Castletown Golf Links
With the greens having been hollow tined there were plenty of cantankerous members who were also getting aerated at Castletown Golf Club last Saturday. It was a four person better-ball ’waltz’ competition so mutual commiserations and hollow laughter replaced recriminations when, inevitably, poorly hit putts went astray.
An elite group of category one golfers managed to join up the dots to create a decent score. Their 111 points off three quarter handicaps was three better than par and also three more than their nearest rivals. Top spinning to success Steven Boyd went round in a remarkable two under par on the 17 holes he completed while Dave Quayle crafted a luscious level par performance including four birdies and four bogeys. Team-mates David Price and Gez Bradley played their parts perfectly supplementing the Stableford scores with two birdies, ten pars and eight bogeys between them.
Colin C Magee, John Byrne, Andrew Challenor and Mark Todd dovetailed reasonably well to take second place on 108 points. Unfortunately, they slipped up on the par threes where all four were required to score. Well, they didn’t! Their team lost two points on the 8th, three on the 13th and Challenor was their only finisher on the 16th so they squandered six points there.
Four teams trotted in with 105 points so had to be separated for third place on a back nine card countback. Andrew Gerrard, Steve Zybert, Sam Skelton and Michael Charmer conjured up 59 points compared to 57, 48 and 46 from the countback casualties. Allegedly, there were only three 2’s recorded so Andrew Gerrard, Chris Reynolds and Ben Smaller each appear to get one third of the pot. However, with 17 of the 29 teams disqualified, presumably for failing to fill in their scores online, there may be a few appeals.
The weather got the better of last week’s mixed ‘midweeker’ Stableford and this Wednesday is the second in the mixed Greensomes followed on Saturday by the fourth round of the winter league which is currently headed by John Ledwidge, Adam Creamore and David Bowen with 18, 17 and 16 points respectively. There are 12 points available for a competition win so there are still 14 players in with a chance of taking the title.MALCOLM LAMBERT