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Castletown Golf Club

JOKER JOHN BYRNE NEARLY NABS TWO TOWER INSURANCE PRIZES

The first of the Tower Insurance turkey shoot competitions took place at Castletown last Saturday. It was a stableford waltz with four scores required on each of the par threes, the best three results on par fours and just two on the par fives.

Playing off 75 percent of their handicap and dovetailing beautifully, the winning team of Richard Creamore, Alan Rowe, Adam Creamore and John Ledwidge amassed 106 points over the 15 designated holes. The undoubted star of the show was Rowe. With five birdies and only one bogey Rowe completed the course in four under par contributing 37 points to the team score. Both he and Richard birdied the par five Racecourse Hole for four points apiece. Five of Adam’s pars were converted to nett birdies and Ledwidge landed 26 points from his dazzling dozen.

In second place and also collecting Shoprite vouchers for their efforts were Jack Yardley, Mike Pinson and George McArdle. At first glance, their three ball total of 89, whilst very respectable, appeared slightly short of what would be needed. Add in the "joker" for the day, John Byrne - very apt choice - and his relevant scores produced a further 16 points to bring the revised team tally to a whopping 105.

Out of the 28 teams taking part John Newson, Ross Byrne and Mark Teare were originally placed 14th with 90 points flowing from their efforts which included nine birdies. After adjustment they were promoted to third place but dipped out by two points so joker Byrne had nearly nabbed two prizes. There were eight 2’s on the day and hearty congratulations go to Port Erin conquistador, Juan Costain, who holed his tee shot on the short 13th for an ace! Well done Juan, and many thanks for the tipple in the bar afterwards.

Nine players took part in the mixed ‘midweeker’ nine holes stableford which was well won by the immediate past lady captain Jackie Fisher with 21 points, one ahead of the outgoing captain/competition sponsor Mike Horsthuis. Our other outgoing captain, Louna Vermeulen, was not left out of the celebrations having won the previous Sunday’s 12 holes stableford with 19 points in somewhat challenging conditions.

On behalf of the members we offer our best wishes to Julie Amphlett and Geoff Sugden who take on the role of captain this Saturday. The Club’s annual meeting takes place at 3:00 pm after the second instalment of the winter reverse greensomes.

MALCOLM LAMBERT


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