Castletown Golf Links
Despite missing the third round of the winter league at Castletown on Saturday John Ledwidge (16) still tops the leader board with 18 points having finished in third and second place respectively in the previous two rounds.
David Bowen (16) acquired the 12 points on offer this weekend but his winning 42 Stableford points was equalled and countback went down to the last six holes. Bowen went round in ten over after carding a birdie, six pars and a further eleven nett pars. This win moved Bowen up to third place in the league on 16 points following his 4 points for seventh place in the first round.
Saturday’s unlucky countback casualty was Daryl Callister (+1). To score 42 Stableford points he needed to knock it round in a sensational seven under par. Although Callister birdied each of the par fives surprisingly, none of his birdies were captured on the par threes. Callister is now seventh in the league alongside Guy Murray who has also accumulated 10 ranking points.
Third on the day and standing ninth equal overall with 8 points Richard Creamore (11) was just three over par after fifteen holes. A bogey on the 16th and a double bogey on the next meant Creamore ended on six over par for 41 points.
Playing accurate steady golf Colin C Magee (14) was the early clubhouse leader on 40 points, ten of which came from his two lucrative birdies and a further nett birdie on the par threes. Magee finished fourth and joins Chris Blackburn and Tom Doherty with 7 ranking points. They are eleventh equal in the league.
Magee’s playing partner Mark Todd (13) also carded 40 Stableford points. His solid round of nine pars and nine bogeys placed him fifth for the second time in succession. Todd now occupies fourth place overall with 12 points alongside Phil Games who won the first round.
Also on 40 points, but with three N/R’s, taking the sixth and final prize on the day, Adam Creamore (21) earned five ranking points to add to the twelve he banked for securing pole position in the previous round. Hence, Adam is now second in the league just one point behind the leader Ledwidge.
Michelle Bowen (36), the aforementioned David’s wife, won the mixed ‘midweeker’ nine hole Stableford on countback with 21 points thanks to four pointer pars on the 4th and 6th. Coming second our immediate past captain Mike Horsthuis (10) converted his nearest-the-pin winning effort on the 8th but finished at two over par after a slippery six on the final hole. Prolific prize winner Jill Fleming (54) took third place with 18 points beating Rick O’Donnell (27) on countback.
This coming Saturday sees a four person better-ball ’waltz’ competition played off three quarters of your handicaps. Looking further forward there will be an open mixed AM-AM arranged for the Paddy’s Day weekend on Saturday 16th March. A raffle will benefit the captain’s charity Autism Initiatives. Non-members will be welcome and with a discounted visitor’s green fee of £15 the event should prove popular.