Isle of Man Golf

Castletown Douglas King Edward Bay Mount Murray Peel Port St Mary Ramsey Rowany
Castletown Douglas King Edward Bay Mount Murray Peel Port St Mary Ramsey Rowany

ISLE of Man Golf Close Championships 2019

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Isle of man champion golfers 2019

Jamie Arneill and lynda simpson

mens final

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.

ladies final

Simpson is Ladies Champion

The final of the Isle of Man Ladies Golf Championships took place on Sunday at Douglas Golf Club in glorious weather conditions between defending champion Shirley Price (Port St Mary) and Lynda Simpson( Castletown) with both players playing off a five handicap it was going to be a good contest.

Both golfers produced outstanding golf particularly off the tee where almost all fairways were hit with a fine display of straight hitting.

Lynda got off to the best start and as she has done in every round of the Matchplay once in front was very difficult to pull back. She was five up after the first 18 holes of the 36 hole Matchplay and although Shirley did win some holes Lynda maintained the 5 hole advantage winning 5 and 4.

Shirley after the final was happy that she had made a strong defence of her titled and congratulated Lynda on the superb level of golf she played in the final.
Lynda in her speech thanked Douglas for holding a fabulous championship and her son Charlie Simpson ( Professional at Castletown) for assisting her with her golf over the last couple of years.
A great weeks golf highlight what is good in the sport and we hope to see more ladies enter next year.

Semi finals

Defending Champions Reach The Final

Paul Lowey turned on the style against Marc Harrison including holing a gap wedge from 135 yards for an eagle two to close out the match. Marc played well but Lowey is difficult to play when in full flow. The other semi was close with Jamie Arneil holing from off the back of the green on 18 for birdie when already one up with Liam less than two foot away it looked like it would go down 19 but it was not to be.

The final starts at 12 noon with two big hitting easy going golfers the final should be a pleasure to watch.

Shirley Price was involved in a close game with leading qualifier Kayleigh Dawson and as expected the match was tight with Shirley going through 2 and 1.

The other semi final was between past champion Breeshey Jansen and Lynda Simpson. Lynda was up early in the match and didnt let her young oponent back into match running out the 4 and 3 victor.

So the final starting at 12:20 will be between two experienced golfers with the same handicap who have built their game on accuracy so expect a tight game which could go the distance.

look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

Quarter Finals

Defending Champions March On

Paul Lowey (Rowany)and Shirley Price ( Port St Mary on her birthday) march into the semi finals where they face Marc Harrison (Mount Murray) and Kayleigh Dawson (Peel) respectively.

in the Ladies the lowest handicaps made it through although Paul Noon was very proud of daughter Emma who played well below her handicap but Shirley was at her best not giving the youngest the chance of a surprise victory.

The second semi final is between Lynda Simpson and Breeshey Jansen both of Castletown, this should prove interesting with Lynda having the advantage of the lower handicap with Breeshey having the advantage of big hitting.

The second semi final in the men’s sees Liam Cowin, who had to chip in on the 21st to make it past club mate Stephen Skillicorn and he will play Jamie Arneil (Ramsey). Jamie has had two tight matches and says he has played scrappy golf and will need to play better in the semi, but in Match play you are playing the man not the course and he is a good competitor so expect the semi to be competitive.

Play starts at 4:30 pm with the men with the ladies out at 4:50pm.

Round Last 16

Stephen Skillicorn on the first

Some very good golf with Stephen Skillicorn have a run of 6 birdies on the trot beating last years runner up Darryl Callister.

Jamie Arnie’s looked to be cruising through when he was 4 up playing the 14th but leading qualifier Lee Morgan kept chipping away finally loosing on the last.

Past champions Mark Sutton and Peter Glover we’re pushed all the way with Sutton winning on the last and Glover on 17.

Defending champion was taken to the 17th by past champion Mark Pugh who played a remarkable up and down on 16 to stay in the match only to pull his tee shot the wrong side of the trees on 17 to bring the match to an end.

Liam Cowin had two eagles in taking out In form Rob Noon who will switch to caddy and try and help his sister make the semi final in the ladies on Wednesday.

Joe Raeside Cruised to victory and pays club mate and first time Qualifier Marc Harrison making sure that Mount Murray will be represented in the semi finals.

The quarter finals start at 4:30 on Wednesday with the men out before the ladies so come and support your favorites and see some quality golf.

Men’s Qualifying 

Lee Morgan (Peel) leading qualifier

First time qualfiers Marc Harrison ( Mount Murray) and Adam Teare (Douglas)

second and third from left next to President Niall Keenan

A successful qualifier was held on Saturday 6th July 2019 at Douglas Golf Club which was in great condition with the sun baking the fairways reducing the field down from 83 hopefuls to 16 seriously good golfers. The match play starts at 4:30pm on Monday 8th July

Scores from the qualifying will be available via the following link:

Matchplay Round of 16 Monday 8th July 2019 starting at 4:30pm.

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ladies Qualifier

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

Defending Isle of Man Golf Champions

Scores for the Championships can be followed live on

Men's Champions (last 10 years)

2019 Jamie Arneil
2018 Paul Lowey
2017 Tom Gandy
2016 Paul Lowey
2015 Tom Harris
2014 Peter Glover
2013 Kevin Moore
2012 Paul Lowey
2011 Davy Jones
2010 Daryl Callister
2009 Paul Lowey
2008 Jonathon Corke
2007 Mike Rae
To download a full list of Champions 1926-2015 click here

Ladies' Champions (last 10 years)

2018               Lynda Simpson
2018                Shirley Price
2017 Breeshey Jansen
2016 Breeshey Jansen
2015 Breeshey Jansen
2014 Ana Dawson
2013 Emma Harris
2012 Emma Harris
2011 Emma Harris
2010 Emma Harris
2009 Emma Harris
2008 Emma Harris
2007 Cath Preston
To download a full list of Champions 1928-2015 click here

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