Castletown Golf Links
The sun shone but the breeze buffeted competitors in the third round of the Winter League at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday. Jake Sansbury (13), in his first concluded round since last July, made the most of the challenging conditions to card 37 winning points. With six of his eight pars in the first nine holes Sansbury turned at three over par for 22 points. The win puts Sansbury in joint 4th place overall alongside Dan Laughlin and Chris Kelly with 12 placing points.
On the day four players vied for second spot on 36 points. The worthy winner of the card countback was scratch golfer Jon Corke. His impressive level par round included an eagle on the 3rd, which was cancelled out by a double bogey on the next. Finishing with back-to-back birdies second placed Corke added ten ranking points to the four he gained for eighth place in a previous round. This puts Corke third in the league with 14 placing points.
Playing their third round together in four days Malcolm Lambert (13) and Ian Souter (15) clearly did not want to be separated. Their convoluted countback for third place was eventually settled in Lambert’s favour. This was based on their final three outward leg scores as they were level pegging on all the other splits on both halves.
Unfortunately for fifth placed Gareth Morris (7) his game of two halves was the wrong way round. Morris clocked-up 20 points having dropped just two shots after nine holes. Six more bogeys and a birdie on the back nine only produced 16 points compared to 18 by the third and fourth placed players.
No less than nine competitors initially tied for sixth place on 35 points. Chris Dunn (18) did enough with his inward 20 points to disappoint the others including Francis Thoday (14) who was already despondent for having an uninsured two on the 13th. With only six scored his share of the twos pot would have been worthwhile.
Our club president Sam Skelton (5) was the next countback casualty, but scoring 4 ranking points to add to his previous 13 puts him top of the Winter League on 17 ranking points. The previous leader, Anthony O’Mahony (9), remains on 16 placing points for second place two ahead of the above mentioned Corke.
38 players took part in the previous Wednesday’s nine hole Stableford which was won by Rick O’Donnell (19) with 24 points. Gemma Wild (30) was second with 22, equal to Liz Stirling (30) who took third ahead of Jill Fleming (51) on the same score. Unfortunately, an early starter accidently clipped my car as they left. If anyone driving a white or light coloured vehicle notices some mysterious dark blue paint on their offside front wing, they now know who to apologise to.
This coming Saturday sees the third round of the winter eclectic which is currently headed by Andy Lagden and Andi Howland with nett 62’s.