Island men’s team captain Dave Jeffery has revealed that, due to the pandemic, finishing in the top five of the local Order of Merit will not guarantee a place in his team for the trip to Grouville in September.
‘What we didn’t want was someone being out of action for two or three weeks with Covid or because of a Covid jab and miss the key run of tournaments, because there is a window of two or three weeks where there are three Order of Merit events and if you miss those, you’d most likely miss out on selection,’ said Jeffery as part of an interview on the latest Guernsey Press Sport Podcast, which is out today.
‘So we’ve told the guys, there is an Order of Merit, try and play in the big events, but ultimately it will come down to me and my selectors to pick the top 10.’
Jeffery added that competition for the Guernsey men’s side has perhaps never been greater.
‘Without giving too much away, the other day I was jotting down names... and for the men’s I had 17 or 18 names who could quite easily make that top 10.
‘In years gone by you’d have the same old names who’d make the side every year – certainly the same eight.
‘We have genuinely this year got real competition for places in that team.’
As part of the podcast, Jeffery also chose his 'composite Guernsey golfer' with one local player assigned to the attributes of driving, iron play, short game and putting as well as 'team man' in which he discusses some of the top players locally of the last decade.