Castletown Golf Links
Once again the weather was unkind to the early starters at Castletown on Saturday. Only the most intrepid chose to start out in the driving rain. Later in the day the rain relented but the howling wind persisted. Achieving 35 points Kevin Lewin (26) used his shots wisely to win the Winter League stableford; the first in the series of four rounds to be played off the white tees.
Lewin’s procession of fives, sixes or sevens was only broken by a par four on the 17th but the beauty of the handicap system is that, with the exception of a triple bogey on the 10th, his 99 shots were converted into points on every hole.
In second place Paul Reid’s 34 points reflected the improving conditions. He took 46 shots on the way out and only 38 for a three over par back nine which was worth 20 points based on his handicap of (10). Also with 34 points, but losing out on countback, Mark Reynolds (18) hit five pars but came to grief on the hardest two holes, stroke index wise.
Richard Dunn (6) had nothing worse than a bogey and scored on every hole to post 33 points and take fourth place on countback courtesy of two birdies on his back nine. David Laughlin (21) went from feast to famine in fifth place as his 33 points came off just 14 scoring hole that included a four pointer birdie and four further nett birdies.
The weather put paid to the twelve hole mixed stablefords due to be played on the previous Sunday and Wednesday so no doubt everyone will be keen to contest the second round of the Winter Eclectic scheduled for this coming Saturday.