Castletown Golf Links
There was a two way tie on 42 points in the Captain’s Drive-In on Saturday. Winning the specially minted commemorative medal was the smooth swinging Steven Glynn (21) who is now off (19) but is destined to be lower. He and second placed Dominic Litton (17) had to be separated by their final six hole score as they both compiled 21 points on each half.
Glynn, who in February won the third round of the Winter League Stableford, has been having lessons with Charlie Simpson and is more consistent now. There were a few three putts and the odd duff shot which restricted his Stableford score on the 5th, 11th and 15th but a four pointer nett eagle on the 14th proved crucial on countback.
Litton has also enjoyed his fair share of success over the last two years and consequently his handicap has dropped by seven strokes from (22) back then to a new low of (15) now. Two birdies and six pars adorned his card but a double bogey on the 4th and an N/R on the 11th were the low lights.
In third place John Byrne (10) stepped in with 39 points thanks to six nett birdies and just three nett bogeys. Past captain Chris Kelly (21) was rewarded with fourth slot for 38 points on 17 holes having been trapped in the newly revetted bunker on the 1st. The final prize place went to John Newson (7) who went round in a splendid six over par for 37 points.
At lunchtime on Saturday our new captain Mike Horsthuis officiated at the winter prize presentation and issued a 4BBB challenge. In return for a minimum donation of £5 per player there is a chance to win a bottle of wine if the captain and pro can be beaten. Horsthuis was then presented with a plaque by our president Peter Robertson before smashing his opening drive 222 yards, as predicted by John Byrne, and converting it for a birdie. Unfortunately, that was the highlight of his round.
On Sunday in the second qualifying Stableford of the weekend Mark Todd (16), Catherine Cassidy (10) and Will Halsall (12) took the podium places with 41, 38 and 37 points respectively.
Earlier in the week Tami James (34), Steph Gregg (23) and Heather Skinner (16) took the top three positions with 19, 18 and 18 points respectively in the first of the monthly open nine hole ‘Flower Power’ Stableford competitions. ‘Flowerman Mike’ is sponsoring this series to help raise funds for his captain’s charity to provide vital equipment at the A&E Department at Nobles Hospital. Non-members are welcome and the discounted green fee of £15 (£24 for 18 holes) includes entry to these charity competitions.
Our congratulations go to Rowany’s Tom Gandy who finished twelfth at Frilford Heath last week in the final stage of qualifying for the 2018 UK based EuroPro Tour. This put Gandy in the prize money and entitles him to play in all the tour events. Even though Tom Harris failed to make the cut to the final round he is likely to receive invites to play in some of these tournaments. We wish them well.
Spring has definitely arrived because this coming Wednesday there is an 18 hole medal qualifier and on Saturday we compete in the opening round of the traditional monthly medal series kindly sponsored by SMP Partners.