Following on from their recent victory against La Moye – at the Royal Jersey – the Royal defeated Guernsey’s L’Ancresse and Royal Guernsey at La Moye to win the League with maximum points despite the weekend’s matches being played in considerably differing conditions.Saturday the golfers got soaked to the skin while yesterday, although it was breezy like the previous day, the sun shone throughout.Royal Jersey team captain Paul Le Chevalier said: ‘It was an excellent win and the margins of our victories were quite large.
I know we have a strong team but matches have been much closer previously so the weekend’s results did surprise me.’Winners in 1997 and 2001, Royal Jersey regained the Reg Gould Cup with a 9-3 win against L’Ancresse, the Alexander Forbes League winners last year, while yesterday’s 10 1/2-1 1/2 success against Royal Guernsey helped them retain the Falle Cup.Le Chevalier added: ‘It was a great performance all round, everyone has chipped in by getting a fair share of the points.
Junior Alex Guelpa marked his début in the competition with three points out of four while Christy McLaughlin had the toughest singles draws in both matches and he managed to beat both Bobby Eggo and his brother Andy.’McLaughlin made a birdie putt on the 18th to retain his one-up advantage against Bobby Eggo while he was on a two-under-par score when he beat Andy Eggo 6 and 5.La Moye’s Richard Alker said: ‘We knew to win it Royal Jersey had to lose, they didn’t, they played well and so finished deserved winners.
It’s a bit of an anticlimax for us because the way the fixtures work out when we host the competition our annual match against Royal Jersey is always at Grouville.’It makes a massive difference and it’s tough on us.
It’s difficult I know because there are four teams playing in a competition and only three courses because L’Ancresse and Royal Guernsey play on the same course.
The way it falls it’s us who miss out each time.
I don’t think we’ve played the three other clubs on our course in the same year since the competition began so maybe the organisers will look at that and change the rotation for the next seven years so we can host all he visiting clubs now and again.’