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Jamega Pro Golf Tour - Patience Wins The Day For Neil Reilly
May 29, 2012

The Vale Golf and Country Club in Worcestershire was the host venue for the fifth Jamega Pro Golf Tour two day UK tournament of the season on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd May.

Monday provided an early leader as Liam Robinson, who teed off with Australian player Ric Edwards in the first group of the tournament, finished with a 5 under par score of 69 which proved difficult to beat. After a slow start and a bogey at the third, Enterprise Sports Management's Robinson picked up momentum with three birdies on the front nine, then carried on to putt for an eagle at the par 5 tenth, after a great second shot finished five foot from the hole. An unlucky missed putt set him back one shot with a second bogey on the eleventh, but  Robinson soon made up for this with solid play and two lovely putts creating a further two birdies at the fourteenth and seventeenth.

Towards the end of the day Greg Peters from The Shropshire Golf Centre was the only other player to equal the score and join Robinson at the top of the leader board, a flawless round with five birdies on his card. Adam Runcie from Abergele Golf Club, winner of the Jamega Tour event at the Vale of Glamorgan, also had a bogey free round with a score of 4 under placing him tied second alongside Hanbury Manor Golf Club's Dave Thomas going into round two.

Warm and sunny weather on the final day provided perfect conditions for play on The Vales's long 74 par International Course. Joe Ferguson from Celtic Manor finished his first round 1 under par, having made a fantastic come back from a string of bogeys on the front nine. Ferguson got off to a flying start on day two with birdies on the first two holes, then continuing with a solid error free round and four more birdies to finish 6 under with a final overall score of 7 under.

It was Neil Reilly who produced the best round of the final day. Having started his second round 2 under par, Reilly soon found his form with three straight birdies on the second, third and fourth. With confidence high he patiently continued playing the first half of the course to maintain his 5 under overall score going into the back nine. It was on this homeward strait where Reilly's class and experience showed, carding a further five birdies to win his first Jamega Pro Golf tournament with an overall score of 10 under par. Reilly commented "This is the first Jamega event I have won, so it is really quite special, it is a great mini-tour, well run and organised by a very professional team." He continued "The birdie on the last hole was the highlight of the round, it is a tough hole and it is always good to finish on a high."

Having played golf professionally for the last 14 years, including six years at European Tour level, Reilly does not play as much as he did in the early years of his golf career, with his main focus now being in other areas of the golf industry. He feels this is contributing to him playing better as he is enjoying his game more, without the pressures and demands of a full competition schedule.

Ferguson, who was in the lead after his round, waited patiently for the final players to finish before knowing he had been knocked off the top spot. He was delighted for Reilly and his tournament win and commented "Unfortunately the bogeys in the first round cost me the tournament, but I played really well to come back from that and continued to play well in the second round, so was pleased with my performance." He went on to say "The greens were in excellent condition, quicker and a bit firmer on the second day, also there was a bit more wind on the course which made it trickier and makes Neil Reilly's score look even better, it was a fantastic score for the conditions on the day."

Dan Waite from The Wisley Golf Club in Ripley played consistently on both days with an eagle at the fourth in his first round and a second eagle in his final round with a brilliant 100 foot putt at the fifteenth, lifting his score to 7 under, finishing the tournament in tied second place alongside Joe Ferguson. Dan commented "I played solid on both days and on both rounds the back nine was where I gained most of my birdies."

Gary Harris, Co-Founder and Director of the Jamega Pro Golf Tour was delighted with the event. Praise was heaped upon the condition of The International Course by the players. The Vale of Pershore provides two courses, the Championship standard "International Course" and the easier 9 hole "Lenches", both of which are a joy to play, with stunning views. It is a must visit for golfers of all standards

The next Jamega Pro Golf events on the tour schedule will return to Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire on 28 & 29 May and then Burghill Valley Golf Club in Hereford , for the first of the Jamega Super Seven tournaments on 4 & 5 June. To find out more information about The Jamega Pro Golf Tour, as well as where and when the tournaments will be held, visit www.jamegatour.co.uk or follow the series on facebook or Twitter.








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