Castletown Golf Links
The third and final round of the winter reverse greensomes took place at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday. Over 50 teams had signed up but, due to poor weather, only 18 started.
Paul Eckersley and Steven Glynn were the runaway winners. Their fine five over par 77, nett 66.2, included two birdies, ten pars, five bogeys and a slippery seven on the Racecourse Hole. They won the event by 3.6 shots but finish low down in the cumulative league table – best two of three rounds - as this was their first joint venture.
Second with 78, nett 69.8, came Michael Katkjaer and Dan Williams. A birdie on the last hole saw them complete the back nine in a highly respectable one over par having posted a relatively pedestrian five over for the front nine.
Martin Derbyshire and Kevin Lewin shot a gross 92 between them and with a combined handicap of 21.6 they finished under nett par in third place on 70.4. Like Katkjaer and Williams they did not have a previous score to which they could add.
Andy Sharpe and Greg Stalker suffered a ‘snowman’ eight on the 7th and had used up their handicap after 12 holes. They then parred the remainder to claim fourth on the day with 84, nett 71.6. Again, this pairing had no previous scores to add to this achievement.
Conversely, 4BBB knockout champion Donald Buchanan and his playing partner Phil Games were able to discard their tenth placed nett 74.2 from Saturday’s performance. They had already banked a nett 69.8 and an even more impressive competition winning 61.4 from the first round. With a cumulative score of 131.2 they head the winter reverse greensomes league by nearly five shots. Together with the other top 15 cumulative finishers from two qualifying rounds they will now proceed to the matchplay draw.
Just six players took part in the midweek mixed nine holes stableford which was won by Joanna McGarry who accumulated 18 points from seven scoring holes. Julian Brindle also managed 18 points in second place.
So far 165 players have signed up for the Autism Initiatives charity Paddy’s Day mixed open AM-AM competition being held on Saturday March 16th. There are still seven tee times available plus a few odd spots. So why not join the other 42 visitors happy to pay the £20 entry fee and help support our captain’s charity?