Gandy Races to Ascot Cup Win [UPDATED - GALLERY ADDED]

Tom Gandy with Jamega at Royal Ascot 2019Tom Gandy won The Royal Ascot Cup after a play-off with Jamie Moul when both players dead heated on 8 under par for the two rounds.

With two great days of weather forecast for the tournament at Royal Ascot, we were looking forward to some excellent scoring from the one hundred plus field.

In the first round, Gandy scored an impressive 6 under par 64 over the strict par 70 Royal Ascot layout, set in Berkshire close to Royal Ascot racecourse.

Sam Cutting, Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Jamie Dick kept Gandy at close quarters with 5 under par 65’s, so the battle for the title was certain to be closely fought over the second day.

One of the highlights of the second day, was a hole-in-one by Matt Mumford on the par 3 sixth hole but it was not quite good enough to elevate Mumford into the prize fund.

Jamie Moul, who shot a 4 under par 66 in the first round, could have buttoned up the win in normal time but bogies on the Sixteenth and Seventeenth dropped him back to 7 under par and only a birdie on the last put him into the clubhouse with a lead of one shot over Dale Whitnell and Max Penney.

Gandy, the leader after round one and playing in the last group, also compiled an 8 under par total, adding a 2 under par 68 to his first-round score of 64 and so it was off to a play-off to decide the winner.

In the blink of an eye it was decided at the first extra hole with Gandy running out the winner of his first professional tournament.

Gandy was more than happy to receive his cheque for £3,500 from Club Captain, Martin Davis and course manager Ian Hockley.

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 travels.

A perfect Storm for Mansell

Richard Mansell with Jamega at Studley Wood 2019Richard Mansell was the fortunate beneficiary of some awful overnight weather at Studley Wood, which eventually forced us to abandon the second round, so all the scores from day one will stand and the tournament can be closed.

The weather was quiet on the first day and Richard Mansell took full advantage of the benign conditions to shoot a very impressive 10 under par 63 to lead European Tour member James Heath by 3 shots.

Heath, who had come in earlier with his score of 7 under par, would have been quietly confident of at least being tied for the lead at the end of the day.

There were a trio of players tucked in behind Heath, on 6 under par, Max Nichols, Sam Whitehead and Max Jordan, so it was up to them to hunt Mansell down on the second day, which was to be a testing one given the wet and windy forecast.

Well, what a difference a day makes, due to the biblical weather overnight and continuous rain through the morning it was decided, due to the size of the field to cancel the second round.

This is obviously not ideal, as we do everything in our power to ensure that tournaments are completed but because all the players have played one round, we can close the tournament and pay out the full prize fund.

Studley Wood was, as usual, a very welcoming and enthusiastic host to us and the players, everyone enjoyed the tournament, albeit a rather foreshortened one and we would recommend it to golfers everywhere.

Wrisdale Bowls them over at The Shire, London

Jordan Wrisdale with Jamega at The Shire London 2019Jordan Wrisdale has won The Shire, London Bowl, showing admirable consistency over both days, with two scores of 5 under par giving him the narrowest of victories over Josh Loughrey who scored a total of 9 under par.

Loughrey set the pace on the first day with a sparkling, error free, 6 under par 66 to establish a slender one-shot lead over Wrisdale.

Hot on the heels of the leading pair, on 4 under par came Bradley Moore, George Mullins, Alex Albut and Jonathan Poulton and in all some 26 players scored level par or better so the tournament would still be wide open, coming into the second day.

It was Dale Whitnell who set the early target carding a 7 under pat 65 to give him the clubhouse lead on 7 under par.

Whitnell was soon joined by Simon Griffiths (67) and Jack Munro (66) and the trio would have a while to wait to see if they had done enough for at least a play-off place.

Wrisdale and Loughrey, playing in the final group, were nip and tuck throughout the afternoon, with both players on 8 under par after 16 holes.

It took a birdie 2, on the seventeenth, by Wrisdale to break the deadlock but with the “Seve” signature par 5 eighteenth to come, it was not over yet.

Wrisdale managed to hold his nerve and a birdie on the last gave him the one-shot victory over Loughrey, who also made a birdie but not the necessary Eagle to force a play-off.

The Shire London again provided a Championship course in pristine condition, which when linked to a warm welcome and excellent food in the clubhouse offers the visiting golfer the ultimate day out.