Hafey and Walters claim Jersey Golf crowns

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JERSEY GOLF has a clean sweep of maiden Island champions, after junior Ryan Hafey and senior Paul Walters claimed their respective crowns.

The duo join first-time winners Helen Lagadu and Steven Anderson on the slate for the Channel Island finals on 31 July, in Guernsey.

Hafey expertly defeated Royal Jersey member Nic Lawrenson at La Moye Golf Club.

The seven-handicapper certainly used his home course advantage, as he raced out to a six-up lead at the turn.

Lawrenson was unable to make many inroads into the deficit, with his opponent closing out the match 7&6.

Hafey said: ‘It was a tough run of matches.

‘I qualified in second place at the Gothard Trophy and had to play Oliver Allchin in the quarter-final, which wasn’t easy.

‘Then to beat Iman [Hamid-Wilkinson] in the semis was a brilliant achievement.

‘I was certainly nervous in the final, but I think I settled quite quickly after the opening few holes.

‘Luckily, I had scratch handicapper Alex Guelpa as a caddy, who was brilliant at keeping me relaxed throughout the match.

‘I have never played in Guernsey before, so that trip is something I am very excited for.

‘They have some great juniors coming through, so I know whoever I face will be a tough match-up.

‘I will just aim to go and enjoy myself. The pressure and expectation will be on the Guernsey champion.’

Over the other side of the Island, Royal Jersey played host to the Jersey Seniors Championship.

In recent years the quality of senior golf has been on the rise, with many golfers earning call-ups to the Hampshire, CI & IOM squad.

The Jersey Seniors side specifically have enjoyed recent success, travelling over to the mainland and beating Surrey, while narrowly losing out to Hampshire at home.

One of the more recent additions to the side is Paul Walters.

The La Moye member has reduced his handicap to three, prompting a call up to the senior side.

He has taken the responsibility in his stride, winning all three of his matches thus far.

Now Walters can call himself the Senior Island Champion, after securing the win by the narrowest of margins as Tim Morton and George Keen finished a shot back.

Walters said: ‘My focus was to put in a solid performance to ensure selection for this year’s senior inter-insular.

‘I never really thought about becoming the champion to be honest.

‘I think that probably settled me as expectations were low and I knew there were some great players in the field.

‘It’s a huge honour for me. I have never been Island Champion at any other level, so to write my name into that piece of history is special.

‘The names on that trophy are people that I grew up idolising in local golf, so to be a part of that is unbelievable.’

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