Castletown Golf Links
Hearty congratulations go to Shirley Price who won the Grant Thornton sponsored Island Golf Championships which culminated at Rowany this past weekend. Can it be a co-incidence that Price and the top ten finishers in Saturday’s Stableford at Castletown have all had lessons with pro Charlie Simpson?
Much to the relief of head green-keeper Andy McIntee and his hard working team the recent rain had softened the scorched fairways and the diligently hand watered greens proved more receptive. Consequently, nearly forty percent of the field in the Stableford played to their handicap or better.
The winner on countback hard hitting Greg Stalker (11) was in the last group out and enjoyed the best of the improving weather. His 43 points from 17 scoring holes included birdies on two of the par fives and other than an N/R on the 6th he completed the course in just three over par.
No.19’s Will Halsall (12) showed once again that following refresher lessons the handicapper’s generosity may have been a tad overdone. Two birdies and a solitary single pointer on the 10th meant he served up a solid seven over par performance for his second placed 43.
Andy McGee (17) bypassed the increasing timber on the Road Hole but with eight pars and nine bogeys his back end biased 42 points beat four other players for third place. Following feedback from the meeting with members those countback casualties all receive prizes. Fourth placed Frankie Doherty (9) was two over on seventeen holes and fifth placed Gez Bradley (1) went round in gross 71 from the blue tees.
Electing for the yellow tees Roger Carter (32) found that his 99 shots also converted in to 42 winning points. This left last week’s winner Dave Quayle (5) to add to his account by picking up the final blue/white tees prize in seventh place with 41 points. Alas, Alan Harding (15) just dipped out on the same score in eighth position.
In the previous Wednesday’s ‘midweeker’ Golf Week double team prize winner Elizabeth Stirling reduced her individual handicap to (31) by triumphing with the favoured 43 points. Scott Donald (4) showed that his U.S. golf scholarship is paying dividends as he completed our championship course in one over par for second place with 42 points. Stuart Campbell (14) was third on 40.
This coming Saturday 4BBB teams will be drawn in hourly time zones in an attempt to increase and improve integration amongst club members.