JAMIE Scott smashed his way to victory at Colchester Golf Club’s Victory Cup Qualifier.

Scott, playing off six, returned a nett 65 to take win after countback from Andy Totham (14) and Clive Mason (10).

With hard ground and drives running an extra 50 yards, the course was there for the taking.

Scott, big-hitting but often wayward, carded one over par gross on the front nine, with his back nine unblemished as he returned a one-over-par round.

The lowest gross of the day fell to Nathan Howe (one), who carded an impressive 67.

Totham rued the first four holes of his round as he was six over par.

But an eagle at the par-four fifth cleared his mind and some solid hitting brought him home to equal Scott’s nett score.

Mason had no such histrionics and with a level par front nine and a steady back nine, his qualifying place was always secure.

He and Totham earned two-shot cuts to their handicaps.

The knockout rounds will be contested by Scott v Louisa Storey, Bill Hart v Cai James and Geoff Lawrenson v Andrew Smith.

Clive Mason will play Pete Manby and Nathan Howe will take on Joe Jackson.

Drawn against Glenn Clark is Arian Masud, while multiple cup winner Brendan Booth plays Donald Parish and Andy Totham takes on Dan Nicholls.

Adrian Girling and Roger Robertson won the Paxman Trophy, with 39 points.

They were two shots clear of two pairs carding 37 points, Mikey Potter and John Redden, who were runners-up ahead of Jo Maher and Heather Dennis.

Richard Hayes and Scott Strivens finished fourth, with 36 points.

In a Mid-week Stableford, Paul Gathercole (21) with 40 points just beat Kris Lee (10) on 39 with John Blackmore (2) returning a gross par-equalling 38.

Tim Rogers (ten) got 39 points to return to winning ways in the Vets Stableford, followed by Mike Carroll (12) on 38 with Alan Beasley (14) and Colin Terry (12) both scoring 36.

Colchester GC Ladies held their Guest Day where Claire Croger and Wendy Smith with their guests Janet McKinnon (Ipswich) and Alessandra Callow (Colne Valley) won with 91 points.

The ladies’ captains of Frinton, Clacton and Colchester - Marilyn Clarke, Brenda Lord and Renate Clarke - along with Colchester’s vice-captain Maureen Devenish were second, with 87 points.

Rosalie Skinner (Thorpeness) and Sue Evans (Frinton), guests of Rosie Helliwell and Heather Dennis, were a point behind in third.