Castletown Golf Links
Whilst some self-isolated 78 members chose to take part in the fourth and final round of the winter eclectic at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday. Lack of ability and the hollow tined greens promoted social distancing. With all bunker rakes removed, flags left in situ and the plastic hole sleeves inverted possible on-course cross contamination risks had been minimized.
On the day Alex Townell (9) and Mark Walker (13) stepped in with 39 points. There were no cards for countback checking purposes as, in another Covid 19 containment measure, all players entered scores via their phone App.
Two of long-hitting Townell’s five birdies were recorded on the inward run and, despite blobbing the shortest hole, he took the top prize by one countback point. After a tremendous two over par front nine Walker’s woes began with a double bogey on the 11th. Two more nett bogeys quickly followed so Walker had to settle for second.
A well-balanced Duncan Donald (13) scored 19 points on each half and took third spot as David Laughlin’s 38 points were slightly front end loaded. Nobody scored 37 points but there was a three player pile up for fifth place on 36. John Newson (6) got the nod ahead of Paul Eckersley (7) and then came a flagging Michael Charmer (2) who was two under gross par after fourteen holes.
However, in the eclectic league final table, consistent Charmer claimed fifth overall with a nett 58. Ross Mulligan (7) was fourth on 56 but was beaten on countback by third placed Kyle McConnell (14). Both Kevin Lewin (22) and Tim Callow (20) ended the eclectic event at an amazing 17 under par for nett 55’s. Callow, who was already leading the list, retained top spot and was crowned champion with a better back six score.
With some mitigating mulligans and demon dovetailing Mike Horsthuis, Paul Keeley, Les Gale and Andy Lagden were the runaway recipients of the token top prize in the St Patrick’s Day charity event. They were eight points clear of the field. Mulligans had to be purchased as the focus was to raise funds for both our captains’ chosen charity The Manx Stroke Foundation.
Earlier in the week 32 players participated in the midweek nine hole competition which was won by Paul Russett (35) playing his best ever golf to accumulate 23 points. Midweek specialist Paul Keeley (8) overpowered the short course for 22 points from his lovely level par performance. Martin Derbyshire (15) recovered from a poor start to compile 21 points for third place. Steven Boyd (2) was the unlucky countback casualty despite a tremendous three under par round.
In compliance with government instructions our pro-shop and the club-house have been shut. The kitchen remains open for the time being and the Bay Green Restaurant will operate a take-away service. Customers can consume their food and drink at the club by using the tables on the outside decking area. Visit the club or call Caroline on 413139 to place your order.
For health and safety reasons the management committee has decided that future competitions must be cancelled and members' guests will not be permitted to play the course. However, members can continue to use the course, but only after 09:00 each day, and will be restricted to playing individually or in two-balls.