THE seeding proved right ...but only just. All four seeds in the fourth Ravenscroft Open Matchplay have made this evening’s semi-finals, but oh what a quarter-final battle it was for all of them.
Defending champion Bobby Eggo beat his old Jersey foe Trevor Gray 2 up, but owed a lot to an unfortunate attack of the yips from his opponent, whose long-standing problem with the golfers’ nightmare issue raised its ugly head again.
Alan Mew, the No. 2 seed, was heading for the tournament exit and a return flight to the UK when he trailed fellow senior Nigel Le Noury late on, but a late birdie blitz got him into the last four.
Guernsey champion Steve Mahy won through but it required an untimely bogey on the last by his opponent, Jack Mitchell, to allow him through without the need for extra holes, while Jersey’s young CI champion, Jason Stokes, was taken to the last by the Royal Guernsey professional Andy Myers before edging home 2 up.
At least three of the semi-finalists will admit they will have to perform better to make tomorrow’s final, that was certainly the self-opinion of Mahy.
‘It was a struggle tonight and although I played OK I know I will have to play better tomorrow,’ said Mahy who now meets Eggo in a repeat of the 2015 final.
In the other half of the draw it will be Stokes against Mew and the man from Stoneham was critical of his performance, a stark contrast to his play of the previous night.
But it was poor Gray you could not help but feel sorry for.
‘If I could chip I would win,’ he groaned. ‘That attack of the yips was unbelievable.’
- Full quarter-finals report in Thursday’s Guernsey Press.
Ravenscroft Guernsey Open Matchplay
Bobby Eggo beat Trevor Gray 2 up; Steve Mahy beat Jack Mitchell 1 up; Jason Stokes beat Andy Myers 2 up; Alan Mew beat Nigel Le Noury 2 & 1.
5.20pm – Eggo v. Mahy.
5.26 – Stokes v. Mew.
Ravenscroft Plate (off handicap)
Ben Brehaut beat Daryl Butcher 1 up; Steve Nicolle beat Paul Marshall 1 up.
5.32 – Brehaut v. Nicolle.