Castletown Golf Links
CAUGHT ON THE 6TH TEE - (L to R) Outgoing Hon Sec Bob Adcock, President Peter Robertson, Captain Geoff Sugden and Vice Captain Graham Harris
There was a wet start followed by a blustery morning for the President’s Cup at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday. 143 members had signed up to support Peter Robertson, but some fair-weather golfers gave it a miss or switched to the afternoon when the sun shone.
The worthy winner with 42 points, following last week’s W.A. Kirkpatrick Trophy nett prize triumph at Douglas GC, was Lewis Howland (6) who birdied the 3rd, 4th, 12th and 15th. This enabled him to play the first seven in two under par and repeat the feat on the last seven. Having bogeyed the shortest hole on the front nine Howland turned at one under gross, but his drop dead gorgeous round was blemished by back-to-back bogeys on the 10th and 11th.
Veteran John Lee (19), who admits to being ‘north of 80’, elected to play off the yellow tees so didn’t receive the two shot allowance given to the majority off the whites. Never-the-less, Lee’s decision was the right one as he secured second spot with 41 points from a birdie, seven pars and seven nett pars. A toe-ender caused a seven on the 9th and greenside bunker blues resulted in an N/R on the next.
The third placed player, Keith Bernard (19), also suffered consecutive nil pointers, but with seven three points and nine nett pars he stepped in with 39. One point back Michael Katkjaer (11) took fourth place despite failing to finish the Road Hole.
Michael Charmer (1) also had problems at the infamous 5th and yet went round in two over par for 37 points and fifth place. His four birdies balanced out four bogeys. Fisherman Iain Quine (8) hauled in three birdies and five pars to land his correct quota of 36 points to net sixth place. The first lady home was Sara Brindle (26) with 32 points.
Steve Keegan’s tee shot ended within six feet of the pin to win the presidential Pro V1’s on the 13th and Kyle McConnell took the spoils on the 16th. McConnell also birdied both those holes to earn a quarter of the 2’s pot. However, we were all winners as the president also paid for everyone’s post round drink. Cheers Peter, much appreciated!
David Quayle (4), Richard Corke (5) and Michael McCord (14) took the podium places in the previous Sunday’s Stableford. They carded 40, 38 and 37 points respectively. On the same Sunday the ladies had their own competition which was won by Cheryl McGinley (24) with 33 points, with Shirley Price (5) on a similar score in second. Paula Westerman (40) took third with 31.
Here is a last minute reminder that 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 subsidized entry fee includes food both before and after the round. Telephone 822211 or call Dawn and Guy Sissons on 319902 to book your place.
The first round of The International Stock Exchange (TISE) sponsored club championships begin this Saturday and the ladies go out on Wednesday 26 June with the final rounds taking place on the last weekend of June.
Late breaking news, having put himself forward for consideration, Robert Gardner has been unanimously approved by the Castletown Golf Club Ltd board to take over the role of honorary secretary from Bob Adcock at the club’s annual meeting in December. Bob has done a superb job as secretary since his appointment in 2015 and he and Robert will be working closely over the coming months to ensure an orderly transition. We wish them good luck for the future.