Davy Jones – a champion and winner to the very end

FINAL PICTURE: Davy Jones being presented with the Will Kirkpatrick Cup by Isle of Man Golf Union president Joe Boyd at Rowany on Sunday. Davy was due to represent the island at next week's Northern Counties Championship. A full tribute to the double island champion will appear in next week's Manx Independent

FINAL PICTURE: Davy Jones being presented with the Will Kirkpatrick Cup by Isle of Man Golf Union president Joe Boyd at Rowany on Sunday. Davy was due to represent the island at next week's Northern Counties Championship. A full tribute to the double island champion will appear in next week's Manx Independent

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The 36-hole Will Kirkpatrick Cup, sponsored by Miss Irene Pugh, was held at Rowany Golf Club on Sunday in difficult conditions because of a stiff breeze blowing across the course.

Always regarded as an indication as to whom will be in contention for the forthcoming Thornton Manx Golf Championship, it was the elder statesmen of Manx Golf who came to the fore on the day.

Former eight-time champion Julian Sutton was the best after 18 holes with 73, a reflection on the conditions, but this was on the last nine for Kevin Moore, Davy Jones, Keith Ward and Andrew Challenor were also all on 73. Not too far behind with 74 were Paul Lowey and Jamie Arneil and it looked as if it was all to play for on the second lap.

With a level-par 70 it was Davy Jones who took the win with 143, adding this trophy to the 2011 Isle of Man Open Golf Championship which he was set to defend next month. Runner-up on 144 was Paul Lowey, the same as Kevin Moore, but his level-par 70 second round took it from Kevin’s 71 to also total 144.

A delighted Robert Noon was the winner of the best nett trophy after two excellent rounds to total 138. A steady day for Andrew Challenor with 146 and he must now be favourite to take the Order of Merit title with only the Island Championship qualifying to go.

Many thanks to Rowany Golf Club for the use of the course and the facilities and also to Fergus Murdoch who compiled the results on the day .

l This report was written prior to the tragic news of Davy Jones’s death on Tuesday morning.

Davy was also included in the island line-up for next Wednesday’s EGU Northern Counties Men’s Championship at Ponteland, Northumberland. The team announced by captain Geoff Skillicorn, with assistant Richard Skillicorn, also consisted of Tom Gandy, Tom Harris, Daryl Callister, Paul Lowey and Andrew Challenor, with travelling reserves Kevin Moore and Jamie Arneil.

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