Castletown Golf Links
Following an emotional family reunion in Fremantle, Western Australia, fisherman Bob Taylor (16) started the new year in style by landing the first round of the winter eclectic with 41 highly acclaimed points. Carding ten pars and six nett pars Taylor only needs decent scores on the 2nd and 5th holes in order to complete his quota. Taylor was no doubt inspired by catching up with his daughter Heather who has experienced the real ‘roaring forties’ as a circumnavigating competitor halfway through the current round the world yacht race.
Finishing fifth last weekend and second on Saturday Richard Corke (5) popped in some super putts in a fizzing front nine of three under par for 24 of his 40 points. By comparison four bogeys on the back nine left him feeling a little bit flat.
In third place, last man out Andi Howland (8) got off to a slow start then back-to-back birdies and another on the 8th helped bring in 19 points, which he replicated on a less erratic back nine.Dominic Litton (15) scored nine of his 37 points on the three par threes to take fourth place and he has four holes where even nett pars next time out will improve his eclectic score by five points.
Ash Sansbury (13) also accumulated 37 points in fifth spot. With eight pars and another eight nett pars Sansbury only has two easy opportunities to add extra points in the next round.Dave Litton (20) equalled his son’s score but was beaten on countback so slipped to sixth spot. Colin C Magee (15) and Steven Boyd (2) were also countback casualties and so out of the prizes.
Roger Raatgever (9) won the New Year’s Eve nine holer with 20 points, one ahead of Angus Alexander (7) who pipped Dave Litton and Andi Howland on countback. Bronwen Raatgever (28) was the first lady home on 17 points.
This coming Saturday the postponed Tower Insurance sponsored 4BBB pairs competition takes place with the second round of the winter league now scheduled for the week after.