Castletown Golf Links
Dan Laughlin aims to score at least a half century every time he plays, whether that is golf or at his main sport, cricket. At the end of last season he convincingly won two major Castletown Golf Club competitions. The first was the Aon Trophy with 47 points and the following weekend he secured the Syd Ashworth Cup scoring 45 points in the process.
In his first round this year Laughlin continued his winning ways by adding the second round of the winter stableford league to his collection. His 44 points came after an indifferent start comprised of a double bogey, an N/R and three bogeys in the first seven holes. However, from the 8th onwards Laughlin chipped and putted in a procession of pars. The exceptions being a six foot birdie on the 11th followed by a bogey on the next hole. Not surprisingly, Laughlin’s handicap has plummeted from (24) to (14) in just four rounds.
There was a two way tie for second place on 42 points. With a level par back nine Mark Todd (10) took the honours ahead of Keith Featherstone (15). Todd’s gross 76 included three birdies in a row, one of which was worth more than the others as it also qualified for the 2’s pot. Featherstone fired five perfect pars on each half but back-to-back single pointers blighted his back nine.
In fourth place, and finishing on a fantastic four under par, scratch golfer Andrew Challenor treated us to another master class. There was a certain amount of cursing after a double bogey on the 10th, although two further birdies helped restore some equanimity.
Taking fifth place Mark Curphey (3) sunk his second birdie on the 8th for a worthwhile portion of the 2’s pot. He remained at two under par until the 17th, which he bogeyed, and it cost him on countback against Challenor.
An august bunch of five players stepped in with 39 points to dispute sixth spot. Former club treasurer Anthony O’Mahony (9) took the money away from club president Sam Skelton (5) after a back six countback. Richard Corke (4) had matched their inward 20 points but had to be content with pipping our captain Graham Harris (10) and tenth placed Kevin Lewin (23).
This Saturday sees the second round in the winter eclectic series and members are reminded that at 18:30 on Tuesday 21 January there is a follow-up forum at the club. This will provide feedback and information regarding the ongoing operation of the club and the maintenance of the course.