Richard Wallis,another playoff!

Richard Wallis, Southern Area PGA Professional, after many years of trying, finally wins with Jamega.
Having been in several playoffs over the years with Jamega, Richard at last crosses the winning line by sneaking a win under the cover of darkness. A long rain delayed 2nd day finally comes to a close with 4 excellent golfers tied on 7 under par.

With fading light the playoff went  to the fifth extra hole where Richard stating that he couldn't see the hole, never mind any break, hit his final putt firm and straight to ram home his first Jamega win, leaving Steve Surry in the dark!

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Wallis finally gets over the line to win at Gatton Manor.

Rolling back the year’s former European Tour winner Mark Mouland showed a clean pair of heels to the opposition on day one with a stunning 7 under par 65 which included two Eagles, on the 5th and 13th to lead a quality field after the first round at Gatton Manor. Heading the chasing pack were last week’s winner at Selsdon Park, Lloyd Kennedy and Richard Wallis both on 5 under 67.                                                                                                                         
Challenge Tour Regulars Dan Brooks and Steve Surry along with Ben Banks and Tom Murray lay one shot behind Kennedy and Wallis on 4 under par 68. Tucked in one shot further back was another Challenge Tour player, Mark Laskey. A tightly packed leader board had some thirty three players scoring level par or better.
The Tours old friend, the rain swept in to say Hi on day two and with the wind due to pick up in the afternoon playing conditions were going to prove difficult, so patience would be a paramount ingredient of the recipe for success, so proven winner Mark Mouland would be hoping that experience would triumph over youth on this, the second day.
An early card to hit the recorders table was a superb seven under par 65 from Jonathan Paulton which was a whopping fourteen shots fewer than his first round effort of 79! Jon Le Roux took over the early lead from Paulton at 1under par adding a 4 under 68 to his first round 75. Rory Kirwan and David James then assumed the lead both scoring 4 under par 68’s to finish on 2 under par.
As the leading groups started to come in it became apparent that a tight finish was on the cards. Steve Surry logged a final round of 69 to set a challenging target of 7 under par but this was soon equalled by Dan Brooks in the penultimate group. With the final group not setting the course on fire a play-off looked on the cards. In the final three ball Lloyd Kennedy and Richard Wallis battled down the stretch trying to find a birdie but both failed and we headed for the second four way play-off of the year!

Well, what a day! 3 hours delay due extremely heavy rain, the whole field completing the final 18 holes in excellent time as  night was closing in. A 4-way playoff,  possibly our worst nightmare, failing light and 4 excellent golfers still to decide the outright winner,  maybe back tomorrow to complete!
So off to the  first, playing sudden death on holes 1,2 and 3. OOM leader Dan Brooks  the first to stumble failing to get up and down from the back of the first takes the long lonely walk back to the clubhouse. On the very next hole,  last week’s winner  Lloyd Kennedy slips his par putt by to leave the contest but stays on to watch Steve Surry and Richard Wallis battle to the end. Taking a further 3 holes to get a result with Gary Harris (The Jamega Official in charge) constantly suggesting that maybe it was too dark to continue. They manfully struggled on, in dwindling light, and when Richard heard his ball take the 6 inch drop on playoff hole 5 the tournament was done and in truth it really was too dark and Steve will rue the decision to play on, maybe a lesson learnt.
Richard at last wins a playoff, well done, £5000 richer, no wonder he’s smiling!

This was our first visit to Gatton Manor, near Gatwick on the Surrey Sussex border  and we will most certainly be back next year if possible, having received a warm welcome and been presented with a solid golf course in excellent condition. Many thanks to Patrick, The Owner and his green-keeping team led by Rob, a great job in trying conditions! Superb greens.

Week on week we have quality fields, with a strong representation of European and Challenge Tour players in the mix.
So we would say again if you want to test yourself against the best, get your entry in early for The Shire next week on the 16th and 17th where you can try and unravel the puzzle laid down by the great Seve Ballesteros.

Kennedy returns!

Lloyd Kennedy, who started his Tournament Career with Jamega as a 19 year old who's since  progressed on up the ladder, to play the Challenge Tour returns to take the Selsdon win, by 2 shots.

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Lloyd Kennedy returns to his roots after two years to win at Selsdon Park.

 “I love Selsdon Park more than Augusta”, these are the words of winner Lloyd Kennedy who returned to play with us after a 2 year break playing The Challenge Tour to take the first prize of £5,000 from a high quality field which included current Senior Tour and the main European Tour players.
A parched and fast running Selsdon Park with a strict par of 70 presented the players with a stern test of character and ability. James Scade passed the test with flying colours carding a first round 64 to set the pace at 6 under par. Hanging onto Scade’s coat tails was European Tour regular Lee James who crafted a solid 5 under 65 to lead the chasing pack. A group of five players sat on 66 waiting to pounce including Tom Whitehouse, who was playing with us during a break from the main Tour, Francis McGuirk, Steve Surry, James Ablett and former European Tour winner Mark Mouland who is honing his game ready for a tilt at the Champions Tour in the U.S.
 The second day was sunny and with light winds and for any of the players “on their game” it was made for going low! Sam Robinson went on a birdie harvest, plucking seven of them from the course, to pack into a blemish free card of 63 which propelled Robinson into the prize fund after a lack-lustre first round 72.
On the course it had all the hallmarks of a play-off with the leaders bunched up on around 6 under par. Dan Brooks broke the deadlock and jumped into the lead with a run of four birdies in five holes from the eleventh to elevate him to 8 under. As Brooks birdied the Eleventh, Kennedy, was rueing a bogey on the same hole which dropped him back into the pack on 5 under. A little annoyed, to say the least, Kennedy then reeled off 5 birdies on the spin to spread-eagle the field and set a formidable target of 10 under par 130. Brooks parred in to end on 8 under and finish second with James Ablett, who carded his second 66 of the tournament, each of them winning £2000. Surry’s challenge failed to materialise and he bogied the last two to finish in third place on 7 under par and win £1,000.
Just a mention for Carl Watts, a Challenge Tour winner from the Nineties,  who also lost in a playoff but for the European Tour, 1997 B.M.W Open despite scoring 24 under par! After a decade out of tournament golf, Carl dusted off his old Persimmons and shot a very creditable total of 140 to finish tied 27th on level par.
Selsdon Park is a traditional type of golf course set in spectacular surroundings and offers a fair challenge to golfers of all standards.
We are anticipating a strong and large field for Gatton Manor next week so if you want to play against the best, enter as soon as possible or risk missing out.

Dan Brooks wins after playoff

Dan Brooks takes 2nd win in playoff against Sam Robinson at a sun drenched Donnington Grove, winning £6000.

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Extra Time Win for Dan Brooks
at Donnington Grove.

Donnington Grove took the golfers back to the time when “Mr Par” was going to do well and so it proved with just thirteen players doing better than the strict par of, level fours, and 72.
Christopher Gill found his game and headed the field with a 4 under 68, close behind  on a Challenge Tour break, sat Dan Brooks who was joined by Sam Robinson (Alps Tour)and Francis McGuirk on 3 under par. Hovering in the shadows waiting to pounce on 2 under par came former European Tour players Lee James and Mark Mouland who were joined by Oliver Reddick, Paul Maddy and Michael Bush.
Scoring on the second day is generally better than the first as the players learn to read the course and so it proved with Ben Banks improving on his first round of 78 by ten shots to card a four under par 68! Former Amateur Champion Warren Bladon and Kris Jones forced their way into the prize fund with classy 4 under par scores of 68 to finish on 3 under par for the tournament.
Matthew Swales who finished the day with a blemish free card of 5 under par 67 and he looked for a time to be heading to a play-off as the news from the course showed Lee James , Sam Robinson and Dan Brooks homing in on a final total of 139. However the Earth shook as Robinson leapt into the air with fist pump to celebrate a 25 foot birdie putt at the last to snatch the lead from Swales by one and look like a likely winner on 6 under for the event.
However playing in the final group and standing on the 18th tee at 5 under, having birdied two of the last four holes Dan Brooks knew a birdie was required to tie Robinson and force a play-off. The 8 footer for his birdie took the required 6 inch drop and both Brooks and Robinson headed for the first tee to commence the head to head battle for the first prize of £6,000.It was over very quickly as Brooks emulated Robinsons putt on the 18th and drained a huge 25 footer for a birdie and his second victory of the year. Although disappointed, Sam Robinson felt a little better when he received his second place cheque for £3,000.
The size of the field this week showed that The Jamega Pro Golf Tour is becoming popular with players from the higher reaches of The Challenge Tour and is a perfect place to gain experience playing against some of the best players in Tournament Golf at the moment.

For those wishing to play a tough but fair “real” golf course we highly recommend you visit Donnington Grove, a very popular choice with big golfing societies and small groups alike.
Our next event is at the wonderful Selsdon Park near Croydon next week on the 2nd and 3rd of August, with an excellent Hotel B&B deal , see our website at