Castletown Golf Links
Club captain Geoff Sugden gave out 159 ‘Thank you’s’ to the players who participated in the Paddy’s Day (Take Two) Autism Initiatives charity golf AM-AM event at Castletown on Saturday. Once again, off the forward tees, there were more bandits about than feature in an old episode of Bonanza.
Our own ‘Hoss Cartwright’ look-alike Guy Murray rustled 37 points off 16 holes. Stuart Campbell (13) steered round in six under his handicap, Tom Doherty (12) shot three birdies and Ash Sainsbury (16) wrangled 41 points over 17 holes. Together the cohorts combined to collate 102 winning points.
In second place, two points back, with a ton of points the posse comprising Andy Saunders (15), Rick O’Donnell (25), Paul Russett (28) and Terry Moore (4) had six 7 pointers and just one 3 pointer when the unlucky 13th defied their deliberations.
Three teams were tied for the final podium place three points behind on 97. Andi Howland and his dad Chris paired up with husband and wife team Julian (19)and Sara (32) Brindle to capture the countback crown. Andi (9) achieved 14 pars and Chris (7) was one under over 16 holes but the Brindle’s helped bring home the bacon with their efforts on eight of the holes.
There was no competition golf midweek but on the previous Sunday Roger Raatgever (12) covered the 12 designated holes in just two over par to win with 30 points. Ladies captain Julie Amphlett (23) amassed 28 points including two birdies to secure second spot. The 2018 island ladies’ champion Shirley Price (7) took third with a three over par performance for 27 points.
This coming Saturday’s Stableford will feature morning and afternoon shotgun starts with the captain’s drive-in wedged in between. There will also be another opportunity to make a charitable contribution by guessing the length of the opening shot and Sugden could surprise us by taking an iron.