Castletown Golf Links
With the favourable breeze big hitting Dave Quayle (4) relished taking on the championship tees in the SMP Partners sponsored monthly medal at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday. Elated by his eagle on the 12th, Quayle was equanimous about three blighting bogeys. With the four stroke black tees allowance Quayle’s quality one over par performance transformed into a competition winning nett 65.
Second placed Greg Stalker (8) was once again a countback casualty. A beautiful birdie on the 3rd had been balanced out by a bogey on the 15th. But his downfall began on the short 13th. Experiencing a turbulent time in the right-hand bunker Stalker sustained a sickening triple bogey for an otherwise wonderful 75, nett 65, after a two stroke white tees allowance.
Looking to improve the championship course record he set last week, Gez Bradley (1) fell just one short, both in that quest, and in the competition. Five birdies would have been more than enough had it not been for four bothersome bogeys. Never-the-less Bradley’s 71 secured the lowest gross prize and third position on countback.
Also playing off the back tees, Chris Howland (7) was having a mediocre medal at +7 after eleven holes. Then he elegantly eagled the 12th. Back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th helped Howland remain at five over and, after adjustment, he matched Bradley’s nett 66 for the third nett prize.
Three players were initially tied with nett 67’s for the remaining two prizes. Despite posting seven 6’s Stephen Fisk (23) came top of the lot with his 92, and Andy Lagden (5) just stubbed out Ash Sansbury (13) for the final nett prize.
With almost a quarter of the field bettering their handicap Andrew Challenor’s one under gross par for 18th place could easily have been overlooked, had his gross 71 not have lowered the new white tees course record. Similarly, Alan Harding (16), tied for 22nd place on nett 71, also has the distinction of going into the hall of fame by posting the new yellow tees course record with his gross 87.
43 players contested the midweek mixed stableford which was won by Tom Doyle (3) who went round in luscious level par. Playing off the back tees he accumulated 43 points. One point back, and scoring on every hole, past ladies captain, Louna Vermeulen (20) came second just ahead of Ross Mulligan (7), scratch player Liam Cowin and prolific prize winner Mark Walker (11), who all carded 42’s.
Shirley Price (6) was victorious in the previous Sunday’s stableford with 33 points including a fabulous four-pointer birdie on the Road Hole. There was a separate stableford for the men which was taken by Tim Callow (20) who posted 38 points.
This coming Saturday sees us compete for the George Woods Cup, a bogey competition which is not everyone’s favourite format but, with the course in such superb condition, it deserves to be well supported.
Golfers keen to try out the island’s premier course should take note of Castletown’s open weekend taking place between 3-6 July. The cost of entry per competition is £5 for members and £30 for non-members. Booking is now open via the pro-shop on 822211 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CASTLETOWN OPEN WEEKEND OF GOLF:
Alan Christian Cup (Mixed 4BBB) on Friday 3rd July;
Capital International Castletown Cup on Saturday 4th July, (Separate Men’s and Ladies events);
Mixed AM-AM on Sunday 5th July and
Simcocks mixed Stableford on Bank Holiday Monday 6th July.