News and Updates

Tuesday was the Royal Ladies Open Day where we saw 100 ladies playing for the Benest Trophy. The course was playing tough but it didn’t seem to bother a few. Lynn Hopfinger from La Moye, who was the over all winner received the Benest Trophy from Lady Captain. Many thanks must go to our sponsors, Waitrose, Liberation and ND Estates. Their sponsorship in invaluable.

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Langly-Smith and The Bronze Cup

This Tuesday Royal Jersey Ladies Silver and Bronze Teams welcomed La Moye for the annual fixture for the Langly-Smith and The Bronze Cup.

The Royal won the Langly-Smith, with convincing wins by Shelagh Herbert and Jane Lansdell, Victoria Vawser and Annette Ramage both winning 6 and 5. Lady Captain Julie and Nicki Langly-Smith winning their match 4 and 3. The other 3 matches were all very close, adding the vital points needed for the overall win. Well Done Ladies on keeping the Trophy at the Royal.

The Bronze Team’s matches were much closer than the final result suggests, with 2 matches being lost by the one hole. Anita Whitnell and Isobel Brocken, playing her first match for the Royal, won their match 3 and 2, Danielle Alsop and Sue Bults winning 2 up, a 1/2 point was added by Lori Moran and Viv Hornsey which left the Royal losing 2 1/2 - 3 1/2.

All players battled with the keen wind which at times moved the ball into the unforgiving rough!
A lovely lunch for 48 ladies was enjoyed, at the end of which Julie thanked everyone involved for the smooth running of the day.

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On Monday and Tuesday Royal Jersey Silver A and B Ladies played Royal Guernsey, in Guernsey, for the Falle Cup and Le Quesne/Bichard Trophy. The foursomes on Monday was played in very challenging windy weather but a good result of all square on the first day, with everything to play for in the singles. A good start on Tuesday for the A Team, saw Melissa McMahon, one of our rookies, take control of her match, winning 5/4 over Di Aitchison, this was followed by a win for Julie Frank who played Kathryn Touzeau, winning her match on the 17th, 2/1. For our second rookie another great win against the very experienced Di Hudson for Victoria Vawser, winning her match 3/1. A strongly fought match with the final result being 5/7.

Our B Team also fought very hard with Nicki Langly-Smith halving her match, Heather Gallagher battled on in her match from 5 down to take a great win 1up, Denise Campbell took control of her match winning 5/4. Nan Waters and Carol Allen also had good wins. A wonderful final result of 6/3.

Thanks go to all the Ladies for putting up a great fight in tricky conditions and thanks must go to our Team Captain Angie de Figueiredo for all her support.

Dorothy Van Neste Trophy

The Ladies played at RJGC for the Dorothy Van Neste Trophy on Tuesday 23rd April v Les Ormes.

The competition comprised of 10 singles matches played off the standard matchplay rules. Four matches were closely competed resulting in them being halved; 4 wins to the Royal Jersey and two to Les Ormes, giving an overall win to Royal Jersey 6 - 4.

The match was played in a very good spirit despite the cold temperatures and was followed by a lovely lunch. Well Done Ladies

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Jersey Golf - Senior Ladies 4BBB - 1st Round

Round one of the Jersey Golf Senior Ladies 4BBB 9 hole Competion was played on Monday afternoon at Wheatlands and our Royal Ladies got us off to a flying start coming equal first and gaining a very important 5 points.
Well done to the team playing - Mary-Jane Lambert, Nan Waters, Sharon Parsons, Trish Woodward, Carol Allen and Jaci Graham.

The GG Vaudin Trophy 2024

The GG Vaudin Trophy, Greensomes competition took place on Sunday.

Trophy collected by Tim Herbert and Richard de Figueiredo with a fantastic 46 points.

Runners-up were Matthew Cornic and Tristan Vellam with 45 points. Third place Andrew Keites and Guy Gothard with 43, fourth place on count back James Brewster and Arran Eagar with 42 points.

Pictured are the winners with the trophy and Club Captain, Howard Cooper.

Junior Captain's Third Hole-in-One

On Sunday 4th February, Junior Captain Nathan Crake Jones got a hole in one on the fourth hole from yellow tee using a 6 iron. He was playing 9 holes in round of the Keites Cup which is run over the winter months. Nathan was playing with Chloe Cosnett, Tom Agis and Ollie McDonald.

This was Nathan’s third hole in one. He has now recorded one on the 2nd, 4th and 8th holes.

Mary Anne Trophy 2024

The Mary Ann Trophy Four Ball Better Ball competition, kindly sponsored by Liberation Group was played on Sunday.

Trophy collected by Luke Gallichan and Robin Troy with an incredible 45 points, including 2 gross birdies.

Runners-up were Ed Mumlemann and Mark Mumlemann with 44 points. Third place on count back with 43 points Simon Wilson and Alan Dunn, forth place David Morgan and Peter Williams on count back with 43 points.

Pictured are the winners with the trophy and Club Captain, Howard Cooper.

Messervy wins overseas - Race to Regnum

Robbie Messervy has just returned from Turkey, winning 2 trophies in the finals of the RACE TO REGNUM, held over 2 rounds on the CARYA course, a Peter Thompson design and 1 round on the National course. Robbie won the over 60 age group and also the overall trophy for the group of competitions, earning him free accommodation for next year at the prestigious 5 star Belek hotel.

Which was an achievement as he had open heart surgery just under 4 months ago.

Also travelling to Turkey were Stephen Bowen, who finished a credible 4th in the over 50 age group and Terry Smith, who came second to Robbie in the over 60 age group and also had a hole in 1 on the last round on the Carya course.

Well done to all.

Christmas Mixed Foursomes Results

A full house of 51 pairs played in the annual Christmas Mixed Foursomes Competition yesterday morning. The weather was mild, if a little breezy, but the morning stayed dry.

Making the most of the favourable conditions were Karen Garner & Dan Burchell who scored 46 stableford points playing off 20. The writer of this report had the privilege of playing with them and they played some amazing golf. Their front nine of 22 points included a birdie three at the 6th and pars on the 1st, 2nd, and 8th holes. Their back nine was even more impressive with back-to-back birdies at the 11th and 12th and pars on the 17th and 18th. Worthy winners indeed!

Also playing with the winners were the Runners-up, Ali Eagar and Mat Hague with 42 points having received 13 strokes. They were out in 20 points and back in 22 points which included back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17.

Third place with 41 points were Hannah Mundy and Chris Matthews. Playing off 20 they were out in 22 points and back in 19.

Afterwards all 102 players enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch in the clubhouse where the winners were presented with the trophy by the Lady Captain, Sarah Burton (pictured).

The Ladies Annual Prize Giving and dinner

The Ladies Annual Prize Giving and dinner was held last night at the Clubhouse.

Over sixty winning ladies were awarded their trophies by the Lady Captain, Sarah Burton.

In her speech, Sarah thanked everyone whether staff or members for being so supportive, helpful, friendly and kind during her two year Captaincy and wished Julie Frank every success when she takes over the role in 2024.

Heaton & Syvret Trophy - Competition result

On a day with poor weather several members went out and completed for the Heaton & Syvret Trophy.

The winners on count back with 38 points were H Cooper and T Falle.

Second on count back with 38 points were S House and S Hayward.

Third with 37 points were M le Feuvre and M Jones.

Juniors Performance Project

A REVOLUTIONARY new scheme designed to develop and hone the talents of Jersey’s junior golfers has been launched in a bid to boost the sport’s profile within the Island.It is hoped that the programme – led by Royal Jersey assistant professional Elliott Pritchard – will lead to more Islanders excelling on the national and international stage.

The Royal Jersey Development Programme has taken on an initial contingent of 25 players, split into performance, development and rookie squads. Over the next 12 months, the squads will receive individual lessons on a fortnightly basis, along with group lessons available for online sign-up. Pritchard has been passionate about creating a pathway for junior golfers at Royal Jersey since his arrival on the Island one year ago. He said: “I just want to give these kids a bit of a platform and a clear roadmap towards achieving their specific goals within the sport. “It is something that when I was a junior, wasn’t there for me and it’s about giving the future generation of our sport every chance at success. “We have some very talented golfers over here.“But it is important of not falling into the trap of being quality at 12 or 13 and then being average come the age of 16.“Living on a small island can definitely give you a false sense of security of thinking you’re better than you are. “We have a very small pool here and sometimes when our better players travel off-Island they get a bit of a shock at the standard of golfers their age in the UK and further afield.”

The gulf in class between Jersey and Guernsey at junior level was glaringly obvious at this year’s inter-insular, whereby Guernsey claimed a 13.5–1.5 victory on home soil.

Three of the boys in green went on to take part in the men’s inter-insular.

What Jersey are seemingly lacking is players who are in their last couple years as juniors. Many have dropped off, or no longer pursued golf as they get older – an issue that Pritchard is keen to address. “We need to give our juniors a reason to stay interested,” he added. “At times, there can be a lack of direction for younger players. “What we aim to create, is an environment whereby the juniors can excel and also become more confident. “We will actively encourage the group to play with better players and people they are less familiar with. “There is a tendency to only play with friends and when they compete in an event with people they don’t know, it can be very daunting.”

The 25 players are separated into Performance, Development and Rookie squads in order to provide bespoke coaching for all abilities. Along with golf specific coaching, the Performance Squad have sessions at Strive on a weekly basis, with a focus on golf-specific exercises. Pritchard continued: “We want the programme to be as thorough as possible and encompass all the aspects of golf that are important to thrive. “I have been in contact with some fellow professionals in Yorkshire and have a few matches against clubs in the mainland scheduled. “This will allow our players to go toe-to-toe with some elite juniors and really step outside their comfort zone. “A massive thanks have to go to AP Construction and Pastella Ceramics for their support, as this would not be possible without them.”

Performance Squad: Anabelle Lucas-Villar, Nathan Crake-Jones, Aiden Wilson, Ben Carvalho, Chloe Cadoret, Iman Hamid-Wilkinson, Jacob Townsend.

Development Squad: Oliver Bourke, Eleanor Bourke, Ollie Smith, Jack Burchell, William Aikenhead, William Stratford, Harrison Leggett, Benji O’Mahony, Charlie Hewgill, Marley Austin-Vautier, Tom Agis.

Rookie Squad: Elsa Wanless, Rory Wanless, Henry Edwards, Brandon McLaughlin, Chloe Cosnett, Joe Redmond, Jack Gallon.

Jersey Golf Awards Evening

Awards Evening - Player of the Year

Junior Player of the Year - Iman Hamid-Wilkinson.

Iman won the Ladies Island Championship in 2023, we believe it’s 55 years since a junior has won the ladies island championship, highlighting what is a great achievement that is. Iman also went unbeaten in the Inter-Insular contributing 2pts to the victorious Ladies team.

Ladies Player of the Year - Flora Keites

Flora had great season of results while also still at University and juggling all the work involved with that. Flora won the Ladies Strokeplay Championship which is played over 36 holes, 2 great rounds in tough conditions resulted in a 6 shot victory. Flora was also part of our Island Games team which was at the start of July in Guernsey. Individually Flora scored consistently across all 4 rounds - securing an individual Silver Medal, while those scores also contributed to the team score and alongside Anabelle Lucas-Villar, Hannah Scriven & Helen Gray as they won Team Gold Medal.

Men’s Player of the Year - Jo Hacker

Jo who is attending Jacksonville University in the states, had some impressive results. Jo qualified in the Top 16 of the Hampshire County Championship where he would progress to the Quarter Finals where he would lose on the 23rd to the eventual winner. Jo won the La Moye Trophy by an impressive 8 shots with a 36h score of 4 under. But most impressively Jo won individual Gold in the Island Games with 4 scores of 68,71,71,71 to win by 9 & 16 shots from Jamie Blondel & Jeremy Nicolle respectively. This is the 3rd ever Men’s Individual Gold Medal, and those scores contributed to Team Silver medal alongside Alex Guelpa, Matthew Parkman & Josh Ozard.