Jersey ram home advantage
A RESOUNDING 9-1 victory in the singles helped Jersey retain possession of the Ravenscroft Challenge Trophy against Guernsey yesterday.
At La Moye, the hosts won 15½-4½ with the foundations to the success being laid on Saturday afternoon in the foursomes, where captain Darren Attwood’s team were undefeated by registering a trio of 4 and 3 victories, together with two halves, in the five matches.
That success opened a three-point advantage over Guernsey following the shared Saturday morning four-balls – which all went the full distance with Jersey and Guernsey both winning two matches 1-up and the other pairing finishing all-square.
Jersey required four wins out of the final ten singles matches yesterday morning and they finished the job well by winning all bar one, for what turned out to be comprehensive team win overall.
Attwood said: ‘It was a lot less stressful than last year [when Jersey drew ten-all to retain the trophy in Guernsey as holders], but to get my first win, and especially at home, is pretty special right now and I’m very, very happy.
‘The four-balls was tighter than I wanted. At one stage we were down in three of the five matches, but this game is all about momentum and a couple of putts drop and next minute we are going in to lunch at 2½ points each.
‘We were a bit unlucky as well as we had two lip-outs in two matches at the 18th, so we could well have had a two-point lead.
‘We wanted to get some daylight between us and Guernsey going into the singles and we achieved that.
‘I changed a couple of pairings and it worked well as we won the foursomes 4-1 and that was a great result.
‘At one stage it was looking like a white-wash, but Guernsey played really well on the matches at the back to squeeze a couple of halves and well done to them for doing that.
‘We needed four singles wins and for the first hour of play it was looking really smelly.
‘I wasn’t happy, we were down in five or six of the matches and only one of our ten won at the first hole, so overall it wasn’t looking good.
‘It turned out to be a great result in the end and the guys have been magnificent today and since I make the phone call to say that they had been selected for the match.
‘It you look now at the scores it shows how well everyone has played and I’m extremely proud of them.
‘The rookies have all helped too, Sam Jaakola won a maximum three points and Jason Stokes went out first in all three sections and he, too, has gone out and won three out of three.
‘Jason has been amazing, he’s maturing every time he comes out and he is a damn good player and an asset to my side now.’
Stokes put Jersey’s first singles point on the board after coming from two holes down, both birdies, to win 3 and 2 against Danny Bisson.
Birdies at four and six got Stokes back to all-square only for Bisson to win nine to go 1-up.
Stokes overturned the deficit by winning four moving on to win.
Jo Hacker gained point two following a 6 and 5 win against Jamie Blondel, the latter who birdied the first to lead only for Hacker to score four birdies of his own for a comfortable success.
Parkman put Jersey in sight of victory overall by defeating Le Huray 3 and 1. Parkman overturned a one-hole deficit after five with birdies at six and seven and winning nine he went two-up.
It went to three after winning 13 only for Le Huray to pull a hole back with a birdie at 14, but it was not enough to stave off defeat.
La Moye’s Charlie Kiberd won the match for Jersey following a fine 6 and 5 win against Danny Griggs.
The Sarnian won the opening two holes only for Kiberd to win the next seven to reach the turn five-up, including an eagle at the eighth – his third eagle of the weekend having achieved the feat at the 11th and 16th in his four-ball draw against Danny Blondel and Tom Le Huray.
Kiberd won with a total of four birdies and home successes continued with Jeremie Phillips finishing strongly to beat CJ Elmy 3 and 2
Jeremy Phillips played an excellent bunker shot, to within two feet, to win the 14th and he followed that with successes at 15 and 16 to win.
Alex Guelpa never looked back after going 2-up through seven against Tom Carter and although Carter won a hole back, Guelpa won 13, 14 with a birdie and 15 to close out a 4 and 3 victory.
Danny Blondel recorded Guernsey’s sole singles success 2-up against Richard Ramskill before Jersey’s tail wagged with the new caps all winning.
Hugo Jacques won the 18th to defeat Nigel Gaudin 1-up while Sam Vautier beat Mick Marley 4 and 3 and Sam Jaakola won 5 and 4 against Steve Mahy.
Full results inside Tuesday's JEP