Marathon Man Cort Wins at The Warwickshire

Matthew Cort won a nip and tuck battle with Francis McGuirk, Will Fox, David James and local hero Rory Kirwan over 6 extra holes at The Warwickshire after they all tied for first place on 4 under par.

Will Fox led at the end of the first day with an impressive 3 under par 69 over the picturesque but tight Earls course. Chasing Fox on 2 under par were John Spagnuolo, David James, Mark Davies and Rory Kirwan.

The second day was within a whisker of being abandoned as heavy rain swept across the course bringing every mopping-up device available into play. Thanks to the efforts of the “Out-Door” department play was only suspended for just over an hour.

After scoring a modest level par 72 in the first round Francis McGuirk found the key to unlock the secret of Earls course and posted an excellent 4 under 68 to set a clubhouse target of 140.

Matthew Cort was the first of the final pairings to try and spoil McGuirk’s day by finishing Birdie, Par, and Birdie, now two Clubhouse leaders at -4.
Amazingly, the leaders from Day 1, on reaching the 18th tee also were at -4.
Surely one of these “on form” players could find the necessary birdie on this long par 5 and take the title and the first-place cheque for £5000.
Rory Kirwan, Will Fox and David James all had their opportunities, playing the hole well but with their birdie attempts just failing to find the target.
Incredible, our first ever 5 man, sudden death play-off.

 David James and Will Fox quietly slipped away early in the proceedings with Rory Kirwan, the local favourite playing the most consistent of golf, that is, until the forth extra hole when he found the wrong end of a sodden fairway bunker, “splashing-out” way short, he then played his approach shot, pin-high just off the green, just missing his “chip in” by millimetres the following crowd not only went quiet but also went home! Leaving McGuirk and Cort to fight it out for the £5,000 first prize in the gathering gloom of the late evening. The pair could not be split before it became too dark to continue, so for the first time in it’s 6 year history  The Jamega Tour went into a third day’s play.

Re-convening at 8am on the 10th Tee Cort first to play just a slight “tug” but leaving the fairway empty for McGuirks drive straight up the middle, pole position! Cort manages move his second a credible 200+ yards leaving a mid iron to the green McGuirk pulls out the driver and again rips it up the middle 30 yards short of the green. After some indecision Cort finally settles on a 5 iron slightly left off the flag but way long, 60’, should have stuck with the 6! McGuirk, definitely the favourite, requiring a short pitch over the greenside bunker to leave a makeable putt for a probable win ....... but life’s not like that, shock horror! He’s found the bunker.
Cort although on the putting surface has to play first, a very long but flattish putt which tracks all the way to the most important 6” drop of the day, he holes it! A fantastic sixty footer. This now leaves Franny McGuirk needing to hole out from the sand, an excellent attempt, missing 4” right, at the right pace, great effort and a superb finale to what became the biggest marathon in Jamega’s history.
Matthew Cort obviously delighted to win and quite emotional still had time to compliment the consistent play of Franny McGuirk.
He now jumps into his tiny camper-van, £5000 cheque in hand, for the eight hour drive north, to compete in a Challenge Tour event, sponsored by Scottish Hydro Power.

McGuirk, James, Fox and Kirwan had the consolation of each winning £1,425 for their 2nd place finish.

It was a pleasure to be at The Warwickshire with two fine courses and excellent hospitality and we will be back again later in the year to play The Kings Course.

Footnote: Matthew Cort  is tied 2nd after one round  in Scotland. Good Luck.

A Challenging win for Dan Brooks

Dan Brooks put a stopover between Challenge Tour dates to good use to win the Jamega Tour event held over The International Course at The Vale near Pershore this week.
Brooks, playing in the last group of the day, set the theme of the tournament by carding a flawless 7 under par, 67 to lead by two and set a new course record.
The chasing pack was lead by Brett Taylor who carded a solid 5 under par 69 and sitting on 4 under and ready to pounce on Brooks were Craig Housden, Jack Winer and James Jankowski.

On the second day James Webber added a consistent 4 under par 70 to his first round 71 to briefly hold the clubhouse lead on seven under par.
Brooks and Taylor battled all the way to the wire but Brooks settled the matter with an emphatic birdie at the last to card a 6 under par 68 and give him a final total of thirteen under par 135 to win £4,000.
Brett Taylor with an excellent, birdie, birdie finish added a second 69 to his to his first round totaling 10 under winning £2,000 for his efforts.
James Webber came third on 7 under to win £1,500 for his two golfing days over the magnificent International Course which apart from being a great course to play is a visual feast of woodlands and lakes.
Alex Morton and Perry Morgan not featuring in the final mix still had reason to celebrate both having scored a "Hole in One" to pick up £100 each for their achievements.

The International was prepared to a standard which brought nothing but praise from the players and would sit with ease as a European Tour venue.
With regard to the hospitality on offer you only had to see the clubhouse full of golfers consuming the seemingly endless stream of reasonably priced food coming from the kitchens.

Next week sees us at The Warwickshire to enjoy The Earls Course, this event is always popular so to make sure of your place, enter now.

First Jamega win for Iwan Griffiths

Iwan Griffiths of Aberdare Golf Club in South Wales, was delighted to win his first Jamega Pro Golf Tour event over the splendid Rosebery course at the Mentmore Golf and Country Club. Griffiths put together two fine rounds of  66 and 68 for a winning total of 10 under par 134.

On receiving his winners cheque for £5,000 Griffiths praised the  condition of the golf course and the efforts of the Jamega Team in organizing such an excellent tournament.

Second by a single shot came Matthew Cort  winning £2,500 with rounds of  65 and 70 . In third place was Robert Watkins who picked up £1,500 with scores of  69 and 67.

Mentmore Golf and Country Club provides two challenging but fair golf courses to test players of all standards and  the  hospitality you receive in the clubhouse is excellent.

We will be back at Mentmore later in the year  to play The Rothschild course where last year the winning total was 15 under par!