Dan is “The Wizard from AUS”

Daniel Gaunt with Jamega at Donnington Grove 2019Australian, Daniel Gaunt (Burhill GC) came out of the darkness and into the light with a tremendous win at Donnington Grove scoring a total of 10 under par, to win by 3 from the Wiltshire trio of Steve Surry (Cumberwell Park), Ben Amor (Jenahura) and Jack Charman (North Wilts GC).

Gaunt, who kept falling in and out of love with the game over the last few years, has now confirmed how good he really is with this win and he will surely, now go on to bigger and better things in the future.

The first days play at Donnington Grove produced some great scoring, with first Billy Watson (Northants GC), carding a flawless 7 under par 65, only to be followed soon after, by the eventual winner Gaunt, who produced the same score, highlight of which, was an Eagle 2 on the par 4 fourteenth.

Tucked in behind the leading pair on 5 under par, were three of Wiltshire’s finest, Ben Amor, Jack Charman and Steve Surry, who with their local knowledge of the course were sure to give the leaders a run for their money.

The second day saw Amor take the lead by one after a front nine of 3 under par, while first round leaders, Gaunt and Watson, went through nine in a rather pedestrian level par.

Starting the back nine with 2 pars, Gaunt then picked up the pace and birdied the next 3 holes to go to 10 under par and into the lead once again.

Amor’s bubble eventually burst with bogeys on the twelfth and fourteenth and neither Surry or Charman could make inroads into Gaunt’s steady play over the last 4 holes and he eventually ran out an easy winner.

It was a pleasure to return to Donnington Grove, after a break of several years, to find the course in fantastic condition and with the clubhouse hospitality as welcoming as ever to all of us and the players providing excellent food and beverages.

Hirst Races Home at Royal Ascot

Louis Hirst with Jamega at Royal Ascot 2019Louis Hirst won the Royal Ascot Cup by a short head from amateur Eoin Leonard in a closely fought battle to the finish, with Hirst on 8 under par and Leonard closing fast on 7 under par.

Louis Hirst opened proceedings on the first day with a spectacular 7 under par 63, that had 9 birdies on the card, marred only by an unfortunate double bogey on the troublesome twelfth.

This gave Hirst a 3 shot cushion over Jack Slater, Billy Watson and Jack Yule, with the eventual runner up Leonard a further shot behind, along with Steve Surry and Jamie Moul

Another highlight on the first day, was the Hole in One on the 230-yard par 3 first by Ryan Thomas, who went on to record a solid one over par 71.

On the second day it was a nip and tuck affair, with Leonard reaching the turn in 3 under par, to put him 6 under for the tournament and when Hirst, in the final group. double bogied the tenth hole, Leonard was in the lead.

Then Hirst gathered his senses and birdied thirteen, fourteen and fifteen for a slender one-shot lead and with steady pars over the last 3 holes he managed to cross the line.

The Pro-am that preceded the main tournament was a great success with two Cumberwell Park professionals picking up the spoils.

Ryan Smith brought home the winning team of, “The Sunday Golfers”, who scored an excellent 90 points and Steve Surry won the individual prize, with a superb 5 under par 65.

The course was in excellent condition thanks to the hard work of course manager, Ian Hockley and his dedicated team and as usual the hospitality shown to all of us and the players in the clubhouse was brilliant and we would un-reservedly recommend it as a, “must play”, stop on your golfing calendar.

It was good to get another new winner on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour, who continue to give aspiring professionals the opportunity to develop their game in competition with their peers.

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Elementary for Watson

Billy Watson with Jamega at Enfield 2019Billy Watson lead from the gun, to win “The Enfield Invitational” with a 13 under par total that put him one shot ahead of James Willis on 12 under and 3 ahead of Glen Portelli in third place, on 10 under par.

The first round produced some excellent scoring with David James posting a 7 under par 65 early in the day and that remained unchallenged until Watson joined him on the same score later on.

The highlight of the first round, was a Hole-in-One, on the par 3 sixth hole, by Henry Sheridan-Mills, which helped him to a 5 under par 67 opening score.

During the second round Watson showed great composure and proved his class by compiling an error free 6 under par 66 to add to his first round 65 and pick up the £3,500 winners’ cheque.

Watson was pushed all the way by James Willis, who shot a best of the day 7 under par 65, a round which culminated with a Birdie, Eagle finish.

It was rewarding again to see another young player, who is at the dawn of his professional career, play well and win against a very experienced, international field such as the one we had again this week.

The Enfield International was preceded, as usual, by a very successful Pro-Am with over 30 teams participating. Giles Evans was the leading professional with a magnificent score of 8 under par 64.

The overall winners of the pro-am were “Team Mignano” (2) with a magnificent score of 90 points helped by their exuberant professional, Steve Tooth, aka “Toothy”, contributing too the score and also keeping the team entertained.

The Enfield Club maintained their claim to be the friendliest golf club in North London, thanks to the eager and enthusiastic membership making both us and the professionals very welcome and with a course maintained in excellent condition, thanks to the efforts of Head Greenkeeper, Dane Watts and his team, it is a must stop for every nomadic golfer.