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Castletown Golf Club

NO BALLAST JUST FULL BLAST FOR GUY MURRAY

'Once again the weather got the better of the third and final round of the winter reverse Greensomes at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday. There were a few hardy souls prepared to battle against the gale force winds so a 15 hole Stableford was arranged.

Not needing pockets full of ballast to help anchor him down Guy Murray (14) blasted his way to victory with 34 points from his powerful eight over par round. Parring three of the first four holes Murray escaped the Road Hole with a double bogey for his only single pointer. Then four successive bogeys were ended by a par on the 13th. Murray managed to play par golf from there on in as bogeys on the 14th and 18th were balanced out by back-to-back four pointer birdies on the 16th and 17th.

Late starter Frankie Doherty (9) used the improving conditions to his advantage and secured second spot on 32 points helped in part by starting each half with a birdie. Apart from duffing the Road Hole Doherty went round in three over par including a double bogey on the 15th.

Stuart Campbell (13) was twelve over after ten holes but took third place with an inspired final five holes. He completed these in two under par with birdies on the 16th and 17th plus nett birdies on the others. This provided 16 of his 30 points.

There was slightly less wind for the Sunday Stableford. It was a mixed competition and numerous golfers were out playing but chose not to enter. Island squad players Jon Corke (1) and Daryl Callister (+1) took all of the prize money between them. Corke opened with an eagle and won with 36 points even after four bogeys plus an N/R on the 15th. Callister came second with 34 points and was closest to the pin on the 13th but missed the vital birdie putt so lost a point as it was his negative shot hole.

Earlier in the week the first of four mixed Greensomes competitions took place and twelve teams participated. The initial results unfortunately were incorrect so Andi apologies to all those who played for the oversight. The inaugural event was played over nine holes and Alex and Jane Holt gelled well to post 22 pts by suffering nothing worse than a seven. Julie and Kevin Amphlett also held it together after their seven on the 2nd and with a two on the 8th it helped place them second with 21 pts.  Just loosing out on countback and also with 21 pts came Keith Bernard and Mike Horsthuis after they finished with a birdie for a lovely four over par round.

124 players have so far signed up for this Saturday’s much delayed third round of the winter Stableford league. Let’s hope the weather will play ball.

MALCOLM LAMBERT


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