REPORT FOR 28 MARCH 2015
PHIL GAMES WINS IOM HEARING SOLUTIONS WOODS CUP
It certainly was Ladies Day at Castletown last Wednesday. Four out of five of the primary prizes in the Business Doctor Ltd 18 hole mid-week qualifying competition went their way. Loni Vermeulen was the runaway winner with 38 points. Marlene Akitt acquired second with 35 points just ahead of Leon Van Lier on the same score. Christine Kermeen came fourth with 34 points and Mair Gardner was awarded, on this occasion, the incongruously named ‘best lady’ prize for her splendid 34. Richard Dunn flew the flag for the men by winning nearest-the-pin on the 13th.
Saturday suffered squally showers seeing sixty sturdy souls support the Isle of Man Hearing Solutions sponsored bogey competition. The worthy winner of the Woods Cup was Phil Games (13) the CEO of Simcocks Advocates. By his own admission Games played a bit like a metronome, his score ticking back and forth between -1, 0 and +1 where he finally finished. Suffering from some chunky chips Games compensated by putting well, particularly from off the green, as exemplified by his extravagant forty-footer for a nett eagle on the 15th.
In second place with a level (0) score Tim Shallcross (18) played to his handicap free from fear of bunkers following an illuminating coaching session with PGA pro Andy Patterson on Thursday. Standing at -3 on the 8th tee, Shallcross proceeded to par all three short holes, for his first time ever, finishing strongly and eradicating his deficit.
Prolific prize winner Alan Rowe (6) was at +2 after seven holes but slipped back to -1 following a lull between the 8th and the 12th. However, a £15 birdie on the 13th re-energized Rowe who had a nett birdie on the 15th which brought him back to zero for third place.
Due to the reduced field there were no category prizes awarded but Frankie Doherty (7), with his new professionally fitted driver, and Stuart Campbell (13) would have won them on -1. However, John Lee (16) did secure the senior section prize with -2.
This Saturday is the first in the series of SMP Partners sponsored monthly medals.
REPORT FOR 21 MARCH 2015
BOB TAYLOR CAPTURES THE CAPTAIN’S GOLD MEDAL
Our vice-captain Chris B Kelly (11) returned from holiday to win the Business Doctor Ltd sponsored qualifying competition by a fabulous five shots with a superb nett 67 at Castletown on Wednesday. Leon Van Lier (21) landed second with 72. Bob Taylor (12) netted third with 75 on countback ahead of fourth-placed Guy Pickard (6). Louna Vermeulen was the first lady home on 79 and early starter Michael Wynne-Smythe smote the nearest-the-pin shot on the 13th.
This weekend there were shotgun starts either side of the winter season prize presentation but the main event was the Captain’s drive-in. Firstly, Dr Roy Clague was presented with a commemorative plaque by our president Dave Bell and then the assembled members loudly applauded his stylish tee-shot which travelled 204 yards.
Bob Taylor continued his rich vein of form to capture the captain’s gold medal with 40 stableford points, ten of which were accumulated over his last three holes. Having parred the 18th for a nett birdie he shot a real birdie on the 1st. Two mighty blows later Taylor faced a slippery three footer down and across the slope on his final hole, the 2nd. Taylor started the ball a good 18 inches on the high side and drained it for an impressive nett eagle and four fantastic points.
In second place on countback Jeff Magee (14) tragically missed three one foot putts and still stepped in with 39 points despite unrelated blobs on the 9th and 12th. However, Magee did finish on a high note with a lucrative two on the 8th.
Paying tribute to the wonders of Trackman and his golf lesson with Patty on Thursday Frankie Doherty (7) used his new Ping G30 driver to shape shots at will. Unfortunately, with expectations running high Doherty three putted his final three holes to finish third; winning enough to fund a putting lesson or a golf psychology book perhaps!
Lord Gort (3), the winter eclectic best gross prize winner, collected the category one/two award with three birdies and just two bogeys, although a blob on the 18th restricted his score to 38 points. On the same score but with three blobs prolific 12 hole competition winner John Corlett (13) won the category three/four prize. Andrew Marshall (23) secured the senior section with 37 points and just two passes.
This weekend Isle of Man Hearing Solutions kindly sponsor the Woods Cup which traditionally is a bogey competition.
REPORT FOR 14 MARCH 2015
PAUL ECKERSLEY WINS WINTER LEAGUE
It was real Jekyll and Hyde weather on Wednesday for the Business Doctor Ltd sponsored 12 hole stableford. Nobody was mad enough to venture out until a sudden transformation in the afternoon. Your humble hack (9) had 25 points and was nearest the pin. Simon Murray (4) was next with 23 followed by Alan Harding (15) on 22. Jax Fisher (36) was the first lady home. Alas, too few competitors meant our efforts were in vain.
Conditions also favoured late starters on Saturday in the final round of the winter league played off the yellow tees. First with a fantastic 44 points, but still only winning on countback, was the elegant swinging Andy Dent (13). Back-to-back birdies on the 2nd and 3rd were followed by another on the 12th and Dent completed the course in five over par.
In second-place Doug Ross (14) fired four birdies and stood at level par after fifteen amazing holes amassing 41 points. However, Ross failed to finish the 16th and hobbled home with double bogey, bogey for his relatively disappointing 44.
There was another card play-off for third-place which went to Michael Kinmond (12) courtesy of four birdies including his all important four-pointer on the last. Kinmond and the category three/four prize winner Martin Derbyshire (20) both accumulated 43 points and had to be separated based on the last three holes.
David Price (5) went round in one under par for 42 points after five birdies and four bogeys to capture category one/two. Chris B Kelly (13) won the senior section with 41 points the same as Steve McGowan (12) who was out of the prizes at seven over par including a double bogey on the shortest hole.
There was a two-way tie to determine the overall winner of the winter league – best two scores from three rounds - which went to Paul Eckersley (9) for his 38 + 45 total of 83 stableford points. Second-placed Sam Skelton (5) was just too consistent with 42 + 41.
This weekend there are shotgun starts either side of a prize presentation and the Captain’s drive-in. Dr Roy Clague will welcome your support.
REPORT FOR 7 MARCH 2015
ALAN HARDING DENIED A DOUBLE
Alan Harding (15) won the Business Doctor Ltd sponsored midweek 12 hole stableford competition. His 25 points was one better than playing partner Bob Taylor (12) who landed his fourth prize in this series. However, that pales in comparison with four times winner John Corlett (13) who carded 22 points for third place.
Our captain Roy Clague (19) was awarded fourth spot ahead of Chris Blackburn who matched him on 21 points. Loni Vermeulen (22) was the first lady home and our president Dave Bell rang up yet another nearest the pin prize with his ‘worm worrier’ on the 13th.
The wicked wind created crazy golf conditions on Saturday. Some over-hit putts were blown back into the hole and others disappeared off the greens. From the 8th to the 10th players could barely stand let-alone ‘swing with ease into the breeze’. Miraculously, the above mentioned Alan Harding scored points on every hole. Unfortunately, he was denied doing the double because too many competitors walked in.
On Sunday the penultimate round of the winter eclectic took place in practically perfect conditions, compared to Saturday that is! Ian Rigby (22) put his recent golf lesson with pro Andy Patterson into practice winning emphatically with 42 points. After a regulation 18 points on the front nine Rigby revelled on the relatively easier back nine to post an enviable 24 points with a nett eagle, four nett birdies and four nett pars.
Keith Featherstone (16) was placed second with 39 points having also had a splendid second half. Taking just 39 shots his four over par inward total was worth 22 points. Placed third, but alas out of the prizes, new member Jackie McKnight (18) did it the other way round. He added just 12 points to his marvellous outward 24.
There is a four man AM-AM this Saturday and the last round of the winter eclectic takes place on Sunday. Finally, why not dash down to the pro shop where Patty is holding an end of season sale?
REPORT FOR 28 FEBRUARY 2015
POINT OF AYRE MARRAM GRASS REACHES CASTLETOWN
High winds put paid to the winter eclectic competition last Sunday but there is no truth to the rumour that marram grass now sprouting forth from bunker faces was blown here from the Point of Ayre. The hardworking green-keepers have been busily plugging away and have also unearthed an old tee box which is being renovated for use with the soon to be seeded new 18th fairway.
Simon Murray (4) had a super sub-par round to register a win with 28 points in the Business Doctor Ltd twelve hole midweek stableford competition. Rex Barker (15) was second with 27, and one point back Les Gale (13) blew out Jonathan Clague in the third and fourth place play-off. Jenny Kelly was the first lady home and Malcolm Lambert nabbed nearest the pin on the 13th.
On Saturday prolific prize purloiners Alan Rowe (6) and Neil Cartwright (10) added to their cache aided and abetted by Alex Townell (8) and ex pro tour player Johnny Evans (+3). The Texas Scramble played off twenty percent of combined handicaps only required three drives apiece but Evans’ efforts were used on six occasions.
Apart from tap in twos on the 8th and 16th Evans drove the green for an eagle on the 4th and was just ten yards from the fringe with his drive on the 18th. The others all fired four tees shots each. Cartwright carded four birdies from his. Townell tonked in three birdies whilst Rowe rendered just one but his accurate approach shots often put them in pole position. Hence, they romped round in 14 under par to post 58 nett 53.8.
With 69, nett 54, Ben Humbles (18), Jonathan Wild (18), Tim Shallcross (18) and Fergal McKenna (21) came second on countback. They shot four birdies and one bogey but their nett 27 back nine was two better than Frankie Doherty (8), Mark Teare (6), Ross Byrne (16) and new member Mark Haywood (5).
This Saturday is an individual stableford in the winter series played off the yellow tees. However, the winter eclectic on Sunday will be played from the whites.
REPORT FOR 21 FEBRUARY 2015
ONE LORD A LEAPING FOLLOWING HIS HOLE-IN-ONE
Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of eight scorecards from the seventh round of the winter eclectic competition held last Sunday. Hence, for now, the winner with 38 points on a three way countback is Greg Easten (13). Scratch player Jonathan Corke had an eagle and four birdies in his two under par round for provisional second place. Frankie Doherty (8), second last week, could bag third place this time.
The Business Doctor Ltd twelve hole midweek stableford may have to be renamed the John Corlett Benefit as he won the £35 top prize for the fourth time on Wednesday. Corlett (13) was once again the countback king, his 21 points pipping Ged Power (4). On 20 points Jonathan Clague (16) out-trumped the men’s vice-captain Chris B Kelly (13) in the card play-off. Our other vice-captain Dawn Sissons was the first woman home and her cunningly crafted chip and run finished nearest the pin on the 13th.
112 members competed in the 4BBB on Saturday which was won with a stunning 49 points by John Stevens (20) and Doug Ross (14). They dovetailed to perfection shooting nine nett birdies and seven nett pars, but their crowning glory was Stevens’ nett eagle on the 10th with Ross following suit on the 18th.
Robert Quine (17) and Jimmy Kelly (9) were just one point back in second place. They also had two nett eagles; Quine on the 10th and Kelly on the 14th. A double bogey for a paltry point on the 16th cost them the cup.
Ashley Osborne (14) and Richard Corke (5) came third on countback with 45 points, just ahead of serial prize winner Frankie Doherty and Foley Gort (3) who was one lord a leaping following his marvellous hole-in-one on the 133 yards lucky 13th.
This Saturday it is a Texas Scramble and don’t forget to enter our St Patrick’s Day charity event being held at 1:00pm on 17th March on behalf of the Manx Stroke Foundation. The entry fee is £15 or £30 for visitors and includes a bacon bap and tea or coffee. Call 822211 to reserve your place.
REPORT FOR 14 FEBRUARY 2015
THIRD WIN FOR MIDWEEK SPECIALIST JOHN CORLETT
There was a photo finish to the sixth round of the winter eclectic competition last Sunday. The winner, Kyle McConnell (13), hit nine pars for his 39 points and Frankie Doherty (8) had two birdies and ten pars for his. However, their scores could only be separated on the final hole. One point back PJ Vermeulen (4) was placed third.
Twelve hole midweek specialist John Corlett (13) won his third Business Doctor Ltd stableford on countback for the second week running. His 29 points pipped Dave Bell (22) who was fourth last week. Malcolm Lambert (9) looted third with 26 one ahead of Bob Taylor (12) who had hooked second place the week before. Mair Gardner (17) was the first lady home and Bell augmented his winnings by finishing nearest the pin on the 13th.
110 members competed in the second round of the winter league on Saturday. The qualifying competition played off yellow tees in wonderful weather witnessed some splendid scores. Paul Eckersley (9) shot five fantastic birdies and five bothersome bogeys for a lovely level par round and 45 winning points including a lucrative birdie two on the 16th.
In second place Tony Gawne (16) also scored a rewarding two. His came on the 13th. It was Gawne’s second birdie and he notched up 42 points on 17 scoring holes having failed to finish the 7th. Similarly, in third place the smooth swinging Rodney Jackson (8) stroked in 42 points over 17 holes. Having birdied the 1st Jackson was jinxed by the 4th and bogeyed the 14th in an otherwise perfect par round.
John Tinsley (8) just stymied Sam Skelton (4) for the category 1/2 prize on 41 points. Terry Ditchfield (14) headed a group of six players who all amassed 40 points and purloined the prize for category 3/4. Securing the senior section Chris Blackburn (19) was one of five players to step in with 39 points. With 46 players meeting or beating their handicap the CSS was reduced to 69.
This weekend we compete in a 4BBB on Saturday and the ongoing winter eclectic on Sunday.
REPORT FOR 7 FEBRUARY 2015
TRACKMAN RADAR TECHNOLOGY COMES TO CASTLETOWN
Attendance at the fifth round of the winter eclectic competition suffered due to cold and windy weather. Ged Power (4) won with 30 points, Stuart Butler (16) was second with 28 and Jackie McKnight (18) came third with 27. The only other finisher was Stephen Smyth (22) who scored 25 points.
John Corlett (13) was the countback king in the mid-week stableford sponsored by Business Doctor Ltd. Over the twelve holes Corlett carded 26 point as did our vice-captain Chris B Kelly (13) who claimed second place ahead of fisherman Bob Taylor (12) who hooked third spot with 25. Our president Dave Bell (22) rang up 24 points to engage fourth place ahead of the first lady, our captain Dawn Killa. Alan Harding (15) conjured up a member’s bounce to be nearest the pin on the 13th.
101 members played in the modified AM-AM on Saturday and others were out taking advantage of the splendid weather. Not for them the pleasure of having to post three scores on the first six holes, two on the next half dozen holes and only one on the final third of the course. The format favoured the higher handicap teams particularly off full allowance, which in the case of the winners was a luxurious 71 shots.
Two teams purloined the prizes with 92 point. First on countback came Will Laughlin (15), Ian Quine (12), David Laughlin (24) and Stephen Charmer (20). They dovetailed well; turning pars and birdies into four pointers. However, it took until the 16th before they pulled level, points wise, with the second placed team who had amassed a splendid 61 points at the turn compared with the winning team’s respectable 57.
Hence, Charlie Ross (6), Rodney Jackson (8), D Ross (14) and John Stevens (21) had to settle for second despite completing the course in eleven less shots. One point back, but missing out on the prizes came Messrs: Creamore (12), Cartwright (10), Rowe (6) and Ditchfield (13).
Do you know your club speed, spin rate and face to path attack angle? No, well our pro Andy Patterson (822211) with his new TrackMan can now provide precision swing and ball flight analysis. Book a lesson to discover your data, particularly if you are considering the purchase of new clubs.
REPORT FOR 31 JANUARY 2015
‘WIND WIZARD’ WINNER WINS WINE AS WELL
Wet weather put paid to the mid-week stableford sponsored by Business Doctor Ltd, but members are reminded that each Wednesday there is a guaranteed prize pot of £110. For the time being it is a twelve hole competition plus nearest the pin prize on the 13th. Hence, you could start at 2:00pm and still get around.
A bit of a breeze restricted takers for the club sponsored non-qualifying stableford competition which took place on Saturday. Big hitting Mark Reynolds (23) won with 36 points and he is obviously a wind wizard because he lifted the Syd Ashworth Trophy last October when it was again blowing a hoolie.
That having been said, although four of Reynolds’ five pars were wind assisted, all six of his double bogeys, or worse – there was a naughty nine and two sinful sevens – came when he failed to swing with ease into the breeze. For most mere mortals reaching the 16th green required at least a 3 wood. Reynolds’ iron shot plopped and stopped close to the pin to win the fine wine sponsored by Will Halsall of www.yourpersonalwineservice.com , but he is human because he missed the birdie putt.
One point back Colin E Magee (7) proved once again that wind is his natural element.
Eight pars and a couple of lucrative twos put him in pole position. Had he not double bogeyed the last - where his pin high approach shot was blown off the green - Magee would have won. As it was he completed the course in a commendable one shot over his handicap despite a silly seven for no points on the 12th.
Our treasurer, Ian Hodgkinson (18) banked third place with 34 points off just sixteen holes following two N/Rs. His six double bogeys were balanced out by pars and a fabulous four pointer birdie on the 11th helped put him in credit.
Due to the small field only three prizes were awarded; hard luck for Alan Rowe (6) who finished fourth.
This coming Saturday is a modified AM-AM and the sixth round of the Winter Eclectic takes place on Sunday.
REPORT FOR 24 JANUARY 2015
‘WINTER SPECIAL’ MEMBERS CONTINUE CASHING IN
In the twelve hole mid-week stableford sponsored by Business Doctor Ltd our immediate past captain Geoff Karran (17) won with 27 points, Michael Wynne- Smythe (26) came second with 26, Ged Power (4) was third on 25 and J D Clague (16) took fourth place with 25. Loni Vermeulen was the first lady home and her club captain Dawn Killa finished nearest the pin on the 13th.
There was a three way tie on 43 points in Saturday’s 4BBB stableford competition which, unusually, was played off three quarter handicaps. Consequently, our competition secretary, David McGuinness (5) was a busy boy making score adjustments and was also chosen as the joker for the singleton entries.
The eventual winners, ‘winter special’ members Neil Cartwright (10) and Richard Creamore (12), are certainly getting their monies worth having now picked-up six prizes between them since joining last Autumn. Their front nine yielded just 19 points but Cartwright’s nett eagle on the 14th was equalled by Creamore on the last and this helped produce a two under par back nine for 24 splendid winning points.
The next two teams accumulated 22 points on the inward run and 15 on the last six holes, so had to be separated on the final three. Stephen Keegan (4) and JJ Moore (5) finished fluently with three birdies for nine points compared to Alan Harding (15) and Malcolm Lambert (9) who stuttered in with seven points for third place.
Richard Corke (5) went round in lovely level par for 40 points and, aided and abetted by joker McGuinness, this went up to 42 points after his vital contributions on the 9th and 14th. By virtue of a better back nine they finished fourth ahead of Thomas Brook (13) and scratch player Jonathan Corke. Tony Gawne (16) won the fine wine sponsored by Will Halsall of www.yourpersonalwineservice.com but missed his birdie putt.
On Sunday Keith Barnard (17) won the fourth round of the Winter Eclectic with 35 points. This coming Saturday is an individual stableford and the fifth round of the Winter Eclectic takes place on Sunday 1st February. There will be free coffee and bacon baps for members who pre-register for the Eclectic and arrive at the clubhouse at 08:15 to be put in a draw for partners.
REPORT FOR 17 JANUARY 2015
CHRIS LEE GETS HIS GAME TOGETHER, EVENTUALLY
Mid-week competitions sponsored by Business Doctor now take place at Castletown each Wednesday. There is a guaranteed prize fund of £100 plus £10 for nearest the pin. The inaugural competition was a non-qualifying twelve hole stableford. William Corlett (13) won with 24 points, Bob Taylor (11) came second with 23, Malcolm Lambert (9) was third on 22 and Chris Blackburn (18) took fourth place with 21 points. Louna Vermeulen was the first lady home and Ged Power (4) finished nearest the pin on the 13th.
There was a two way tie on 42 points in Saturday’s stableford competition. Quick swinging Chris Lee (11) won on countback which is not surprising given that he completed the final thirteen holes in a brilliant two under par following birdies on the 9th, 10th, 14th and 16th. Lee had hurried onto the 1st tee and consequently suffered two N/R’s in the first five holes. Then he got his game together, hitting it long, chipping it close and single putting on numerous occasions.
Sam Skelton (5) was the unlucky countback casualty. Similarly, he had four birdies and completed the last thirteen holes in two under par. However, his handicap worked against him as he unfortunately bogeyed the 18th, which is stroke index six, to record his only one pointer in an otherwise outstanding round.
Congratulations to new dad, Mark Jones (15) who shook off the ring rust and disturbed nights to finish third with 40 points. He started with a birdie but had a devil of a time from the 10th to the 12th where he signed for three sixes in a row.
The category one/two winner John Newson (5) hit a level par back nine to finish ahead of four other players who also scored 38 points including Thomas Brook (13) who was awarded the category three/four prize and George Ferguson (20) who took the senior section. On the 16th Steven Boyd (1) used a wedge to win the fine wine sponsored by Will Halsall of www.yourpersonalwineservice.com
On Sunday John Byrne (12) won the third round of the Winter Eclectic with 39 points. Kyle McConnell (13) was second on 36 and Steven Boyd added to his weekend spoils taking third place with 34. This coming Saturday is a 4BBB and the fourth round of the Winter Eclectic takes place on Sunday.
REPORT FOR 10 JANUARY 2015
POP IN, BAG A BARGAIN AND INDULGE YOURSELF
Windy weather wrecked the weekend competitions at Castletown. Some intrepid souls ventured out for a few holes but with balls being blown uphill on the practice putting green all competitions were cancelled. A qualifying stableford competition awaits us on Saturday and the next round of the Winter Eclectic is due to take place on Sunday.
The eclectic competition continues through to mid March with weekly prizes decided on a stableford basis. Each player’s best scores from a minimum of four rounds will then be converted to an amalgamated medal round score to determine the eclectic winners.
Each Wednesday throughout the year Business Doctor is sponsoring a guaranteed prize pot of £100. The format for these competitions will vary with the first competition being a twelve hole stableford with a bonus prize for nearest the pin on the 13th. When the clocks go forward competitions will be extended to eighteen holes and will become qualifiers. This will enable our five day members to maintain their handicaps.
For players looking for social golf there are at least two opportunities each week. Every Thursday we meet for an 11.30 start with teams drawn on a random basis from those present. An increasing number of members are also turning up at the same time on a Tuesday to do the same thing. Everyone is welcome, so why not give it a try?
Our pro Andy Patterson is now stocking Adams Tight Lies fairway woods and hybrid clubs. He is also the only stockist on the island for Galvin Green who offer a lifetime guarantee on their waterproof garments. With a sale on putters and drivers this is an ideal opportunity to bag a bargain and arrange those lessons you have been promising yourself.
In the clubhouse David and Lorraine Evans are delighted with the extension work to the kitchen area and you can now book again for their excellent Sunday carvery. Throughout the week No:19 Langness serves delicious homemade cakes, soup and a selection of open sandwiches. So pop in, enjoy the wonderful views and indulge yourself.
REPORT FOR 3 JANUARY 2015
TOP TEAM CALL DISQUALIFICATION UPON THEMSELVES
Twenty-five teams took part in the first AM-AM of the year at Castletown. The course was in splendid condition and originally the winning team was Steven Boyd (1), Gerald Bradley (2), Chris Lee (11) and Will Halsall (10). Unfortunately, after reading my initial report they realised that they had signed for an incorrect gross score on the 3rd which led to their automatic disqualification, which is a shame as their revised 94 points would still have placed them first on countback.
Two other teams finished on 94 but with a better back nine Ross Byrne (16), Mark Teare (6) and Darren Howland (11) were declared the new winners with the assistance of a joker, Les Doherty (18), who added 12 points over eight holes. On his own round Doherty posted 36 points over fifteen scoring holes including a nett hole-in-one for four points on the 13th. Byrne’s claim to fame was his nett eagle on the 10th whereas Howland and Teare totted up five nett birdies apiece.
Recent turkey shoot winners Alan Rowe (6), Neil Cartwright (10), Terry Ditchfield (13) and John Ledwidge (18) moved up to claim second spot following a stellar front nine which included four pointer birdies from Ledwidge, Ditchfield and Cartwright on the 1st, 5th and 6th holes respectively. On the back nine Rowe added seven points from his birdies on the 10th and 15th.
Not in the prizes, but worthy of a mention, Andrew Challenor (+1) went round in eight under par after shooting an eagle and six birdies. Last weekend he had three two’s and almost eagled the 1st.
Last Sunday twelve players competed in the first round of the Winter Eclectic series which was won with 40 points by Neil Dunwell (16) who started slowly but sprinted in with 12 points over the last four holes. Posting 37 points Mark Teare (6) finished with a birdie to add to his team prize from Saturday by taking second spot on countback from Colin E Magee (7).
A two man Texas Scramble awaits us this Saturday with the Winter Eclectic taking place on Sunday.