Castletown Golf Links
The Woods Cup, a much maligned bogey competition, was switched back to a qualifier on Saturday as otherwise we would have three non qualifying weekend events in a row. It was well won by John Lee (19) with +5. Other than an N/R on the 7th Lee had a procession of pars or nett pars which continued until the 15th when, at +6, the sequence was spoilt by back-to-back double bogeys. A cleverly crafted par, his seventh, against the wind on the 17th and then his eighth nett par to finish equated to a win by one shot.
Another player revitalised by the handicap review, Will Halsall (12), finished second on +4 after a slow start with three negative holes in the first five. Then Halsall clicked into gear to complete the remainder of the course in just three over par including a triple bogey seven on the 11th.
In third spot Ross Byrne (13) replicated Halsall’s two birdies and was the second of six players who ended on +4. Those back nine birdies proved crucial on countback for Byrne who completed the inward leg on two over par which was worth +3.
Stuart Campbell (14) effectively wasted a shot with his extravagant eagle on the 12th as a mere birdie would have proved positive but, then again, his nine over par three triple bogeys were the only negative scores in his fourth-placed round.
The final prize winner Steve Zybert (15) went from +3 at the turn to +1 after thirteen then finished strongly with three pars and two nett pars. That was enough to disappoint Frankie Doherty (9) and William Laughlin (14) who both had impressive starts. Doherty bagging two of his three birdies in the first three holes whilst Laughlin landed six nett birdies on the outward section.
In the ‘Midweeker’ Stableford qualifier the Winter League winner Kevin Madin (25) topped the pile with 36 points, one ahead of three other players who needed a back nine card play-off to determine second place for their 35’s. Mark Reynolds (18) N/R’d the 17th and still scored 17 points to pick up the prize.
Gary Hunter (3) was level par after thirteen holes then ended up empty handed after four bogeys in a row restricted him to 16 points. Similarly, Ben Humbles (11), with 15 back nine points, dipped out in fourth place. The third prize went to the first lady home which was Steph Gregg (23) on 34 points with no passes having scored on every hole.
On Sunday the ladies competed in the Norma Loundes Open Stableford qualifier which was won by Bronwen Raatgever (34) with 35 points. Jax Fisher (29) finished second on 34 and Shirley Price (7) came third with 33. Twenty-five players took part in this memorial event for Norma who sadly passed away at Hospice in November 2009. Fittingly, Mary Crampton (31 points), from Norma’s home club PSM, was the top placed of nine island wide visitors.
This coming Saturday is Captain’s Day and Mike Horsthuis has planned a fun fuelled fiesta 4BBB pairs Stableford which so far 102 members have signed up to support. This event is in aid of the Captain’s chosen charity and is also open to our 5/6 day members. On Bank Holiday Monday there will be a Pro’s Stableford with prizes for the top three male and female finishers.
Finally, congratulations go to Loni & Johnny Evans on the birth of their first child, a daughter, on Friday 27th April which also just happened to be my 65th birthday. Like the Royal family we are still awaiting an announcement of the baby’s name.