Castletown Golf Links
Some of the morning mob managed to stay dry for the fourth round of the winter league at Castletown GC on Saturday. The competition closed early when the weather turned ugly and players sought sanctuary in No.19.
Past champion Frankie Doherty (9) generated 23 of his winning 39 stableford points with an adventurous level par front nine which included three birdies in the first four holes. Doherty ended at six over par after suffering his second double bogey of the day into the driving rain on the 15th. This gritty win puts Doherty in joint fifth place in the league with 12 ranking points alongside Phil Games and Mark Todd who both won previous rounds.
Second on the day, and now eleventh overall with 10 ranking points, Gerry Ganly (15) parred half the holes to post 38 points. Having N/R’d the 12th Ganly rescued his round finishing with three triple pointers having carded back-to-back double bogeys on the 14th and 15th.
Also with 38 stableford points and picking up 8 ranking points for third place Mark Reynolds (13) balanced out his three double bogeys with birdies including a profitable putt for a two on the 16th. Reynolds now lies fourth in the league on 13 ranking points having finished sixth in the second round.
Our new winter league leader with 23 placement points is David Bowen (15). Having finished seventh in the first round he won last time out and opened on Saturday with an eagle for a double dip from the 2’s pot. Bowen was one of five players to shoot 38 points but took fourth place in a back three holes card play-off against Reynolds.
John Dean (25) and Kyle McConnell (13) were the other countback casualties on 38 points taking fifth and sixth spots respectively. Dean fell afoul at the 10th and 14th whereas McConnell had three single pointers on his back nine.
John Ledwidge (15) retained second spot with 18 ranking points in the league but got nothing for finishing twelfth on Saturday. Similarly, Adam Creamore (16) came sixteenth on Saturday and remains third with 17 ranking points. In all there are eight players still in with a chance of taking the winter league title which will be decided in the final round on March 23rd.
Just seven teams took part in the midweek mixed nine holes greensomes which was won by Lynne McMenemy and Gemma Wild with 20 points. Immediate past captain Jax Fisher and her playing partner Joanna McGarry had a similar score but lost on countback.
This coming Saturday sees the final round of the winter reverse greensomes. Everyone is also reminded that online booking is now available for the Autism Initiatives charity Paddy’s Day mixed open AM-AM competition being held on Saturday March 16th. With a visitor's entry fee of only £20 it is an ideal opportunity to support our captain’s charity and experience golf at the links.