AON Cup and AON Trophy in memory of Mike Henthorn -Sponsored by Aon Insurance Managers
1st: Michael Charmer (42 pts). 2nd: Gary Gilbert (38 pts back nine 20pts). 3rd: Andrew McGee (38pts back nine 18pts)
4th: Jonathan Corke (38 pts back nine 16pts). 5th: Adrian Copley (37pts back nine 18pts). 6th: David Laughlin 37pts back nine 16pts)
Cat 1: Steven Boyd (36pts). Cat 2: Andrew Gerrard (37pts back nine 16pts). Cat 3: Roy Clague (34pts). Cat 4: David Stacey (Rowany GC) 34pts.
Best Visitor: Daryl Callister (36pts). Senior Section: John lee (34pts). Longest Drive: Doug Skinner (Peel GC), Nearest-the-Pin: Dave Bell (3 inches away from glory).
SPELL BINDING AON TROPHY TRIUMPH FOR CHARMER
Former Castletown Open winner Michael Charmer (2) seemed to sweet talk his ball into behaving with a spell binding seven birdies in the Aon Cup at Castletown on Saturday. Just three bogeys blighted his fantastic four under par round which equated to 42 stableford points.
Winning by four clear shots Charmer also received the Aon Trophy from Gaynor Brough, Managing Director of Aon Insurance Managers, who underwrote the event as a fitting memorial to her predecessor the late and great Mike Henthorn who sadly passed away last June. A well supported raffle run by Gerry Ganly raised over £1,100 for Cruse Bereavement Care, a charity of which Mike was a passionate supporter.
At the prize presentation the current captain, Chris Kelly, led the glowing tributes to the footprint Mike Henthorn, a former captain and president of the club, had left on Manx society and the business community. A bouquet of flowers was presented to Mike’s widow Janet who attended with son, Mark, and daughter Emma who had helped serve sustenance at the half-way hut.
Thanks to the generous prize pot no less than 14 players were well rewarded for their efforts. In a three-way card play-off Gary Gilbert (6) was runner-up with 38 points. His one over par back nine producing 20 points, which was two better than third-placed Andrew McGee (22), and four more than Jonathan Corke (+1) who fired five birdies in his tremendous three under par round for fourth spot.
Former island champion Adrian Copley (8) came fifth on 37 points just ahead of countback casualty David Laughlin (22) who faded into sixth spot having N/R’d the 11th. Steven Boyd (2) captured category 1 with 36 points and Andrew Gerrard (6) took category 2 with 37 points, only 16 of which were recorded on the crucial back nine; hence him losing out on fifth and sixth-place.
Our hard working immediate past captain and current competition/handicap secretary Roy Clague (20) found time to squeeze in 34 points to convert the category three prize. Rowany’s former captain David Stacey showed he also likes Links courses by capturing the category 4 fund with his 34 points.
The best visitor prize went to another former island champion, Mount Murray’s Daryl Callister (+1), who nonchalantly notched up 36 points. John Lee (14) added another senior section win to his tally with 34 points.
Doug Skinner from Peel launched an Exocet on the 7th to win the longest drive prize by a considerable margin. There was an even bigger cheer, but alas, no free beer for Dave Bell’s beautiful seven wood which won nearest the pin on the 13th. Having hit the stick his Titleist teetered but tiptoed out. Some wag wondered if he ‘yipped’ the three inch putt, but I can confirm the conversion.
This Saturday is the Permanent Bank International sponsored stableford with shotgun starts either side of the lunchtime prize presentation.