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Home win for Steve Surry at Jamega Pro Golf Tour Event
May 16, 2012

The Jamega Pro Golf Tour two day UK tournament, in association with Titleist FootJoy, returned to Cumberwell Park on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th May.

The field of 120 professionals included European Tour and Challenge Tour players amongst the regular Jamega Tour members, alongside local talented golf professionals at the early stages of their tour career.

Monday morning brought on yet more rain with light winds. The first group of the day to tee off included Ali James, a former Wiltshire County Captain and Manager of the Cumberwell Park Golf Club, who was one of the five amateur players to take part in the tournament. Steve Surry who followed in the second group was the first home with the score to beat, after making the most of the birdie opportunities and finishing with a score of 4 under. As the rain stopped it was Paul Maddy from Gog Magog Golf Club who topped the leader board at the end of day one with 6 under, after a brilliant performance, carding six birdies on the back nine.

Mark Laskey from Brockett Hall Golf Club played a solid game on day one, finishing with a level par round. Preparing himself well before teeing off on day two certainly paid off as he posted birdie after birdie with a slight lapse at the seventh dropping a shot. He carried on to hand in the best card of the tournament, a score of 7 under which elevated him to the top of the leader board then patiently waited for Steve Surry and Paul Maddy to complete their rounds.

It was yet another solid round from Steve Surry returning to the clubhouse victorious, again taking advantage of birdie chances to give him an overall score of 8 under and to pick up the winners cheque for £5,000. Surry commented "I played nicely on day one, putting well and the three birdies in a row were a highlight" he continued, "there were a few Cumberwell Park members following us on the final round so that added a bit of extra pressure knowing their expectations."

Both Surry and Maddy became aware of Laskey's low scoring round at the twelfth so knew there was little room for error. Maddy had played a steady round until he had an unlucky double bogey at the thirteenth, setting him back to 6 under, however he managed to take this back to 7 under with a birdie at the challenging fifteenth to draw level with Laskey and Surry. Surry had everything to play for at the final two holes, showing his class at the seventeenth as he holed a 30 foot put in front of his audience for a birdie and then calmly making par at the last to jump into the lead with 8 under. Surry was delighted with the result, "I had a good game with Paul, who was unlucky on thirteen. The 30 foot put was a great moment to make the birdie I needed at the seventeenth."

Surry is planning to continue playing Jamega Tour events this season alongside Europro and some European Challenge Tour events where possible.

Ali James, Manager of Cumberwell Park Golf Club, gave a good performance in both rounds, finishing the tournament in the mix of the professional players on the top quarter of the leader board. Ali commented "It is great to have the professionals playing here at Cumberwell Park", he continued "we are looking forward to another Jamega Tour event in August and we are also hosting a PGA West Region Order of Merit event in July."

Cumberwell Park has hosted Jamega Pro Golf Tour events since 2007 and the green staff at the club have always worked hard to ensure the course is in the best possible condition for large tournaments. This was clearly acknowledged by the professionals, many commenting on the excellent condition of the greens during the two days of play.

Steve Surry has been a member at Cumberwell Park for 15 years where he started as a junior and there are also a number of other professional tour players at different stages of their career attached to the club. Cumberwell Park Golf Club has always had a very strong emphasis on junior development and the club's excellent facilities attract players of all levels from around the region. The development of the sport is not just aimed at the elite level players but also at beginners, with the club offering coaching to all ages and levels. A junior academy was started in 2007 which attracts 40 - 60 junior players each year, aged between six and twelve, who attend weekly sessions to learn and develop all aspects of the game.

The next Jamega Pro Golf event on the tour schedule will be held in Bedfordshire on 14 & 15 May at Mentmore Golf Club, with an associated Pro-Am event on Sunday 13 May. To find out more information about The Jamega Pro Golf Tour as well as where and when the tournaments will be held visit or follow the series on facebook or Twitter.

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