Busby finds “Treasure Island”

James Busby Hayling IslandWe all sang “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside” as the Jamega Tour Bandwagon headed south to Hayling Island, near Portsmouth, for the first event of the year.

With a full field jousting for the first prize of £5,000 it was going to be an exciting tournament on our first visit to a links-land course.

Oh dear! The weather that dogged us for most of the last two years returned and as the day wore on the wind increased, the rain fell and the temperature dropped.
The first day provided some excellent scoring despite the worsening conditions and Challenge Tour member Mathew Mills set a scorching pace with a 5 under par 66.
Brett Taylor was shadowing Mills with a solid 4 under 67, Glyn Bateman and Danny Belch chipped in with 3 under par 68’s.
Jonathan Poulton, Michael Bush, Andrew Richardson, James Ruebotham and Andrew Cloke made it tight at top of the scoreboard all carding 2 under 69‘s.
A host of players posted 1 under par 70’s including the laconic James Busby who was searching for the end of the rainbow and the treasure chest containing five thousand doubloons!

The start of day two was horrendous to say the least, with high, near gale force, winds and later heavy rain. However the course took everything that was dumped on it and the greens remained quick and true and the fairways playable.
One player who was not affected by the conditions and presented an unbelievable 4 under par 67 was John Banbury which put him at the head of proceedings on 141.
Most of the scores coming in were in the mid seventies and as the day one leaders got blown off course several players saw the opportunity to bring their experience into play and grind out par golf.

As John Banbury paced up and down waiting and hoping that no one could catch him. Home Pro Mark Treleaven, Matt Allen, Andrew Richardson, James Ablett and Chris Brook came close finishing on 2 over and Banbury kept pacing!

To James Busby, the dark horse from the North of England, the conditions were just like home and he plotted his way around Hayling Island steadily and got himself in the lead with a great birdie on 14. A par on 15 followed by another birdie on 16 gave him a two shot cushion, which he would need playing the treacherous 17th and 18th holes.
Busby, drawing on his experience duly made par on the last two holes, carding a final round of 2 under 69 and a grand total of 3 under par 139.
So Hayling Island proved to be Busby’s “Treasure Island” as he un-earthed Jamega’s largest first-place cheque ever, for £5,000. John Banbury, although disappointed to be beaten, soon smiled again on receiving his second place cheque for £2,500.

Hayling Island is a beautifully presented Links course with fast and true greens overlooking the Isle of Wight. The clubhouse and staff are very welcoming and we would recommend it to golfers of all standards, a tough test for one and all.

Our next event at Magnolia Park is already full, so if you want to ensure that you get a place in the remaining 18 events we would recommend that you enter them sooner rather than later so as not to be disappointed.

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Emotional First Jamega Tour Win for Jack Doherty

Jack DohertyThe final event of the year had arrived at Mentmore and with the course in pristine condition and the greens fast and true we expected some spectacular scoring and boy were we right.

As the scores started to come in our expectations were correct, in fact 4 under par 68's were coming in quicker than Usain Bolt.
They included, Mentmores general manager Clint Moore, Pete Lockett, Max Brackley, Rory Kirwan, Stuart Hemming, James Ruebotham, Michael Lowe, Adam Mason and last but not least Sam Robinson.

James Cundy and Darren Walton just beat these guys with 5 under 67's but even that score was not good enough to head the leader board.

The scoring just kept getting better and better with not one but four 7 under par 65's from Matt Allen, Jason Fallon, Craig Smith and Jack Doherty.

At the end of the first day the scoreboard was just a sea of red with a record number of players under par.

One of those not under par, but with reason to celebrate, was John Macklen who aced the par 3 third  to win a cheque for £100.

The wind was up for the start of the second day and we thought that the scoring would not reach the dizzy heights of the first day.
James Busby, fresh from his stage one Q  School win at Chart Hills, laid an immaculate card  on the desk totaling 7 under par 65 to propel him up the leader board to eventually finish joint 5th.

Michael Lowe, having a break from the Alps Tour, also compiled a card adding up to 65, to finish 4th on his own and bring the total number of players equaling the course record  to six.

As  the last  group neared the completion of their final rounds it was Jack Doherty who was ahead by a nose from Matt Allen and stood on the 18th tee one shot in front at an astonishing 15 under par.

The 18th is a tricky par 3 playing just over 200 yards to the stick and into wind which meant that both Doherty and Allen had the chance of either winning the tournament or losing it on this final test.

Both hit poor tee shots which climbed on the wind and came to rest short right of the green. It was Allen to play first and he popped his ball onto the green and saw it come to rest some 10 feet short of the hole.

Doherty knew he had to make par to ensure victory and played a difficult pitch and run well to within 5 feet.

Allen putted first and was convinced he had holed it but even with the strong wind helping it the ball refused to move the one millimetre left before the 6 inch drop to the bottom of the cup.

The pressure was now off Doherty who could take two putts and still win. In the event he holed out and set and a new course record of 8 under par, 64 and the lowest ever recorded winning total of 15 under on the Jamega Tour.

The third player in the final group, Jason Fallon, could not match Allen or Doherty's scoring but managed to make a hole in one at the third on the way to a creditable 2 under par 70 to finish tied 5th with James Busby.

This was an emotional win for Doherty who revealed after the event that his Grandad had passed away on the Monday and in his heart I think Jack dedicated this win to his Grandad.