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Winning Streak for Guernsey Golfer

The Alderney Men's Open Golf Championship got into full swing on Saturday, 4th June 2011, with 94 competitors teeing off in the hope of winning the prestigious Coursemaker Cup on Alderney's challenging 9-hole golf course.

This year the highly successful annual golf competition attracted golfers from the UK and the other Channel Islands, with the majority visiting from Guernsey.

The competition, sponsored by Aurigny Air Services, was won by Guernsey's Dave Goupillot (13 handicap) scoring a total of 131. This was the first time that Mr Goupillot had won the Alderney Men's Open Golf Championship, having won his place in an charity auction organised by Specsavers. The Managing Director of Aurigny, Malcolm Hart, had donated one of his guest positions for auction and Mr Goupillot was the lucky bidder to win a golfing weekend in Alderney including flights, accommodation, all hospitality and free entry into the competition. You could say that Mr Goupillot is on a lucky streak!

Mr Goupillot said"What a weekend! Thank you to all members of the Alderney Golf Club and all who entered. I can't believe what has happened here it's been a great weekend. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone, including all catering staff, the hospitality has been amazing, and the whole event has been really well organised. I have entered the Alderney Open four times before, but not for twelve years and this is the first time that I have ever won anything. At the start of the day I was the last to qualify and 10 off of the lead, I am just lost for words."

Second place was won by Alderney's John Adamson who was one of the youngest contestants in the competition with a score of 134, followed in third place by Alderney's James Maxwell who also scored 134.

The prizes were presented by Aurigny Air Services Managing Director Malcolm Hart who said "Firstly I would like to make big thank you to Tyrone McCormack the Vice Captain of the Alderney Golf Club and the rest of the committee for all of their hard work in organising a fantastic competition and secondly I would like thanks all those players from off island who travelled to Alderney specifically to take part in this event, with the general doom and gloom of the economic climate, it is a much needed boost, not only for the lsland, but also for the Alderney Golf Club and your support is greatly appreciated by all."

He continued"Aurigny are proud to support this event because Aurigny is an Alderney company with strong local roots and by sponsoring the Golf Open it puts us at the heart of the community, which is exactly where we want to be. This was the ninth year that Aurigny have sponsored this event and we look forward to sponsoring it again next year, making it ten consecutive years ."

Tyrone McCormack the Vice Captain of the Alderney Golf Club said "The Alderney Golf Club welcomes all visiting players and is thankful for their continued support. It is great to see so many visit from away some of whom, come back every year to take part. I would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors Aurigny."