Castletown Golf Links
The Syd Ashworth Trophy, kindly sponsored by his son Bill Ashworth, was won on Saturday by No.19’s Will Halsall. He has enjoyed a very successful season. In March Halsall’s handicap was adjusted to (13) but is back down to (10). Investing in lessons with our pro Charlie Simpson was a wise decision as Halsall is now handsomely in credit.
Halsall’s highlights included an N/R at the 9th but he turned at 18 points after five pars and three bogeys. Another bogey at the 11th was cancelled out by a birdie on the 14th so Halsall completed the second half in level par for 23 points making 41 in all.
Having been a countback casualty in the Capital International Castletown Cup our shy and retiring captain, Mike Horsthuis (10), was once again the bridesmaid. Despite three birdies and a stonking 312 yards drive for a putted eagle on the 15th Horsthuis fell one short of victory as, still pumped up, he overshot the 16th and lost his ball.
Two players stepped in with 39 points and both blobbed on the 12th. Starting birdie then N/R, Jimmy Kelly (14) nett eagled the 14th for four points which helped him secure third place on countback with 21. One behind Stuart Brawn (20) nett eagled the 10th and a lovely lucrative two on the 16th supplemented his fourth place prize.
Notwithstanding his double bogey on the shortest hole Peter Easthope (6) completed the course in four over par for 38 points and fifth place ahead of Terry Ditchfield (13), Mark Walker (11) and Mark Todd (13) on countback.
Stuart Butler (18) took the top prize in the ‘Flower Power’ mixed ‘midweeker’ nine hole open competition on the previous Wednesday. His 21 points was one better than Kevin Amphlett (13) and sponsor ‘flower-man Mike’ who again lost out in the prizes as the final payout went to Olga Whamond (34) the first woman home with 18 points.
This coming Saturday is the first round of the winter Greensomes and with 111 entries so far we need a few more or else someone will be on a sticky wicket.