Ashburton Island Matchplay Championships
Win for Matthew Parkman
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Royal Jersey's Matthew Parkman won his fourth Island Matchplay Championship yesterday at La Moye Golf Club with a 3&2 victory over the host club's Harvey Hill. Matthew reached his fifth final having defeated Jason Stokes and Josef Hacker both of whom have been playing extensively in the UK and Europe this year. His quarter final victory over Jo made amends for the week before when Jo beat Matthew into second place in the Messervy Salver.

The match was played in cold, misty conditions with a moderate westerly breeze that increased as the afternoon went on. The pair halved the first hole after both missing the green and Matthew won the second after Harvey hit his second out of bounds. Harvey leveled at the par 3 third after Matthew missed the green to the left. However, a fabulous birdie 3 at the 'Atlantic' hole - playing straight into the breeze - gave Matthew a one hole advantage once again. The next two holes were halved before a three putt at the seventh leveled the match. The final two holes of the front nine were halved, with another three putt from Matthew letting Harvey off the hook after he had bunkered his approach.

A three putt this time from Harvey at the tenth allowed Matthew to once again take a slender lead. The par 5 eleventh proved to be the turning point of the game - even if it was one both players would choose to forget! Playing downwind both hit tee shots into the middle of the fairway needing only an iron into the green. Both hit similar shots, slightly pushed into thick rough just short of a gorse bush. Harvey was up first and left it in the deep stuff. Another attempt left it even deeper. On his third attempt he at least moved the ball - three feet straight into the gorse bush.

Matthew then took his third shot and his sand wedge went straight underneath the ball leaving it in the rough! He made no mistake on his fourth and played an excellent recovery onto the green. Harvey, having taken a penalty drop, conceded when he did not hole his seventh stroke. 'Parky' was now 2 up.

Following the comedy of errors of the previous hole, Matthew hit a sublime 5 iron to 15 feet above the hole on the par 3 twelfth. It was a truly classy shot into the stiffening breeze. Harvey pulled his tee shot lightly and whilst he narrowly missed the greenside bunker, he left himself a near impossible chip to get the ball near to the hole. He played a very good shot but still had 20 feet for his par. He missed and Matthew's tricky down wind, down hill lag was near perfect coming to rest an inch from the hole. Three up with five to play.

The next was halved in bogey's after both missed the green to the right. The fourteenth, another tough hole into the wind, was halved in three. Matthew slightly pulling his tee shot but a friendly bounce put him onto the right hand side of the green. Harvey found the front right bunker. His sand shot came to rest some 10 feet from the hole. Matthew's birdie putt just came up short and Harvey holed his par saving putt to remain 3 down. The fifteenth was halved in par 4's and Matthew was now 'dormie'.

The par 5 sixteenth was playing short with both players only needing short irons into the green for their second shots. Matthew just missed to the left whilst Harvey's shot, coming out of the rough with no control, ran through the back. Matthew was first up and chipped to 3 feet. Harvey's chip just ran on. However, showing great composure he promptly holed the birdie putt. Matthew, needing to hole the putt to close out the match, made no mistake.

It was a good match played in testing conditions with Matthew's three hole run from the turn proving to be pivotal.

Pictured is Matthew receiving the trophy from Rob Kelly representing the events sponsors, Asburton.

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