In testing and windy conditions at Les Mielles Golf and Country Club, the home side won all five fourball betterball matches to take a commanding overnight lead.The inter-insular was being decided today with ten singles matches between the over-50s players, competition expected to be completed out on the Five Mile Road course in St Peter around lunch-time.’We could not have wished for better start,’ said Jersey selector Clive Dobin, a former president of the Jersey Golf Union.’It’s a tough neutral venue for both islands and everyone has taken the match seriously as both island’s golfers had a practice round on Sunday.’Jersey’s Terry Smith was on an under-par score when he won his match with Jeremy Turpin while Kevin O’Toole and Ed Le Gresley’s match turned in Jersey’s favour when they scored three consecutive birdies.’However the win of the day was by Geoff Ramskill and Barry Thorp.
They won 2 and 1 against a very experienced pairing in Micky King and Ken Giles, both Guernsey men being former island players.’Conditions look a lot better today and I’m sure the scoring will improve.
Yesterday there was some quality scoring too as many of the holes halved in the matches were achieved with birdie scores.’Jersey’s biggest victory yesterday was 7 and 5 by Tony Haire and Vic Bourgoise against Brian Lucas and Colin Riou.Other results (Jersey golfers named first): Kevin O’Toole and Ed Le Gresley beat Merve Marquand and Rainer Schimek 5 and 4.
Bart McCarthy and Charlie Smith beat Richard Vaudin and Jock Tanguy 4 and 2.
Terry Smith and Jeremy Turpin beat Roy Corbet and Pat McKearey 3 and 2.