Foster Runs out the Winner
The young amateur, Jerome Foster who is the Shire London Club Champion ran out the winner by two shots from 6-time winner Jamie Abbott, Ryan Boyns and Sam Forgan at the Seve designed masterpiece near Barnet in North London.
Foster held the joint lead after the first round with Luke Johnson on 4 under par and they were being chased by Michael Watson and Sam Buss, both just one shot further back.
On a very benign autumn day the scoring was not as spectacular as was anticipated, although some 25 players either broke or equaled the strict par of 72 including another talented amateur from Mill Hill Golf Club, Gyuho Lee.
The second day was a carbon copy of the first, with no wind to speak of and some intermittent sunshine to keep the autumn mist at bay.
Again, the scoring was a little flat and it seemed that none of the players wanted to take control of the tournament and make a charge for the winning post.
David Dixon posted an early clubhouse target of 4 under par adding a 68 to his level par first round and that was quickly equaled by Paul Kinnear with a best of the day 5 under par 67 to add to his one over par 73.
Apart from a mistake at the fourth with a bogey, Foster ran out a convincing winner, playing flawless golf over the remaining fourteen holes to post a 3 under par 69 and a 7 under par total.
Foster joined the American Kevin Flack as the only Amateurs to win on The Jamega Pro Golf Tour and make no mistake, for an amateur to win on the tour against seasoned professionals is no mean achievement.
We love coming back to The Shire London, with the evocative memories of the course designer Seve Ballesteros and with the superb hospitality shown to us and the professionals by all the staff it is a club that we would recommend unreservedly to golfers everywhere.
Our last tournament is at Old Fold Manor next week and don’t forget that those who played in the last 3 events can join the tour for next year at just £50, payment due by the 3rd of October 2017.
Thereafter membership for the 2018 season will cost £100, if paid before the New Year, when it rises to a normal full payment of £200.