Supporting role for ‘Beef’ on Jamega Tour
European Tour pro Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston ties for third in Enfield Pro-Am
LONDON, UK (29th August 2016)
Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston enjoyed a return to his professional roots by supporting the Jamega Pro Golf Tour event at Enfield, North London on August 21.
The 27-year-old Londoner, who achieved his first victory on the European Tour at the Open de Espana in April, shot three under par to tie for third in the Pro-Am contest on a course he has played numerous times as an amateur.
He then donated his share of the prize money to The Noel Johnston Foundation, a charity set up in his father’s name to encourage children into sports.
Brought up in a working class family, Johnston’s mother was a dinner lady and his dad was more used to driving buses than fairways.
And having played on the European Tour since 2012, he credits his apprenticeship on the Jamega Tour as the foundation for his steady rise to success.
“I turned professional in 2009 and started playing Jamega,” said Johnston, who finished eighth in this season’s Open Championship at Royal Troon. “They were so helpful. It got me used to playing for money and trying to win tournaments. It was a really good challenge and there are some good players here.”
“It is so pleasing that Andrew Johnston has never forgotten his roots in the professional game and supports the Jamega Pro Golf Tour whenever possible,” Gary Harris, Jamega tournament director, says. “As a tour, we really appreciate that.”
It was Jamega’s fourth pro-am event of the season after earlier competition at Luton Hoo, Magnolia Park and The Wychwood. It was followed by the two-day professional tournament that saw victory for another rising star hoping to emulate Johnston’s success.
James Allan, 21, from Chelmsford, clinched his second professional victory after an impressive win at Magnolia Park at the start of the month.
He trailed by two shots overnight to two-time 2016 Jamega winner Jamie Abbott but responded with five birdies in six holes before the turn and consolidated his lead on the back nine to finish with a run of six consecutive pars and win by three strokes.
Final Jamega Pro Tour Leaderboard
1st James Allan -9 135 (67, 68)
2nd Jamie Abbott -6 138 (65, 73)
3rd Rudi I’Anon -5 139 (70, 69)
4th= -4 140
Liam Harper (72, 68)
Jonathan Poulton (72, 68)
About Jamega Tour
The Jamega Tour was established in 2004 as a fair, open and honest pro golf tour run on behalf of aspiring tournament professionals in southern England. Now in its eleventh year, a series of two-day, 36-hole events provide a competitive challenge for professional and low handicapped amateur golfers.