Reeson’s To Be Cheerful
James Reeson had every reason to be cheerful at Essendon New with his first professional win since moving from the amateur ranks last October.
Reeson secured his win after a tense 3-hole play-off against James Scade when the pair tied after 36 holes on 6 under par.
David Dixon led after round one with fine 5 under par 68 with Reeson one shot back on 4 under and Scade in close order on 3 under.
Dixon got off to a shocking start dropping 3 shots in the first 2 holes of the final round which put him on the back foot with a mountain to climb whereas Reeson and Scade played steady golf to eventually both turn in 2 under par making up 4 shots on the frustrated Dixon.
Reeson compiled 9 straight pars on the back nine whereas Scade was more adventurous with an Eagle, 2 Birdies, 3 Pars and 3 Bogeys.
Playing the final hole, Reeson held a one-shot lead over Scade and a 2 shot lead over David Dixon but with Dixon some 6 feet away putting for Eagle and Scade comfortably on for 2, although some 25 feet away anything could happen.
Reeson chipped up woefully short and Scade made a comfortable birdie to leave Reeson with a putt to win but it was not to be, so this left Dixon with an Eagle putt to tie the pair and move into a play-off.
Dixon’s effort missed and he tapped in for his birdie to end up one shot shy and so Scade and Reason started their play-off.
The play-off began on the tenth hole and lasted for 3 holes and it was a delighted Reeson who triumphed and picked up the winner’s cheque for £3,500.
The guaranteed prize fund of £10,500 is attracting good entries so it would be advisable to enter events as soon as possible.
Essendon New was in superb condition and a credit to Head Greens Keeper Craig Gibson and his team and we are looking forward to returning in a few weeks to the Essendon Old course.