Castletown Golf Links
It was President’s Day at Castletown and there appeared to be more bandits out than you might see in an old episode of ”Rawhide”. True, the ball did keep rolling, rolling, rolling but some of the scores were exceptional. In the arid conditions even the weakest hitters were experiencing delusions of grandeur.
The winner, Mark Todd, received (17) shots and used them to round up 45 points in and eight over par performance which included two birdies on the front nine. He steered his way to four sets of par/par interspersed by a couple of sevens, five bogeys and a final winning par.
A gang of five rustled up 43 points apiece and had to be separated by their cards. Steven Glynn (21) conjured up two nett hole-in-ones and those aces helped him trump everyone else for second place. His extraordinary round comprised of five birdies, five pars, three double bogeys, one bogey and, believe it or not, four nil pointers.
Our former treasurer Paul Eckersley (9) snapped up third spot with a wonderful two over par performance with four birdies and six bogeys for 22 plus 21 point respectively.
Taking fourth place but losing third place on a back six countback Will Laughlin (15) fired threes on the 2nd and 11th as well as all of the par threes.
The count went down to the final three holes between Laughlin and fifth placed Keith Bernard (22) who suffered his only single pointer with a six on the final hole.
Our honorary secretary Bob Adcock (29) proved once again the value of golf lessons as he also racked up 43 points but his only reward was another handicap cut.
In the lovely calm conditions a third of the field met or beat their handicap and three quarters got 30 or more points but one has got to feel some sympathy for seventh placed Sam Skelton (4) who elected to play off the championship tees. He went round in a splendid one over par for 42 points after his three shots mixed tee amendment.
28 players made their attempt to get to Carnoustie by taking part in the R&A 9 Hole challenge on the previous Wednesday. Zooming round in three over par Nigel Gregg took top prize with 21 points, two ahead of Susan Gee and three better than third placed Claire McGuinness.
This coming Saturday another club sponsored Stableford awaits us and with the weather set fair there should be even more fantastic scores.