Castletown Golf Links
Michael (Cal) Kinmond definitely demonstrated that his recent investment in six lessons with Castletown Golf Links’ pro Charlie Simpson is beginning to pay dividends. Playing off an (18) handicap Kinmond nabbed nine nett birdies between the 3rd and the 14th. With the aid of two extra shots for choosing the white tees Kinmond also knocked in nine nett pars to triumph in the Saturday Stableford with 45 points.
Another of Simpson’s students came second with 42 points. Former comp sec: Ben Smaller (6) went round in a remarkable two over par when birdies on the 3rd and 9th balanced out bogeys on the 8th and 17th. Despite five sessions Smaller swayed when he should have swiveled so struck a six on the Road Hole.
Third placed John Ledwidge (15) achieved 24 of his 41 points on a fantastic front nine with eight pars and an N/R. Another procession of pars and nett pars ceased on the 17th when his rescue wood proved not to be a fescue club; and then he double bogeyed the last.
Kevin Lewin (25) led a group of four players tied on 40 points. His two N/R’s were on the front nine meaning that he took fourth spot with 22 inwards points compared to Steve McGowan’s 20 or Richard Creamore and Paul Keeley’s mere 18.
In such calm conditions very few competitors took the opportunity to play off the yellow tees, but IOM Golf president Roy Clague (22) was one, and his ploy paid off as he was the first to finish in 43rd place with 34 points.
There was a mixed Stableford on the previous Wednesday which was won by the high flying 2018 Castletown Cup winner David Allan (12) who completed the course in four over par which, with two extra shots for playing off the white tees, was worth a stratospheric 46 points.
The ladies were also eligible for the Smith Trophy and Claire McGuinness (40) started with a nett eagle to which she added nine nett birdies, six nett pars plus one nett bogey for 45 points to take the trophy and second spot overall. Marlene Akitt (36) came third with 42 points.
So far 106 players have signed up for this Saturday’s SMP Partners sponsored monthly medal and members are reminded that they can elect to play off the blue, white, yellow or red tees.