Castletown Golf Links
The first round of the winter Greensomes will now take place on Saturday 17 November as wet and windy weather caused its postponement. Your humble hack had the temerity to travel and hence, no reports were filed for two months. A synopsis of the late summer and autumn competitions at Castletown is therefore set out below.
Three players were tied for top spot with 41 points in the Simcocks sponsored Stableford at the end of August. The bionic Chris Reynolds (11) beat Brian Bodell (7) and Tom Collister (15) on a convoluted countback. Reynolds and Bodell could not be separated until the last three holes with the front nine loaded Collister coming third.
Kenny Chesterson (7) won the first round of the club championships sponsored for the first time by The International Stock Exchange (TISE). Chesterson’s four over par 76 was one better than Lewis Howland (7) and two better than Andrew Halsall (5). Twenty three players finished within ten shots of the leader so there was plenty to play for in the final round.
PJ Vermeulen (3) was the runaway winner of the second round but he had to add 85 to his splendid three over par 75 and so finished second overall with 160. Coming second Jon Corke (1) shot a 79 but with his first round of 83 this put him on 162 for sixth in the championship. Peter Thomas (8) came third on the day with 80 but with his first round 89 he ended 13th.
Steven Boyd (4) came 6th in both rounds with 79 and 82 placing him third for his cumulative 161 pipping David Quayle (4) and Gareth Morris (9) on the same score.
Kenny Chesterson squandered three shots with a ‘snowman eight’ on the Racecourse Hole and this pushed his second round score out to 81 for 20th place. However, he took the TISE club championship by three clear shots on 157 after adding in his impressive opening 76. Anderson Whamond (16) was the white tees winner on 185 and former captain Chris Kelly took the yellow tees title with 195.
Tami James (31) scored 39 points to win the ladies Captain’s Cup by a super seven points ahead of Steph Gregg (23) with Jane Holt (20) a further point behind. Mark Teare (7) put the gloss on a steady season by winning the Standard Bank Stableford with 42 points. Neil Cartwright (10) came second with 41 and Paul Eckersley captured third place with 40.
Tom Doherty (18) shot an amazing nett 57 to win the September SMP Partners sponsored medal. His fantastic five over par gross 77 included three birdies and, discounting a quadruple bogey on the Road Hole, he completed the remaining holes in just one over par. Ashley Sansbury (20) came second with 85, nett 63 after the white tees adjustment, having played the par threes in an impressive two under par. David Quayle (5) was four under after nine holes but carded a lovely level par round for third place with an adjusted nett 65.
Fisherman Bob Taylor (17) bobbed back to prominence to take the Aon Cup on countback. He crossed the finishing line with an even spread 40 points to disappoint Donald Buchanan (22) who got off to a flying start but became becalmed by an N/R on the 17th. Jeff McGee (16) took third with 39.
Capital International sponsored an October Stableford in which Terry Ditchfield (13) duly delivered the kind of performance we know he is capable of. His 44 points came from 17 scoring holes and included three birdies. Paul Reid (10) eagled the 18th for five of his 42 points in second place and Richard Creamore (11) carded nine pars and nine bogeys for 40 points and third.
Catherine Cassidy (9) was crowned the Castletown Ladies Champion. Her gross 89 started with a birdie and ended with a triple bogey but she still won by two shots ahead of Lynda Simpson (5). Heather McKenna (12) came third with 92. Gemma Wild (35) took the nett prize with an 81. Later that week Lynne McMenemy (46) was the Bessie Cain Rosebowl winner with Marlene Akitt (36) second and Peel’s Mair Gardner (19) third.
That brings us up to date and this coming Saturday Shoprite is once again kindly sponsoring the Neville Peterson Trophy which is a Stableford event.