Strong finish clinches match

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Speaking from the clubhouse at La Grande Mare golf club, shortly after the last pair finished their round, non-playing captain Dobin said: ‘We have won, 9.5 to 5.5.

We lost the first senior inter-insular competition to Guernsey, about ten years ago, and we’ve retained it ever since.

But it was very close today.

After nine holes it looked to be going Guernsey’s way, but we turned it around on the last nine.’ The players had a soaking on day one, and it was still raining slightly yesterday when they teed-off, and it got steadily heavier as the matches progressed.

‘Fortunately it wasn’t especially windy and it certainly wasn’t cold,’ Dobin said.

Jersey needed four and a half points to win going into day two, after taking a 3.1-1.5 lead in the fourball competition on Wednesday, and they won six.

Jersey’s Terry Smith, a Hampshire player, had an unexpected defeat in a close match against Keith Jeffreys who eventually won 2&1 and two other matches – those of Gerald Binding and Barry Thorp – went up to the last green.

‘As it happens Barry lost, but otherwise the rest played pretty steady golf, with close games, and won enough.’ n The Seniors inter-insular golf challenge is sponsored by the Garenne Group.

Results: Wednesday – Fourballs: Tony Haire and Terry Smith beat Gaudion/Jeffreys 3&2; Geoff Ramskill and Barry Thorp beat Schimek/Lucas 4&3; Vic Bourgoise and Colin Attwood were beaten by King/Ablitt 1 up; Gerald Binding and Kevin O’Toole beat McKeary/Gavet 1 up; and Charles Smith and Bart McCarthy were all square with Lycett/Davies.

Jersey 3.5, Guernsey 1.5.

Yesterday – Singles: Tony Haire beat Ablitt 3&2; Terry Smith lost to Jeffreys 2&1; Geoff Ramskill beat Gaudion 3&2; Vic Bourgoise beat Schimek 3&2; Kevin O’Toole lost to King 4&2; Barry Thorp lost to McKeary 1 up; Gerald Binding beat Gavet 1up; Bart McCarthy beat Lucas 4&3; Colin Attwood beat Peter Le Noury 3&2; Charles Smith lost to Lycett 2&1.

Jersey 6, Guernsey 4.

Final score Jersey 9.5, Guernsey 5.5.

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