Castletown Golf Links
Andrew McGee (20) had the game of his life in the first round of this year’s SMP Partners sponsored medal series at Castletown on Saturday. Shooting a nett 67 is something special. Doing it with an 11 on your card is amazing. Needless to say McGee’s septuple bogey was suffered on our infamous 5th hole. Other than that bit of off-roading McGee navigated his way round with nine pars and eight bogeys. So, for handicap adjustment purposes, McGee actually shot a nett 62, and with a four over par back nine no-one was likely to beat him on countback.
Shooting seven pars in a steady round David Humbles (20) had a good go. Unfortunately, his 87, nett 67, was front end biased as three of his four double bogeys came on the inward half. Never-the-less Humbles took second spot and his handicap reverted to nearer the pre-review level.
In third place with 74, nett 68, David Price (6) also had seven pars, only because he fired five birdies and five bogeys. Price’s costly double bogey was incurred on the 9th and that spurred him on to a creditable one over par back nine.
Starting at lunchtime Gez Bradley (3) gobbled up a birdie on the 1st, added another on the 7th and tucked away two more in a lovely level par round of 72, nett 69, for fourth place on countback. Paul Eckersley (8) was also level par after ten holes. He finished at five over for his nett 69 and the only reward was a share of the two’s pot for his accuracy on the 16th.
The best gross prize winner Andrew Challenor (+1) ended way down in thirteenth place even though he was four under par after fourteen holes. Then back-to-back bogeys blighted his card so Chal signed for a 70, nett 71, regretting four putts that failed to fall.
On the previous Wednesday 26 players took up the challenge of a midweek medal. Frankie Doherty (9), Richard Dunn (6) and Julian Brindle (22) in his ‘natty’ shorts took the top spots with nett 70, 72 and 74 respectively. The first lady home was Jax Fisher (29) in ninth place with a nett 77 even after sustaining a ten following ‘a Hamlet moment’ in a bunker on the 12th.
This coming Saturday everyone can enjoy our splendid course as there is an open AM-AM Stableford and so far 110 players have signified their satisfaction with this break from qualifying competitions.