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Castletown Golf Club

COACHING AND FANTASTIC FRONT NINE GAINS GANLY 27 OF HIS 43 WINNING POINTS

Summer seems to have settled on our fair isle and the Castletown course is looking lovely under the guidance of new head greenkeeper Andy McIntee who joined us this month from Royal Troon. He, Mark Kitching and the team have been working hard hand mowing the greens and tee boxes and we’ve all been encouraged to play our part by repairing divots on the fairways in the prescribed manner.

With the unhelpful easterly wind it was no surprise that there were no takers for the challenge of making the considerable carry on the 4th hole from the championship tee so the majority of members opted to play off the ‘Whites’ in the Stableford on Saturday.

The winner with 43 points Gerry Ganly had 19 shots to play with and only used up one on his fantastic front nine, and so scored 27 points. Alas, a couple of N/R’s blighted his back nine but Ganly gained 16 points from seven scoring holes on which he was just five over par. Those lessons with our pro Charlie Simpson are clearly paying off!

Tim Callow (22) came second with 41 points off sixteen scoring holes, half of which he nett birdied. By playing off the Whites Callow, like Ganly, received an additional two stroke mixed tee handicap amendment and this equated to a nett eagle on the 15th and his double bogey on the 7th turned into one of six nett pars.

Also on 41 points Donald Buchanan (24) elected to play off the Yellows. He missed out on second place by one point on countback even though he birdied the 10th and produced another four pointer from his par on the 15th.

Have you ever achieved a nett hole-in-one on the Road Hole? Fourth placed Charles Ross (11) saw his approach shot trickle down the greenside slope and slip satisfyingly below the surface for five of his 41 points.

Stuart Brawn (23) is very happy with his new Srixon clubs as although he finished with back-to-back nil pointer sevens he had already accumulated 40 points for the fifth place prize.

43 players took part in the Wednesday open ‘Midweeker’ which was won by visitor Juan Costain (8) with 43 points. He was one over for the front nine and, ignoring his N/R on the 12th, completed the inward leg in two under with birdies on the 11th and 17th.

Oli Steriopulos (15) improved on last week’s third place by finishing second with 42 points. Gareth Morris (12) came third on 41 but Jane Holt (32), also with 41 points, took the final place prize and was awarded the Stephen Trophy as the first female home. Louna Vermeulen clipped it close to win the NTP prize on the 13th.

This coming Saturday SMP Partners kindly sponsor the third in the series of monthly Medal competitions. Then, from early evening on Wednesday 13th June, we are hosting the inaugural Isle of Man ‘Speedgolf’ open championship plus social event. Teams of four can pre-register to play a little loop of the course including the par five 12th on which the official stop-watch will be out. Call the pro-shop on 822211 to book your tee time.

MALCOLM LAMBERT


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