Castletown Golf Links
Christmas came late for Colin C Magee, John Byrne, Andrew Challenor and Mark Todd who triumphed in the rearranged Tower Insurance sponsored Texas Scramble turkey shoot at a windy then wet Castletown GC on Saturday.
Todd trundled in an eagle putt on the 3rd and they birdied five more holes between them. In addition, scratch golfer Challenor completed a delectable DIY job with his own beautiful birdie on the 15th. Magee was relieved that he managed to complete his compulsory contribution of four tee shots on the 16th. Tap in pars on the 4th, 6th and 18th all came from missed makeable birdie putts but their winning score of 64, nett 60.2, was still 0.4 ahead of the field.
With eight birdies and two into the wind bogeys Paul Eckersley, Steve Glynn, Andy Halsall and Jerry Linehan edged home by 0.1 in second place with 66 nett 60.6. At five under at the turn they were going great guns until the rain came down and they began to run out of tee shot options. However, Halsall nearly drove the 18th green to set up their final birdie.
The first group out had a relatively slow start being only three under at the turn. Then Andrew Gerrard, Steve Zybert, Sam Skelton and Michael Charmer turned on the style. Two splendiferous spanks from Gerrard led to an eagle on the 12th and four more birdies followed despite Charmer being banned from driving after the 13th. Zybert sweated until the 18th tee but they gelled well for third with 63, nett 60.7.
Out of the prizes two teams tied for fourth place on nett 61.3. Mark Reynolds, Tim Shallcross, Ian Hodgkinson and Paul Keeley dovetailed well to finish at five under par. Then the last but one group out, Mark Teare, Ross Byrne, Stuart Campbell and Frankie Doherty shrugged off the rain to stake their claim with a gross 65. After countback Reynolds and Co; bagged the bragging rights with a better back nine.
Our lady captain Julie Amphlett started with a four pointer birdie and went on to win the mixed ‘midweeker’ nine holes Stableford with 21 points. One point back Lynne McMenemy scored heavily on six holes and was delighted with her three pars and second place. Peter Easthope took third with a tidy two over par performance worth 19 points.
This coming weekend 111 players have so far signed up for the third round of the Stableford winter league.