Castletown Golf Links
Due to inclement weather on Saturday morning it was decided to postpone the planned sponsored open competition so The International Stock Exchange (TISE) Stableford will have to be rearranged. David Laughlin (23) won the substituted club sponsored competition by three clear points. Laughlin’s numbers came up as eight nett birdies and ten nett pars so he definitely didn’t suffer from ‘droopy draws.’ His 44 Stableford points comprised of ‘two little ducks’ on each half so it was Bingo for Laughlin.
Three players were tied on 41 points to slug it out for second place in a card play-off. They, along with Laughlin, each received a two stroke mixed tee amendment but Ross Byrne (14) was the clear winner with 23 inward points helped by three birdies in a two over par back nine.
Damian McGuinness (14) continued his recent run of success claiming third place with four over par on the front nine but a double bogey on the 18th produced his only single pointer on the day. Andy Lagden (8) went from one extreme to the other in fourth place. He was two under par up to the 11th but his four over par ‘snowman’ there restricted his back nine to 16 points after a tremendous 25 going out.
Gwynn Williams (25) playing off the ‘yellows’ was the final Saturday prize winner. His 39 points included a four pointer par on the last and that was enough to pip Charles Ross (11) on countback.
There was an even clearer winner of the mixed Stableford on Sunday. Alan Harding (18) only missed one fairway and his chipping was deadly now that he has got used to his new Cleveland golf set specified and supplied by Charlie Simpson. Harding received a two shot tee adjustment but didn’t really need them as ten nett birdies and eight nett pars added up to 46 points.
Stuart Butler (19) motored round in 89 shots to serve up 40 points and second place, one point ahead of the ladies captain Louna Vermeulen (19) who, unlike Butler, scored on every hole.
Earlier in the week 29 players including seven welcome visitors from Ramsey GC took part in the ‘Midweeker’ open Medal. Only ten players avoided the dreaded N/R but Tami James used her 37 shot allowance to good effect by turning 102 into a competition winning nett 65. Simon Murray had back-to-back birdies and turned at one under par but slipped to 75, nett 68, in second place. Gemma Wild fired four pars in third spot with 108, nett 69.
This coming Wednesday there is an R&A 9 hole open championship event and on Friday 59 people have so far signed up for the Nations Cup. There are bound to be some places left so call the pro shop on 822211 if you wish to join or form a national team. Saturday is President’s Day and Peter Robertson will be delighted to receive your support for his sponsored Stableford competition.