Les Mielles win place in Hants 7-a-side CI final

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On their home course on the Five Mile Road in St Peter, Les Mielles won the Jersey final for the second time in seven years after dropping just one-and-a-half points.

Les Mielles won 5.5-1.5 to qualify to play Guernsey’s L’Ancresse, with the date and venue still to be confirmed.

Les Mielles handicap secretary Tom Park said: ‘It was an excellent win and a great day for Les Mielles.

Confidence was high after defeating La Moye in the semi-final but we knew it would not be easy as we had to concede a lot of shots against a strong Les Ormes side.

‘The win included two big wins while the rest of the matches were very close.

In 1999 we lost the CI final against Royal Guernsey, this time the handicaps of our golfers are much lower so we have an excellent chance of success.

‘We will not be overawed whether we play at home or away, we’ll look to do our best again and, hopefully, win to progress further in the competition.’ Julio Moniz (handicap 5) secured Les Mielles’ first point with an impressive 8 and 7 win against Chris O’Connor (13).

Mark Hesford (5), possibly playing his last game for before moving to Jersey Western, gained another comfortable victory by defeating Dale Martin (12) 5 and 4.

With two points on the board Les Mielles now required two more victories.

However, with the remaining five matches all running close, the overall match result was far from being decided.

A par three down the last hole enabled Shane Fitzsimons (5) to maintain his one-hole lead over Neil Kelly (6) and bring Les Mielles to within one point of victory.

Team Captain Simon Allchin (3) dug deep to turn a one-hole deficit into victory at the 19th hole to win the match.

Allchin was pushed hard all the way by Darren Glover (10) and needed birdies at the last three holes to win.

Holding a one-hole advantage, a par down the last was enough to enable the in-form Paul Horgan (5) to quickly secure a fifth victory for Les Mielles with a one-up defeat of Allan Ferguson (12).

With the result decided, Jason Quénault (7) and Mark Sumner (11), who were in the process of playing their first extra hole after being all square after 18, agreed to halve their match.

Anchorman Karl Fitzpatrick (4) was unfortunate to come up against an in-form Mike Buckley.

Playing well below his 12 handicap Buckley won the last hole to defeat Fitzpatrick two-up.

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