Castletown Golf Links
Captain’s Day at Castletown Golf Club is always special and with 117 players taking part No.19 was especially busy serving complimentary tea and coffee before the round followed by curry, rice and chips afterwards. And yet Will Halsall (10) still found time to sneak out and win the new trophy put forward by captain Geoff Sugden who was personally manning the drinks gazebo by the 13th.
Halsall’s haul of 41 points began with a birdie but two sixes and a seven followed before he really got going. Playing the last eleven holes in just one over par Halsall went from mediocrity to the meritocracy for another excellent win.
Ross Mulligan (7) had the same score but his 41 points were more evenly earned. Mulligan could have done with a second go on 6th where he failed to score. Other than that aberration he completed the course in one over par.
Coming in third with 40 points off 16 holes Ash Sansbury (15) also added the longest drive prize with his thunderbolt which found the fairway on the 11th. Iain Quine (9) and Tom Doherty (12) both stepped in with 39 points, but as this was a multi-tee competition their efforts went unrewarded.
Coming in sixth ‘Seve’ Jeffers (4) received a three shot adjustment for playing off the big boy’s blue tees. Apart from an N/R on the 3rd Jeffers went round in two over for his 39 points. Talking of N/R’s Bryan McMahon (9) had three then back-to-back four pointers helped him to 35 points and second place off the blues. Sam Skelton (5) came in 36th overall with 34 points but by completing the championship course he took the gross prize on ten over par.
There were two more awards kindly sponsored by our captain and he will have great pleasure in presenting the nearest the pin prize to his son Paul Sugden for his accuracy on the 8th. The final prize went to Dylan Coadey who knocked it stiff on the 16th.
In a well supported mixed event the May bank holiday Monday pro challenge was won by Gemma Wild (33) with 44 points, which Alex Holt (22) equalled for second, while Guy Pickard (7) went round in four over par for 41 points in third.
On Sunday there was a two way tie at the top on 41 points in the Norma Loundes ladies open Stableford. Jane Holt (20) took the title on countback from new to golf Josephine Duncan (54) who kept going despite two N/R’s, three nines and four eights. Loni Evans (16) went round in four under her handicap for 40 points and a well deserved third place.
The Nations Cup on Friday 17th May now has 57 signed up and there is still room for more patriotic participation so contact the pro shop on 822211 if you wish to join this open event.
Similarly, Saturday sees the Capital International sponsored Castletown Cup and, with 156 men and only 13 ladies signed up so far, there may be some tempted to don kilts and play off the red tees!