Golf:Jersey go for youth

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And again the selectors have continued their recent theme of blooding youth with 17-year-old Gyles Robin and 21-year-old Alex Guelpa selected for the first time.

JGU secretary Bob White said: ‘I’m quite encouraged by the team, the selectors have again looked at the young players and that pleases me.

The full team, chosen by Terry Smith (team manager), Paul Le Chevalier (Royal Jersey) and Richard Ramskill (La Moye), is: Andrew Clarke, Richard Ramskill (both La Moye); Gavin O’Neill, Christy McLaughlin, Paul Le Chevalier, Matthew Parkman, James Birch, Alex Guelpa, Gyles Robin and Robbie Messervy (all Royal Jersey).

‘I’m confident they have chosen a side good enough to retain the Inter-Insular Challenge Trophy which is again sponsored by Ronez Limited this year.’ Robin was unavailable for comment this morning as he was playing in the Hayling Island Open.

Gyles’ father, Chris, said: ‘Gyles is delighted with his inclusion and as a family we are proud.

‘He has worked hard at his game this year and his results have been extremely good.’ Robin jnr has reduced his handicap from five to three.

He performed well for Royal Jersey in the Alexander Forbes Channel Islands League including an important half against regular Guernsey player Nigel Vaudin.

Robin is junior Island champion with the CI title still to be played for.

Earlier in the year the De La Salle College student won the Northants Open handicap section while also finishing second in the scratch section.

Guelpa, a financier employed by HSBC Bank International, said: ‘I’m happy to be included for the first time; I was hoping to get in after reaching the semi-final of the Island Matchplay championship and having four good rounds in the Rosscot 72-hole Strokeplay.

‘Beating Paul Le Chevalier and Richard Ramskill in the Island championship I’m sure helped me while I’ve also played consistently well in the Royal Jersey’s Tuesday Evening League.’ The former Junior Island champion and the rest of the team face Guernsey at La Moye on 9 and 10 September.

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