from Ramsey Golf Club Limited Chairman, Brian Kelly -
Dear Member ,
I’m sure many will have heard that our very own greenkeeper and many times Club Champion, Jamie Arneil, competed in Sunday’s IOM Men’s Golf Championships final held at Douglas Golf Club. Jamie’s opponent was six times winner and last year’s Champion Paul Lowey. In superb conditions and with a large contingent of Ramsey supporters, Jamie started the second 18 holes 1 up. Playing superb controlled golf Jamie never let Paul back in the game and a string of birdies on the front 9 from both players kept the crowd entertained but with Jamie never being anything less than 2 up and with holes running out for Paul, you could feel the excitement building within the Ramsey supporters as we headed down the 16th. Paul missed the green right on the 16th with Jamie hitting the front edge of the green in 2. Paul chipped up with his ball running some 10ft past the hole. Jamie putted to a foot so it was left to Paul to make the putt to take the match down the 17th. The putt was missed and amid huge celebrations on the 16th green Ramsey Golf Club had we think only its 4th Island Champion. I’m sure you would like to join all those that made the final in congratulating Jamie on his 1st Championship win, I’m sure there are many more to come. Jamie was a true ambassador for our club during the week and proved to be a very popular winner among his fellow players. The final was played with great camaraderie between the two players and total respect from all supporters, although the young lad whose mobile phone went off just before Jamie teed off at the 12th was lucky to escape with some very polite words from Jamie. A packed Douglas clubhouse and a fine speech from our new Champion was followed by a night of celebration back at the clubhouse where family, friends and supporters enjoyed the free bar provided by very proud parents Bob & Chris and nibbles from Stan & Shirley Ryzak. Huge thank you to Gill Cunningham for opening and running the bar during the evening. Jamie represented himself and the club so well and he should be very proud of his achievements as much as we are. Huge well done Jamie.