Castletown Golf Links
The bogey men were out in force at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday. Nearly forty percent of the field synchronized their scores with the stroke index. It was therefore only a slight surprise that there was a two-way tie at the top on (+9) in the George Woods Bogey Cup. Both the winner, Jon Wagstaffe, and second-placed Ash Sansbury were playing off (14) including two strokes for utilising the white tees.
Huge hitting Wagstaffe’s winning 77, nett 63, started with a bogey five. It was his only negative number in a round that included eleven pars and a beneficial birdie when he pulverised the par five 12th. Completing the second half in luscious level par, Wagstaffe’s (+7) was by far the best back nine bogey score.
Had it been a medal or stableford Sansbury’s superb three over par 75/61 would have won. Unfortunately for him, two of his three beautiful birdies were rendered redundant. Frustratingly, other than a handicap reduction, there is no real reward for nabbing nett eagles in a bogey competition.
Masquerading off a handicap of (20) Mark Jones collected a couple more strokes for playing from the whites. Other than the 11th, where he three putted, Jones put all his extra shots to good use. Even a visit to the gorge on the 18th led to a nett par. His 87/65 translated to (+7) for third spot.
President of the Isle of Man Bankers Association, Standard Bank’s Chris Till (27), was another victim of the bogey scoring system. His 91/64 would normally have placed him above Jones, although he should be delighted with his six gross pars and the nett hole-in-one ‘albatross’ on the 9th.
Also scoring (+6) but losing out to Till in their fourth-place play-off, Greg Stalker (9) had another great round. A rare eagle two on the 10th was immediately followed by an N/R. But for that, Stalker, who secured second last Saturday, completed the course in an amazing one under gross par.
Three players contested in the card play-off for the final prize place. Lobsterman Robert Quine (22) more than made up for three front nine N/Rs by potting his (+5) all on the inward half. Catching nothing but handicap cuts, Malcolm Lambert (13) and Simon Reynolds (11) both carded creditable gross 80’s for their (+5)’s.
The wonderful weather and picture-perfect course attracted 74 competitors for the midweek stableford which was won by Duncan Donald (12). Starting with a birdie, Donald ducked in with 45 points from his fantastic five over par performance.
Andrew Gerrard (6) trialled the back tees and went round in three over par for second place with 43 points after adjustment. That stableford score was equalled by Anderson Whamond (14) and Alison Beech (36) who finished in that order.
With so many entrants there will probably be a sixth prize. Four players are in contention on 41 points. Countback coalesced around the last three holes where Thomas Collister (11) just edged out Michael Katkjaer (10), both ahead of Peter Easthope (5) and Matt Ascroft (12).
There are still team places available on Friday, Sunday and Monday for Castletown’s open golf weekend competitions but tee times are now at a premium for the men’s Castletown Cup being held on Saturday. Hopefully, there will be a late flurry of entrants for the ladies’ competition taking place that afternoon. To enquire, call the pro-shop on 822211 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMALCOLM LAMBERT