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Castletown Golf Club

HOWLAND GETS TO GRIPS WITH THE BEAUTIFUL COURSE

In hindsight we were hasty in postponing the first round of the The International Stock Exchange (TISE) sponsored club championship at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday. The expected wet and windy weather went elsewhere, as did over half of our normal numbers. Andy McIntee and his diligent green-staff had beautifully prepared the course, but only 41 players participated in the replacement Stableford, which was won by competition secretary Andi Howland.

Late starter Howland (9) was warming up when club pro Charlie Simpson suggested a slight change of grip. It must have felt funny at first because Howland bogeyed the opening hole and suffered a further crisis of confidence on the 6th and 7th. Having integrated the change Howland dropped just two shots on the inward leg to finish at six over par for 41 points after the white tees adjustment.

Three players stepped in with 39 points and needed a back nine countback to separate them. Richard Corke (7) came second with 20 compared with 19 and 18 by Tom Doherty (11) and Mark Todd (11) respectively. Andi’s father, Chris Howland (7), took fifth place on 38 points beating your humble hack on countback.

The postponed men’s club championships will now take place on Saturday 22nd June with the final round, and summer BBQ, set for the following week. Our ladies 36 hole event, also sponsored by TISE, remains scheduled for Wednesday 26 June and the following Sunday.

The previous Wednesday lady captain Julie Amphlett (21) had a great round to win the ‘Flower Power’ sponsored midweek open Stableford with 42 points. More importantly, Julie took the ‘bragging rights’ in the Amphlett household as her husband Kevin (13) was 15 points behind in 18th place. Mark Walker (12) served up nine pars and nine bogeys to take second spot on countback with 41 points pipping Claire McGuinness (36) who has now reduced her handicap by seven shots over the past year.

This Saturday is president’s day and Peter Robertson has arranged for this mixed tees competition to be open to all categories with no additional green fees required. It is therefore hoped that some of our weekday and women members will take up the challenge to win the President’s Cup.

Sunday sees the second round of the Beat the Rock junior series with youngsters from across the island, with or without handicap, having the chance to pit their wits in 3, 6 and 9 hole events. Call 822211 for more information and booking details.

On Friday 21 June Manx Medical, based at Village Walk Onchan, is kindly sponsoring an Isle of Man Hospice - Nepal Himalayan Trek - charity better-ball golf day. The subsidised entry fee includes food both before and after the round. This is an ideal opportunity for members to invite guests to play our specially prepared course the day before the rearranged club championships.  Contact Dawn and Guy Sissons on 319902 to book your place.

MALCOLM LAMBERT


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