Castletown Golf Links
Having lost out on countback last year our immediate past captain Mike Horsthuis (9) won the 2019 Capital International sponsored Castletown Cup after a three way tie on nett 66. Shooting the same score Loni Evans (15) was the runaway winner off the red tees thwarting island open champion Shirley Price’s attempt to retain her Castletown title.
Horsthuis opened with a birdie but then four bogeys left him at three over at the turn so another birdie on the 10th was more than welcome. Another on the 17th helped cancel out his back-to-back bogeys on the 11th and 12th and left Horsthuis at three over for a cup winning level par back nine.
Four of Marc Harrison’s six birdies were collected on a two under par back nine which helped promote him to second spot with 71, nett 66. Had Mount Murray’s Harrison (5) not made a hash of the 3rd, where he had to sign for a seven, he may well have won.
Connor Cain (24) thumped in two birdies and five pars but was the countback casualty in third place with 90, nett 66, as he had the misfortune to encounter three ‘snowmen’ eights in his enterprising round.
Andrew Gerrard (7), Andy Sharpe (18) plus the Mount Murray duo of Neil Caine (2) and Tom Cain (6) as well as our own Andrew Davies (11) ended in that order with nett 67’s but they were all eclipsed by twelfth placed Lee Morgan. Peel GC’s scratch golfer Morgan smote seven birdies in a fabulous four under par performance to lift the best gross prize on 68.
While 149 players participated in the men’s section only a dozen damsels decided to take on the links, but take nothing away from Loni Evans’ effort as she won the ladies trophy by nine shots. Evans ended on nett 66 following a birdie, nine pars, seven bogeys and just one double bogey, added to which, her gross 81 was only one more than second placed Price.
Mind you, best gross winner Price (5) was one under par after a beautiful birdie on the 11th but bunker blues brought about a terrible ten on the next. Three further bogeys followed leaving Price on 80, nett 75. KEB’s Gail Corrin (13) took the top visitor prize in third place with 91, nett 78.
The Nation’s Cup took place on Friday 17th and the provisional results indicate that proud Manxman Stuart Brawn partnered Andi Howland to collect the cup with 48 points helped by Andi’s dad, Chris, and No. 19’s Will Halsall who finished second on 47. There was a gap of five points before the next two teams appeared and the spoils went to Irene Waterhouse and Heather Skinner who just pipped the husband and wife pairing of Mark and Lynda Simpson.
Martin Young (7) nicked the midweek Stableford on countback ahead of Roger Raatgever (12). They both scored 43 points which Young had reached after 17 holes, but then triple bogeyed the last. Raatgever parred the front nine but had two triple bogeys on the run-in. Guy Pickard (6) and Stephen Berry (5) similarly had to be separated for third place on 42 points. Jane Holt (18) was the first lady home and so received the Stephen Trophy for her fine 40 points performance.
This coming Saturday there is a club sponsored Stableford and on Sunday juniors from across the island, with or without handicaps, can chose to play in Rock the Links 5, 9 and18 hole competitions on the main course or 6 hole mini golf on the practice ground. Contact Charlie Simpson on 822211 for more details.
On bank holiday Monday our captains are looking for more supporters to take part in their Battle of the Captains charity golf day which is also open to visitors.