Castletown Golf Links
Rough weather just about allowed the twice postponed Tower Insurance sponsored turkey shoot series to be concluded at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday. A few groups decided that the wild westerly wind was worth avoiding; nevertheless, 23 teams took part in the 4BBB competition. As happened last weekend, there was a six way tie on 39 points, this time for first place rather than second.
The eventual winners Paul Eckersley (6) and Martin Derbyshire (14) dovetailed well, particularly on the back nine which they completed in one over par. This enabled them to triumph on countback that went down to the last three holes. Derbyshire dug-in to deliver the dynamic ending with a nett birdie followed by a nett eagle. Playing level par over nine holes, Eckersley’s efforts ended with a three pointer on the 18th.
Also scoring 23 points on the inward run, and 16 over the final six, Duncan Donald (12) and Phil Games (11) had to settle for second spot. Their par, par, par finish was worth 8 points compared to the winning team’s 10.
Taking third place with a back nine of 22 points Tim Callow (18) and Keith Featherstone (12) will be ruing their slow start. Neither of them managed to finish the first hole. Conversely, Kevin Lewin (20) and Paul Reid (9) scored on every hole, so their 39 points was not as back nine biased. However, they took the final prize as 20 points was one better than Steve Jeffers/Andy Dent and Tom Doherty/Jake Sansbury in fifth and sixth spots respectively.
In the challenging conditions there were only half a dozen twos recorded so Michael Charmer, Kenny Chesterson, Jon Corke, Ash Sansbury, Oli Steriopulos and Steve Zybert share the subsidiary spoils.
Our immediate past captain Julie Amphlett (19) went round in a tidy six over par to win the mixed midweek nine ‘holer’ with 23 points. Hotelier Andy Lagden (7) failed to book-in on the 3rd but took second spot on countback with 18 points. Tami James (32) used up a quarter of her shot allocation on the opening hole. Fortunately, it was a Stableford competition and James recovered to come home in 18 points.
This coming Saturday sees us compete in the third round of the winter league. Anthony O’Mahony is the league leader with 16 placing points. Club president Sam Skelton is second on 13. The round one winner Chris Kelly is joint third alongside of the round two winner Dan Laughlin. They both have 12 points.