Castletown Golf Links
Former captain Chris Kelly was delighted to secure the SMP Partners sponsored monthly Medal by one shot with an 85, nett 64, at Castletown on Saturday. Putting with aplomb Kelly birdied the 2nd and the 17th and was particularly pleased with his long iron approach shots which led to seven pars and five bogeys. Bunker blues and chunky chips accounted for six shots squandered over the 6th and the 7th. Kelly also lost another four with double bogeys on the 3rd and the 12th.
Andy Dent, despite a quadruple bogey on the Road Hole, recorded a nett 68 to finish eighth in the June Medal. This time out with characteristic elegant ease Dent reached the 15th tee in just three over par. His double bogey there was repeated on the last so Dent went round in 79, nett 65, for second place.
Mike Gerrard (21) was eligible to play off the yellow tees but decided on the whites, which paid off. With two extra tee adjustment shots his 88 also turned into a nett 65 for a well deserved third place on countback.
In fourth place slow starting Steve Zybert (12) leaked eight shots after eight holes. Then he completed the remainder in a remarkable one over par to lead a handful of players tied on nett 67. Malcolm Lambert (14) was equally erratic at eight over after seven holes but dropped just three more to snatch fifth place ahead of Duncan Donald (14), Anthony Hopkins (22) and JJ Moore (4).
Michael Charmer (1) was the worthy winner of the best gross prize. He started with three birdies and added two more in his lovely one under par performance which beat the longest drive winner Tom Harris (+2) and the above mentioned Moore by two clear shots. Stuart Campbell came closest on the 8th and Dylan Coady did similar winning a prize for his accurate second shot onto the 17th green.
Down in 38th place with nett 72 the yellow tees winner Roy Clague (20) did well after he expended eight shots to complete the short 13th, which seemed incongruous having birdied the 8th.
Even with a nil pointer Alison Beech and Claire Walker prevailed in the previous Wednesday’s Flower Power nine hole 4BBB open. Their 22 points Stableford score was one ahead of Heather Skinner and Irene Waterhouse and four better than the only other finishers, Gemma Wild and Lynne McMenemy.
This coming weekend will be busy. It begins with a Bogey competition on Saturday and Sunday sees the Isle of Man Senior Championships hosted at Castletown. This latter event is open to all players 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.