Parkman wins Club Championship
Matthew wins first Club Championship
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After 5 runner's-up places, Matthew Parkman finally wins the Club Championship after a four hole play-off with Island Strokeplay Champion, Sam Jaakola. The Ladies Championship also concluded today with Karin Sturdy winning the Corbin Trophy following a count back from Helen Lagadu.

The Men's 36 hole final started at 7.30am this morning in warm but benign conditions and Parkman took advantage firing a four under par round of 66. in his first round. He led by four shots from Jaakola and a further two more shots from Harry Gibbon and Paul Le Chevalier who both opened with a 72.

By the time the players took to the course for the second round the temperature had risen and with the lack of wind, became very hot and humid. On the whole scores were not as good in the hat of the afternoon - unless your name is Jaakola, he carded a one-under par 69 to post a two round total of 139 with Parkman still on the course. Parkman was three over for hos afternoon round with a hole to play, he needed to make birdie to win - a par would mean a play-off. Despite a good approach he missed his birdie putt to go into a play-off.

The 4 hole strokeplay play-off would be over the 1st, 14th, 17th and 18th holes. Both Jaakola and Parkman made birdie 4's at the first. At the 14th Parkman found the front edge of the green, 20 feet from the pin. Jaakola pushed his second shot into trouble right of the green and played a provisional. Fortunately, the small gallery following the play-off located his ball in deep rough. He managed to find the edge of the green and his third ran 10 feet past the hole. Advantage Parkman with Jaakola looking at a bogey at best. Parkman took advantage and the play-off by the scruff of the neck and holed his putt - 2 under for the first two holes. Jaakola needed to hole his bogey putt to keep the deficit to just two shots, but his effort slip by, a three shot swing. Both players made solid par fours at the 17th and knowing three shots was virtually impossible to claw back, Jaakola did not try to drive the green. Parkman found the middle f the green and Jaakola followed. Parkman, with the luxury of a three shot advantage, took his two putts whilst Jaakola's birdie attempt somehow stayed on the edge. Parkman, surprisingly for many, finally lifted his first Club Championship.
In his speech Parkman showed his class and paid tribute to his play-off opponent congratulating him on his recent form and winning the strokeplay championship two weeks ago. Jaakola found some solace by winning the handicap event.

In the Ladies event, Fiona Le Feuvre and Helen Lagadu had tied after the opening round a couple of weeks ago, with a pair of 86's and Karin Sturdy was a shot further back. The top ten qualified for the second round, played this afternoon. Fiona followed her opening round with a 93 and Helen carded a second successive 86 for a 172 total. However, it was Karin who took advantage of the benign, if hot, conditions and carded an 84 to pip Helen on a back 18 countback.
Pictured are the two champions along with Club Captain, Robbie Messervy and Past Lady Captain, Felicity Corbin-Wheeler who presented (and donated) the Ladies trophy.

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