Castletown Golf Links
Over 200 players reserved a tee time for the Captain’s Drive-In at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday but due to windy weather only 115 actually took part in the season’s opening qualifying competition. Never-the-less there was a full clubhouse at lunchtime with members enjoying complimentary pasty and chips ahead of the presentation to the winter league trophy winner David Bowen.
Our captain, Geoff Sugden, then proceeded to the 1st tee where the president, Peter Robertson, presented him with a plaque to mark the occasion.
Sugden’s ceremonial drive in aid of the captain’s chosen charity, Autism Initiatives IoM, travelled 162 yards winning David Creane, who is chairman of Cowley Groves, and our junior golf programme sponsor, a fine bottle of port.
The recipient of the captain’s coin for winning the shotgun start Stableford event was George McArdle (14) with 37 points. The result had to be decided on a back nine countback as Mike Pinson (26) shot a similar score. McArdle managed seven of his nine pars on the front nine and birdied the downwind 12th but, like most of us, the easterly wind rendered the 4th and the 14th redundant.
Taking second place Pinson had three blobs on the back nine including an eight on the 14th although he had fared better with 22 points over the first nine thanks in part to a wind assisted nett eagle on the 7th.
Another card count was required to separate the third and fourth placed players on 36 points. Club board member Gerry Ganly (15) purloined the podium place with a procession of pars, or nett pars, from the 15th inwards. In contrast, Jon Corke (1) could not replicate his tremendous two under par outward leg as four of his five bogeys blighted his back nine.
Yet another countback was needed for the final two prize positions which went to Mark Grace (17) and Steven Glynn (18) respectively. Grace favoured the back nine which yielded 20 of his 35 points whereas Glynn took too many to complete both the 11th and 14th and thus only added 16 to his outward 19.
Seven teams took part in the fourth and final round of the Wednesday mixed greensomes series. The latest round was won by Claire and Guy McGuinness who completed the course in 102 shots which converted to 43 Stableford points. Jane Holt & Gemma Wild secured second with 40 and Jackie Fisher & Joanna McGarry got third on countback with 38.
Three teams completed all four rounds and Fisher & McGarry were the overall winners having accumulated 93 points compared to 86 by the Brindles, Sara and Julian, and 78 for Tami James partnered by Bronwen Raatgever.
There will be a mixed open Stableford competition taking place on Good Friday and a cross country open event on Easter Monday. Saturday sees SMP Partners once again generously sponsoring their monthly medal series.
Our club professional Charlie Simpson is kindly sponsoring the May Day bank holiday event on May 6th. Other dates for your diaries include the Norma Loundes ladies open on Sunday May 12th and their spring medal on May 19th. Finally, please note that the Capital International sponsored men’s and ladies Castletown Cup events are both being held on Saturday May 18th.