Ben, is an Oxford Don
Zimbabwean, Benjamin Follett-Smith eventually won the foreshortened “Oxford Classic” by a single shot from Joe Knox, Luke Donnelly and Toby Hunt.
A late entry from “Mother Nature”, upset the apple cart on the first day of the tournament, bringing with her heavy thundery rainstorms which forced the delay and eventual cancellation of the opening round, reducing the event to 18 holes.
When play resumed at 08:00am on the second day, Donnelly set the bar at 3 under par very early on, playing in the first group, which included Andrew “Beef” Johnson, who was making a welcome return to his Jamega roots and play some, “happy golf”.
Some 30 minutes later Toby Hunt joined Donnelly on 3 under par and the pair settled in for a hoped-for long wait to see if they would be heading for a play-off, or heading home.
Three hours later Follett-Smith allowed Donnelly and Hunt to go home, when he posted a 4 under par 66 to take over the waiting chair to see if his score would be good enough for the win.
A further hour passed by and Joe Knox came close, carding a 3 under par 67 and so it was back to the waiting room for Follett-Smith, to endure a further nervous wait to see if his 4 under par would be good enough.
Well, the wait was worth it, as his score stood the test of time and a relieved Follett-Smith was delighted to take home the title, along with the £3,500.00 winners’ cheque.
A huge shout-out must go to The Oxford Golf Club’s green keeping staff, led by Douglas McGregor, who, had the perfect greens, running at 12.5 on the Stimp-Meter and Club Head Professional, Joe Pepperell for all his amazing help in getting the tournament staged.