Abbott is Back

Jamie Abbott and Rob Watson with Jamega at The Shire 2018Seve would have been delighted to see the array of talent on display at The Shire London this week and bar an extraordinary first round score of 7 under par 65 from Jamie Abbott, his original and iconic design survived the onslaught from modern equipment and balls.

Abbott’s nearest challengers, Steve Surry (Cumberwell Park), Michael Watson (Wessex Golf Centre), Mark Laskey (Brockett Hall) and Rob Watson, all sat 4 shots behind but on this testing layout there was still all to play for.

The second day started overcast and dull but thankfully the drizzle had not returned and play commenced on time, at 07:38 am.

As the early scores started to come in it seemed that scoring seemed a lot better than yesterday with players improving on their first-round scores, some by quite a margin.

Well, what an afternoon of golf we had with Rob Watson starting his second round Birdie, Eagle, Eagle and another Birdie saw hm 6 under par after 5 holes and suddenly 2 shots ahead of overnight leader Abbott.

The play continued to ebb and flow but as the final groups started to drift in it was Marco Penge who established the early clubhouse lead with a 5 under par total, which included 3 Eagles, one of which was a hole in one on the Fourteenth which earned him an extra £100.

Rob Watson, in the following group, immediately leapfrogged Penge to take over the lead with a final total of 6 under par and then he had a short wait for the final group to appear to see what Abbott was up to.

Abbott meanwhile had to deal with a traumatic back nine after dropping 4 shots in 3 holes from the eleventh but he recovered well and birdied the fourteenth and fifteenth to get back to 6 under par and level with Watson.

Abbott failed to extract another birdie from the remaining 3 holes and so it was of for a play-off between these two warriors. The play-off only lasted for just one hole, with Abbott emerging as the winner of The Shire London Bowl.

The Shire London is a true test of golf for players of all abilities and is also a great day out with friendly staff and maybe on the range, you could see Long Drive Champion, Joe Miller being coached by resident professional Lee Cox.

After the excellent 2 days of play, Seve would have a smile on his face and be proud of the way his design has stood the test of time.