White cracks it in impressive style at Calcot
Devon golfer registers first professional career win on Jamega Pro Golf Tour
LONDON, UK (17th June 2015)
Devon’s Jon White was grateful to Saunton Golf Club head pro Albert Mackenzie for the insider knowledge as he celebrated his first professional victory.
White, 29, shot a tournament-best four under par 66 in the second and final round at Calcot Park to secure a three-stroke triumph in the Jamega Pro Golf Tour event on June 15 & 16.
And his success was aided by the sage advice he received from Mackenzie who used to work at the Harry Colt-designed Berkshire course before moving to the West Country.
“I played at Calcot Park for the first time a year ago and chatted to Albert a little about it then,” White explained. “He’s always been very supportive of my golf and someone for whom I have a lot of respect.”
The Plymouth University business graduate had to chase from three shots back after the first round as Roberto Laino struck an opening 67; the Woburn professional would fade with a 74 to finish tied for fifth as Essex’s Dale Whitnell and Somerset’s David Dixon proved White’s closest challengers.
“It was good to finally win,” White, who turned professional in 2011, said. “It has taken took four years but feels sweeter for it. Like everybody I’ve had ups and downs and some good tournaments in the past, but have never made that breakthrough.”
With only 14 rounds breaking par over the two days, Calcot Park, commissioned in 1930, proved it has stood the test of time as a true test of golfing stature. Colt also designed and re-designed a number of leading British courses including Sunningdale and Wentworth.
“The wind was swirling a little bit on both days and I think that’s what made it tricky for the players,” White, who did not drop a shot on the closing nine holes, said. “I was just concentrating on executing my game-plan and trying not to get ahead of myself.”
He now focuses on securing a full European Tour card and the more immediate goal of qualifying for The Open Championship by continuing his form in Buckinghamshire next week.
“I need to thank my coach, Paul Mitchell, from Bristol,” he added. “I started working with him a year ago and feel like my distance control has improved and my swing is more efficient. Andy Glover, my physio from Bideford, has been brilliant and played a big part, too.
“I also really enjoy playing on the Jamega Tour, and I know a lot of the players feel that way. It’s run with the players in mind and they have really got it right.”
The Jamega Tour moves on to The Wychwood in Oxfordshire on June 29-30.
1st 136 -4 Jon White (70, 66)
2nd= 139 -1
Dale Whitnell (72, 67)
David Dixon (70, 69)
4th 140 Level
Adam Hedges (69, 71)
5th= 141 +1
Ben Loughrey (72, 69)
Roberto Laino (67, 74)
Sam Whitehead (69, 72)
Mark Laskey (71, 70)
9th= 142 +2
Ben Herbert (71, 71)
Nick Cunningham (69, 73)
Ben Russell (70, 72)
B.T. Smith (73, 69)
Abs Mawji (74, 68)
Gavin Samuels (74, 68)
Craig Adams (73, 69)
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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