tasty food for you to enjoy after your round, It’s well worth a visit.

A Thoroughbred Performance by Surry

Steve Surry with Jamega at Lingfield 2019Steve Surry finished Birdie, Birdie to force a play-off with Liam Robinson for The Lingfield Park Cup, in which Surry prevailed for a well-deserved win.

Round one at Lingfield Park did not give us the low scoring that has been enjoyed at recent tournaments but non the less there were four players tied on 4 under the card.

Will Heffernan, Liam Robinson, Louis Hirst and South Africa’s Lyle Rowe negotiated the course in fine style to establish a one-shot lead over Dan Smith and Alasdair Plumb, so the second day should be very interesting.

On the second day there was a marginal improvement in the scoring with Patrick Ruff posting a 4 under par 68 for a 4 under par total as the clubhouse target.

Steve Surry, however, soon obliterated that target carding a 7 under par 65 for a new top of the table score of 8 under par so it would be a bit of a wait for Surry to see what the leaders were up to.

Surry was soon joined by Robinson, who added another 4 under par 68 to his first-round score to also reach 8 under par, so it looked for all the world like being a play-off.

Neither Heffernan, Hirst or Rowe, in final group, could challenge Surry and Robinson’s total so after the dead heat, it was off to the par 5 Eighteenth to start the play-off.

It was all over very quickly when Surry holed a 3-footer for birdie and was the delighted to receive the winner’s cheque for £3,500.

Head Greenkeeper, Greg Milton and his team did a wonderful job in presenting the course to everyone’s satisfaction and hospitality in the clubhouse was also excellent, as usual and the on-site accommodation is superb, so if you are looking for golf, racing, or indeed both, Lingfield is a must for you.

Jevann is in Seventh Heaven [UPDATED - GALLERY ADDED]

Jevann Parmar with Jamega at The Players Club 2019England’s Jevann Parmar put together two solid rounds of golf to win The Players Masters by a single shot from five other players, scoring a tremendous 9 under par total of 135, with his 8 under par final round being the highlight.

At the end of the first day at The Players Club we had a truly International leader board with an Englishman (Steve Surry), a Scotsman (Rory Smith) and an Australian (Will Heffernan), leading the way on 7 under par ahead of, Sam Edwards on 6 under and Alfredo Curbishley, alongside Henry Sheridan-Mills on 5 under par.

The scoring, on an ideal day for golf, was exceptional, with no less than 32 players scoring par or better over the par 72 Codrington course.

The second day brought sunny spells with light winds, which was going to promote some low scoring and an interesting second days play.

This was indeed the case, when South Africa’s Lyle Rowe posted a magnificent 8 under par 64 but unfortunately Rowe’s first round of 76 put him out of the running.

The international flavour of the tournament continued when India’s Digraj Singh Gill added a 6 under par 66 to his first-round effort of 76 but again it was not going to be low enough.

As the scores came in thick and fast it was England’s Daniel Hendry who set the target for the leaders to chase, when he equalled Rowe’s second round 64 to post an 8 under par total for the tournament.

George Bloor continued the low scoring trend, with a 7 under par 65 but he came up just one shy of tying Hendry for the clubhouse lead.

David James and Louis Campbell joined Hendry on 8 under par, after scoring 65 and 66 respectively but Jevann Parmar went into the lead on 9 under par after he scored yet another 8 under par 64.

So, with none of the first-round leaders capitalising on their first-round scores, it was a delighted Parmar who pocketed the guaranteed winner’s cheque for £3,500,

The Players club is one of our favourite venues, where we and the players are always made to feel welcome and where nothing is too much trouble for the clubhouse staff and the course is always beautifully presented thanks to the hard work of the greens staff led by Nick Perkins.