Castletown Golf Links
The previously postponed second round of the winter reverse greensomes eventually took place at Castletown on Saturday. This three round competition will be decided on the best of two out of three rounds with the third and final leg yet to be scheduled.
4BBB knockout champion Donald Buchanan and Phil Games, who is enjoying his own hot streak, had won the first round by two clear shots. Without a naughty nine on the Road Hole they could have had a top three finish this weekend, but ended up finishing eighteenth with a nett 69.8. However, they have increased their lead in the cumulative competition.
Their nearest rivals SMP Partners September medal winner Thomas Doherty and Neville Peterson trophy winner Ashley Sansbury could only manage a nett 72.4 which leaves them 4.6 behind in second place. John Byrne and Andrew Challenor are a further 0.4 behind in third place overall with a fifth placed 65.6 in the second round to add to their twentieth place 70.6 back in November.
David and William Laughlin were the winners on the day and stand sixth overall. Their nett 64.2 included two birdies and two double bogeys, six bogeys and eight pars. The captain’s son and grandson Paul Sugden and Callum Brookes respectively shrugged off an inelegant eight on the Road Hole to finish second on the day with 64.6. Unfortunately, they had N/R’d in the first round so will need to shoot a low score next time out.
Similarly, third placed Steven Glynn and Jonathan Wild didn’t participate in the first round so need to post another low score to add to their 64.8 from Saturday. Sixth on the day and fourth cumulatively Adrian Copley and Malcolm Lambert are 5.4 off the lead just ahead of Chris Blackburn and past captain Geoff Karran who dropped ten shots in three holes to finish 38th out of the 47 teams taking part on Saturday.
Twenty five players participated in the nine holes mixed ‘midweeker’ which was won by Lee Coxon (12) with a wonderful one over par performance for 23 points. Gemma Wild (37) scored heavily on eight holes to take second spot on 22 pipping Peter Easthope (6) on countback despite his excellent one under par gross 36.
This coming weekend sees the second round of the Stableford winter league and so far 115 players have signed up although there are five tee times and a few spare slots if anyone else wishes to join in.
On the social front our lady captain Julie Amphlett recently announced a quiz and curry night charity fundraiser being held at No.19 on Thursday 28th February. Thanks to tremendous support this is now fully subscribed but a reserve list is being maintained as there may be a few late cancellations.