Jamie Abbott rolled in his final putt at Essendon Old Course to secure his second win in as many weeks as he makes the most of finding a rich vein of form.
At last a warm and sunny day for the players and also the Jamega crew to enjoy for a change and the scoring certainly reflected the improvement in the weather.
Four players shared the lead after the first round on 5 under par, Will Symons, Tom Jordan, Patrick Ruff and last week’s winner, Jamie Abbott would be vying for the win but they would also be very aware of the 25 or so players on level par or better who ready to spoil their day.
The second day was filled with much promise and we were not disappointed when David Dixon made the Essendon Old course feel very Old when he scorched round the par 72 layout in no less than 62 shots made up of 6 Birdies 2 Eagles and just 10 Pars.
This score gave Dixon a share of the course record for Essendon Old, which is some compensation for coming a gallant second in the tournament.
Dixon would have a long wait to see if that would be low enough for at least a play-off but with Abbott and Jamie Moule each on 8 under par after 27 holes it looked like Dixon might live to regret his first round of one over par.
In the end, as the main contenders neared the end of their second round, it was Abbott, playing relentless golf, who triumphed with a flawless 6 under par 66 to add to the 5 under from the first day that beat Dixons by 2 shots.
The head green keeper at Essendon, Craig Gibson and his staff presented the course in excellent condition for the players and certainly Jamie Moul enjoyed the fifth and Jay Taylor enjoyed the short fifteenth where each had a hole in one.
The hospitality at the Essendon was excellent as usual and we cannot recommend it highly enough if you are looking for a good day out at a fantastic facility.