Castletown Golf Links
There was only half a hurricane howling at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday so the postponed third round of the winter eclectic went ahead. The top-spot two-way tie with 40 points was decided over the last three holes and the next three contenders stepped in with 39 points creating another countback conundrum.
Hotelier Andy Lagden (7) served up two birdies in the first three holes and a procession of pars led to a two under gross front nine worth 24 points. That Stableford score was matched by artisan member Ian Souter (15) who birdied the Road Hole for a nett eagle to add to his four nett birdies and four nett pars.
Neither player could sustain the momentum and stumbled to a never-the-less sweet 16 points on their error strewn inward run. Lagden logged five bogeys, only two of which converted back to pars after application of his handicap. Similarly, Souter suffered five nett bogeys and slipped into second spot after becoming bunker bound following what looked like a perfect drive on the 18th.
Cumulatively, Lagden lay in joint first place prior to this round but drops down to joint second on nett 59. There are only six holes where Lagden is yet to better par. The new eclectic league leader on nett 58 is Tim Callow (20). He was sixth on the day with 38 Stableford points and improved his eclectic with a nett eagle on the 5th and six nett birdies. Andi Howland (7) was the other joint leader in the eclectic but he dropped to joint eighth on nett 61 having only added two nett birdies to the nine he had already amassed.
The three players posting 39 points and fighting for third place on the day were Steven Glynn (18), Colin C Magee (14) and Kevin Lewin (22). They finished in that order based on their back nine scores. However, after three rounds of the eclectic, Lewin moved up to joint second place on nett 59 alongside of Lagden. They are also joined by Ross Mulligan (7) who finished 33rd with 33 points, but he banked four birdies, two of which turned into eagles. Glynn occupies fifth place overall with nett 60, which is the same score as Jamie Garrett (21) who landed two nett eagles and two nett birdies in an extremely erratic excursion.
In a well supported midweek nine hole Stableford Heather Skinner (21) birdied the 4th and parred three others for 21 winning points. One behind David Allan (11) glided into second place. Guy Pickard (6) pocketed the final podium place but was no doubt cursing the one that got away as he blobbed the last to remain on 19 points.
This coming Saturday sees the fourth round of the winter league and the league leader, our president Sam Skelton, is in the first group out at 07:28.