Jamie Abbott continued his fine run of form and with a brilliant 11 shot win at The Players Club yesterday in extremely difficult conditions.
Abbott basically turned the event into two tournaments after his extraordinary first round of 11 under par which not only gave him a 6-shot lead over Mitchel Sarling but also the new course record.
In the chasing pack with Sarling were David Dixon on 4 under par with 7 other players tucked in behind on 3 under par including George Mullins, who was in contention to win the Mini Order of Merit that would give him a free season on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour.
Another notable event during the first round was the Hole-in-One made by Toby O’Connor on the second hole which won him a nice £100.
With the threat of heavy rain set to disrupt the second days play it was waterproofs on and fingers crossed as play began at 8: am.
Abbott teased his nearest rivals when he bogied the first hole but that was as far as it went and with 7 Birdies and an Eagle in the next seventeen holes Abbott easily won the tournament in which he was the only real contender after the first round.
The “other tournament”, as it were, for second place, was a much closer affair with Hayden Reay posting a 7 under par total of 137 which gave him second place over Tomasz Anderson, David Dixon, Sam Boyes and George Mullins who all tied for third place.
The consolation for Mullins came in the form of a free season on The Portugal Pro Golf Tour for 2017/2018 when he headed the second Mini Order of Merit.
Congratulations to Amateur golfer Gyuho Lee who won the second “Single Figure Golfer Order of Merit” and he will also receive a pass for free entry into the Portugal Pro Golf Tour events 2017/2018 courtesy of “Single Figure Golfer”.
The third Mini Order of Merit starts at Lingfield on the 19th when we go to the races so, if you want to get yourself over to Portugal for the winter, get your entries in as soon as possible.
Our thanks go to Head Greenkeeper Nick Perkins and his team for presenting the course in excellent condition, as they continue to do each year and we also enjoyed the food and hospitality in the clubhouse, which is one of the many benefits of a visit to The Players Club.
So, Jamie Abbott set a new course record with his first round of 11 under par 61 and then followed that up on the second day with a 7 under par 65 to post a tournament total of 18 under par and win by 11 shots. That’s some golf and we would also like to congratulate Jamie on his recent engagement to Kimberley.