Castletown Golf Links
Castletown’s golf weekend opened with the Alan Christian Cup on Friday which was won by Steve McGowan and Roger Raagever with a four over par better-ball score worth 40 points. Three birdies over the last four holes enabled Mark Reynolds and Alex Holt to edge out Bryan McMahon and Alex Townell for second spot. Both teams totting up 37 points.
Over 200 players turned out for Saturday’s Capital International sponsored Castletown Cup competitions. This was a record entry number. The ladies Castletown Cup, donated by the Castletown Commissioners, was won by former captain, Jax Fisher with a neat nett 74. Our immediate past captain Julie Amphlett came second with 76 and Olga Whamond was third on 78. The best gross prize aptly went to the lowest handicapper Shirley Price (6) for her adventurous 88.
Two players were temporarily tied at the top with nett 65’s in the men’s event. The winner and countback king, long hitting Gareth Morris (6), humbled each of the par fives and finished with a flurry of pars to pip the long-time leader Lewis Howland (5).
Slow starting Morris warmed up to shoot his second nett 65 in three weeks. Apart from the impressive trophy, which will be presented next Saturday, Morris’s tremendous three over par performance will be rewarded with a well-earned handicap cut.
Scratch team recruit Howland, who has been having lessons with our pro Charlie Simpson, birdied three of the first four holes. Bogeys on the Road Hole and the remaining par fives brought him back level, where he remained until the last two holes. Finishing with back-to-back bogeys Howland slipped to two over par for a never-the-less super second place.
Lee Coxon (12) was one of only three players to birdie the 18th and that helped to separate him from Matt Ascroft (12) and PJ Vermeulen (3) who managed to match his notable nett 67. They finished in that order to complete the top five places.
Not to be eclipsed, Robert Noon (+2) was over the moon about launching from the back tees as he received what to him appeared to be a very generous four stroke allowance. His nifty nett 68 only placed him sixth, but his championship course record equalling gross 70 won the day’s best gross prize. This was also good for Guy Pickard (5) as he moved into the sixth nett prize position with his 75, nett 68.
There were two more gross score prizes. Down in 29th place Andy Challenor (+1) secured second spot with a lovely level par 72. Placed 12th overall, scratch golfer Liam Cowin shrugged off a double bogey on the short 16th to take the third gross prize with his one over par 73.
The seniors and higher handicappers had the opportunity to compete from the yellow tees. Their course record holder, Alan Harding (16), started with a birdie and ended with nett 74 to top the lot.
There was another tremendous turn-out for the midweek mixed stableford. 70 players participated and Greg Stalker (6) continued his hot streak with a terrific three over par performance worth 43 points. Second-placed Stephen Berry (5) did extremely well to equal that total even though he failed to finish the 4th. Dylan Coady (7) was one point back with Mike Pinson (25) finishing fourth accumulating 41 of his 42 points after sixteen holes. On 41 points, Johan Bondegreen (26), Roger Raatgever (9) and Alison Beech (34) finished in that order for the fifth-place play-off.
There is a twin shotgun start this coming Saturday for the Standard Bank sponsored stableford with the lunchtime prize presentation wedged between.