Robinson Triumphs at Sevie’s UK Gem

Liam Robinson survived a Play-off against Jamie Abbott and Brandon Robinson-Thompson, after the trio tied on 10 under par, to win The Shire London Challenge.

The first day saw some very low scoring, on the far from easy Seve Ballesteros designed Shire London course, just outside of Barnet in North London, with Brandon Robinson-Thompson posting an 8 under par 64 followed by Toby Hunt, Chris Gane and Jamie Abbott all on 6 under par.

Harry Casey is also worth a mention, because he managed to Eagle 3 of the 6-par fives on his way to a five under par total to lie in fifth place and very much in the hunt.

Over 30 players scored par or better, which was an indicator as to the quality of the players competing on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour.

The second day was going to be a closely fought affair. that would be a tribute to the genius of Severiano Ballesteros and his only UK designed golf course.

Robinson was the first to post a possible winning score, when he added a 7 under par 65 to his first round 69, for a 10 under par total.

In the final group of the day Abbott was cruising and in charge of proceedings with 4 holes to play but bogies on the fifteenth and sixteenth rocked him back on his heels until he righted the ship with birdies on seventeen and eighteen to join Robinson on 10 under par.

Overnight leader Robinson-Thompson came to the last needing a par to win but unfortunately managed to bogey Sevie’s signature eighteenth hole and join Abbott and Robinson for the play-off, which Robinson went on to win at the third extra hole.

The course was in superb condition for the tournament thanks to Head Greenkeeper, George Stillwell and his team. The players and Jamega Team were all looked after splendidly and safely in the clubhouse by the excellent hospitality staff.

Sheridan-Mills Loves a Challenge

It was appropriate that a “Brummie”, Henry Sheridan-Mills, should win, “wire to wire”, at Sandwell Park, which is a stone’s throw from West Bromwich Albion’s ground, The Hawthorns, with two impeccable rounds of 5 under par, for the winning 10 under par total.

On the first day, Sheridan-Mill led Michael Watson, Jamie Abbott and Jamie Dick by two shots going into the second round and they in turn led the amateur, Freddie Macarthur and Jack Clarkson by one shot, so all to play for on the final day.

As usual the scoring improved in the second round as typified by Liam Robinson, who posted a 6-shot improvement with a 6 under par 66 to take the clubhouse lead on 6 under par.

Later in the day Clarkson joined Robinson on 6 under, adding a 4 under par 67 to his first round 69 and so the pair would now have a short wait for the final group to appear and decide their fate.

Abbott consigned Robinson and Clarkson to a share of third place when he carded a final round 4 under par 67 to post a final score of 7 under par but with a majestic 10 under par total, Sheridan-Mills was the worthy winner.

So, Sheridan Mills not only won himself a winner’s cheque for £3,500 but also a Challenge Tour start, which could prove invaluable to him on the road to golfing fame and fortune.

This was our fist visit to Sandwell Park and all were mightily impressed with the course condition and preparation, overseen by Head greenkeeper Rob Lydon.

That, coupled with the help of head professional, Rich Prophet and the tremendous hospitality given to the players and the Jamega staff make it a must stop for the golfing explorer.

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Winner

Will Enefer (Lindrick GC & ISM) came through to win the Royal Ascot Cup by one shot today after a closely fought battle with, not only his fellow competitors but also “Storm Francis”.

On the first day Dustin Johnson’s low scoring “virus” infected George Mullins,at Royal Ascot, when he skated around the par 70 layout in a remarkable 9 under par 61, made up of 6 Birdies, 2 Eagles with only a solitary Bogey to spoil an otherwise perfect card.

Before Mullins’s 61, Enefer topped the leader board for a long time with his 8 under par 62, which put him one shot ahead of, Gary King, Leon Fricker and Steve Surry, all of whom are on 7 under par.

The weather forecast for the second day looking Biblical, with “Storm Francis” due to pay us a visit, it would be a titanic battle against fellow competitors and the elements for the eventual winner.

Storm Francis teed off early and disrupted the start of proceedings on the second day and play was halted after the first few groups had started but after a delay of some 30 minutes, play resumed as the weather improved.

It was going to be a long day for the leaders and a tough day for all the players and the Jamega staff, although Jake Ayres didn’t seem to concerned when he added an exceptional 5 under par 65 to his first round 66 to top the leader board on 9 under par.

All Ayres could do now was to sit and wait to see if his total could be matched or indeed beaten, although most of the leading groups seemed to be struggling with “Francis”.

Mark Young joined Ayres on 9 under par adding a 3 under par 67 to his first round 64 so the possibility of a play-off loomed large, especially when Jack South gate crashed the party to also post 9 under par.

Enefer put the spectre of a play-off to bed when he carded a 2 under par 68 that gave him the winning total of 10 under par, much to relief of everyone, as a play-off was not needed after a very trying day and it was also nice to beat “Francis”!

We were also fortunate to have Andy Cook (European Tour Photographer) on site for the second day providing pictures of the players.

Royal Ascot provided an excellent venue in pristine condition and considering the difficult weather conditions a special thanks must go to the Head Greenkeeper, Ian Hockley and his team for keeping the course playable for the two days.

The protocols in place to keep the players and the Jamega staff safe during the tournament were of the highest standard and Royal Ascot comes highly recommended if you are looking for a golfing day out.

Just a reminder that a Challenge Tour start is on offer to the winner of the next event, Sandwell Park and a further Challenge Tour start is also on offer to the winner of the second Order of Merit.

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