Ipswich’s Jamie Abbott claims 11-shot win on the Jamega Tour

Ipswich golfer Jamie Abbott. Picture: ARCHANT

Ipswich golfer Jamie Abbott. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

This week the Ipswich player completed a brilliant 11-shot win on the Jamega Tour at The Players Club.

Abbott’s amazing first round of 11 under par 61 not only established a six-shot lead over Mitchel Sarling (Boyce Hill) but also set a new course record.

Abbott teased his nearest rivals when he dropped a shot on the first hole in his second round but that was as far as it went. He had seven birdies and an eagle in the next 17 holes on the second day in wet and windy conditions.

Asked about his first round, Abbott said: “The first nine holes were scary really. I surprised myself. I had three good putts on the first three holes to go three under, a perfect start.

“The long ninth was straight down wind. A drive and a nine-iron, which nearly went in, left me 10 under.”

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It became blustery during his second nine but he had a six-foot putt for a birdie on the 12th. Despite his putter being “red hot” at the time, this one stayed out or a round of 59 might have been on the cards.

On the second day it was a far tougher test. To come in five under was another excellent performance.

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Between July 26 and 28 Abbott will be playing in the PGA Europro event at Luton Hoo where he also holds the course record.

Will Farley, a first year PGA trainee attached to Rushmere, won the Suffolk PGA Chauffeur Services Cup (formerly the Winter Cup) at the first play-off hole at Stowmarket. He ended Neil Mitchell’s grip on the trophy.

Farley was two up after 16. Mitchell won the 17th with a par and levelled on the 18th with a monster putt.

The par-five first play-off hole saw Mitchell at the back of the green in three and Farley in a greenside bunker in two. Mitchell’s chip was short, Farley was out to within three feet. Mitchell missed his putt and it was all over.

In the first semi-final Simon Reeve (Aldeburgh) was two up with four to play but Mitchell drew level in bizarre circumstances on the last hole. His tee shot rebounded off a tree onto the edge of the green from where he sank the putt. Mitchell took the play-off hole with a birdie.

In the other semi-final Farley took an early led against Tim Cooper (Newton Green) and held on for a 2 and 1 victory.

- It is a busy week with England Golf events round the country. Alice Barlow, now of Hintlesham, is the only Suffolk player in the English Women’s Amateur Championship at Lindrick starting on Tuesday.

She is drawn in the same three-ball as Ellie Brown of Barnham Broom whom she will know well from East County Week.

Barlow goes into the event in sparkling form. In the first round of the Newton Green club championship she had seven birdies in a course record round of 66. She had seven more birdies in her second round of 67.

He beat ladies’ captain Rebecca Evans by 35 shots over two rounds. Evans (88 and 80 off 19) won the handicap prize.

Other Norfolk challengers at Lindrick will be Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer), Amy Taylor (Bawburgh), Imogen Leeder (Dereham), Maisy Turner (Hunstanton) and Abigail O’Riordan (Swaffham). After two rounds the field will be reduced to 40 and ties who will play a further 36 holes on the final day.

Essex have high hopes of Lily-May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland) who was in the winning GB and I side in the Junior Vagliano Trophy played in Italy. Other Essex players include Ashleigh Greenham and Sophie Madden (both West Essex), Ashley Croft (Stock Brook) and Harriet Lynch (Thorndon Park). A trio from Gog Magog are Miranda Brain, Jade Guest and Emily Slater.

Luke Thompson and Guy Mummery of Rookery Park provide Suffolk’s challenge in the Tillman Trophy at Knole Park next week. Iain Yule and Giles Evans from Thetford and Jack Yule from King’s Lynn are Norfolk’s entries.

- Todd Clements of Braintree has been named to represent England in the Dutch Junior Open at Toxandria Golf Club next week. The 20-year-old scored a course record 66 on the Hotchkin at Woodhall Spa during the Brabazon Trophy.

- Billy Wilder, a former amateur at Stoke by Nayland, has regained his amateur status. Wilder worked for Stuart Smith Golf Academy who operated out of Old Joe’s Golf Range near Sudbury and more recently at Thetford Golf Club.

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