Castletown Golf Links
Persistent precipitation precluded participation for all but the most determined in the final round of the Winter League Stableford at Castletown on Saturday. With points from 10 down to 1 awarded to the top ten finishers in each round there were several players in with a chance of taking the title away from the absent Mark Walker who was the league leader on 19 points at the end of round three.
Having already won the first round Lewin (27) was standing second in the league two points behind Walker after finishing seventh and eighth in the subsequent rounds. Despite the driving rain Lewin launched a lovely tee shot on the 1st and landed a four pointer birdie. He had accumulated 17 Stableford points after just seven final round holes but back-to-back 7’s then followed.
Making a mockery of his high handicap Lewin parred four of the remaining holes to hoist an amazing 24 back nine Stableford points making 41 in total. Not surprisingly, he won the day’s competition by seven clear shots. It also increased his Winter League points to 27 making him the outright winner of the Winter League by an emphatic margin.
Chris Lee (7) birdied the Road Hole and bogeyed the 9th to turn in level par on 22 Stableford points. A couple of N/Rs saw him add only 12 on the inward leg so he finished on 34 for second place. Those 9 league points put him ninth overall because his previous rounds had drawn a blank.
Third on the day with 32 points was Ross Byrne (13) which, coincidentally, was where he finished in round three. These results brought 16 league points to add to the 2 from his 9th place in round two. Overall he finished fourth on 18. The above mentioned Walker just beating Byrne for a podium place in the league on 19 points from two brilliant rounds which brought a win and a second spot.
Mark Reynolds (18) had finished third in round one and fourth in round three to accumulate 15 league points. Five pars and two nett pars on the opening nine put him on 21 Stableford points on Saturday. Alas, three N/Rs restricted Reynolds to just 10 more points but his 31 was rewarded with sixth place and 5 more league points. Reynolds therefore ended on 20 league points which placed his second overall.
Steven Glynn (21) was seventh on the day and fifth overall with 14 league points thanks mainly to winning round three. Stuart Butler also ended on 14 league points to take sixth place in the league based on countback as his best finish was second spot in the second round.
33 members took part in the 12 hole ‘Midweeker’ on Wednesday which went to Chris Lee on countback ahead of the immediate past ladies captain Jax Fisher. They both scored 25 points which was one ahead of another crisp performance from Walker in third place.
Alan Harding was the victor in Sunday’s 12 holer with 27 points one ahead of Keith Featherstone and two in front of prolific prize winner Chris Lee who has had more mentions that most in this report. Congratulations also go to Louna Vermeulen for her near hole in one on the 13th to win the nearest the pin prize.
123 players from around the island have so far signed up for this Saturday’s Paddy’s Day Captain’s charity knock which is a four person Am-Am that is open to all as non members can enter for £25 including the green fee. Our six day and lady members are also welcome to participate and their entry fee is just the usual £4. Dress in green to show your support and enjoy a complementary half pint of Guinness which will go down well with the Irish Stew on offer.