Hirst Races Home at Royal Ascot

Louis Hirst with Jamega at Royal Ascot 2019Louis Hirst won the Royal Ascot Cup by a short head from amateur Eoin Leonard in a closely fought battle to the finish, with Hirst on 8 under par and Leonard closing fast on 7 under par.

Louis Hirst opened proceedings on the first day with a spectacular 7 under par 63, that had 9 birdies on the card, marred only by an unfortunate double bogey on the troublesome twelfth.

This gave Hirst a 3 shot cushion over Jack Slater, Billy Watson and Jack Yule, with the eventual runner up Leonard a further shot behind, along with Steve Surry and Jamie Moul

Another highlight on the first day, was the Hole in One on the 230-yard par 3 first by Ryan Thomas, who went on to record a solid one over par 71.

On the second day it was a nip and tuck affair, with Leonard reaching the turn in 3 under par, to put him 6 under for the tournament and when Hirst, in the final group. double bogied the tenth hole, Leonard was in the lead.

Then Hirst gathered his senses and birdied thirteen, fourteen and fifteen for a slender one-shot lead and with steady pars over the last 3 holes he managed to cross the line.

The Pro-am that preceded the main tournament was a great success with two Cumberwell Park professionals picking up the spoils.

Ryan Smith brought home the winning team of, “The Sunday Golfers”, who scored an excellent 90 points and Steve Surry won the individual prize, with a superb 5 under par 65.

The course was in excellent condition thanks to the hard work of course manager, Ian Hockley and his dedicated team and as usual the hospitality shown to all of us and the players in the clubhouse was brilliant and we would un-reservedly recommend it as a, “must play”, stop on your golfing calendar.

It was good to get another new winner on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour, who continue to give aspiring professionals the opportunity to develop their game in competition with their peers.

Please take advantage of our Membership offer of Full membership of The Jamega Pro Golf Tour for the 2020 season for only £75, this is a saving of £125 over the standard membership of £200, so don’t delay sign up today!

Elementary for Watson

Billy Watson with Jamega at Enfield 2019Billy Watson lead from the gun, to win “The Enfield Invitational” with a 13 under par total that put him one shot ahead of James Willis on 12 under and 3 ahead of Glen Portelli in third place, on 10 under par.

The first round produced some excellent scoring with David James posting a 7 under par 65 early in the day and that remained unchallenged until Watson joined him on the same score later on.

The highlight of the first round, was a Hole-in-One, on the par 3 sixth hole, by Henry Sheridan-Mills, which helped him to a 5 under par 67 opening score.

During the second round Watson showed great composure and proved his class by compiling an error free 6 under par 66 to add to his first round 65 and pick up the £3,500 winners’ cheque.

Watson was pushed all the way by James Willis, who shot a best of the day 7 under par 65, a round which culminated with a Birdie, Eagle finish.

It was rewarding again to see another young player, who is at the dawn of his professional career, play well and win against a very experienced, international field such as the one we had again this week.

The Enfield International was preceded, as usual, by a very successful Pro-Am with over 30 teams participating. Giles Evans was the leading professional with a magnificent score of 8 under par 64.

The overall winners of the pro-am were “Team Mignano” (2) with a magnificent score of 90 points helped by their exuberant professional, Steve Tooth, aka “Toothy”, contributing too the score and also keeping the team entertained.

The Enfield Club maintained their claim to be the friendliest golf club in North London, thanks to the eager and enthusiastic membership making both us and the professionals very welcome and with a course maintained in excellent condition, thanks to the efforts of Head Greenkeeper, Dane Watts and his team, it is a must stop for every nomadic golfer.

Vernon is the Cream of the Crop

Eddie Vernon with Jamega at The Leatherhead 2019Eddie Vernon overcame the difficult scoring conditions at The Leatherhead Golf Club to win “The Leatherhead Trophy” by one shot from Louis Hirst, with South Africa’s Lyle Rowe a shot further back in third place.

Strong blustery winds made controlling the golf ball extremely difficult on day one, where only 10 players bettered the par of 71.

One of the highlights of the first round was a hole in one on the par 3 seventeenth, by James Heath, which gave him a share of the halfway lead on 2 under par.

Vernon, after a first round of one under par 70, which left him just shot off the lead, put together a flawless second round of 66 made up of 5 birdies and thirteen pars for a 6 under par total and the deserved win.

In afield of over 90 players, made up of golfers from 12 different golfing nations, which included several current and former European tour and Challenge tour players, it was rewarding for us to see the up and coming Eddie Vernon triumph.

We are sure that after this experience Vernon will progress to bigger and better things in his golfing career, boosted by winning against a quality field.

The Leatherhead Club is one of our favourite venues as there is always a friendly welcome from the helpful staff both on the course and in the clubhouse, where you can be sure of having a choice of excellent food after your round on the superb golf course.