Hutsby back in full swing on Jamega Tour

Sam Hutsby
Sam Hutsby
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Sam Hutsby turned on the style with a brilliant second round 66 to secure Jamega Tour victory at Hayling Golf Club.

The former Lee-on-the-Solent star knows the Hayling track like the back of his hand having also been a member of the links course in his formative years.

But after just missing out on full playing privileges for the European Tour this year, Hutsby showed his game is in full working order with a one-stroke win.

A one-under-par round of 70 on day one, which including five birdies in a breezy 20mph wind, put Hutsby in contention – with only 15 of the 111 competitors breaking par.

But the 22-year-old saved his fine best for the final round as he shot a five-under-par score to overhaul a three-shot deficit and claim the top prize from Richard Wallis.

Birdies at the second and fifth put him on his way, before he was lucky to escape with just a bogey on the sixth after finding himself in deep trouble and hacking out sideways.

He hit back in superb style, though, with a glorious eagle three at the par five seventh for a three-under-par front nine.

Hutsby got to four-under at the 10th, before bogeys at the 11th and 13th dropped him back to two-under for the round.

But another fabulous eagle three on the par five 14th put him in command again, before a birdie at the last sealed the crown.

Another former European Tour competitor, Scott Drummond, also carded a 66 on the final round but an opening-day 74 left him with too much to do as he finished tied sixth at two under par.

Lee-on-the-Solent left-hander James Ablett finished tied 30th with two steady rounds of 73 alongside Hayling duo Mark Treleaven and Toby Burden who also finished at the four-over-par mark.

Meanwhile, Ablett’s Lee-on-the-Solent club colleague, Rob Edwards, struggled with a nine-over par total – still good enough for a position halfway on the leaderboard.

In fact, it says much for the course and the conditions that Canadian professional Donald Lewis ended up on a staggering 39 over par from his two rounds after carding 94 and 87.

He managed just six pars in two rounds of golf and will have heartened many of the watching amateurs who have shared his pain during their golfing exploits.

Club captain Paul Wiltshire said: ‘It was perfect links golf.

‘It was sunny and there was plenty of breeze to deal with.

‘Of course, we were delighted that Sam won with his connections at Hayling – he played some great golf.

‘But the course was in fantastic condition and all of the professionals commented on how much they enjoyed playing it.’