Hogarty Wins “Wire to Wire”

Tyler Hogarty (right) with Sales & Marketing Manager Matt Davies

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.

Hinton Surges to Victory at Dummer

When day one dawned over Dummer Golf Club and the wind was howling we thought the level par or maybe 1 under would be good enough to be leading at the end of the day.

How wrong we were as James Ruebotham proved by carding a very impressive 5 under par 67 to head the leader board on his own, albeit only for a very short time!

Jamie Abbott had a feast of Eagles during his round and joined Ruebotham at 5 under, helped by carding no less than 3 of them altogether and 2 of those were on par fours!

Ricki Brackenbury, Ryan Boyns, Matthew Moseley and Gary King headed the chasing pack on 3 under par and a lot of the dramatics on the second day would actually come from the pursuing pack.

Well, the second day was indeed full of drama and with the leaders treading water in the cold and windy conditions; players from the chasers were gradually making inroads into their lead.

However Mother Nature saw fit to bring a temporary halt to the final day with a spectacular thunder storm accompanied by a downpour of biblical proportions!

After a couple of hours delay the players resumed their positions on the course and a spectacular second round of 6 under par 66 last week’s winner David Dixon posted a possible winning score of, 6 under par.

Dixon hung around as the leading groups neared the end of their rounds but on hearing that Craig Hinton had birdied both the fifteenth and sixteenth and get to seven under it looked like he was going to come up just short of a second win.

Hinton parred the short seventeenth and pretty much sealed his victory with a 10 foot putt for birdie on the last to go to 8 under for the tournament.

Ruebotham, in the final group, failed to birdie the short par 4 sixteenth to remain at 6 under par and came to the last needing an Eagle to tie Hinton and force a play-off.

However Ruebotham carded the ninth consecutive par on his second nine holes and joined Dixon in a tie for second place.

So a deserved win for Hinton, to the delight of his sponsors,” LJD Technology Services” and his many supporters.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Alan King and his gang of dedicated Green keepers for preparing the course to a high standard and mopping up the greens after the torrential downpour we suffered during the second day.

In the clubhouse the excellent and reasonably priced food and beverage was always served up with a smile by Bar Managers Max Rauber and Julie Fettin.

We are looking forward to a continued relationship with Dummer Golf Club and would recommend it to golfers of all standards as a must visit stop on their golfing journey.

Master Class at Machynys

David Dixon won the season opener at Machynys Peninsular G&CC with a masterful display of skill and patience over this spectacular and often very demanding links course close to Swansea on the Welsh Coast.

Dixon shot a 3 under par 69 over the Championship Course, which is over 7,100 yards long, in the very cold and windy conditions, to establish a three shot lead over the field and a new course record.

Dixon was rarely troubled in the second round and in brutal conditions he added a one over par 73 to win by four shots in the end from Ryan Boyns, Craig Farrelly, James Watts and Nick Cunningham.

Dixon was helped to the win by his long-time friend and occasional caddie Paul Henson aka “Sniper” for the two days and given the conditions, “Sniper” must have been a great help to him.

The only player to score under par on the second day was Marcus Armitage who added a brilliant bogey free round of 3 under par 69 to his disappointing 7 0ver par 79 in the first round.

Local hero and former Ryder Cup player, Phillip Price equalled par on day two to finish tied for sixth place.

Machynys Peninsular is a spectacular golf course and was prepared to a very high standard by the dedicated greens staff led by the Course Manager, Marcus Weaver and his team, Simon Cooper, Brychan Phillips, Darek Wojcieszak, Jamie Peddie and Mechanic Paul Hughes.

The clubhouse is a sanctuary for the tired golfer after an enjoyable round of golf where they can sample some scrumptious food served up by the catering team, led by Duty Managers Rebecca and Mark Evans.

We must not forget the members of Machynys who braved the chilly winds to come out in numbers to support all the golfers and hopefully they all enjoyed watching some good golf.