Jamie Abbott signed off his Jamega Tour season with a seventh win after a lengthy play-off against his fellow Stoke by Nayland based professional Jamie Moul.
It was a chilly and very breezy day that dawned for the last event of 2017 and scoring was not going to be easy, so patience was to be a key element in the players quest for victory.
It was a returning Scott Fallon who jointly led with James Willis after the first day with both players scoring 4 under par with, two shots further back on 2 under par, the trio of Ben Smith, Tom Dolan and Jamie Moul.
The highlight of the first day was when the eventual runner-up, Moul, holed out in one on the par 3 fourteenth for a “Brucie Bonus” of £100.
Abbott, the eventual winner, was on level par and would have his work cut out to catch the leaders who had a wealth of experience between them.
The final day, although similar to the first was less windy and with the bright sunshine bringing out the autumn colours of the leaves it was a fitting backdrop to an exciting day’s play over the Harry Colt designed Old Fold Manor.
On a strange afternoon where no one seemed to be taking control of the tournament with the leaders either treading water or going backwards, all except for the ever-consistent Jamie Abbott, who shot the best round of the day to set the clubhouse target at 4 under par.
The news from the course was, that only Moul could catch Abbott now, as the overnight leaders dropped out of contention and coming to the last Moul, on 4 under, needed either to birdie the hole in order to win, or par it to tie and force a play-off.
The birdie putt just missed and a simple tap-in meant that that the pair were headed for a sudden death play-off over the first and second holes.
To cut a long story short, it was after both players missed several real opportunities for birdies to clinch the deal, it was the relentless Jamie Abbott who finally emerged victorious just as the light was failing.
Another battle was going to be decided at this, the final leg of the last Order of Merit, where the winner would enjoy a Free 2017/2018 season on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour worth in excess of £6,000 in entry fees.
With several players in with a chance to win the fourth Order of Merit, it was eventually Jamie Moul who came up on the rails from nowhere and pipped both Louis Hirst and Marcus Sewell for the coveted prize by just 10 points.
Old Fold Manor is a traditional style golf club that offers fairly priced food and beverage, which can be enjoyed after a game of golf on the picturesque parkland course just north of London near to Barnet.
We now sign off the Jamega Tour season until next April, but don’t despair because there is the Portugal Pro Tour starting on the 21st of November so it makes sense to combine winter practice with competitive golf in the warmth of Portugal.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all the players who have competed with us, the wonderful Pat Pearce, from Dream Flight, who has helped us on numerous occasions and not forgetting all the greens staff and clubhouse staff who have made us feel very welcome and provided excellent courses to play on over the season.
See you all next year.