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.

“Chicken Dinner” for Charman

Jack Charman with Jamega at Weybrook Park 2019Jack Charman thoroughly deserved his, “Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner”, when he finally made the breakthrough that he had yearned for since turning pro two years ago.

Charman, a qualified chef, was victorious at The Weybrook Park Trophy, with a birdie at the final hole, to win by a single shot from first round leader Jake Ayres.

Jake Ayers led after the first round, with a solid 6 under par 65 with Jack Charman on 5 under par, tucked in close behind.

Three players on 2 under par, James Rooney, newly turned pro Tom Spreadborough and the Amateur, Danny Goddard, were ready to give chase on second day.

The weather had been set fair for the first day but with thunderstorms and heavy rain forecast for the second day it would be in the lap of the gods as too how the day would unfold.

It actually developed into a titanic battle between Charman and Ayres, with no quarter asked for, or given, as the pair exchanged birdies throughout the final round.

Earlier in the day two players, Patrick Ruff and Cameron Phillips, carded 7 under par 64’s which lifted Phillips into the prize fund but Ruff’s first round of 9 over par left him too much to do.

Charman threw down the gauntlet, with an opening nine holes of 3 under par 33, to establish a slender one-shot lead over Ayres but with the back nine to come, which one would hold their nerve?

Charman increased his lead with a birdie on the thirteenth to go two in front but then Ayres hit back with a trio of birdies to re-take the lead by one shot, with two holes left to play.

The Seventeenth proved expensive for Ayres, when he carded a bogey to slip back into a tie with Charman on 9 under par, with just the par 5 Eighteenth left to play.

A clinical birdie putt from 8 feet by Charman, saw the Wiltshire man home by a single shot and afterwards he said how delighted he was to finally clinch his first win as a professional.

Weybrook Park proved to be excellent hosts, with the course in great condition, thanks to course manager ……. and his team of green keepers, with their work being complimented in the clubhouse by the hospitality shown to us and all the players.