THERE are two new names on the men’s and women’s Channel Islands Championship trophies.
Guernsey’s Jamie Blondel claimed his first CI crown yesterday at L’Ancresse as he overcame Steven Anderson 2 & 1 in a hard-fought 18-hole contest played in windy and overcast conditions while Jersey’s Helen Lagadu marked her debut in a CI final with a 4 & 3 victory over Kay Mapley.
On a good day for home players, though, there were senior and junior titles for Bobby Eggo and Ollie Chedhomme respectively while Alice Hurford won the bronze division women’s match. Jersey’s Jane Richardson took the silver division honours.
Eight years after playing in his first CI final, which he lost to Gavin O’Neill, Blondel was ‘over the moon’ to add his name to the illustrious list of winners.
‘It feels great,’ he said.
‘Being the champion of your home island to me is the pinnacle of a golfing season, but to be Channel Islands champion as well is amazing really.’
The new champion also revealed that his season has been a case of quality over quantity.
‘I have not played that much golf competition wise,’ said Blondel.
‘I have played a lot less than I normally would have because of work and other things going on, it just so happens when I have played, I’ve been playing well and just enjoying being out there really.’
The gallant Anderson admitted that Blondel ‘was just a bit better’ than him on the day.
Meanwhile, Lagadu called it ‘amazing’ to be able to say she is a CI champion.
‘It’s something that’s I’ve been trying to do for a very long time and to actually finally do it feels such a major achievement.
‘It’s crazy to say it, but I do love this golf course. It is in amazing condition, bearing in mind how hot it has been, they’ve done a really good job and it’s just playing really well.’
More to follow.