Jon White (Saunton) won the battle of the West Country Warriors when he went head to head with Somerset’s David Dixon (Kelland Plant Sales) at the glorious Calcot Park over the last two days.
The classic Harry Colt designed course provided a stern test of both the skill and the patience for the players, with visual trickery and undulating greens waiting to trip them up.
Both Dixon and White had, “under the radar”, first rounds of level par to sit 3 shots behind day one leader Roberto Laino (Woburn) and with four players, Nick Cunningham, Robert Harrhy, Adam Hedges and Sam Whitehead on one under par the second day would be interesting.
We were greeted with a gorgeous sunny summer’s day for the start of the second day and the members of Calcot Park turned up in some numbers to support their home players, Alex Lodge and Tim Newton.
It seemed that the par four fourteenth was causing a few problems to the players and it proved to be the graveyard for several player’s hopes and aspirations.
Dale Whitnell came to the fourteenth on 5 under par for the round and 3 under for the tournament only to bogey that and the fifteenth to drop back and finish on one under par and the clubhouse lead.
Ben Loughrey was also going well at 3 under par for the round but he also fell foul of the fourteenth and followed a bogey there with another on the sixteenth to drop back to one over par for the tournament.
Meanwhile Dixon and White where having their own “duel in the sun” and reached the infamous fourteenth on level terms at 2 under par but Dixon made an uncharacteristic double bogey 6 to drop back to level par, whilst White made a par.
In the final group, Laino had suffered from a double on the first having failed to get a drop from a poor lie and a bogey on the third which put him back to level par for the tournament but in a show of guts and determination then made 3 birdies to regain his position at the top of the leader board by the thirteenth.
White and Dixon were playing darts on the fifteenth, with both players putting their second shots to within 4 feet of the stick, for excellent birdie chances.
Dixon was first to putt and narrowly missed but White made no mistake with his and the birdie put him to 3 under and tied for the moment with Laino, who was two groups behind.
Dixon made a welcome birdie at sixteen to close the gap to two shots but White shut the door firmly in Dixon's face with a great birdie on the last hole to finish on 4 under for the tournament.
Laino meanwhile climbed aboard the Bogey Train on the fourteenth and failed to get off it, apart from a par on the seventeenth and finished a disappointing 4 over par for the round and one over for the tournament.
This left Jon White the delighted winner by a clear 3 shots from David Dixon and Dale Whitnell and Jon thanked the club and the membership for hosting an supporting the event and praised the green staff for presenting the players with an immaculately prepared golf course.
Calcot Park also hosted the Pro-Am which preceded the tournament and the winning score of 92 points by the “3 Tenner’s” Team was helped along by their professional, Will Bailey, who carded a 6 under par 64 to also win the Pro Prize.
The members of Calcot Park and the professionals who played in the Pro-Am also contributed £400 to Jamega Tours Charity “DreamFlight” to see tour pro Tom Hayward’s shoulder length blonde hair shaved off and you can see the video of the head shaving on the Jamega Tour’s Facebook page!!
It is very satisfying to see players from all levels of the game competing on the Jamega Tour, either to gain experience, regain some confidence or even to earn some money but it is sad that as a tour we cannot move their careers onto the next level via a structured promotion system that may one day enable them to get a full European Tour Card.