Castletown Golf Links
Just 0.1 of a point separated the top three teams in the club sponsored four man Texas Scramble at Castletown on Saturday. Messrs Adam Creamore, Richard Creamore, John Ledwidge and Alan Rowe compiled 11 birdies between them and with a further 5.2 (10 per cent) combined handicap reduction they headed the field with 55.8.
Finishing second on countback were the big hitting team of Richard Dunn, Mark Grace, Roger Raatgever and Jonathan Wild. They eagled two of the par fives to equal the winning team’s gross score of 61 but their handicap adjustment was 5.1 which left them on 55.9.
The countback casualties in third place were Graham Harris, Andi Howland, Damian McGuinness and Guy McGuinness. They were six under on the front nine but only bagged three more birdies leaving them on 63, nett 55.9. Frustratingly, had Damian not got chopped two shots on Wednesday they would have won with 55.7.
A total of 34 teams took part and the lowest gross team score of 60 was achieved by two of the early starters. Messrs Charmer, Gerrard, Skelton and Zybert compiled theirs with ten birdies and an eagle whereas C E Magee, Challenor, JJ Moore and Lambert shot 12 birdies.
On Sunday 15 players competed in the mixed medal Challenge Cup qualifier which was won by the Island Ladies Championship 2017 runner-up Shirley Price (6). Price was level par after 14 holes but bogeyed three of the final holes to finish on 76, nett 67, after a three stroke mixed amendment.
Gaynor Lees (13) dusted herself down after a nine on the 7th and polished off the back nine in three over for second place with 85, nett 69. Bronwen Raatgever (33) not only lost on countback to Lees but also missed out on the third prize which went to Francis Doherty (9) who was the first fellow home with a nett 72.
Prolific prize winner Jane Holt (27) added another £46 to her tally with a staggering Hall of Fame leading 50 stableford points in the open Midweeker on the previous Wednesday. Completing the front nine in six over par Holt was just 12 over on the 18th tee but failed to finish the hole. This remarkable result triggered an ESR (Exceptional Scoring Reduction) which has moved Holt down to (20) which is 14 less than her initial handicap gained just two years ago.
In 2nd place and also enjoying his day in the sun the above mentioned Damian McGuinness (16) achieved a brilliant 45 points. Two birdies and eight nett birdies helped McGuinness reduce his handicap to (14).
The final prize went to former Curtis Cup player and pro shop boss Lynda Simpson. Armed with her new Cleveland clubs, Simpson went round in a wonderful one over par to equal Emma Harris's Ladies course record of 74. This equated to 42 stableford points and sees Simpson now playing off (5).
This Wednesday we will be holding the inaugural IOM Speed Golf Championship in the evening meaning the golf course will be closed from 4.00 pm onwards. Teams of four will play the 1st, 5th, 6th, 10th & 11th holes as a warm up, with the par five 12th being the ‘speed golf’ hole. A BBQ and drinks will be located on the 13th tee and afterwards you are welcome to play the 13th and 4th holes back to the Clubhouse. For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.