Castletown Golf Links
With almost half the field playing to their handicap or better in the club sponsored Stableford at Castletown on Saturday you could be sure that an exceptional score would be needed to win the competition. At first it looked like an (18) handicapper had signed for an outrageous 49 points. Upon further investigation it was established that he had uploaded his Stableford points in place of his back nine gross scores!
There was no such mistake made by the ever modest Terry Mackay (32) who actually won by three clear shots with a wonderful 47 points. He made no mention of his electric performance of three nett eagles, eight nett birdies and five nett pars when he charged into the club-house.
The bionic Chris Reynolds (12) proved once again the wonders of modern medicine. Like Mackay he has had successful knee surgery but in addition Reynolds is recovering from a heart attack late last December. After a relatively slow start of two single pointers, Reynolds completed the rest of the course in a remarkable three over par to post 44 points for second place.
Nigel Gregg (12), who won the recent R&A nine hole Carnoustie qualifier, came third with 41 points scored off 16 holes covered in six over par having recorded ugly eights on the other two holes, albeit that they were both par fives.
Would be pilot Robert Bowen (12) ascended to 20 points going out and climbed on to 41 after returning in four over par for a further 21 points. This pushed Bryan McMahon (9) into fifth place as his 41 points (22+19) was achieved from a two over followed by a four over par performance.
Tony Gawne (17), Robert Quine (19), Jon Wagstaffe (12), Brian Eastham (23) and Ernie Russell (17) also scored 41 points apiece but finished in that order as their scores became more front end loaded. Interestingly, the first category one player home was David Quayle (5) who eagled the 7th for five of his 38 points way down in 26th place.
Surprisingly, given the good weather, only 19 players competed in the mid week Stableford. Andy Lagden (7) made up for a slow start with a four pointer on the 2nd and went on to win with 38 points. Martin Young (6) scored on every hole and was rewarded with 37 points and second place. Taking third place last year’s lady captain Jax Fisher (29) scored 22 fantastic points over the first eight holes then three N/Rs restricted her tally to 15 points on the remainder.
Our extended open weekend of golf begins on Wednesday 4th July with the ‘Flower Power’ 4BBB. followed on Thursday (Tynwald Day) with a four person AM-AM. A mixed tee Stableford has been arranged for Friday and the headline event on Saturday is the Capital International sponsored Castletown Cup. This event is open to six day members including ladies who will compete for their own cup donated by the Castletown Commissioners.
The open weekend culminates on Sunday with a 4BBB (pairs) Stableford. Either book online at www.castletowngolflinks.com or telephone the pro shop on 822211. Entry fees are £4 per competition plus visitor’s green fees of £22 for IoM residents and £30 for others.