Any Wych way but lose for Hinton
Thame golfer secures his second triumph on this year’s Jamega Pro Golf Tour
LONDON, UK (1st July 2015)
Craig Hinton became the first player to win twice on the 2015 Jamega Pro Golf Tour with victory at The Wychwood Golf Club near Chipping Norton on June 29-30.
It was just a short trip across Oxfordshire for the Thame golfer who produced consistent rounds of 68 and 69 to finish seven under par and one shot clear of Liam Crawford.
Hinton had to be on top of his game to hold off the Foxhills Golf Club professional who did not drop a shot over the two days. Both finished with birdies at the par four final hole, but Crawford was left rueing a near miss to force a play-off.
“A bogey-free week for second,” he said. “Had to make two down the last to put the pressure on but lipped out.”
Having also won the season’s second Jamega Tour event at Dummer Golf Club in Hampshire in May, Hinton’s victory lifts him to third place in the Jamega order of merit behind James Ruebotham and David Dixon.
“I hit the ball well and played pretty solid golf. I have been all year,” Hinton, who also drove the 18th green and rolled his attempted eagle putt to within three feet, said. “After winning at Dummer, I was third last week on the EuroPro Tour at Cumberwell Park near Bath.
“Wychwood is a nice resort course, firm and bouncy in places with good greens. It was in great condition and I enjoy my golf more when the weather is like this. It’s not as motivating when it’s lashing down with rain.”
Hinton will take on the Jamega Tour event at Leatherhead next week in familiar company as his brother Lewis, a five-handicapper, will also be playing.
“It’ll be nice to spend some time with him, hopefully we’ll be drawn together,” Hinton added. “Then I’m concentrating on the rest of EuroPro season and off to Dubai for the MENA Golf Tour before heading to the European qualifying school.”
Will Bailey from Sutton Coldfield continued the form which won him the preceding Pro-Am tournament by setting the early pace at Wychwood with four birdies and an eagle in an opening round of 67.
Hinton was a shot behind alongside eventual third-place finisher from Windlesham Golf Club, Andrew Devonport. Bailey faltered on day two with a 73 to slip back to a tie for fifth where he was joined by Chestfield’s Warren Bennett, whose closing 66 was the best round of the tournament.
The Jamega Tour moves on to Leatherhead in Surrey on July 6-7.
1st 137 -7 Craig Hinton (68, 69)
2nd 138 -6 Liam Crawford (69, 69)
3rd= 139 -5
Andrew Devonport (68, 71)
Ben Loughrey (69, 70)
5th= 140 - 4
Warren Bennett (74, 66)
Will Bailey (67, 73)
7th 142 -2 Charlie Haggar (74, 68)
8th= 144 Level
Steve Gibbs (73, 71)
Adam Hedges (72, 72)
Billy Downing (74, 70)
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.
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