The Duke of Mentmore

Carl Duke did not quite emulate the scoring orgy by Jack Doherty at last year’s event on The Rothschild Course at Mentmore but non the less put together two excellent rounds to finish on 11 under par and win by two shots.

The first day on The Rothschild saw the course bathed in sunshine with light winds and all was set fair for a low scoring day. Two scores of seven under par 65 by Ryan Massetti and David Ginn sat on top of the leader board with Challenge Tour player Dan Brooks again featuring on 6 under close behind. With Brooks on 6 under was James Scade trying to blot the memory of last weeks collapse from his mind.

A large group of players finished under par to form the chasing pack including Tom Dolan who saw a lot of hard work and steady improvement over the last few years pay off with an excellent 4 under par 68.

The second day was just as warm but a strong breeze would make scoring difficult and patience would be the key to un-lock a victory. Neil Reilly surged through the field scoring a brilliant 64 to set an impressive early target of 8 under par 136 for the others to chase. Carl Duke was having a birdie fest on the links scoring no less than 9 in all with just two bogeys spoiling an otherwise great card. Duke said that everything was moving on his last two putts for birdie except the ball but both efforts found the bottom of the cup and Duke assumed the lead with an impressive total of 11 under par 133.

On the golf course James Scade was holding things together recovering from two early bogeys and was chasing the new clubhouse leader Duke. After a stuttering front nine of 37, one over par, Scade proved that he has the game by recovering and gathering 4 birdies to come home in 32 for a 3 under par 69 but it was just not enough and he had to settle for a second place total of 9 under par 135 and a cheque for £2,000.

Neil Reilly’s superb 64 left him on his own in third place and a cheque for £1,500 but it was Carl Duke who took the first prize of £4,000 and registered his first win on The Jamega Tour.

Our next event is at South Winchester starting on the 12th of July and now that Open qualifying no longer interferes with our schedule it is sure to be busy so enter early to ensure your place.

David James, again!

David James now tops the OOM after excellent playoff win at a Glorious Caversham Heath.

The final days mobile leader board was “hot” bathed in sunshine and changing on virtually every back 9 hole. Daniel Perrett standing on the eighteenth Tee, at minus 9 , his tournament to win, doubles the last to tie David James in the clubhouse, joint leaders in waiting.
With 3 holes to go, youngster James Scade  sitting at a fantastic 9 under par, could be his first Jamega win! Sadly slips out of contention with double, bogey, bogey finish, maybe next time James. Jason Levermore needs to birdie the last to join the playoff.....his putt unfortunately pulling up just 2 feet short.
So it’s off to the first playoff hole where David James hits a superb second shot wedge to 5 feet and closes Dan out with a solid putt for birdie to win the first place cheque of £5000.

Full report below.

Deja vu. Play-off win for David James at Caversham Heath.

David James is fast becoming a Play-off specialist being involved in a second one in two weeks. This time though James was victorious over Dan Perrett after both players finished tied at 7 under par.
Both James (70) and Perrett (72) concealed themselves in the chasing pack as the first round lead was held by Miles Pearson who shot a magnificent new course record of 6 under par 67 to hold a narrow lead over Jason Levermore and James Scade who both finished the first day with 5 under par  68’s
Hiding in the pack  on 3 under par and looking to pounce on Pearson during the second day were Martin Sell, Tom Murray, Paul Reed, Christopher Gill, Nathan Treacher and of course David James.
Dan Perrett  came to the 18th tee on 8 under par for the round and a par at the last would have been good enough to set an un-beatable target of 9 under par but tragically he doubled it but still equalling the course record with a 67 and end the tournament on 7 under par. Perrett waited for the last group to finish and hoped that 7 under would be good enough to win or at least tie the tournament. David James wrenched a great birdie out of the last to tie Perrett and both men waited to see if anyone in the final group could beat them.
Jason Levermore saw his second shot run through the back of the 18th green and his 3rd shot, a putt from just off the green, to birdie and tie Perrett and James, came up just
2 feet short of the cup.
James Scade standing on the 16th tee seemed to be coasting to a possible first win on 9 under par but went on a spending spree finishing double-bogey, bogey, bogey, ouch!
So James and Perrett prepared to play-off over the first hole at the magnificent Caversham Heath Golf Club and it was James who threw down the gauntlet spearing his second shot to within 5 feet of the flag. Perrett hit an equally fine second to 15 feet but saw his putt stay above ground leaving James with his 5 footer to win. Making no mistake with either line or length James holed out to win the first place prize of £5,000 and erase the memory of the play-off defeat at The Warwickshire 2 weeks previously. Consolation for Dan Perrett was a second place cheque for £2,000.
The vast majority of the players praised the condition of the golf course and especially the greens which ran fast and true with some tricky but fair pin positions challenging the shot making ability of the golfers. Caversham Heath, just North of Reading, is a joy to play and the hospitality in the clubhouse is fantastic so we would, without reservation, recommend it to all.
Put on your best golfing gear next week because we have the film cameras at Mentmore finishing the filming for our T.V. pilot show. It’s sure to be busy so get your entries in or you may miss out on being a “film star”.

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.