Jamie 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.