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Golf: Stokes doubles up

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TEENAGER Jason Stokes survived a brave fightback from Guernsey's Danny Blondel to retain golf's Channel Islands 36-hole Matchplay title.

At Royal Jersey, Stokes had his five-hole lead after 18 holes reduced to just one with three to play, before a 30-foot birdie putt on the penultimate hole secured him the silverware for the second year running.

The La Moye golfer is the second Jerseyman to win back-to-back CI titles in six years, following Royal Jersey's Matthew Parkman's successes in 2012 and 2013.

'Even being five-up after 18 holes I still knew it was going to be tough,' said Stokes.

'I holed some good putts and my short game really got me out of trouble today so I was lucky.

'I'm going to take a break now, I've played every day since before Gotland so it's time to have a bit of a break.'

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