After a successful Pro-Am at Mentmore on the Sunday, that saw David Dixon shoot an incredible 8 under par 64 to win the pro prize, the players teed off on Monday for round one of the Tour event and for the first time we hosted the inaugural one day Jamega Amateur tournament which runs alongside the Professional tournament.
In the professional event Tyler Hogarty and James Scade both carded excellent 6 under par 66’s to lead by one shot from Daanyal Spalding and by two from the chasing pack headed by Jack Hiscock and Liam Crawford on 4 under par.
It was good to welcome back Nick Lofthouse, who has just returned to play competitive golf after a long break due to an unfortunate accident he suffered last year.
With a total of 23 players on par or better the tournament was still wide open and up for grabs and with a number of players looking for their first professional win it was going to be an exciting second day.
After a dull and miserable start to the second day the sun finally emerged from behind its blanket of cloud but with it came an ever increasing wind which would make life difficult for the leaders.
A score was out there as Ben Loughrey proved by carding an early 5 under par 67 to improve his position dramatically after a poor opening round of 78.
As the afternoon wore on it became clear that several players were finding 5 under par a popular score as they mounted eighteenth tee and it had all the makings of a rather large play-off!
The eighteenth, a tough par 3 finishing hole into a strong gusting wind failed to help the situation as all the 5 unders dropped shots to finish tied on 4 under par.
The final group held the key to break the ties and that came in the form of Tyler Hogarty who had reached 8 under par with some patient golf and had a comfortable 4 shot lead over the clubhouse leaders and his playing partner James Scade.
Hogarty finally tapped in on the eighteenth for a comfortable par and an early season win plus a big boost of confidence for the rest of the season.
The amateur tournament was full of excitement as the 24 players set off in their quest to win a great golfing opportunity to play in an “Algarve Pro Golf Tour” tournament with 4* B & B accommodation for 3 nights and Car Hire plus much more.
In the end it was Michael Cox who picked up the spoils in the 0 to 10 handicap section with 38 Stableford points, and Connor Bates who won the 11 to 18 handicap prize with 40 points. Well done to them both and to all the winners and we look forward to seeing more amateurs playing in the remaining amateur events.
Mentmore again proved to be excellent hosts providing all the players with good food beverage throughout the three days and we look forward to returning there in August.