Crenan hoping to profit from Stokes’ absence
AN appointment for national champions Hampshire has denied Island champion Jason Stokes a chance of winning a third consecutive Ashburton Jersey Amateur Golf Championship title this weekend.
Stokes will be playing in Hampshire’s second inter-county match of the season this weekend, against Kent in the Isle of Wight, while his Jersey counterparts began their quests for the Island title at La Moye this morning.
Stokes, of La Moye GC, said: ‘It’s disappointing not to be able to defend the Island title but, hopefully, I’ll get another chance to play in the tournament next year.
‘It’s just one of those things. I’ve got to do what’s best for me and playing for Hampshire is a higher standard.’
Stokes last weekend won his foursomes and lost his singles, the latter 2 and 1, in Hampshire’s six-all draw against Dorset.
Royal Jersey’s Alex Guelpa and Matthew Parkman won three of the previous four Island titles and both will be challenging hard again, along with club colleague Sam Crenan and La Moye’s Richard Ramskill [champion in 2007] Jeremy Philips and Jo Hacker.
Crenan found some good form last weekend to top the leaderboard, with a six-over-par total of 146, in the J W Messervy 36-hole championship at Grouville.
Crenan said: ‘It’s my first win for a while and it was nice to beat Jason [Stokes on countback] because he has been doing well for several years now.
‘Wind-wise it wasn’t too bad, but the course was tricky because the rough was thick, the pins were tight and the greens were running fast.
‘Winning last weekend gives me a bit more confidence for this weekend, I’ve been runner-up twice so hopefully it will be third time lucky on Sunday.’
The quarter-finals and semi-finals take place tomorrow, teeing off from 8 am and 1 pm, respectively, with Sunday’s final starting at 12.45.