Dixon Back on Pole

David Dixon with Jamega at The Leatherhead 2018David Dixon raced to a 3 shot win at The Leatherhead Club thanks to a blistering last lap of 6 under par, which saw him overtake local resident professional, Michael Lowe and take the chequered flag.

First round leader, Lowe enjoyed a varied selection of numbers whilst compiling his 5 under par 66 on the first day, it had a smattering of pars and birdies but the highlight of his round was undoubtedly the Eagle 2 he made on the seventeenth.

Marco Penge was Lowe’s closest challenger at the end of the day with a 4 under par 67 and a shot further back came the veteran, John Hoskison who rekindled days of yesteryear with a solid 3 under par 68.

Dixon who was 3 shots back, had to come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders if he was going to catch Lowe, who as the resident professional, had to be the hot favourite.

On the second day Tyler Hogarty and George Mullins fed off each other’s good play in the afternoon and both recorded 4 under par 67’s that left Mullins as the clubhouse leader on 3 under par.

Dixon then came in and blew the tournament wide open with a superb 6 under par 65 that gave him a final total of 8 under par and a substantial lead in the clubhouse.

Luke Johnson came close with a fine 3 under par 68 but that still left him 3 shots behind Dixon, who was now in a commanding position, as news that the final group were all struggling came in, with neither Penge, Lowe or Hoskison under par.

So, it was a delighted Dixon who took the victors laurels and the guaranteed winner’s prize of £3,500 but the biggest prize, for Dixon, was the welcome return to form adding this win to the one he enjoyed at the Paul Laurie Par 3 Tournament recently.

In the stunning sunshine the Leatherhead Club looked a picture and thanks to the hard work of the clubhouse staff and Pro, Michael Lowe, the hospitality was second to none and we would, without hesitation recommend it as a course to be played.

Towndrow Secures Maiden Victory

Sean Towndrow with Jamega at Mill Ride 2018Sean Towndrow (Golfin4Life) held off the opposition with a patient and mature performance while most of the field found the going heavy at Mill Ride.

Towndrow proved to be the stayer and at close of play on the first day he had a 5 under par 67 under his belt to lead by three.

Dan Garner (Romford Golf Club) was his nearest challenger on 2 under the card, and a length back on one under par sat the amateur Jack Floydd (Haywards Heath GC) and Jamie Moul (Stoke by Nayland).

It promised to be a very interesting second day for Towndrow, in the way of him keeping the chasing pack at bay and holding his nerve.

The second day was a little lack lustre in terms of an exciting finish, with only four players finishing level par or better.

One of those was overnight leader Towndrow, who with 3 birdies, 3 bogeys and 12 pars did more than enough to secure his first professional win by 4 shots from Freddie Price.

A solid performance from the “Single Figure Golfer” entry, amateur Jack Floydd who finished level par for the tournament tied with Ben Follett-Smith in third place.

Congratulations to Will Brown who has just pipped David Dixon to top the second Order of Merit to secure him a free season on the2018/2019 Portugal Pro Golf Tour worth in excess of £4,500.

Mill Ride is a classic golf course set in the heart of Ascot and is maintained to the highest level by Head Greenkeeper Drew Ramsey and his team.

With excellent hospitality provided by the clubhouse staff and enthusiastic members, who make you feel more than welcome, Mill Ride is most certainly worth a visit.

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.