Castletown Golf Links
A simple swing thought provided by pro Charlie Simpson coupled with some short-game practice proved to be the right recipe for David Quayle (5) the worthy winner of this month’s SMP Partners sponsored Medal.
Quayle elected to play off the championship tees and opened with a birdie immediately followed by back-to-back bogeys. Another birdie on the 12th returned Quayle to level par where he would have remained had he not had one too many on the 16th. Quayle’s quality 73 turned into a nett 65 after application of a three stroke mixed tee amendment.
Also, finishing on nett 65 in second spot the smooth swinging Rodney Jackson (11) had six pars and three bogeys on each half for a well balanced gross 78. By tackling the white tees Jackson received a two shot supplement.
In third position Keith Featherstone (15) was seven over after seven holes then completed the remainder with seven pars and just four bogeys for 83 nett 66 after the white tees adjustment.
Assisted by two birdies Pete Thomas (9) stood at two over par after fifteen glorious holes then uncharacteristically carded a triple bogey on the short 16th. Inevitably, Thomas followed it with a bogey and slipped to fourth place on 78, nett 67 after the white tees allowance.
Chris Neill (10) nailed three birdies in a row and was only four over par standing on the 15th tee. Unfortunately, another trio, this time of bogeys, pushed him out of the prizes in fifth place on countback with his nett 67. The Shore’s Mark Walker (12) eagled the 4th and just pipped his business partner Andy Lagden (6), who fired five birdies, for sixth place. Warming up for the club championship Michael Charmer (1) conjured up a 74 from the blue tees to take the ‘next’ best gross prize.
Current course record holder Simon Murray (5) eagled the 1st and birdied the 2nd on his way to a nett 67 to triumph in the previous Wednesday’s ‘midweeker’ medal. This was in marked contrast to slow starting Andy Saunders (17) who was five over after the first two holes. Saunders snatched second place with a birdie on the 18th for a nett 68. Roger Raatgever (13) may have finished third on countback with his 68 but his wife Bronwen (32) took home the final prize as the first lady home on nett 71.
After a menu of medals it will be a relief to some that this Saturday we revert to a mixed tee club sponsored Stableford.