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Isle of man champion golfers 2019
Jamie Arneill and lynda simpson
Jamie Arneil and Lynda Simpson clinched their maiden Isle of Man Close Amateur Golf Championship titles on Sunday evening.
On the day England won its first Cricket World Cup and Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in an epic Wimbledon final, Arneil beat reigning champion Paul Lowey 3 and 2 at a sun-drenched Douglas Golf Club while Simpson disposed of defending women’s champion Shirley Price.
In the men’s final, the calibre of golf from both players in the final would have not been out of place at a professional event, with certainly two of the longest hitters in the island vying for the prestigious title.
Lowey was simply unable to break the powerful Arneil’s stranglehold and, although the deficit was briefly reduced to 2 down in the evening session, Lowey couldn’t claw back the lost holes and the 36-hole final ended on the 34th.
Arneil, after being 1 down through the first four holes, took little time to reduce the small deficit and never looked back, with the afternoon session ending with the Ramsey golfer being 2 up through 18.
The tone was similar throughout both rounds, as holes were won and halved in birdies, while par-fives were annihilated and reduced to driver and wedges.
The evening session saw an eagle from Lowey on the par-five 9th when he needed to win the hole - this final really did have the full works, more than the spectators could have expected from both island stars.
Another new name will be engraved on the championship trophy this year, and I for one will not be alone when saying that Arneil could well feature again in future, potentially joining Lowey in being a multiple island champion.
Lowey, with his impressive all round game and frighteningly excellent career record so far, was always going to be a hard act to beat, but Arneil is arguably the most improved golfer over the past two years.
Arneil seems to have that extra ingredient now that compliments his swashbuckling style and serious length off the tee, which is a terrific breath of fresh air for Manx golf.
Therefore Ramsey have another island golf champion - the first since the late great Davy Jones took the title in 2011 - and very well deserved.
There were two first-time qualifiers in this year’s championships: Adam Teare and - ‘finally’ after many years of trying - Marc Harrison, who didn’t just qualify but he made it all the way through to the semi-finals. I’m sure he won’t be waiting another 20 years to qualify again!
The weather was extremely kind all week and it was great to see so many faces in the crowds of spectators, themselves excellent golfers. One in particular was a past island junior champion, whom for one reason or another isn’t playing the game at the moment. Perhaps this is a sign of their return to the game - they would certainly be most welcome.
To all the members of Douglas GC, thank you for letting all competitors use your beautiful course last week.
To all the lady members who beavered away tirelessly on Saturday and Sunday keeping the scoreboards up to date, to the bar and kitchen staff who looked after all competitors and spectators, as well as Mike Vipond, Paul O’Reilly, Barry Skillicorn, Kevin Skillicorn and various Douglas members.
One big thank you must go to Andrew Horne for his dedicated work providing up-to-date scoring for the men’s and women’s tournaments, not only managing to compete on qualifying day but practically living in the clubhouse for the week, contributing to the smooth running of the event.
Finally, a special thanks go to Grant Thornton for its continued sponsorship of the flagship event on the Isle of Man golfing calendar.
Leading qualifier Kayleigh Dawson of Peel
A competitive ladies qualifier took place on Sunday 7th July 2019 at Douglas Golf Club in sunny weather with firm running conditions making scoring difficult. A score of 178 was required to make through to the last eight for the Matchplay stages.
The defending champion and the low handicap golfers all qualified safely and it will be highly competitive this year.
It was great to see a couple of the men’s qualifiers out caddying for the ladies and it may well be a first that a brother and sister have qualified for the match play in the same year. Vick and Paul must be very proud of Robert and Emma and will be hoping that the siblings can go further it this years event.
The Matchplay for the ladies starts on Wednesday night and you can see the draw by following the following link https://www.isleofmangolf.im/knockout.php?compid=140
Scores for the Championships can be followed live on
|2018 Lynda Simpson||
|2018 Shirley Price||