Castletown Golf Links
There was golf galore at glorious Castletown Golf Club over the Easter period. The week started with the Masters Sunday mixed individual stableford which was won by Nick Duncan (25) with his wife Jo (54) taking second. Nick needed 100 shots to complete the course but they were worth 34 points whereas ladies academy member Jo was able to disregard five N/R’s within her 31 points.
The winner of the mixed midweek medal, our new driving range assistant Finlo Neale (18), is certainly getting to grips with links golf. Firing three birdies and eight pars Neale’s nett 64 earned him a two shot cut off his handicap. Neale was out again on Good Friday when he came third with 42 points, so now finds himself off (15).
Finishing second on Wednesday Steven Boyd (3) opened with a bogey and added another on the 8th, but back-to-back birdies brought him to level par where he stayed for a nett 69. Keith Bernard (18) on nett 71 finished third. Claire McGuinness (41) was the first lady home on nett 74 beating Lynda Simpson (6) on countback.
The mixed open stableford on Good Friday attracted 62 entries, nine of which were visitors. Young Alex Holt (26) landed an eagle two on the 6th which turned into an exceedingly rare nett hole in nought, so was worth six of his 46 winning points. Damian McGuinness (13) parred all but four holes and even with a nil pointer on the 16th he accumulated 44 points and second spot. On 42 the above mentioned Finlo Neale was third just pipping Gemma Wild (36), Andrew Walker (20), Andy Saunders (15) and Adam Holt on a convoluted countback.
Saturday saw SMP Partners sponsor the first in their monthly medal series and there were 108 starters. Even with the calm conditions there was over a twenty percent attrition rate although nearly half the field were able to meet or beat their handicap. A two way tie at the top transpired with Kevin Lewin (27) and Simon Murray (5) both shooting nett 65’s.
Lewin, who was the runaway winner of the 2018 winter league, made this his medal despite a triple bogey on the 9th and a five over par naughty nine on the 11th. By way of contrast Murray’s mint level par round only had one horror, a triple bogey on the 15th which sucked away three of his six birdies.
Our captain Geoff Sugden (26) was a model of consistency on the front nine with a perfect procession of bogeys. Scoring on the back nine was up and down like a fiddler’s elbow with the odd par and triple bogey added for entertainment. The overall result was third place on nett 66.
Losing out on countback prolific prize winner Phil Games (13) knocked in nine pars and a birdie which also netted 66 after application of the two shot allowance for playing off the white tees.
Former captain Chris Kelly, took fifth place on nett 67 and it could have been better had he not suffered a scruffy seven on the 6th. Martin Southgate (21) and Thomas Doherty (12) had similar scores but Southgate slipped into sixth spot by a margin of half a shot on the back nine.
There is a club night nine holer on Wednesday and on Saturday we play for the Woods Cup which, traditionally, is a qualifying bogey competition although the purists would argue it ought not to be. Entry for the Castletown Cup on May 18th is now open to all - call Charlie Simpson on 822211 - and perhaps practice by playing in his sponsored May Day Monday bank holiday open stableford.MALCOLM LAMBERT