Castletown Golf Links
No less than 34 teams participated in the open four person AM-AM Stableford on a sunny Saturday at Castletown. With two scores to count on each hole everyone was out to bag a birdie or better, so the target was 108 [18 x 6] team points as mere nett pars would produce a paltry 72.
The top team of Andrew Davies (10), Dave Litton (20), Angus Alexander (7) and Dominic Litton (15) carded [2 x 7], [6 x 6], [7 x 5] and [3 x 4] for an amazing 97 points which was four better than the field. Davies and Alexander acted as the anchor men, with Davies completing 16 holes in just one over par and Alexander played par golf on the 13 where his score was recorded. Littons senior and junior joined in with a nett eagle apiece and nine nett birdies between them.
In second spot with 93 points Mike Williams (12), Dennis Moore (10), Ken Berry (24) and Mike Pinson (32) had 78 handicap shots between them. Multi-times golfer of the year Moore knocked it round in three over par for 43 points and Williams added 34 points from 17 holes. They all dovetailed well as Berry picked off five nett birdies and Pinson swooped in with two nett eagles and three nett birdies.
Two teams initially appeared tied on 92 and had to be separated on their final six scores as both cards indicated they had accumulated 44 points on the back nine. Winning the third place card play-off were Robert Quine (20), Mark Teare (6), David Laughlin (22) and Paul Reid (10). Teare birdied the 4th and then eagled the 7th in a tremendous three under par performance over fourteen scoring hole. Quine netted seven birdies and four pars, while Laughlin landed three nett eagles so Reid’s contribution was restricted 11 points on five vital holes.
The apparent countback casualties were also the last team out taking advantage of a beautiful day for family golf. The husband and wife pairings of Kevin and Julie Amphlett together with Alex and Jane Holt put their combined 93 handicap shots to good use. Only the short 16th, playing extra long into the wind, defeated their efforts to record at least two nett pars on every hole. However, due to a Stableford miscalculation, highlighted when our comp: sec: Andi Howland input their scores; they actually finished up sixth with 91 points.
Les Gale (13) won the Smith Trophy mixed 18 hole ‘Midweeker’ with 38 Stableford points. Gerry Ganly (17) minus his ‘Fitbit’ stepped into second place with 37 points and stepped back out again early on Thursday morning to successfully find his missing equipment. Frankie Doherty (9) also recorded 37points although the third prize went to the first lady home which was Sara Brindle (45) with 33 points.
This coming Saturday the Woods Cup is up for grabs in a Bogey competition which, to the disappointment of some, remains a qualifying contest as otherwise we will have staged three non-qualifying events in a row.