Castletown Golf Links
Golf lessons last 45 minutes but miracles can take slightly longer; so said the sign behind the counter at my last club. Having not played to his handicap for many years our Hon: Secretary Bob Adcock was about ready to give up the game. Then Adcock was given a birthday present of 10 coaching sessions.
It seems that the Castletown pro Charlie Simpson should start charging commission as Adcock shot 39 points immediately after the first lesson and now, after just three, has won the SMP Partners sponsored June medal with an astonishing 95/61.
Adcock didn’t let a lost ball and a couple of ‘snowmen’ melt his resolve. He completed the final third of the course in just two over par. No wonder Adcock, now off (29), is looking forward to the remaining lessons and knocking even more shots off his handicap.
Steve McGowan (11), who is the chairman of SMP Partners, nearly ended up having to shake his own hand after a wonderful round of 76/63. It resulted in him getting back a single figure handicap for the first time in about five years. Apart from a double bogey after bombing the airport runway McGowan shot three birdies, nine pars and just five bogeys.
Beaten into third place on countback former club President Dave Bell (24) rolled back the years with a vintage performance where he parred a third of the holes and bogeyed half for 87/63 as he sustained three double bogeys on the remaining holes.
Greg Stalker (11) was only three over after fifteen holes but bogeyed the final three to finish 78/65 for fourth place after a two shot allowance for playing off the white tees, as had McGowan. Would be pilot Robert Bowen (14) was bunkered on the 1st and stalled to seven over on the front nine. However, Bowen glided round the remainder in three over to land in fifth place with 82/66. Alas for Bowen the fifth and final prize was awarded to the lowest gross scorer which was Andrew Challenor (Scratch) for his 74.
Late starter Jon Wagstaffe (13) snuck in to win to win the mixed Stableford on Sunday with 44 points following back-to-back birdies plus being nearest-the-pin on the 13th. Jane Holt (29) scored 42 points on 16 holes for second place and Cheryl McGinley (26) also had two N/Rs for her 40 points in third.
Holt had a good week having already won the flowers and gold award in the ‘Flower Power’ midweek nine hole non-qualifier with 26 points, two ahead of Keith Bernard (21) and four in front of the ladies vice-captain Julie Amphlett (24).
This coming Saturday 27 teams have signed up for the four man Texas Scramble and the Club is hoping that some of these will also turn out early evening on Wednesday 13th June to support the inaugural running of the Isle of Man open ‘speedgolf’ championship and summer social. Teams from across the island are welcome and there will be no charge to enter the six hole loop.
Then on Saturday 16th June (TISE) - The International Stock Exchange - is generously sponsoring an open Stableford. The visitor’s green fee is £22 plus £4 entry fee. Telephone the Castletown pro shop on 822211 to reserve your spot for either of these events.