Castletown Golf Links
It has been a busy time at the Castletown links although our head green keeper Andy McIntee did manage to escape from his expertly re-revetted bunkers just long enough to attend a National Club Golfer awards ceremony. Along with pro Charlie Simpson and competitions secretary Andi Howland they were in London to receive an accolade to add to the news that Top100golfcourses.com recently rated Castletown at number 98 in the UK and Ireland.
Our outgoing captains, Julie Amphlett and Geoff Sugden, were also delighted at the success of the outcome of their Beaujolais Cup event which raised £1,400 for their respective charities: Forget Me Not and Autism Initiatives. Dawn and Guy Sissons together with Anita Alexander and Dave Murray minted an unbeatable 109 points to collect the cup.
It was a shot-gun start event and Adrian Jones, who hadn’t picked up a club for 18 months, outgunned everyone with his opening tee shot to secure the longest drive.
Kitty Cassidy also outdrove most of the men in taking the lady's longest drive prize.
Pro golfer Tom Gandy was inches away from a hole-in-one on the 8th
and, not to be outshone, the above mentioned Charlie Simpson did similar to win the prize on the 13th. Mr Captain unleashed a rare straight one to take the honours on the 16th. At the presentation he was quick to pour out the Beaujolais and praise the participants and the sponsors for their generosity.
The midweek nine hole Stableford was also well supported. Kevin Amphlett beat Guy Pickard on countback after both carding 21 points. Mike Horsthuis was one point behind and our lady captain was the first woman home on 19 points.
The forecasted frost failed to stop Saturday’s sponsored Texas Scramble. 28 teams took part in the Tower Insurance turkey trot which was won with 55.4 by Mark Jones, Alex Townell, Dave Litton and his son Dominic. Their seven under gross par score included five birdies and an eagle on the 3rd.
Messrs David Humbles, Steve McGowan, Mark Reynolds and Jon Wild were a mere 0.5 behind in second as, although they finished at eight under, their 15 percent combined handicap allowance was only (8.1) compared to the winning team’s (9.6).
This coming Saturday – 7th December - the next in the Tower Insurance series is a four man Cha, Cha, Cha which is a betterball competition with one, then two and finally three scores to count respectively in rotation on each set of three holes. There will be more counting in the afternoon as the club’s annual general meeting is scheduled to take place at 16:30.
Members are also reminded that the Links will be holding a consultation evening at the clubhouse at 18:30 on Tuesday 10th December. Please make the effort to attend if you have anything constructive to contribute to the continuous process of improvement of the provision of golf at Castletown.
Unfortunately, once again the Castletown Golf Club flag will be flying at half mast as sadly another of our past captains, Robin MacKenzie, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Our sincere commiserations go to his family and friends.MALCOLM LAMBERT