DeJa vu for Whitnell

Dale Whitnell with Jamega at Hamptworth 2018It was a “Ground Hog Day” for Dale Whitnell (Forester Park) as he repeated his 2016 win at Hamptworth with the same score of 10 under par, albeit this time, by way of a play-off against Callum Davidson.

It was Davidson who led the way after day one, with a solid 5 under par 65 but that only put him one shot ahead of the eventual winner Whitnell.

A whole raft of experienced players were also in close proximity and Davidson would have to be on his metal to keep them at bay on the second and final day.

On the second day, players tend to play with more freedom and score better, Paul Kinnear was one who found some welcome form and carded a 6 under par 65 to put him in the clubhouse lead on 7 under par but it was to be too little, too late for the Liverpudlian.

Last weeks winner, Michael Farrier-Twist, continued his fine run with a flawless, best of the day 7 under par 64, which saw him leapfrog Kinnear and set a new target of 9 under par for the leaders to aim at.

In the final group of the day it was Whitnell and Davidson who were having a battle and it looked as though Whitnell was heading for an easy run in for the title, getting to 9 under par after 12 holes and leading Davidson by 3 shots.

That was until Davidson hit him with 4 birdies in a row from the fourteenth to join Whitnell on 10 under par with one hole to play, which they both parred and so it was off to a play-off to decide the winner, which Witnell won at the first extra hole.

This win gave Whitnell his second victory of the 2018 season and put him into a Tie with Michael Farrier-Twist for the FREE entries on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour, for the 2018/2019 Season

The last event of the year is at The Players Club on October the 8th and 9th so we look forward to seeing you all there for the end of season Order of Merit Finale.

Farrier-Twist Races to First Win

Michael Farrier-Twist (Sedlescombe GC) became a first-time winner on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour with a stunning display of golf at Royal Ascot where he finished with a total of 11 under par to win by 2 shots from Marco Penge.

Scoring on the first day of The Royal Ascot Cup was, to say the least, extraordinary, with Farrier-Twist cantering round the par 70 layout in a 7 under par 63 to head a quality field by but a single shot.

Michael Farrier-Twist with Jamega at Royal Ascot Golf Club 2018
Winner, Michael Farrier-Twist, pictured with Club Captain, Martin Davis

Louis Hirst (Banstead Down GC) was his closest pursuer on 6 under par and he in turn was one ahead of Gregory Davies (Imagine Cruising), Marco Penge, former Amateur Champion, Scott Gregory and yet another very talented Korean player, Matthew Choi.

With some 43 players on par or better the second half of the race was sure to be decided in the last furlong with a possible photo finish on the cards.

On the second day several players improved their position on the leader board with some excellent scoring and notable amongst these was George Henderson who added a 6 under par 64 to his first round 69 to take the clubhouse lead at 7 under the card.

Almost immediately, Henderson was joined on 7 under by recent winner, Dale Whitnell who came up on the rails to also return a superb 6 under par 64.

Jon Christey (HK28), made it a trio of players at the top of the leader board but with five more groups to come in it would be a nail biting wait to see if their total would be good enough for, at least a play-off place.

One by one players failed to overtake the leading trio until, in the penultimate group, Marco Penge set a new clubhouse target of 9 under par by adding a solid 4 under par 66 to his first round 65.

Penge’s hopes of a first win were snatched from his grasp by the first-round leader, Farrier Twist, who played a controlled round of golf to post a 4 under par 66 for a winning total of 11 under par.

So, was it a Twist of fate that a Farrier should win at Royal Ascot?

Royal Ascot was in superb condition, as the scoring indicates, and the course was appreciated by all the players in this high-class field, as was the hospitality shown in the clubhouse and the enthusiasm of the members.

Next week we head off to Hamptworth, for the penultimate tournament of the season and there is still a very real chance to scoop up the FREE Jamega starts that are on offer in the “Mini Order of Merit" running for the last four events.


Laskey Makes His Mark

Mark Laskey with Jamega at Essendon Golf Club 2018Mark Laskey won The Essendon Challenge after a three-way play-off against last weeks winner Luke Groves and Luke Joy after overnight leader Michael Watson could not replicate his first-round heroics.

The scoring was outrageous on the first day at Essendon (Old), with Luke Joy, (Remedy Oak), setting an early pace with a 7 under par 65, which included 9 Birdies, that we thought may be equaled but probably no bettered.

Wrong……. Michael Watson, (Wessex Golf Centre), snatched the leaders Yellow Jersey from Joy’s grasp with an absolutely brilliant 10 under par 62 that included 8 Birdies and an Eagle. His playing partner David Dixon said that “It was one of the easiest 62’s you’ll ever see.”

With a comfortable 3 shot lead over Joy and a 5 shot lead over Jack Charman, Mark Laskey, Daniel Owen (Cumberwell Park), Ollie Roberts and Josh Loughrey, Watson was in a commanding position but, as we all know it ain’t over till the “Fat Lady Sings”, in this game.

On the second day several players made big improvements on their first-round scores including recent winner Dale Whitnell (71+66) but his total of 7 under would probably fall short this time.

Kevin Esteve added a 4 under par 68 to his first round 69 to join Whitnell in the clubhouse lead on 7 under par.

Last weeks winner Luke Groves, barges in with a great score of 7 under par, with the back nine containing 3 Eagles, giving him a final total of 10 under par which, by coincidence, was his winning total last week, so, who knows?

Mark Laskey cards a second 5 under par 67 and joins Groves on 10 under par score and neither player was going to be moving very far in case there was a play-off.

In the last group it was Luke joy who carded a flawless 3 under par 69 to his 65 and so joined the Groves and Laskey for the sudden death play-off, from of which emerged the winner, Mark Laskey.

Essendon is the total experience for any golfer looking to play either of the two excellent courses and experience the excellent food and convivial hospitality in the clubhouse, after the round.

There is still the opportunity to win a season's FREE golf on The Jamega Pro Golf Tour in 2019 so don’t delay enter the final 3 events of the year and you never know, it could be you playing for FREE.