Golfing chef Jamie Tyas turned in a cordon bleu performance to win Leighton Buzzard golf club’s first competition of the year with a record score and by a best-ever margin.
Just nine months after joining the Plantation Road club to “take more seriously” the sport he has played “on and off” for a few years, 26-year-old Jamie has broken a series of club records, including scoring a record breaking 47 points to win the mens February stableford despite failing to score on one of the holes.
He also panned his nearest rivals by five points, but incredibly has only ever had one “introductory” golf lesson before starting to compete.
He plays with an old set of Dunlop clubs he’s planning to scrap, and after his walk-away win,“volunteered” to have three shots cut from his playing handicap.
Self-taught Jamie scored a remarkable 28 points on the front nine holes, and a further 19 points on the back nine – blobbing for a nil-score on the 16th after going out of bounds with his tee-shot.
His nearest rivals, Paul Naudo, John Latimer, Colin Dunlop, Geoff Barker and Scott Douglas, all finished with 42 points, one clear of Ben Proud, Dave Newby and Jeff Wood.
“It truly was one of those days you dream of,” said Jamie as he prepared for his Saturday shift at the Wharf Bar and Grill.
“I joined Leighton last summer and had an introductory golf lesson with club professional Maurice Campbell.
“Since then, it’s just been a case of practising and focusing on my swing.”
Jamie plays with an old set of clubs which he’s planning to replace with a new set of Pings this year and also plans to have a series of lessons with Leighton’s top-rated team of coaches to get his 28-handicap down even further.
He has already taken a voluntary three-shot cut because the stableford competition he won was classed as a “non qualifier” because of the winter conditions.
Now playing off a handicap of 25, he only needs to achieve a further three shot cut to match the 22-handicap of dad Steve, whose 38 points in the competition his son won earned him 31st place in the finishing list.
The Leighton club is now accepting applications for membership for the 2015 season, with vacancies in junior and full categories, including “Associate” membership which does not require the payment of a joining fee.
Full details on membership options, coaching courses and equipment needs, can be obtained from the club Professional Shop on 01525 244815.