Castletown Golf Links
Missing short putts on three successive greens David Allan (11) played the five holes from the 3rd to the 7th in and uninspiring six over par. However, having opened with a birdie, and eventually bagging two more, Allan went on to win the Capital International sponsored Castletown Cup in style on countback. His splendid 78, nett 65 after application of the two stroke white tees amendment, featured an unbeatable one over par back nine.
Castletown’s captain Mike Horsthuis (10) was the leader at halftime following back-to-back birdies on the 3rd and 4th for an amazing one under par front nine. It didn’t last as ‘flower-man Mike’ wilted with six bogeys on the homeward leg. This meant that after the mixed tee adjustment Horsthuis equalled Allan’s nett 65 for second place.
Francis Thoday (16) played like an 18 handicapper on the way out and then began to burn-up the course completing the next eight holes in just one over par. Unfortunately, a double bogey on the last left Thoday frustrated on 84, nett 66 after amendment for third place.
Similarly, Anderson Whamond (17) had a game of two halves, nine over plus five over for 86 nett 67 after adjustment. Having parred five of the final six holes Whamond pipped Ernie Russell (14) for fourth prize on countback.
Former Castletown Cup winner Simon Murray (5) went round in four over par to win the best gross score prize. His 76 was one better than Andrew Gerrard (6) who elected to play off the championship tees. There was some consolation for Gerrard as he won the nearest-the-pin prize on the 8th. Rodney Jackson was closest on the 16th and Dominic Litton boomed his drive down the 11th to win the other spot prize.
It was a disappointing turn-out for the Ladies in the afternoon. Their cup, which will be presented by the Castletown Commissioners on Saturday 14th July, was never-the-less closely contested. Lynda Jackson won with 95, nett 74, which was one less than Shirley Price who shot a gross 83. Heather McKenna was third on nett 76 and Anne Gundry came fourth with a nett 78.
Our extended open weekend of golf began on the previous Wednesday with the ‘Flowepower’ 9 hole 4BBB which was won by Elizabeth Stirling and Olga Whamond with 26 points. One point back Finlay Milton and Joss Edwards took second on countback ahead of Michelle Bowen and Valerie Creane.
On Tynwald Day 25 teams took part in the four person AM-AM and Jax Fisher, Sara Brindle, Joanna McGarry and Claire McGuinness made maximum use of their cumulative 149 handicap to rack-up 101 Stableford points. Julie and Kevin Amphlett together with Jane Holt and her son Adam finished second on 99 with Maryann and Richard Dunn teaming up with Bronwen and Roger Raatgever for third place with 95 points.
On Friday 40 visitors from 12 different golf clubs took the opportunity to enjoy our marvellous course and the glorious weather. George McArdle (18) fulfilled his potential to win the mixed tee Stableford with 49 points for a three shot handicap reduction. Big hitting Andy Lagden (7) may have been playing with guests off the yellow tees but his two under par 70 for second place with 45 points was well worth celebrating. Finlay Milton (17) from Worcestershire GC took on the blue tees and completed the front nine in just two over par for 26 of his 43 points for a well deserved third place.
Mel Todd (8) and his son Mark (12) nearly rounded off Golf Week with a win in Sunday’s 4BBB Stableford. They combined to complete the course in two over par for 44 points but just missed out on top slot which was taken by Heather Skinner (13) and the above mentioned Elizabeth Stirling (30) at eight over par for 45 points. Jax Fisher (26) also picked up her second prize of the week this time with Martin Southgate (20). They finished third on 43.
So far exactly 100 members have signed up for this Saturday’s SMP Partners sponsored Medal which is a twin shotgun start with a lunchtime prize presentation wedged in between.
Finally, with all this good weather it is worth mentioning that visitors can play the course for just £15 by taking advantage of a twilight ticket available from 4:00pm onwards. Call 822211 if you want to reserve a tee time.