Castletown Golf Links
With twin shotgun starts there were golfers galore at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday supporting the Standard Bank sponsored stableford. Parking was at a premium and, with a third of the field able to meet or beat their handicap, there was also congestion at the top of the leaderboard, even on a fabulous 43 points.
Countback disregards a player’s starting hole so sub-par shooter, Steven Boyd, could have been cursing a clunky chip causing a double bogey on the 18th. Fortunately, at three under gross par up to that point Boyd, playing off the back tees, had done enough to win. This he credits to club pro Charlie Simpson who has helped him fashion a forgiving fade over his natural draw.
Second-placed Andrew Davies started on the 3rd and had accumulated 25 of his 43 points after nine holes. Unfortunately, his two four pointer birdies, including a lucrative 2 on the 8th, were on the outward half. With five of his nine bogeys on the back nine Davies carded, for countback purposes, 20 points compared to Boyd’s 21.
Two players were tied for third place on 42 points. Former competition secretary Ben Smaller snook through in a convoluted card play-off against our former president Robert Braide. It went down to the last six holes as, although they both birdied the 12th and 13th holes, Smaller scored on the 15th whereas Braide blobbed.
On his own in fifth, Steve Jeffers went round in three over par worth 41 points after application of a four-stroke adjustment for tackling the back tees. Six players sought sixth place by scoring 40 points. A lovely level par back nine by Simon Reynolds translated to 24 points, which was more than enough to displace John Byrne, David Laughlin, Jon Corke, Colin C Magee and Chris Westerman, respectively.
The lunchtime prize presentation afforded the opportunity for Greg Easton, Business Development Manager at Capital International, to present the Castletown Cups to Jax Fisher and Gareth Morris after their splendid wins last Saturday.
Simcocks Advocates had sponsored the Tynwald’s Day open stableford and their CEO Phil Games attended to hand over a club tie and credit voucher to Kyle McConnell who had amassed 42 points.
Captain Graham Harris had opened proceedings by presenting the Winter League Cup to Tim Shallcross who poignantly dedicated the win to his late father Eddie a stalwart member of the club.
Next, the George Woods Bogey Cup went to Jon Wagstaffe
followed by the Alan Christian Cup which was awarded to the 4BBB winners Steve McGowan and Roger Raatgever.
Harris concluded by presenting club ties to to the Winter Eclectic winner Tim Callow,
and to the Tower Insurance sponsored February 4BBB competition winners Paul Eckersley and Martin Derbyshire
as well as Jon Corke who won the first Stableford in June
and Ian Souter who won the second Stableford in June with an amazing 49 points.
The Captain also presented vouchers to Anthony O’Mahony, Bryan McMahon, David Campbell and Dave Litton, the victors in the open weekend AM-AM.
This coming Saturday sees the second round in the SMP Partners sponsored monthly medal series and members are reminded that places for the Nations Cup on Friday 24 July are filling up fast.