Castletown Golf Links
Only the early starters managed to complete their rounds in Saturday’s 4BBB. Having got used to playing in sunny and calm conditions there was little appetite to do battle with the elements. Some walked in and later arrivals stopped for coffee and a chat or contented themselves with a few social holes.
Tim Callow and Kyle McConnell were in the first group out at 07:04 when the weather was relatively benign. They dovetailed well to compile 23 points on the front nine, McConnell having birdied the 3rd and Callow the 4th. Like the rest of the field they struggled in the sudden squall scoring a total of two points when it hit them on the 13th and 14th. Bouncing back strongly McConnell birdied the 17th and Callow netted another on the last. Consequently, they added 19 points to make a winning total of 42.
In second on countback Gareth Morris and Ben Akrigg shot a gross 76 with both players contributing on nine holes apiece. Akrigg birdied the 3rd and Morris the 17th. Although Morris amassed 22 of their 41 points Akrigg’s single pointers on the 4th and the 13th were just as important.
John Byrne and Mark Todd were the countback casualties in third place. Byrne banked 15 points over seven holes while Todd’s impressive total of 26 from eleven holes included birdies on the 5th, 12th and 13th.
Forty-one players, including five visitors from ‘across’, ventured out in the previous Wednesday’s ‘Midweeker’, which was well won by Sara Brindle (34) with 43 points. Sara also had the satisfaction of thrashing her playing partner husband Julian by 14 points. Pete Thomas (9) was level par after ten holes then bogeyed the next five and added another on the 17th. Never-the-less, his super six over par performance was worth 41 points for second place. In third spot Gez Bradley (2) took on the blue tees and went round in an enviable one over par for 40 points after adjustment.
There was a mixed tees Medal on Sunday 22nd July which clashed with the final round of the British Open at Carnoustie hence, only ten players participated. Although Ashley Sansbury (19) won with a neat nett 72 the Leighton Cup, a ladies trophy, was awarded to second placed Heather McKenna (11) on nett 74. McKenna, who parred eight holes, beat Heather Skinner (14) on the back nine countback. Skinner, who birdied the 3rd, carded a triple bogey followed by a quadruple bogey on the 11th and 12th respectively.
This coming Saturday (4th August) SMP Partners kindly sponsors the next in their series of monthly Medals. Readers are also reminded that Castletown is hosting the Isle of Man Senior Championships on Sunday 12th August. This event is open to all golfers – male and female - aged 50 and over. Entry fee is £18 for visitors and £8 for Castletown members. There will be gross and nett prizes and entry to the age tiered Stableford competition is via the Isle of Man Golf website www.isleofmangolf.im. The co-ordinator Anthony Crawley can be contacted, if necessary, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org