Castletown Golf Links
In order to give everybody the potential of eighteen more approach shots the first round of the winter Greensomes was converted to a reverse Greensomes event at Castletown on Saturday. This meant that both players could hit the result of their partner’s tee shot and then choose which ball to hit alternatively from then on. As a result there was some lusciously low scoring with the top team two clear of the field and 29 of the 44 teams shooting 72 or better.
This year’s 4BBB matchplay knockout champion Donald Buchanan paired up with Simcocks’ chief executive Phil Games to take full advantage of their generous 18.6 combined shot allowance. They parred twelve hole, scrambled bogeys on four more and escaped from the bunkers with double bogeys on the 6th and 11th. Consequently, they ended elegantly on eight over par for 80, nett 61.4.
Last week’s Neville Peterson Stableford winner Ashley Sansbury teamed up with Thomas Doherty, who was the runaway winner of the September SMP Partners sponsored medal, to give the handicap committee more reason to review their handicaps ahead of the coming season. Their second placed 79, nett 63.4, included a triple bogey seven on the 11th. Other than that aberration they went round in four over par.
Chris Blackburn and past captain Geoff Karran bagged a brace of birdies and were in pole position right up to the 17th green where a sloppy seven slipped them back to third with 84, nett 63.6.
The lowest gross score of the day was sculpted by fourth placed Sam Skelton and his accomplice Andrew Gerrard. They opened with a birdie and ended sub-par as three bogeys were balanced out by birdies for 71, nett 65.2.
On the previous weekend young Nat Denton (50) went round in 22 points for the second Sunday in succession to win the mixed nine hole Stableford. Another junior academy player, Alex Holt (26), came second with 20 points. Gareth Morris (7) finished third on 19 and two points back Cheryl McGinley (26) just edged out Shirley Price (6) for the honour of being the first lady home.
This coming Saturday is the first of the traditional Tower Insurance turkey shoot competitions. Whether our comp: sec: is a ‘Strictly’ fan is open to conjecture as we will be playing a stableford waltz where a varying number of players’ scores will count.