Party in The Park for Laskey

Mark Laskey with Jamega at Park Wood 2019Mark Laskey strolled to victory at Park Wood with an excellent score of 8 under par, which given the chalk and cheese weather of the two days, was tremendous golf.

An ideal first day for scoring at Park Wood with sunshine and light winds helped Dale Whitnell and Alasdair Plumb to 6 under par 66’s to set the early target.

Daniel Bennett, Mark Laskey, Jack Slater and South Africa’s Lyle Rowe came close to joining the leaders with solid 5 under par 67’s.

It was to be a challenging final round for the players as the weather was forecasted to be wet at times and very windy.

Early starter, Max Jordan, showed what could be done with a one under par 71 that gave him a fourteen-shot improvement on his first round of thirteen over par.

In the wet blustery conditions scoring was not easy but from the penultimate group, Laskey set the clubhouse target at 8 under par by adding a solid 3 under par 69 to his first round 5 under, while Rowe’s card was a “Liquorice All sorts” of colour, indicating pars, bogies, birdies and an Eagle all adding up to a level par 72.

In the final group, last year’s winner, Dale Whitnell, never came to grips with the front nine and turned in 3 over par, whilst Plumb and Bennett both faded away in the trying conditions to leave Laskey the winner of the “Park Wood Futures” and a cheque for £3,500.

The hospitality in the clubhouse at Park Wood was superb, as usual and the course held up well despite the dreadful weather on the second day, thanks to Head Greenkeeper Jack Sims and his enthusiastic staff.

King Henry Rules the Wychwood

William Sheridan-Mills with Jamega at The Wychwood 2019Henry Sheridan-Mills broke his professional duck on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour, winning “The Wychwood International” by a single Shot from Australian challenger, Will Heffernan.

The first round produced a 7 under par 65 by Sheridan-Mills that gave him a one stroke lead over the consistent Australian, Will Heffernan, who in turn was a single shot in front of Pat Ruff, Jamie Abbott and Sheridan-Mills’ brother Freddie.

So, the second day should produce some interesting battles for the title but hopefully, no “Cain and Abel” moments between the Sheridan-Mills brothers!

On the blustery second day it was a battle the whole way for the leaders, who kept a close eye on each other throughout the afternoon.

Louis Hirst set a feasible clubhouse target of 7 under par for the others to aim at and he was soon joined on that total by Giles Evans.

With the groups finishing thick and fast Louis Campbell added a fine 5 under par 67 to his first round 68 to leapfrog Evans and Hirst to assume the lead on 9 under par.

In the final group, with Abbott unable to make progress, there was a right royal tussle going on between Sheridan-Mills and Heffernan.

Sheridan-Mills, one shot ahead on the seventeenth, missed a short birdie putt that would have given him a 2-shot lead over Heffernan, with the driveable par 4 eighteenth to come, so it was going to be a tight finish.

Sheridan-Mills hit a great tee shot to drive the eighteenth to see his ball finished some 10 feet from the hole, from where he calmly rolled it up to the cup for a tap-in birdie, the win and of course a £3,500 winners’ cheque.

The successful pro-am, which preceded the “Wychwood International”, saw the team of Shaun James Jnr, Adam Nolan, David Bates and Team Professional Jack Slater smash it with 89 points. The leading Professional score was a tie at 3 under par, with 69’s, scored by Liam Robinson and Tom Spreadborough.

The Wychwood Golf Club is a little gem tucked away near Chipping Norton and is one of the most friendly and hospitable clubs on our roster.

The head professional, Tom Field, and his team present the course in excellent condition every year and a welcoming clubhouse and with friendly staff serving very tasty food for you to enjoy after your round, It’s well worth a visit.

A Thoroughbred Performance by Surry

Steve Surry with Jamega at Lingfield 2019Steve Surry finished Birdie, Birdie to force a play-off with Liam Robinson for The Lingfield Park Cup, in which Surry prevailed for a well-deserved win.

Round one at Lingfield Park did not give us the low scoring that has been enjoyed at recent tournaments but non the less there were four players tied on 4 under the card.

Will Heffernan, Liam Robinson, Louis Hirst and South Africa’s Lyle Rowe negotiated the course in fine style to establish a one-shot lead over Dan Smith and Alasdair Plumb, so the second day should be very interesting.

On the second day there was a marginal improvement in the scoring with Patrick Ruff posting a 4 under par 68 for a 4 under par total as the clubhouse target.

Steve Surry, however, soon obliterated that target carding a 7 under par 65 for a new top of the table score of 8 under par so it would be a bit of a wait for Surry to see what the leaders were up to.

Surry was soon joined by Robinson, who added another 4 under par 68 to his first-round score to also reach 8 under par, so it looked for all the world like being a play-off.

Neither Heffernan, Hirst or Rowe, in final group, could challenge Surry and Robinson’s total so after the dead heat, it was off to the par 5 Eighteenth to start the play-off.

It was all over very quickly when Surry holed a 3-footer for birdie and was the delighted to receive the winner’s cheque for £3,500.

Head Greenkeeper, Greg Milton and his team did a wonderful job in presenting the course to everyone’s satisfaction and hospitality in the clubhouse was also excellent, as usual and the on-site accommodation is superb, so if you are looking for golf, racing, or indeed both, Lingfield is a must for you.