Abbott Wins in Photo Finish

Jamie Abbott with Jamega at Royal Ascot 2017Jamie Abbott made it 6 Wins for the season so far, after a closely fought play-off battle over 3 holes with his arch rival David Dixon at Royal Ascot.

On an ideal day for golf, with little or no wind and perfect greens Abbott led jointly with Michael O’Connor, who both scored impressive 8 under par 62’s, which gave them a slender one-shot lead over Nick Newbold and Marcus Sewell.

Given the conditions it was hardly surprising that over fifty percent of the field, either equalled par or bettered it and with a similar day forecasted for the second day Royal Ascot could yield a low winning score.

The young American Kevin Flack set the benchmark for low scoring with a fine 6 under par 64 but Flack was left to rue his first round of 5 over par.

Jamie Moul also added a 6 under par 64 to his first round of one over par but with several groups still to come in his 5 under par total was unlikely to win.

Steve Surry equalled Mouls’ score but both were subsequently swamped by the leading groups and both players eventually finished in a tie for 8th place.

On the course, it was David Dixon who was making most headway amongst the leading groups with a solid 3 under par 32 for the front nine with just a solitary bogey on the ninth to spoil an almost perfect nine holes.

Dixon finally shot a 5 under par 65 to post a 9 under par total of 131 and then had to sit and wait to see if he could be caught by anyone in the remaining groups

Craig Farrelly, the gritty Northerner, was the first to try and equal Dixons total with a 12-foot putt for birdie on the final hole but when that slid by, it just left Jamie Abbott in the final group who could catch Dixon with a birdie at the last.

Although a par 5 the eighteenth is no pushover and Abbott had to get up and down in 2 from some 125 yards to force the play-off.

Abbott did well and his third shot finished some 7 feet left of the hole and he then, after some deliberation duly dispatched the ball into the hole and into a sudden death play-off we went.

The play-off began on the tenth hole and Dixon had an ideal opportunity to finish it there and then with a 6-foot putt for birdie but his effort failed to drop and with a half in par on the eleventh hole it was off to the twelfth.

This was to be the decider and when Dixon failed to get up and down from a difficult position it was an easy task for Abbott to cosy his putt up to the hole edge for a par and his sixth win of the season.

Royal Ascot Golf Club is a hidden gem, set within a stone's throw of Ascot Racecourse and has the likes of Wentworth, Sunningdale and The Berkshire as close neighbours.

The club is managed by Alison Hall, who always has a ready smile and nothing is too much trouble for her at this thriving and friendly member club.

The course is kept in superb condition by head greens keeper Ian Hockley and his staff and with the superb food and beverage available in the welcoming clubhouse, you could not wish for a better day-out on a golf course.

We hold tournaments all over the southern half of the UK and have to say that Royal Ascot Golf Club is amongst the best we visit and cannot speak highly enough of it and are looking forward to coming back next year.

Fairy Tale Win for Anderson

Tomasz Anderson with Jamega at Enfield Golf Club 2017Tomasz Anderson put together a blistering second round of 12 under par at Enfield to secure first win on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour with a 15 under par total of 129.

Anderson's first round of 3 under par was one of some 40 plus players who were under par for the first day with four players tied for the lead on 6 under par and they were previous winners. Jamie Abbott, Paul Kinnear and Sam Edwards with the fast improving Louis Hirst making up the front runners.

With no wind on the second day and a golf course made soft from overnight rain a low score was a real possibility and Anderson proved that theory correct when he covered the front nine in a 7 under par 30 with 5 birdies and an Eagle.

In the situation that Anderson found himself some players will tighten up and protect what they have in the bank but this did not apply to Anderson who carried on where he left off and added 5 more birdies on the way home for a faultless round of 12 under par.

With 7 more groups to come in Anderson would have a lengthy wait to see if his 15 under par total was to be good enough to secure victory.

However, although there were other spectacular rounds of golf produced the closest any of them came to Anderson was first round joint leader Louis Hirst who shot a 7 under 65 to finish on 13 under par.

The Enfield club is a definite favourite of ours with unbridled hospitality, enthusiastic members and catering that is of the highest quality with very generous portions.

Des Cassidy, the club manager and all the staff at Enfield were very professional in the way they coped with three very long days of golf and if you have an appetite for golf and good grub, Enfield GC is a must for you.

Dixon is Back to his Best

David Dixon with Jamega at Aldwickbury Park 2017 David Dixon finally broke a spell of finishing runner up with a sparkling performance to win at the beautifully prepared Aldwickbury Park Golf Club near Harpenden.

After the first round, Dixon was 3 shots off the pace set jointly by Simon Griffiths and Dale Whitnell who both equalled the existing course record of 7 under par. Craig Hinton lay one shot back on 6 under with Patrick Blunt on 5 under the card.

In the group on 4 under par were six players that included multiple winner Jamie Abbott and the very talented sixteen-year-old Korean, Min Kyu Kim who is rapidly making a name for himself in the golfing world.

In the second and final round, Dixon swept through the front nine in 4 under par to lead by one from Abbott who has been his nemesis over the past few weeks.

Meanwhile the two leaders fell away over the front nine and would have to play catch-up over the last nine holes but with the very experienced Dixon and Abbott leading the race it would be a tough ask.

Abbott did himself no favours with a bogey on the tenth and another on the fourteenth whilst Dixon, despite bogeying the thirteenth, maintained his lead and settled the duel with Abbott extracting birdies from the fifteenth and seventeenth.

Having set the clubhouse target of 9 under par Dixon had to wait for the final group to finish before the outcome could be finalised and with Whitnell needing to birdie the last to force a play-off, the result was still uncertain.

Whitnell fired in a great second shot to within some 6 feet of the cup giving himself a great chance of the birdie he required to tie Dixon.

Faced with a very quick downhill putt he decided to try and force it into the cup in order to take out any break, but the plan failed and he missed, sending the ball a good 5 feet past and then proceeded to miss the return to drop back into a tie for second with Abbott.

A delighted Dixon also won a free season of starts on the 2016/2017 Portugal Pro Golf Tour worth some £4,500.

To a man the players heaped praise on the golf course which was a fitting accolade for course manager and head green keeper Craig Betts and his staff who worked from dawn to dusk preparing the course.

The greens were in stunning condition and at one point they were running between 12 and 13 on the stimp meter, Ken Brown, who designed the greens, would have been delighted!

Anyone looking to have a day’s golfing could do a lot worse than going to Aldwickbury Park, where you will play one of the best courses in the south of England and be greeted by friendly and accommodating staff in the spacious clubhouse.