Hampshire Sevens Report
Team Captain Daly has his retribution!
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First team Captain Ian Daly gained retribution over La Grande Mare yesterday with a 6 – 1 victory in the CI Final of this year’s Hampshire County (Sevens) Championship. Two years ago, the Club narrowly lost 4 – 3 to the Sarnians following a dramatic finish in the final game. Whilst the match was in the Royal Jersey’s favour this year, it was not without its excitement despite the score line!

In fabulous golfing conditions at the Royal Jersey yesterday morning, the Club had the best possible start, with Sam Crenan and Mat Hague both winning the first two matches with holes to spare. With Paul Le Chevalier six up at the turn, the future was looking bright and even Captain Daly was looking calm…!

However, the remaining four matches were all keenly contested with only a hole in it here and there. Island Champion Sam Vautier, playing third, lost the par 4 fourteenth to a nett birdie, but bounced back with a win at the 15th. He halved the 16th after both he and his opponent found the gorse on the left, but he was having to give a shot at the 17th.

Chris Huelin, who withdrew from the ‘Coupe’ side to play in this fixture, managed to go two up after 14, but a three putt at the next allowed his opponent, former Guernsey Island team player Dave Jeffrey, to claw a hole back.

The two other matches featuring Island strokeplay Champion Sam Jaakola and Harry Gibbon, were all square. Whilst looking comfortable with virtually three points ‘in the bag’ there was still golf to be played. Daly was still looking calm but not complacent.

Then drama! Word came across the course that Paul Le Chevalier had injured his back. He could hardly swing a club! He had been ‘dormie’ 8 up, but then lost 11, 12, 13 and 14 not finishing any of the holes. With all the other matches so close and with a couple of the home players giving shots on the 17th, is history about to repeat itself?

Sam Vautier was looking good for a point after his opponent had found trouble off the tee at the 17th, despite receiving a shot, but still the other matches were tight. Where was the fourth point coming from?

But then good news! ‘Chevy’ had managed to put his ball in play on the par 3 fifteenth after his opponent had found trouble with his tee shot. Having found the putting surface, there is no way on earth that Le Chevalier would three putt. He didn’t and halved the hole and secured his match 4&3.

Vautier then claimed the fourth point needed to send the Club into the quarter finals, when his opponent conceded the hole and the match. Soon after Huelin saw of Jeffrey winning the 16th and 17th holes for a 3&1 victory.

Harry Gibbon lost out to the impressive CJ Elmy on the 17th and Jaakola, defeated Orlando Abreu on the final hole to complete the 6 – 1 score line.

Whilst the match may not have the excitement of what was to come at Carnoustie later in the afternoon, it had its moments! In fact, Jaakola’s round was similar to ‘Frankie’ Molinari’s, 16 straight pars and two birdies.

The Club will now host a mainland team in the quarter-final before the end of August. With home advantage so important in this competition, could it really be coming home??


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