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Castletown Golf Club

PERFECT TIMING RESCUES THE NEW CAPTAIN

Wet winter weather washed out the already rearranged reverse greensomes at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday. The next round is scheduled for January 12th and the final round may now take place the week after that.

Unfortunately, the Wednesday ‘midweeker’ was also cancelled but a dozen players did venture out on the previous Sunday in the nine holes stableford. That event was won by Bronwen Raatgever (32) who went round in a nifty nine over par for 27 points, six clear of the field.

Former captain Jackie Fisher (26) fired three pars then tripped up at the Racecourse Hole but still cantered in to second spot on 21 points. Cheryl McGinley (24) finished third with 19 although Dylan Coadey (7) took the final prize being the first gent home with 18 points.

So far 108 members are on the starting sheet keen to compete in the Tower Insurance sponsored turkey shoot 4BBB scheduled for this coming Saturday.

Julie Amphlett and Geoff Sugden were unanimously voted in as the club captains at the annual meeting held on 1st December. Their first duty was to make presentations to the outgoing captains Louna Vermeulen and Mike Horsthuis who were both thanked for all their efforts. The new captains’ nominated charities are ‘Forget-me-not’ and ‘Autism Initiatives’ respectively.

Club president Peter Robertson and the IOMG president Roy Clague were both re-elected as directors of Castletown Golf Club Ltd. Graham Harris, who was elected as the men’s vice-captain, was also elected on to the board. He will be joined by the two new captains and the existing board member Gerry Ganly.

As required under the terms and conditions of affiliation to England Golf and IOMG an election took place for a newly formed committee which shall have complete control of competitions and handicapping matters at the club. Gerry Ganly, Andrew Gerrard, Mel Jansen, Steve Keegan and Ben Smaller were voted in by the members. They will be joined on the committee by the two incoming captains and Andi Howland (comp/handicap secretary) who had each been duly appointed by the board.

Maryann Dunn was unanimously voted in as lady vice-captain. Former president Robert Braide was thanked for his efforts in preparing the club’s accounts and, having volunteered, was duly appointed as treasurer for the coming year. The president also gave a special mention of thanks to our almost octogenarian company secretary Bob Adcock who confirmed that he is prepared to continue in the vital role for a further year.

Finally, Yorkshireman Sugden was reminded that it was traditional for the new captain to offer the members present a celebratory alcoholic beverage. Fortunately for the captain the meeting had overrun and our newly crowned golfer of the year Will Halsall, who manages No.19, came to the rescue by announcing that the bar was closing in preparation for a booked private function!

MALCOLM LAMBERT


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