A FAMILY TRADITION

Steve the latest Anderson to win the Rosscot Amateur Strokeplay trophy.

Royal Jersey’s Steve Anderson maintained a family tradition by winning the Rosscot 72-hole Jersey Amateur Strokeplay Championship by a single shot on Saturday.

At a windswept La Moye, Anderson overcame a one-stroke deficit from Channel Islands champion Jason Stokes, after 54 holes, to beat Stokes by a solitary stroke. Anderson returned the best afternoon round of a par-equalling 72, while bogeys at the 15th and 17th proved costly to La Moye GC’s Stokes, together with a triple-bogey at the seventh.

But it was a great contest with both young men producing some excellent golf in the conditions.

It was by no means a two-man race to the title as La Moye’s Kalen Sunter and Andy Clarke were also one stroke behind Stokes at lunch. Anderson went on to register birdies at the sixth, tenth, 11th 15th and 16th, while Stokes birdied the second, 11th and 13th – together with an eagle three at the 465-yard 18th courtesy of a 16-foot putt.

Meanwhile Sunter and Clarke slipped out of contention after fourth round scores of 77 and 78 respectively.

Anderson’s victory came on the back of his brother Jonny’s win two years ago and triumphs for his late father Richard ‘Tex’, in 1983 and 1987.

First-time champion Anderson said: ‘It’s a proud day for the family and I’m delighted. I had a rocky start this afternoon dropping two shots on the first four holes before managing to get a shot back to the one-over-par through nine.

‘I was feeling pretty good after birdies at ten and 11 before unfortunately putting the ball in the bunker at 12 and taking double to get out and then two-putted for a double bogey.

‘But there was still six holes to play and I had no idea of what was going on around me [in the other matches].

‘I managed to make a really good par save at 14 and then birdied 15 and 16.

‘I then managed to scrape par at the 17th before three-putting at the 18th which was not a great way to finish but luckily it was enough to win.

‘I’ve never won this tournament before so it’s and honour to join my brother so it’s an honour to join my brother and my father who have their names on this trophy.’

Anderson who will shortly enter his final year at the Texas Wesleyan University, Fortworth, in America, said: ‘I’ve not played as well as I would have liked this year [in American] but I made every team so that’s an achievement out there and I feel my game is getting back to near its best.

‘This week has been a real test in the conditions, so it felt good to win in them because it really is a mark when you play well in that sort of weather.’

Anderson plays in the Boyd Quaich international at St Andrew’s today, a 72-hole tournament for University students, together with the England Amateur Championship later this month where he will look to improve on last year’s 32nd placing.

Unfortunately returning to the USA means that he is unavailable for inter-insular selection.

Rosscot runner-up Stokes said: ‘It’s been a tough couple of days; the wind was stronger yesterday [Friday] and today the greens were again quick and the downhill putts were tricky when the wind was behind you.

‘I felt like I hit the ball well but I made too many silly mistakes; I’ve dropped too many shots today and that explains why I finished second.

‘Apart from that I’m happy with the way I’ve been playing in the last few weeks.

‘My opening round of 67 was a very good round; I again hit the ball well and only missed one green in regulation throughout and I putted really well. It could easily have been lower but I was still very happy with the round.’

Stokes’ five-under-par 67 was the best of the tournament and had he not lipped a putt on the 18th he would have registered his best-ever score at La Moye, a course that was in excellent condition.

La Moye’s Mark Tostevin also had reason to celebrate on Saturday after scoring a hole-in-one, his third, at the 167-yard third hole.

Sunter, Charlie Kiberd and Clarke took the top three places respectively in the handicap section of the tournament.