Castletown Golf Links
Former Castletown Golf Club president Robert Braide (4) returned to winning ways, stepping in with 39 points to secure the Simcocks sponsored Stableford on Saturday. Braide, who just happens to be the financial controller at Simcocks, took the money with a thrifty three over par performance, which included two birdies and thirteen pars. Double bogeys on the 8th and 11th, plus a bogey on the 15th, being the only blemishes.
Thomas Doherty (11) was level par after six holes, which was worth 16 points, then dropped four shots over the next three holes. Losing just four more Doherty continued to pile up points and had accumulated 35 after sixteen holes. He was stymied by an N/R on the 17th as, even with a nett birdie finish; he had to settle for second on 38 points.
Two points back Ross Mulligan (8) was the first of three players to record 36 points. His four pointer birdie on the 18th was rewarded with third place as it helped him to a two over par back nine translating into 21 points.
Scratch golfer Jon Corke eagled the 3rd, but a troublesome triple bogey on the Racecourse Hole put him at three over where he remained for his 36 points for fourth place with the best gross score of 75.
Being a mixed tee competition the above mentioned players had all received a two stroke adjustment for taking on the whites. Super vet Gwynn Williams (24) cleverly chose the yellow tees and, aided by a profitable two on the 8th, won that section finishing fifth overall with his front end loaded 36 points.
Another three players tied for sixth place with 35 points. Their card play-off was won by Lewis Howland (5) who augmented his earnings with a tap-in two from one of his four birdies. Francis Thoday (14) and Andrew Gerrard (6) being the countback casualties.
Guy Pickard (6) went round in a tidy two over to reap the Flowerpower mid-week Stableford worth 42 points. Second, on 37 points, was Juan Costain (5) who suffered an ugly eight on the 4th and yet still went round in eight over. Chris Neill (10) was third with 36 and Jane Holt (18) was the first lady home with 34 points and two passes.
There was only a small but select field out to enjoy the previous Sunday’s Stableford. Another former club president, Steve McGowan (9), played to his handicap and took the honours with 38 points after the white tee’s adjustment.
The club is sponsoring a medal competition this coming Saturday and so far 101 members have booked but, never fear, there are still 24 four-ball tee times available.MALCOLM LAMBERT