Castletown Golf Links
There were plenty of super scores in the SMP Partners sponsored Medal at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday. So much so that 30 percent of the field were able to meet or beat their handicap. Being a multi tee competition a three shot allowance was available for those competing off the championship tees with two shots for the majority off the whites. Complicated countback computations were needed to separate the plethora of players vying for presentation places.
The clear winner was Steven Boyd (3) who knocked in a nifty nett 66. His one under par 71 also garnered the gross prize. Boyd was bidding for a nett 70 having brushed in birdies on the 12th and the 15th but a dreaded double bogey on the 17th set him back to square. It took another birdie at the last to lift him one clear of his closest competitors.
Having started with two birdies and two bogeys Mark Curphey (3) secured second courtesy of a procession of pars from the 6th onwards. This gave him a nett 67, but more importantly a back nine of 32.5 compared to 33 and 34 by Dennis Moore (10) and Andy Sharpe (19) respectively.
Moore birdied the 4th and the 10th but dropping four shots over the last three holes put paid to his medal chances. Similarly, Sharpe squandered six shots from the 14th onwards so had to settle for fourth place.
A further three players battled it out for fifth place with nett 68’s. Ross Byrne (11) had to reload on the Road Hole but only dropped two shots on the back nine. Next came Martin Derbyshire (18) who was going great guns until he wasted five shots over the last two holes. Junior development sponsor David Creane (22) could also have won had he not encountered a ‘snowman’ eight on the 11th. Two players shared 8th with 69’s, nine shared nett 70’s and a further seven had 71’s.
Rick O’Donnell (24) failed to finish the 5th and the 16th but still accumulated 41 points to win the ‘Flower Power’ sponsored Stableford on the previous Wednesday. Peter Easthope (8) finished in four over par for 40 points and second place. On the same score Andy Walker (17) was demoted to third on countback but the prize went to Tami James (30) who was the first lady home on 38.
On the same evening eight players took part in the ‘club night’ nine holer which was won by Adam Holt followed by Nigel Gregg. They both posted 23 points and Gregg was particularly pleased with his one over par performance.
This coming Saturday is Captain’s Day and Geoff Sugden is looking forward to your support to make the event a memorable occasion. The Nation’s Cup takes place on Friday 17th with the Castletown Cup on the 18th. There are still some spaces available so call Charlie Simpson to reserve your tee time.