Medal rush for Harris family

The Isle of Man quartet of (l-r) Tom Harris, Daryl Callister, Kevin Moore and Tom Gandy celebrate winning team gold in the NatWest Island Games men's golf competition (Photo: Dave Norton)

The Isle of Man quartet of (l-r) Tom Harris, Daryl Callister, Kevin Moore and Tom Gandy celebrate winning team gold in the NatWest Island Games men's golf competition (Photo: Dave Norton)

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The Isle of Man’s golf teams ensured that the Manx contingent ended this year’s NatWest Island Games in style on Friday.

It proved to be a memorable day for the Harris family as two of the clan won gold medals while another claimed silver.

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Billy Harris got the ball rolling at lunchtime when he came from a set down to beat Jersey’s Scott Clayton on a champions tie break in the men’s singles final at Caesarian Tennis Club to claim gold.

Also at the venue was younger sister Katie who competed in the consolation competition and finished as runner-up.

At the same time brother Tom, recently-crowned Manx Amateur Golf Champion, was in action at Royal Jersey Golf Club in the fourth and final round of the men’s golf competition alongside fellow Team Isle of Man members Tom Gandy, Daryl Callister and Kevin Moore.

Despite going into the last round one shot off the lead, Maryland University student Harris blitzed his way around the east coast course in a four-under-par 66 to claim a two-stroke victory over Gavin O’Neil (JER) and Guernsey’s Robert Eggo.

Gandy finished fifth with Moore 13th and Callister 23rd, meaning the Isle of Man quartet clinched a 10-shot win in the team event after a stunning comeback from six shots down going into the final round.

Cousin Emma Harris was also in action at the other Island Games golf venue, La Moye, where she and team-mates Ana Dawson, Kayleigh Dawson and Christina Skelly claimed silver in the women’s team event.

That came about after Ana finished the individual competition in fourth overall, with Harris joint sixth, Kayleigh 11th and Skelly 29th.

Away from golf, there was gold medal success in the badminton at New Gilson Hall where the Manx pairing of Cristen Marritt and Kim Clague won the women’s doubles final 2-0 to retain their title from Bermuda two years ago.

Marritt also went on to finish second in the women’s singles event, eventually coming unstuck against number one seed Rannvá Djurhuus Carlsson of the Faroe Islands.

Athletics was one of the island’s most prolific sports in Jersey and they signed off in style with Rachel Franklin winning gold in the women’s 1,500m race at FB Fields to add to the 800m title she won earlier in the week.

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