This coming weekend (10/12/16) we compete in a Pyramid AM-AM in the sixth in the series of Tower Insurance sponsored Turkey Shoots.

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2 Man Texas Scramble

1st Mark Grace and Mark Jones (59 nett 47.4)
2nd Dave Bell and Alex Townell (59 nett 47.8)
3rd Angus Alexander and Chris Westerman (59 nett 49.0)


Only three players finished the first round of the winter Eclectic on Saturday 2nd January. Steven Boyd (2) completed the 15 holes with 30 points despite finishing bogey, bogey. Chris Lee (8) recorded 26 from 13 scoring holes and Gez Bradley signed for 25 points after drawing a blank on the 11th.

Kevin and Julie Amphlett are kindly sponsoring the Manx Cancer Help12 hole competitions being held each Wednesday at Castletown. Julian Brindle (20) won the inaugural event with 27 points from three pars and nine nett pars.  Guy Pickard (6) was one point behind after nine pars and three bogeys. Julie Amphlett was the first lady home scoring 23 points. Stuart Brawn launched an exocet to steal nearest the pin on the 16th.

A 15 hole two man Texas Scramble took place at the weekend but only one team turned out in the windy conditions which prevailed on Sunday. Messrs: Grace (16) and Jones (13) certainly made an early Mark by posting a luscious level par 59 which after deduction of forty percent of their combined handicaps reduced their score to a winning 47.4. Birdies on the 3rd and 14th holes balanced out the bogeys on the 1st and 15th.

Taking advantage of the improving conditions on Saturday late starters Dave Bell (19) and Alex Townell (9) also combined to harvest a gross 59. After allowance their 47.4 secured second place. In addition, Townell tonked-in a two on the 13th, which probably improved his bank balance.

Angus Alexander (6) and Chris Westerman (19) were the third team to play par golf finishing third on nett 49.0. Westerman also recorded a birdie on the 13th; one of seven posted on the day. Out of the prizes by 0.2 Stuart Campbell (11) and Mark Teare (6) compiled the lowest gross score of 56 with beautiful birdies on the 6th, 10th and 12th.

This weekend we compete in the first round of the Winter League, a Stableford qualifier, which can be played on either Saturday or Sunday.


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Individual Stableford (Reduced 15 hole non-qualifer)*(Part of Winter League)

1st: Terry Ditchfield (37pts)
2nd: Michael Charmer (35pts)
3rd: Dominic Litton (33 pts)

Cat 1/2; John Byrne (32 pts), Cat 3/4: David Litton (33 pts), Senior Section: Roy Clague (31pts)


Nearly a hundred players entered the first round of the Winter League at Castletown last Saturday. Due to inclement weather no one took up the challenge on Sunday.

Terry Ditchfield (10) was the runaway winner with 37 points in this 15 hole eclectic. His wonderful round was jump started by a four pointer nett eagle on the 2nd.  Two more birdies followed on the 10th and 12th. Bunker blues brought about an N/R on the 13th but with just three bogeys Ditchfield effectively completed the course in a luscious level par.

Former Castletown Cup winner Michael Charmer (2) finished the first six holes with 12 points. Then Charmer began his birdie blitz. Three in a row tendered ten points. A bogey on the 14th was immediately counteracted by a fourth birdie, and another followed on the 17th. Consequently, Charmer shot three under par for 35 points and second spot.

Turkey Shoot prize winner Dominic Litton (22) blobbed the 2nd but equalled Charmer’s remarkable 23 points for the last nine holes thanks in part to a four pointer nett eagle on the 15th. Three nett birdies and five nett pars concluded his card giving Litton 33 points for third place and he pipped his Papa on countback.

David Litton (19) started the back nine seven points clear of Dominic after a nett eagle on the Road Hole plus three nett birdies and two nett pars for and 17 points. Two sixes and an ugly eight on the 12th limited Litton Senior’s second side to 16 points, but his 33 points earned fourth-place and the category 3/4 prize.

There was a countback contest on 32 points for the category 1/2 award. John Byrne’s (11) nett eagle on the 17th settled the score with Julian Sutton (2) just losing out. Steve Zybert (14) and our former honorary secretary Peter Robertson (13) also had 32 points but were out of the prizes. Our immediate past captain Roy Clague (20) secured the senior section with 31 points.

The second round of the eclectic takes place this coming weekend. If you’ve reserved a tee time but can’t make it please remember to cancel your booking to avoid possible sanctions.


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1st John Corlett 25 points
2nd Jerry Linehan 24 points on countback
Best Lady: Heather Skinner 21 points.

Louna Vermeulen and Richard Dunn won the Longest Drive Prizes and Stuart Brawn finished nearest the pin on the 16th.

2nd Round Eclectic
1st Peter Miller (35 pts)
2nd Stuart Brawn (31 points)
3rd Michael Charmer (30 points)

Category 1/2 Pete Thomas (30 Points); Category 3/4 Ken Berry (30 points); Senior Section: Roy Clague (28 points)



Former school teacher Peter Miller (12), an inveterate parrot joke teller - probably started at ‘polytechnic’ – has also got me talking about birdies as he netted six of them to land the second round of the fifteen hole eclectic by four clear points.

Apart from a bogey on the squelchy short 16th Miller carded pars or birdies on every hole. A wayward bladed approach shot careened off a bunker leading to his first birdie on the 3rd and a more conventional birdie followed on the 12th. Miller finished the front six holes on two over par for 14 points and added another 21 with his thrilling three over par inward nine.

Stuart Brawn (18) amassed 31 points for second spot despite squandering putts left, right and centre. Three putting caused all four of his double bogeys but a super sand-save on the short 13th was one of five pars which were turned into birdies.

Michael Charmer (2) added the third prize to last week’s runner’s-up spot with a luscious level par back nine for 19 points, three better than Pete Thomas (7) who failed to finish the 16th but equalled Charmer’s 30 points to capture the category 1/2 award.

Ken Berry (22) blobbed the 14th and scored just one point on the 17th but all the rest were two or three pointers so he also signed for 30 points to win the category 3/4 prize. For the second week running Roy Clague secured the senior section, this time with 28 points.

A four ball better ball is scheduled for this weekend.  Please note you can now book online at  for our KPMG sponsored Paddy’s Day Knock which will take place at 1:00pm on Thursday 17th March. This will be an open Stableford shotgun start competition in aid of the Captain’s charity which is Hyperbaric Isle of Man. Entry fees of £15 for members and £30 for visitors includes a bacon bap and hot drink on arrival.


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Four Ball Better Ball (90% handicap)
1st Mark Grace and Bryan McMahon (Nett 58)
2nd Jon Wild and Ben Humbles (Nett 59)



Storm force winds and superb all day breakfasts deflected all but the most determined golfers at Castletown this weekend. 19 teams ventured out in the 15 hole four ball better ball competition. Many more made it to the club-house but were waylaid by the enticing aroma of bacon.

Mark Grace (16) and Bryan McMahon (8) did the hard bit of applying ninety per cent to their handicaps but then couldn’t add up their nett scores! Never-the-less, their amended nett 58 gave them a one shot margin of victory.

Grace figured on the first five holes with four nett pars and one nett birdie. McMahon’s vital addition, a nett par on the 6th, meant they made the turn at one under par with 24 shots.

Then, netting a birdie, four pars and a bogey, Grace limited McMahon’s subsequent input to three tricky holes. McMahon’s par on the short 13th was followed by a nett par on 15th and then he again finished with a flourish. His nett birdie on the final hole meant they came back in 34 shots to finish at two under par.

In second place Jon Wild (18) and Ben Humbles (15) breezed round in one under par despite signing for a silly seven, double bogey, on the 12th. Ignoring that aberration their efforts were almost equal in that their scores were counted on seven holes each. Wild netted four birdies to Humbles two but conversely Wild hit two bogey to Humbles one.

There may not be a third prize awarded but three teams were involved in a complicated card play-off with their level par 60’s. Terry Ditchfield (9) and Neil Cartwright (8) muscled onto the podium with a better last six holes. With a better back nine Steve Zybert (14) and Michael Charmer (2) pushed Mark Teare (6) and Ross Byrne (14) into fifth-place.

The Manx Cancer Help 12 hole Stableford is scheduled for Wednesday and this weekend is another Stableford.

Early booking is recommended for the KPMG sponsored Paddy’s Day Knock on Thursday 17th March. It is in aid of the Captain’s charity - Hyperbaric Isle of Man. £15 for members/£30 for visitors and you get an enticing bacon bap!




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1st Dave Matthews (27pts)
2nd Andy McGee (26pts)
3rd Mark Handley (26pts) First Lady: Maryanne Dunn (26pts). Nearest-the-Pin: Dave Evans


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Sublime winter weather brought a generous entry to support the weekly Manx Cancer Help 12 hole Stableford competition last Wednesday. Twenty-five men and women battled it out with several new members performing well.
Master chef Dave Evans from Langness No:19 dished up a nearest-the-pin treat on the 13th hole. Evans was in the first group out and his fine tee shot finished a foot closer than short hole specialist Stuart Brawn who has won the prize for the past two weeks.
The competition proper was won by Dave Matthews who battered the opposition with a very creditable 27 points. The Peel fryer chipped his way to success with some miraculous up and downs around the course. Fear not, fellow members, the 27 handicapper is registering on the handicap secretary's radar.
In the same fourball, single figure player, and fellow fryer Mark Handley scored well on eleven holes. The main man from the Terrace Chippy played an almost flawless round but shabby putting on the 12th was to cost him dear. He became a countback casualty on 26 points.
Steely Yorkshire man Andy McGee secured second place by netting an albatross on the final hole thus nudging out Mark Handley and also Maryann Dunn who was placed fourth. Never-the-less Dunn had the distinction of being the first lady home by six clear shots.
The weather stayed fine but blowy for the informal 11.30am roll-up which takes each Thursday. Numerous members arrived early for a pre-game natter with coffee and cakes. Clearly, it was too comfortable in the club-house because only half the attendees actually appeared on the tee.
Once again the storms put paid to any competition last weekend although a few intrepid souls did venture out. Consequently, we are expecting a bumper entry for the third round of the Winter Eclectic this weekend.
Places are filling up fast for the KPMG sponsored Paddy’s Day Knock at 1:00pm on Thursday 17th March. It is in aid of the Captain’s charity - Hyperbaric Isle of Man. So call Ged Power on 822211 to reserve your spot and/or to offer a raffle prize.


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1st Ken Berry (29 pts)
2nd Guy Pickard (27 pts)
First Lady - Heather Skinner (19pts)

For report see 13/14th February

3rd Round Eclectic
1st Steven Boyd (40 pts)
2nd Mark Walker (39 pts)
3rd Frankie Doherty (38 pts). Cat 1/2: Richard Corke (37 pts). Cat 3/4: Andrew McGee (37 pts) Senior Section: Ken Berry (36 pts).



Ken Berry (22) was the worthy winner of the weekly Manx Cancer Help 12 hole Stableford at Castletown. His 29 points included a nett eagle, five nett birdies and four nett pars which, no doubt, will all be taken into consideration at the forthcoming annual handicap review meeting.

Guy Pickard (6) went round in a splendid one over par for second spot with 27 points. Heather Skinner (16) was the first lady home on 19 points and ex Island champion Adrian Copley (8) demonstrated his class in winning nearest-to-the pin on the 13th.   

Over thirty conscientious objectors avoided the draft as a cruel easterly wind cut right through the seventy plus participants in Saturday’s section of the weekend Stableford qualifier. Eight opportunists enjoyed more benign conditions on Sunday but their scores did not alter the top three places.

The winner, Steven Boyd (2), tapped-in an eagle two on the 1st and birdied both the par fives to finish the front nine at a fantastic four under par. Boyd was blown back a bit on the 11th and 14th so he bogeyed those. Thus, a mere 17 points was added to his exuberant outward 23.

In second-place Mark Walker (12) matched Boyd’s bountiful front nine with a birdie and just two bogeys for 23 points, but Walker’s back nine was far from crisp. He was shaken by a couple of double bogeys but still managed to salt-away 16 points thanks to a lucrative two on the 13th.

Frankie Doherty (8) was third with 38 points from 17 scoring holes. A double bogey on the 4th spoiled a very tidy looking card which included birdies on the 1st, 9th, 10th and 12th.

Two of the Sunday boys, Richard Corke (5) and Andrew McGee (22), sidled in to nick the category 1/2 and 3/4 prizes on countback ahead of Terry Cassidy (9) and Guy Sissons (18). They all carded 37 points, one ahead of super vet Ken Berry who never-the-less won the senior section to add to his Wednesday winnings.

A 4BBB awaits us this weekend and here is a reminder that some spaces remain for the open KPMG sponsored Paddy’s Day Knock taking place on Thursday 17th March at 1:00pm in aid of the Captain’s charity – Hyperbaric Isle of Man.



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1st P. Robinson ( 27)
2nd D.Matthews (26)
3rd Heather Skinner (21)


Four Ball Better Ball (90% handicap)

1st D.Grant/K.Page (57)
2nd JJ Moore/S.Keegan (58)
3rd S.Boyd/C.Lee (58)



Twenty six teams braved the elements in last weekend’s fifteen hole 4BBB and some sad and soggy cards tell their own story. By far the most bedraggled belonged to the eventual winners Douglas Grant (22) and Kevin Paige (13). They will be most surprised because apart from not knowing the correct date they signed for a nett 59 which would have placed them out of the prizes.

Luckily, our eagle eyed immediate past-captain Dr Roy Clague was acting as the interim competition secretary and his close inspection resulted in a two shot adjustment in their favour. That’s not on I hear you cry! Well it is because Grant and Paige’s gross scores were correct and there is no requirement for players to input a date – see Rule 6-6.

Grant scored four nett birdies and three nett pars. Paige produced eight erratic entries comprising two double bogeys, a bogey, two pars, two birdies and a glorious birdie (nett eagle) on the 18th.  So where did the marking go wrong? It was on the two short holes which Grant had parred but which were not netted down.

Early entrants JJ Moore (4) and Stephen Keegan (4) went round in one over par which became a tremendous two under par 58 to scoop second spot on a back nine countback. In addition, Keegan had tapped in a two, one of only three recorded on the day.

The countback casualties were Steven Boyd (2) and Chris Lee (8) although Lee’s efforts were only entered on three holes, one of which was a slippery seven on the par four 6th. Boyd’s beautiful back nine, completed in one under par, was unfortunately one shot too many.

Peter Robinson (20) won the mid-week Manx Cancer Help 12 hole Stableford with 27 points. David Matthews (27) was second with 26 and Heather Skinner (16) was the first lady home on 21. New member Chris Wolfendale (5) won nearest-the-pin.

This weekend is another Stableford which reminds me, there are still a few spaces available for the open Stableford, KPMG sponsored, Paddy’s Day Knock taking place on Thursday 17th March at 1:00pm in aid of the Captain’s charity – Hyperbaric Isle of Man.


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1st David Matthews (26pts)
2nd Kevin Maden (25pts)
First Lady: Jackie Fisher (24pts). Nearest-the-pin: Malcolm Lambert

Individual Stableford (Qualifier)*
1st Mike Horsthuis (43pts)
2nd Mark Teare (37pts - better back 6)
3rd Andrew Challenor (37pts - better back 9)

Cat 1/2: Sam Skelton (37pts). Cat 3/4: Peter Purcell (37pts). Senior Section: John Lee (35pts).



‘Flower-man Mike’ Horsthuis (11), the winner of last year’s final Stableford competition, has started this season with a sensational score to secure the Stableford at Castletown at the weekend.

Horsthuis hoisted 23 points in an amazing outward nine which was one over par. Bogeys on the 4th and 8th were ameliorated by a beautiful birdie on the 6th. Another bountiful birdie on the short 13th brought Horsthuis back to even par and augmented his prize pot. Four blooming bogeys over the last five holes meant Horsthuis only amassed another 20 points so his winning margin was limited to a never-the-less splendiferous six Stableford points.

In second place, and one of five players on 37 points, ex Castletown FC manager Mark Teare (6) started with a birdie and added another one on what proved to be, for him, a profitable and pivotal 13th. Teare’s inward 19 points was equalled so it was determined on the last six holes over which he scored 14 points, one more than third-placed Andrew Challenor (+1).

Challenor, the runner-up in last year’s Grant Thornton Island Championship, carded a tremendous two under par gross 70 which included four birdies. Unfortunately for Challenor his third one, on the stroke index (18) 13th, was only worth two points which cost him on countback even though he completed the last six holes in an enviable two under par.

Former captain Sam Skelton (3) equalled Challenor’s birdie count but his 37 points were slightly front end loaded so he had to settle for the category one/two prize.  Peter Purcell (13) finished fifth with his 37 points, 17 of which were scored on the back nine so he collected the category three/four prize. Also on 37 points Ged Power (4) was two under after twelve holes but then faded away with five bogeys to finish out of the prizes. The senior section winner was John Lee (14) with 35 points.

Prolific prize winner David Matthews (27) won the mid-week Manx Cancer Help 12 hole Stableford with 26 points. The handicap committee has now cut him considerably. Kevin Madin was second with 25 and the lady vice-captain, Jackie Fisher (31), was the first lady home on 24. Malcolm Lambert (10), the men’s vice-captain, just lipped out to finish nearest-the-pin.

The captain, Chris Kelly, has asked again that we mention that there are still a few spaces available for the open Stableford, KPMG sponsored, Paddy’s Day Knock taking place on Thursday 17th March at 1:00pm in aid of his chosen charity – Hyperbaric Isle of Man.



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4th Round Eclectic

1st S. Newson (38)
2nd R. Wild.

Castletown Golf Club Weekend Competition – report
Newson On The Key To Success.
Members enjoyed rather splendid conditions for the second week running at Langness. At one point in the scoring, it was looking like a highly unlikely double for Mike Horsthuis who had cleaned up only 7 days beforehand. The galloping grocer had been hit with a 3 shot reduction by the handicap Politburo and was now playing off 9. ‘Quiet man’ Mike was unfazed by this and never mentioned it to anybody. Armed with a set of antique golf clubs, the mango magnate scored 32 points.  Andy Lagden, Richard Creamore and Frankie Doherty all attempted to have a crack at the title and filled the interim places up to second spot and that was taken by Richard Wild. An excellent finish on the final holes finalised a back nine of 21. However, this was nowhere near good enough to win. First prize was awarded to one of our newest members, Sam Newson who is a Sunday regular. Playing in what appeared to be more difficult conditions than the preceding day, our man who we normally see sizing a pair of Doctor Martin boots or an outdoor tent, employed his now fragile 25 handicap and dispatched an unbeatable score of 38 points.
The overall winter eclectic series was won by Frankie Doherty with a 59 net.


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Individual Stableford (Qualifier)*

1st A.Rowe (36)
2nd G.Corlett (35)
3rd C.Magee (35)

Fantastic Four Member Wins Again
One of our super hero collective members claimed top honours again at the weekend. Alan Rowe’s regular fourball of Cartwright, Ditchfield and Creamore have won more in one year of competitions than most of us well ever win in a lifetime of golf.
Rowe’s special ‘Mr Fantastic’ powers focus on a very tidy short game as his chipping and putting matches anybody in the club. Alan finished with 4 pars in testing conditions on the Sunday morning totalising 36 points. (The other Fantastic Four members, namely the Human Torch, Invisible Woman and The Thing can be allocated at the leisure of the reader. The smart money is on Cartwright as ‘The Thing’.)
Teeing off a few hours beforehand  was early bird, Graham Corlett. The 7 handicapper and gifted sportsman scored 35 points and is an impressive bet for winning a few comps in the 2015 season. 
Third prize went to Colin Magee who amazingly played left handed for a full 18 holes and scored 35 points. Colin was very pleased at his performance using a set of clubs designed ‘The wrong way round’. Remarkable.
Congratulations to Michael Charmer for winning the winter series.
Saturday sees the Captain’s Drive as Chris Kelly launches into his year onto the course. There is a sweepstake for the event and is available to enter for £1. Chris has confidently set the parameters as a shot ranging from 90 to 230 yards. Good luck Chris!


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Captain’s Drive In

1st Chris Howland (40 points)
2nd Bryan McMahon (39 points)
3rd Richard Creamore (38 points)

Cat 1/2: Terry Ditchfield (37pts), Cat 3/4: Chris Dunn (38pts), Senior Prize; Peter Thompson (32 pts)


The Club held the KPMG Sponsored St Patrick’s Day Open Competition on Thursday, 76 players enjoyed the sunshine and calm conditions on the Langness peninsula. The highlight of the day was an ace by Lady Member Bronwen Raatgever on par 3, 13th. As is tradition she invited those present to have a drink in the 19th to celebrate.
The Competition was keenly contested with the winner Steven Boyd playing off 2 having 39 points, playing a gross 71, one under par. an excellent round. 2nd Brendan McLaughlin 37, on back six, 3rd David Price 37, 4th Alan Harding 36 on back nine, 5th Ian Hodgkinson 36. Best Lady Heather Skinner 36 closely beating both Louna Vermeulen and Julie Amphlett on 35. Best Visitor was Rhys Yardley with 35. Nearest the pin, 8th Chris Wolfendale and 13th hole in one, Bronwen Raatgever.
Grateful thanks also to those Businesses and Members who kindly donated raffle prizes towards a very successful funding raising event which will benefit the Captains Charity, Hyperbaric Chamber..
Captain Chris Kelly drove-in on Saturday 19th supported by the Members with a drive, beating his expectations, of 215 yards. The weekend was Sponsored by Cannacord Genuity Wealth Management which also covered the Lady Captain, Dawn Sissions drive in the previous evening.
Another dry weekend produced a field of 99 players in the Stableford Competition for the Gold Medal with Chris Howland running out the winner with an excellent score of 40 points playing on Saturday. Runner up one point behind on 39, Bryan McMahon followed in 3rd a further point behind on 38 Richard Creamore. The Category prizes where Terry Ditchfield Cat ½, 37 points on back 2, Chris Dunn Cat ¾, 38  points with Senior prize to Peter Thompson 32 points.
Next weekend, Easter Saturday/Sunday will be for the Woods Cup, Bogey Competition.


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1st Marlene Akitt (28 points)
2nd John Tinsley (27 points)
3rd Mark Teare (26 points) Nearest-the Pin: Frankie Doherty

Good Friday - Stableford
1st Steven Boyd (38 pts)
2nd Neil Cartwright(36 pts)
3rd Jack Yardley(36 pts). First Lady: Dawn Sissons (27 pts)



It has been a busy week at Castletown even though the weather put paid to the Woods Cup bogey competition scheduled for Easter Saturday and Sunday. Only 17 players braved the elements so this competition has been rearranged to take place this weekend (2nd/3rd April). The weather is expected to be bad on Saturday so it has now been agreed that players are free to rebook to pay on Sunday - call 822211 to transfer your booking.

In the mid-week Manx Cancer Help 12 hole Stableford Marlene Akitt made the most of her 32 handicap to post a winning 28 points. Spurred on by a nett eagle on the 4th, which made up for a one pointer eight on the previous hole, Akitt carded three nett birdies and seven nett pars.

In second spot with 27 points John Tinsley (6) was in good spirits following his one over par performance which included an eagle on the 3rd.  Third placed Mark Teare (5) shot four birdies and scored 26 points off just ten holes as he failed to finish the 8th and 12th holes. Teare’s playing partner Frankie Doherty (8) surprisingly had seven N/Rs but peaked when it mattered to nick the nearest-the-pin prize on the 13th.

Steven Boyd (2), the recent winner of the KPMG sponsored Paddy’s Day Knock competition, added another victory to his tally on Good Friday. 47 players competed in a Stableford competition which was open to all members. Boyd’s beautiful level par round included two birdies and two bogeys for 38 points.

Another prolific prize winner, Neil Cartwright (8), splashed out on the Road Hole but completed the back nine in one over par to take second place on countback with 36 points just edging out former club president Jack Yardley (11) who peaked on the front nine. Our lady captain Dawn Sissons, without the encumbrance of her fetching ‘drive-in’ rabbit’s outfit, scooped the lady’s prize with 27 points.

On Easter Monday the Links ran another Stableford competition which was won on countback by Jon Wagstaffe (14). His 38 point just trumped Alan Rowe (5) who thumped three of his four birdies on the front nine. Mark Handley (6) was on song to claim third spot with 35 points.

Golf aficionados will be delighted that the first of the SMP Partners sponsored monthly medal series has now been moved to 16/17th April.


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1st Maryann Dunn (27pts)
2nd Gerry Ganly (26pts)
3rd Kevin Amphlett (26ts) Nearest the Pin: Margaret Kelly




WOODS CUP - Bogey Competition

1st. Dominic Litton (+5)
2nd. John Byrne (+2)
3rd. Angus Alexander (+1) Better back 6. Cat 1/2: Mark Walker (+1). Cat 3/4 Kyle McConnell (0).



Due to expected poor weekend weather an early decision was made to postpone the SMP Partners sponsored monthly medal which will now be played over the weekend of 16/17th April. In its place the previously postponed Woods Cup bogey competition was staged with 32 players venturing out on Saturday and a further 37 entering on Sunday.

The winner by three shots was the fast improving Dominic Litton (22) who finished on +5 after carding seven nett birdies and nine nett pars. A double bogey on the 2nd and an N/R on the Road Hole were the only negative scores in a splendid round which, for handicap adjustment purposes, was equivalent to (14).

In second place John Byrne (11) had a front nine which was up and down like a fiddler’s elbow. His cumulative score oscillated between -1, 0 and +1 and ended up level. Byrne then drifted out to -3 before finished with a crescendo of five nett birdies to leave him in rhapsody on +2.

Angus Alexander (6) was at +2 after a stellar one over par front nine which contained just one bogey on the 3rd. His back nine score of -1 obscured a decisive final six holes which were covered in just one over par. By finishing in this fashion Alexander just pipped Mark Walker (12) to the third spot on countback.

Walker (12) collected the category 1/2 prize as, although he matched Alexander’s front and back nine scores to also end on +1, his last six holes contained two nett bogeys and only one nett birdie. Five competitors played to their handicap and so scored zero. After a countback between Kyle McConnell (13) and Donald Buchanan (23), the only players eligible for the category 3/4 prize, the award went to McConnell courtesy of his better back nine.

Earlier in the week over 40 golfers came out in the sunshine to enjoy the Manx Cancer Help 12 hole competition which was won by Maryann Dunn (36) with 27 points. Gerry Ganly (15) was second with 26 and Kevin Amphlett (14) lost out on countback to take third prize. Margaret Kelly (19) played a links course special, bump and run, to purloin the nearest the pin prize on the 13th.

This weekend stalwart club member Gwynn Williams is kindly sponsoring our Stableford competition.


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Stableford (Sponsored by Gwynn Williams)

1st Dan Williams (40pts)
2nd Stuart Brawn (38pts) - 22 on the back 9
3rd Guy Pickard (38pts - 19 on the back 9

Cat 1/2 Mark Walker (37pts). Cat 3/4 Dominic Litton (38 pts - 18 on the back 9)



Relatively wonderful weather greeted early starters in the Gwynn Williams sponsored Stableford competition at Castletown on Saturday. 109 players ventured out but a sudden squall put paid to a few rounds later in the day. Surprisingly, only six competitors played in the same competition on Sunday.

The winner with 40 points, Dan Williams (9) Commercial Manager for Isle of Man Newspapers, posted bookend birdies in a fine five over par performance scoring nothing worse than a bogey. Waxing lyrical about the improving putting surfaces, the former Barclays banker earned a bonus to boost his winnings with a profitable two on the 8th. In case you were wondering, Dan is not related to the sponsor.  

Stuart Brawn (19), failed to find his reasonable tee shot on the 9th so frustratingly finished the front nine with 16 points. He bounced back by cleverly chipping in for a nett eagle on the 10th. Brawn then carded a nett hole-in-one for another four points on the 13th. Brawn breezed round the back nine in just five over par for 22 of his 38 points for a well deserved second spot achieved in exactly 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Two other competitors ended on 38 points. Guy Pickard (6) birdied the 16th for a small share of the 2’s pot as a total of 15 were recorded. More importantly, it enabled Pickard to post 19 points on both halves which gave him third place ahead of last week’s bogey competition winner Dominic Litton (20) who N/R’d the Road Hole and still claimed the category 3/4 prize this week.

Keith Featherstone (14) and Mark Walker (12) both scored 37 points but only Walker, was eligible for the category 1/2 award which he seems to have made his own as he also claimed it last week!

This coming weekend the first in the series of SMP Partners Medal competitions is finally upon us. Competitors are asked to annotate their actual starting and finishing times on their card so that the committee can continue to monitor how long such rounds are taking.


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1st Kenny Chesterson (40pts)
2nd Guy Pickard (38pts)
3rd Francis Doherty (37pts). First Lady Maryann Dunn (37pts)

SMP Partners Monthly Medal (Rescheduled due to poor weather on 2/3 April)
1st Paul Reid (76 nett 67)
2nd Richard Wild (87 nett 68)
3rd Stuart Butler (86 nett 69)

Best Gross Score JJ Moore (73). Cat: 1/2 Ian Quine (nett 71). Cat: 3/4 Steve Zybert (nett 72).



Paul Reid (9) romped in to win the first in the series of SMP Partners medal competitions with a nett 67 at Castletown at the weekend. Having taken time out to support his daughter, Sportswoman of the Year Catherine, Reid was playing in only his third competition since winning on Captain’s Day last June.

His remarkable round started with two birdies and ended disappointingly with back-to-back bogeys. Sandwiched in between were eleven pars, interspersed by bogeys on the 6th and 11th. There were however, two moments of mayhem to report. His thinned chip hit the stick and crashed in for the birdie on the 2nd.  Then, on the 7th, Reid toe ended his tee shot into the gorse, which led to seven of his 76 shots.

In second spot on nett 68 Richard Wild (19) also got off to a sprint start with five pars and four nett pars. Wild’s inward nine was slightly more pedestrian with a string of fives, other than a nett eagle on the 12th and a slippery seven on the last which cost him the cup.

JJ Moore (4) had time to select his shots as he was in a two-ball in amongst three and four-balls. Rather than attempt to race round the leisurely pace obviously worked to his advantage. A lucrative birdie two on the 8th was followed by another birdie on the 10th. Just three bogeys marred his card so Moore won the best gross prize with his splendid one over par 73.

Ending on the same nett score of 69, Stuart Butler (17) shot three double bogeys, one nett bogey and fourteen pars/nett pars. But it was his nett eagle on the 1st that got his game off to a flier and helped him claim third place.

Banker Steve Zybert (14) cashed in to win the category 3/4 prize with a level nett par round despite having a devil of a time with three sixes and a couple of sevens. The current Aon Cup holder, Iain Quine (10), had recorded just two double bogeys and two bogeys with three holes to play. Unfortunately, three bogeys followed which knocked Quine back to nett 71. Good enough to win the category one/two prize.

Incidentally, this year’s Aon Cup takes place on Saturday 21st May and Aon Insurance Managers have kindly agreed to widen the event as a memorial to the late and great Mike Henthorn. They have provided an additional trophy and are sponsoring the golf prizes and half-way hut refreshments.

There will be a fantastic fund raising raffle in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care, a charity which Mike Henthorn championed. Pledges for additional prizes would be welcomed and non-members can reserve their place for either the morning or afternoon shotgun start of the Aon Trophy by calling the Links on 822211. Members can book online from 6:00pm Monday 18/4.

This coming weekend Thomas Miller Investment kindly sponsor our Stableford competition.


Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help

1st Maryann Dunn (40pts)
2nd Breeshey Jansen (39pts) - level par back nine
3rd Jack Gilbert (39pts)

Stableford (Sponsored by Thomas Miller)

1st Andi Howland (41pts 23+18) 13 over the final 6 holes
2nd Alan Rowe (41pts 23+18)) 12 over the final 6 holes
3rd Jon Wagstaffe (40pts) 20 on the back nine

Cat 1/2: Gareth Morris (38 pts). Cat 3/4: Keith Bernard (40 pts) 19 on the back nine.


It should have been easy to report that 41 points won the Thomas Miller Investment sponsored Stableford competition at Castletown Golf Club at the weekend. However, two players finished on the same score and they could not be separated on their back nine total of 18.

Early starter Alan Rowe (5) is a member of the fabulous foursome who regularly appear in the winner’s enclosure. Starting with a tap-in eagle Rowe was instantly in the money and he doubled his deposit with another two on the 13th.  Assuming that is, that Rowe had paid his Pound to insure the event!

His luscious level par round was definitely a game of two halves as there are few who could play the front nine in two under par for 23 points. Perhaps he was perfecting his winner’s speech because he finished with two bogeys having been two under with two to play. Not only did it blot Rowe’s copy book but it allowed Andi Howland (9) to sneak in to win the top prize based on a better final six holes.

Howland works in the pro shop and his level par front nine indicate he is in the right place. Six further pars show that Howland’s handicap will soon be lower. A double bogey on the 11th and bogeys on the 15th and 17th meant Howland carded a 76, nett 67. More importantly, his final six holes rendered 13 points; one better that second placed Rowe.

Another card play-off was required to determine third place. Both Jon Wagstaffe (14) and Keith Featherstone (13) accumulated 40 points. Wagstaffe won on countback with 20 points compared to Featherstone’s mere 19. That was more than good enough to secure the category 3/4 prize as the next nearest competitor was two points further back. Jack Gilbert (7)

The category 1/2 winner was fifth-placed Gareth Morris (12) who had an impressive run of seven straight pars, but finished with three fives which restricted his back nine to 20 of his 38 points.

Spare a thought for Keith Bernard (19) who finished out of the prizes on 38 points. Had he not suffered double bogeys on the last three holes his reward would have been more than a handicap cut.

Maryann Dunn (35) won the midweek Manx Cancer Help Stableford with 40 points. Breeshey Jansen (6) shot a lovely level par back nine to step in with 39 points for second spot and Jack Gilbert (7) was placed third, also on 39 points.

This weekend there will be twin shotgun starts for the Permanent Bank International Stableford either side of the lunchtime monthly prize presentation.


Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help


Shotguns & Monthly Presentation(Permanent Bank International)
1st G.Morris (45)
2nd A.Lagden (41)
3rd R.Clague (37)
Cat 1/2 JJ Moore (37)
Cat 3/4 M.Kinmond (37)

CASTLETOWN GOLF CLUB report for w/e 1/5/16


Winning by four shots is something that Tiger used to do at the end of four days of play. Gareth Morris (11) achieving this feat in just one day in the Permanent Bank International Stableford at Castletown last weekend could perhaps be construed as a Morris minor miracle.

Morris motored in with four birdies and just one bogey to complete the front nine with an amazing 27 points; a score, on its own, good enough to beat a quarter of the field. Relative normality returned on the homeward run as Morris mucked up the 11th and the 18th with double bogeys. With an extra putt on the 13th Morris could only 18 points, but still completed the course at just two over par.

In second spot, and himself four points clear of the field, Andy Lagden (8) was one over par after nine holes. Four fantastic birdies obscured a quadruple bogey 8 on the 2nd which failed to upset his equilibrium. Two bogeys, another birdie, and an irritating double bogey on the 18th saw Lagden home in 19 points to add to the 22 already accumulated.

Our immediate past captain, and now interim Comp Sec, Roy Clague (20) needed just 16 holes to charge into third spot ahead of a phalanx of players stuck on 37 points. With a blob on each nine Clague’s game of two halves was backend loaded with 22 points helped, no doubt, by a lovely four pointer on the 10th.

Michael Kinmond (13) collected the category 3/4 prize with his 37 points which included a couple of sevens, one of which was a triple bogey which restricted his inward nine to 18 points.

 JJ Moore (3) was was again in the frame with his terrific two over par round. A couple of tasty twos added even more lolly to his category 1/2 award with 37 points. Andy James (7) was the count-back casualty as, after four birdies in the opening ten holes, an N/R on the last restricted his back nine to a not so sweet 16.

This coming weekend we compete in the second in the sponsored series of SMP Partners medals.


Club Comp.


Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help


Monthly Medal Sponsored by SMP Partners

1st Alan Rowe (68)
2nd Tim Shallcross (69)
3rd Simon Murray (71)
Gross J.Sutton (73)
Cat 1/2 Rob McIver
Cat 3/4 Adrian Jones (71)
Sen. Stuart Brawn


Warmer weather encouraged a bumper number of players to participate in the SMP Partners medal at Castletown this past weekend. Alan Rowe (5) opened with a birdie and was three under after  just six holes. Then back-to-back bogeys was the wrong  sort of row for Rowe, so he  turned at one under par. Another bogey on the 13th brought him back to level but it didn't last as Rowe also bogeyed the 18th for a splendid 73, nett 68, for a well deserved medal win.

If it had been a nine hole competition Tim Shallcross (17) would have won it by a mile with his three over par 40 which was half a dozen better than his handicap. He dropped five shots over the 11th and 12th but was still in the lead standing on the 17th tee. A spasm at ‘The Chasm’ led to a not so great eight. Even so, Shallcross signed for an 86, nett 69, to secure second place.

After six fives on the front nine Simon Murray (5) had obviously had enough so he went for flat fours on the back nine. The exception being a par three on the 16th to add to his only other one on the 8th. Murray’s mint two under par 35 inward nine made him a countback king with 76, nett 71, for third place ahead of six others, not all of whom won prizes.

Eight times island champion Julian Sutton (2) overcame a slow start and got back to level par with birdies on the 3rd and 12th. But for a bogey on the 15th Sutton would have stayed level, and had to settle for 73 to win the best gross prize. Rob McIver (7) purloined the prize for category 1/2 in a complicated card play-off with Andy ‘calamity’ James (6) and Sam ‘so close’ Skelton (3).

The category 3/4 winner was the well balanced Adrian Jones (16) who also carded a nett 71, as did the front nine loaded Stuart Brawn (18), who will rue his triple bogey on the 12th which marred an otherwise tidy card. However, Brawn was rewarded by winning the senior section.

Spare a thought for the lady captain’s husband, Guy Sissons (18), who was six shots in hand with just two holes to go. Alas, he used them all up on the 17th! Even with that terrible 10 Sissons finished on 90, nett 72.

This coming weekend we will again be hoping for calm conditions as Thornton Associates kindly sponsor a challenging blue tees Stableford.



Stephen Trophy 1


Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help


Stableford Sponsored by Thornton Associates (Blue Tees)

1st Ross Byrne (40)
2nd Ross Dennett (40)
3rd D.Litton (39)
Cat 1/2 Michael Charmer
Cat 3/4 Richard Wild. Senior Secition John Lee (36)

Yellow Tees Competition: 1st Alan Harding (40), 2nd Stuart Brawn (40), 3rd Adrian Copely (39)


As requested, the golf gods gave us relatively calm conditions for the blue tees Stableford competition kindly sponsored by Thornton Chartered Financial Planners. Pleasingly, over a hundred players participated during the weekend and a further 19 opted for the yellow tees option.

Two players named Ross finished on 40 points but with a tremendous two over par back nine, which harvested 23 points, Ross Byrne (15) was the clear winner. Byrne certainly didn't burn up the front nine however. He failed to finish the 4th, and was at sixes and sevens on the 5th and 7th holes but four pars produced a dozen of his opening 17 points.

With a wonderful one under par 71 the Ross at a loss was Ross Dennett (3) who birdied the 1st and 5th holes to finish the front nine with 22 points. What Dennett would have given for another two little ducks, but he only added a birdie on the 14th and two ugly duckling bogeys for an inward 18.

Dominic Litton (19) stepped in with 39 points for third place scored off 17 holes having N/R’d the 4th. The only other hole where Litton failed to post a par, or a nett par, was his sinful seven on the 12th. Two other players also scored 39 points but they couldn't match Litton’s inward 21 points.

Both Richard Wild (17) and Michael Charmer (3) came back with 19 points and had to be separated over the last six holes. They were rewarded with the two category prizes and Charmer had the distinction of carding the lowest gross score for his 72. John Lee won the senior section.

Team-mates Alan Harding (14) and Stuart Brawn (17) battled it out for the win in the yellow tees competition. Both posted 40 points comprising of 22 and 18 but crucially Harding’s two little ducks bobbed-up on his back nine.

Motoring in to third place was former island champion Adrian Copley (8) who went round in a fabulous five over par. He carded three birdies and will be miffed that he mucked-up the 13th with two extra shots which restricted his total to 39 points.

This coming Saturday Aon Insurance Managers are sponsoring the Mike Henthorn Memorial Trophy and the Aon Cup. Both shotgun starts are almost fully booked but there may be some last minute spaces. Don’t forget to buy plenty of raffle tickets in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care, a charity which Mike championed. Thanks to generous donations there are some fantastic prizes to be won.



Club Comp


Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help


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).


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.


Stephen Trophy 2


Captains Cup Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help


4BBB (12 hole)Sponsored by Doctors Direct


Shotguns & Monthly Presentation kindly sponsored by Permanent Bank International
1st Kevin Paige (41pts)
2nd Alan Rowe (40pts)
3rd David Campbell (39pts). Cat 1/2 - Scott Donald (39pts). Cat 3/4 David Allan (38pts). Senior Section John Dean (35pts).


After three years adapting to links golf Kevin Paige (13) has high hopes of getting his handicap back to single figures. Paige, a former parkland player, had his best ever round at Castletown in the Permanent Bank International sponsored stableford last weekend.

Booking in to win with 41 points Paige had just eight bogeys in a solid round, hitting a high percentage of greens in regulation. A couple of frustrating three putts and some missed birdie opportunities offer an area for further improvement. Perhaps he will invest some of his winning in a putting lesson with our new PGA professional Dave Adams.

Prolific prize winner Alan Rowe (4) came a close second with 40 points. His lovely level par round reflected the more testing playing conditions into the wind on the back nine. Four beautiful birdies and a bogey on the front nine were exactly reversed by Rowe’s inward efforts which ended with back-to-back bogeys.

In improving weather David Campbell (18) enjoyed a golden spell with five triple pointers in a four over par back nine for 23 of his 39 points. That super performance earned Campbell third place in a three way card play-off against the category 1/2 winner Scott Donald (3), who played on Sunday, and Rob McIver (7) who lost out by peaking too early with two birdies in his first six holes.

A procession of six players all ended on 38 points but only two qualified to compete for the vacant category 3/4 prize. David Allan (13) in ninth-place pipped Ashley Osborne (13) by three back nine points. Messrs PJ Vermeulen (4), Angus Alexander (4), Mark Teare (6) and Peter Thomas (8) being the respective non qualifiers.

The current, and oldest ever, Castletown Cup holder at 83 years young, John Dean (20), showed he has lost none of his competitive edge by securing the senior section with 35 points.

According to ex footballer Colin E Magee we all need to stick to the fairway on the 12th. He was attacked in the rough by a belligerent birdie. The oyster catcher nearly gave him a centre parting when he ventured too close to its nest. This unwanted attention led Magee to pick up his ball but he left the three green eggs unscrambled.

This coming weekend is the next in the series of SMP Partners sponsored medals. To avoid N/Rs my erratic group may be donning hard hats!


Club comp

Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help


Monthly Medal Sponsored by SMP Partners

1st Julian Sutton (68 nett 66)
2nd Simon Murray (75 nett 69)
3rd Jonathan Wild (87 nett 69)

Cat 1/2 Mike Horsthuis (80 nett 70). Cat 3/4 Michael McCord (85 nett 71). Senior Section George Ferguson (92 nett 72)


When your worst score is a par and you’ve fired four birdies before brunch it is no wonder that you were the eight times island champion and deserved to be the early club-house leader in the SMP Partners sponsored medal at Castletown on Saturday.

Thus, Julian Sutton (2) followed up last month’s best gross score by winning this month’s medal by three clear shots. Sutton birdied the 7th and then three in a row from the 11th to the 13th where he tapped in a two to finish on a fantastic four under par 68, nett 66.

The former Castletown Cup winner Simon Murray (6), who finished third in last month’s medal, went one better this time out. Murray’s 75, nett 69, included two birdies which cancelled out what he described as his usual double bogey after a chunky chip on the 4th. 

Shock, horror! Murray wants to dig up the 9th as he can’t play it whatever club he uses, and as for his three stabbing at the 15th, no bodies were found, so I presume he had an extra putt.

In third place Jonathan Wild (18) also notched-up a nett 69. His highlight was a birdie on the par five 3rd, but three double bogeys detracted from an otherwise solid round which included four pars and ten nett pars.

Proving once again that his golf scholarship in paying off, Scott Donald (3), fresh back from the USA, balanced out his birdies and bogeys – four of each-  for a lovely level par round to take the ‘next’ best gross prize.

‘Flower-man’ Mike Horsthuis (10) bloomed again to win the category 1/2 prize even with an over-exuberant quadruple bogey eight on the 15th. Horsthuis played the other 17 holes in just four over par so planted an 80, nett 70.

Michael McCord (14) was one of six players who went round in nett 71, but he was the only one to qualify for the category 3/4 award, which was richly deserved after eight pars, although he was bedevilled by three 6’s.

There was a two way fight for the senior section which went to 3FM’s George Ferguson (20). Both he and Alan Harding (13) recorded nett par rounds. A surprising result as Harding opened with a birdie while Ferguson finished with a sinful seven.

Another medal awaits the men this coming weekend as Standard Bank is generously sponsoring our competition and also the ladies section in their Stableford on Sunday.


Club Comp


Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help


Medal Sponsored by Standard Bank

1st Steven Glynn (86/67)
2nd Roy Clague (88/68)
3rd Simon Murray (73/68). Cat 1/2:Dennis Moore (77/68). Cat 3/4: Anthony Hopkins (89/70). Best Gross: Scott Donald (70). Senior's Section: Ken Berry 90/71.


Steven Glynn (19) survived back-to-back sevens on the 11th and 12th to win the Standard Bank sponsored men’s Medal competition at Castletown at the weekend. Glynn’s notable nett 67 included a birdie on the 14th and his solid approach shots on the fast running fairways led to six pars. Remarkably, Glynn was seven over on three holes meaning that he only dropped another seven shots over the other fifteen.

Our handicap secretary Roy Clague (20) encountered an ugly snowman on the Road Hole and double bogeyed both the 8th and the 11th. However, Clague’s chances of being in the prizes for the third month in a row did not melt away. From eight over on those three holes, Clague completed the course in 88, nett 68, for second place.

Similarly, Simon Murray (5) made it three podium placements in consecutive medal competitions by finishing third this week. Four birdies, nine pars and five bogeys led to a lovely one over par 73, nett 68, which after countback placed him just behind Clague but ahead of three times ‘golfer of the year’ Dennis Moore (9).

The category 1/2 award winner Moore started with back-to-back birdies and shot a super 77, nett 68, despite off roading on the infamous 5th. Richard Dunn (7) finished fifth with a very neat nett 69 which sadly left him out of the prizes although he took a share of the two’s pot for his belated birdie on the 16th.

Sixth-placed Anthony Hopkins (19) used up seven of his shots allocation on the 6th and the 11th and yet signed for an 89, nett 70, to win the category 3/4 award.  Sunday starter Scott Donald (2) continued his quest to become a scratch player by posting a level par round which gave him the best gross prize for the second week running. Ken Berry (19) decisively secured the senior section on nett 71.

In the ladies Stableford on Sunday, which was also kindly sponsored by Standard Bank, Karen Murphy (25) stepped in to win with 39 points. Two points back, Cheryl McGinley (24) took second on countback, just pipping Sandy Gibson (25).

Entry for Castletown’s truly ‘open weekend of golf’ (2nd – 5th July) can now be booked online at or visitors can telephone 822211. The entry fee for each competition is £5 plus £22 where green fees apply.

Capital International is generously sponsoring both Castletown Cups (separate Medal competitions) on Saturday 2nd July with the ladies playing for their cup kindly donated by the Castletown Commissioners.

The club is sponsoring the AmAm on Sunday and the separate men’s and ladies’ Stableford competitions on Monday. Ralph Lauren at Tynwald Mills is kindly sponsoring the Alan Christian Trophy FBBB on Tuesday. As the AmAm and FBBB competitions are open to men and ladies in any combination it really is an open weekend of golf for everyone.

This Saturday is Captain's Day so please make the effort to support Chris Kelly in his friendly Stableford competition. 


Ladies Stableford Sponsored by Standard Bank

1st Karen Murphy (39pts)
2nd Cheryl McGinley (37pts)
3rd Sandy Gibson (37pts)

Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help

1st: Paul Keeley (39pts)
2nd: Ged Power (37pts)
3rd: Chris Kneen (37pts). First Lady: Mel Jansen (35pts)

Captain's Day (Stableford) sponsored by Chris Kelly in aid of the Manx Hyperbaric Chamber

1st Steve Zybert (41 pts)
2nd Dave Litton (41 pts)
3rd Francis Thoday (39pts) Cat:1/2 Alan Rowe (39 pts). Cat:3/4 Gerry Ganly (39 pts). Senior Section: Brian Graham (35 pts).


The golf gods granted Chris Kelly his wish as wonderful weather brought out the great and the not so good to support his Castletown Captain’s Day Stableford, all in aid of the Manx Hyperbaric Chamber. On behalf of the members, many thanks go to Chris and his wife for their splendid hospitality at the halfway hut.

Steve Zybert (15) has rebuilt his swing and honed his chipping after plenty of practice. It all paid off this week as Zybert banked an excellent 41 points for top spot. Half his holes were parred and three out of five bogeys became nett pars. Wayward tee shots led to double bogeys on the 8th and 9th, but they were still worth a point apiece.

Yorkshireman Zybert rarely gets a two and so declines to fritter £1 on insurance.  His fabulous four pointer on the 16th therefore went unrewarded and that may have played on his mind as his third double bogey immediately followed. But Zybert regained his composure for a three pointer finish to capture the captain’s cup on countback.

Second placed Dave Litton (20) was ‘in the zone’ with an amazing 26 points on the front nine. Starting with a four pointer birdie he added another one in winning the nearest-the-pin prize on the 8th. Litton shot a sinful seven on the 10th and N/R’d the 14th so only added 15 points with his ‘more normal’ back nine.

Francis Thoday (13) accumulated only six points in the first five frustrating holes. Six consecutive pars and four further three pointers followed. With three unlucky bogeys Thoday added an amazing 33 points for third place on a five-way countback. He was also robbed of the nearest-the-pin prize on the 16th as his ball was unfortunately blocked by Steve Keegan’s freshly placed winning marker.

Prolific prize winner Alan Rowe (4) added the category 1/2 award to his tally with a lovely one over par gross 73 for 39 points. It puts him one step closer to his desired scratch handicap.

Our hard working sponsorship secretary Gerry Ganly (14) started with six pars but N/R’d the 8th and double bogeyed the 15th. Never-the-less 19 points on the back nine was enough to take the category 3/4 award ahead of Michael McCord (13) and David Creane (21) who also both stepped in with 39 points.

Appositely, I’m delighted to report that two of our sponsors also featured in the prizes. Octogenarian Brian Graham (24) richly deserved the senior section award for his 35 points, and Seamus Nugent, representing Dandara Homes, settled nearest-the-pin on the 13th.

Permanent Bank International kindly sponsor this weekend’s Stableford competition with twin shotgun starts and the monthly prize presentation wedged in-between.

Places for Castletown’s truly ‘Open Weekend of Golf’ (2nd – 5th July) are filling up fast. Book online at or telephone 822211. The entry fee for each competition is £5 plus £22 where green fees apply.



Stableford Sponsored by Black Grace Cowley


Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help

1st: Kevin Amphlett (44pts)
2nd: Ged Power sponsored by Power Wheels (40pts)
3rd: Guy Pickard (38pts). First Lady: Marlene Akitt (29pts)

Nations Cup..Better Ball Format

4BBB (18 hole) Sponsored by Doctors Direct LLC

1st: England B with 85 Points (Guy Sissons/Peter McKenna (Manx) 50pts + Malcolm Lambert/Manny Manuja 35pts)
2nd: England A with 84 Points (Jeanne Nicholls/Roy Adlard 45pts + Dawn Sissons/Karen Murphy 39pts)
Nearest the Pins: Chris Kelly (8th), PJ Vermeulen (8th) and Margaret Kelly (16th).

18th Hole Speed Golf Winners: The Isle of Man team in 1 minute and 29 seconds.

Castletown Golf Club's second Nations' Cup, sponsored by Doctors Direct LLC, was played at the Golf Links on a perfect June afternoon. The Isle of Man, England, South Africa, Scotland and Ireland were represented but Wales seemed to have chosen an early Brexit.One member likened the scene to the re-enactment of Culloden when the English flag could be seen bearing down on the Scots on the 17th fairway. The atmosphere was light- hearted and entertaining, particularly during the Speed Golf competition held after the 4BBB. Stringent safety measures were put in place and competitors could be seen racing up and down the fairway as tee shots were placed erratically in bunkers. Confusion reigned, spectators were in hysterics. The Isle of Man capitalised on the other team's mistakes and came in with a resounding victory,  holing the ball in 1 minute 29 seconds on the 18th. 
There were some exceptional scores in the 4BBB competition with the winning pair, Guy Sissons and Peter McKenna from the England B team dovetailing beautifully to score an untouchable 50 points. The Manxman, Peter, had no idea how he had ended up playing for England but didn't care having found his ideal golf partner.  In second place were veterans Jeanne Nicholls and Roy Adlard from the England A team who could not believe their 45 points. These 2 sets of scores determined the winners of the Nations Cup and the Triskelion Trophy went to England B players Guy (bandit) Sissons, Peter McKenna, Malcolm Lambert and Sohan Lai Manuja (Manny). Runners up were England A:  Dawn Sissons, Karen Murphy, Jeanne Nicholls and Roy Adlard. The Nearest the Pin competition was almost a family affair with Captain Chris Kelly closest on the 8th, his lady wife, Margaret, with a stunning drive on the 16th and big-hitting PJ Vermeulen bagging the only South African victory of the afternoon on the 13th. Scotland and Ireland came away empty handed but will be sure to re-group for next year's re-run. 

Proceedings ended amicably with a tasty and hearty meal at No 19. 

Shotguns & Monthly Presentation(Permanent Bank International)

1st: John Byrne (41pts)
2nd: Iain Quine (40pts)
3rd: Alan Harding (39pts). Cat 1/2: Simon Murray (37pts). Cat 3/4: Gerry Ganly (37pts). Senior Section: David Allan (37pts).


At the lunchtime prize presentation, having picked up the SMP Partners sponsored June monthly medal, Julian Sutton jested that he had been accompanied by Mel Todd with his expertly executed ‘sand saves’ and John Byrne who had demonstrated a fine technique for cutting grass! Little did he know that Byrne had just mowed down the opposition to win this week’s Permanent Bank International sponsored Stableford competition with 41 points.

Byrne (11) striped it down the middle and then clipped it close so often that, even though he apparently missed more putts than he holed, he only incurred one three putt. A four pointer three on the 6th spiked his score towards and outward 21 points and Byrne then rolled in a further six pars and two nett pars which made him far from forlorn.

Iain Quine (10), who calls himself the ‘handsome one’ when confused with his twin brother Robert, certainly had a beautiful round for second place on 40 points. Standing at just three over par after a sweet sixteen holes Quine bogeyed and then double bogeyed the final greens for a somewhat ugly finish.

Some splendid scrambling brought ten pars and five nett pars and led Alan Harding (13) to step in with 39 points for third place. Unfortunately, Harding got the hump on the 13th and it resulted in his only N/R in an otherwise excellent round.

On 38 points our sponsorship secretary Gerry Ganly (13) took the category 3/4 award for the second week running. His tremendous two over par back nine for 22 points was marred by having failed to finish the 3rd.

Five players were tied on 37 points but only two prizes remained. In category 1/2 Steve Keegan (4) lost out to prison officer Simon Murray (5) who locked away his third voucher this month despite his Pro V1 escaping on the infamous Road Hole.

Tim Callow (20) N/R’d the final hole for his 37 points but is far too young to qualify for the senior section. This went to David Allan (13) who flew round the back nine in luscious level par for 24 points compared to the mere 21 dialled in by Three FM’s George Ferguson who persists in modelling his ‘natty’(not nasty) shorts.

There is still time to book for our truly ‘Open Weekend of Golf’ (2nd – 5th July).
Saturday:          Capital International sponsored Castletown Cup Medal competitions.
Sunday:            Club sponsored AmAm (Men/Ladies, any combination).
Monday:           Club sponsored Men and Ladies Stableford competitions.
Tuesday:           Ralph Lauren at Tynwald Mills sponsored FBBB
for the Alan Christian Trophy (Men/Ladies, any combination).

Book online at or telephone 822211. The entry fee for each competition is £5 plus £22 where green fees apply. The prize presentation will be on Tuesday 5th July at circa: 7pm. A live band will be playing before hand. Food and refreshments will also be available from No:19 Langness.



Club Championship Rd 1



Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help



Castletown Cup Medal competition sponsored by Capital International

1st Richard Corke 71/66
2nd Scott Donald 73/71
3rd Steven Boyd 75/73. Best Gross: Tom Harris 71. Second-best Gross: Tom Gandy 75. Nearest-the-Pin: Alan Rowe. Straightest Drive: Gez Bradley


Castletown Scratch League regular Richard Corke (5) was the runaway winner by seven shots in the Capital International sponsored Castletown Cup on Saturday. Tough pin placements, slippery greens and the windy conditions caused the cream to come to the top as category one players took all the awards including the nearest-the- pin and the straightest drive prizes.

Corke popped in five birdies and spilt just four shots for his amazing one under par 71, nett 66. The N/R rate for this prestigious medal competition was over forty percent but Corke cleverly navigated his way around the course. With many of us coming to grief on the Road Hole, Corke treated it as a par five, taking a 4 iron, a 6 iron and then an 8 iron to safely reach the green.

Island champion Tom Harris (+2) also shot five birdies and four bogeys, but his gross 71 became a nett 73 so, rather than settle for second place, he was awarded the more lucrative best gross prize. This left second place for fellow USA golf scholarship player Scott Donald (2) who signed for a 73, nett 71, after five bogeys and two birdies.

In third-place on 75, nett 73, Steven Boyd (2) was one of very few to birdie the day’s second hardest hole, the 7th, which averaged 6.6 shots. Ross Dennett (3), who came second in this competition two years ago, also posted a nett 73 to take the fourth-place prize.

Rowany’s England A squad player Tom Gandy (+3) incurred a triple bogey on the Road Hole and yet completed the other 17 holes in level par to post a 75 for the second best gross prize. Prolific prize winner Alan Rowe (4) finished nearest-the-pin on the 13th and Gez Bradley won the straightest drive prize on the 7th.

In the Ladies Castletown Cup, also kindly sponsored by Capital International, the inaugural winner was Shirley Price (6) with an exceedingly fine nett 73 which was six shots better than second-placed Breeshey Jansen (7) who is the current Island Ladies Champion. Our lady vice-captain, Jacky Fisher (30) came third on countback just ahead of Karen Murphy (25). They both scored nett 85.

Just how many players bothered to enter the practice green six holes putting competition I do not know, but my two single putts purloined that prize. Pity, I four putted the 1st green in the main competition!



1st: Tom Harris/ Ged Power/ Richard Dunn/ Evie Freestone (Market Harborough GC (92pts)
2nd Angus Alexander/ Gary Leeming/ Mark Grace/ Andrew Davies (91pts)
3rd Rex Barker/ Mark Kneale/ David Allan/ Wilson Allan (89pts)

Mixed Team Winners: Paula & Chris Westerman plus Dawn & Guy Sissons (79pts). Nearest the Pin: David Laughlin. Straightest Drive: Pauline Mongan. Putting Comp: Richard Dunn

On Sunday 3rd July in the club sponsored AMAM the winning team with 92 points was Tom Harris/Ged Power/Richard Dunn and Evie Freestone a visitor from Market Harborough Golf Club. In second place, one point back, were Angus Alexander/Gary Leeming/Mark Grace and Andrew Davies. Rex Barker/ Mark Kneale/ David Allan and his brother Wilson finished third with 89 points.

There was a three way tie for the mixed team prize which went to Chris and Paula Westerman plus Guy and Dawn Sissons, our lady captain, on 79 points. 

David Laughlin won nearest-the-pin and Pauline Mongan had the straightest drive. Richard Dunn secured his second prize by winning the putting contest with two holes in one.

The prize presentation takes place on Tuesday 5th July. Live music and hot food will be available with the presentation taking place at 7:00pm 



Club sponsored Stableford

1st Callum Burke - KEB - (38pts)
2nd Richard Corke (37pts)- Back9 18pts.
3rd Tom Gandy - Rowany - (37pts) Back9 17pts.

Callum Burke (22) from KEB triumphed with 38 points. Richard Corke (4) and Tom Gandy (+3) had to be separated for second place on 37 points. The back-nine countback went Corke’s way. In the ladies contest Peel’s former captain Mair Gardner trumped Castletown’s current captain Dawn Sissons to win by eight clear shots. Stephen Reilly from KEB won the day’s nearest-the-pin prize and Sam Skelton had the straightest drive.

ALAN CHRISTIAN FBBB TROPHY sponsored by Ralph Lauren at Tynwald Mills

1st Tom Harris and Tom Gandy (43pts)
2nd Graham Harris and Donald Buchanan (42pts)
3rd Louna and PJ Vermeulen (41pts)

4th David and Wilson Allan (40pts). Nearest-the-Pin: Philip Vermeulen. Straightest Drive: Stuart Brawn.


Castletown’s ‘weekend of golf’ culminated on a sunny Tynwald Day with the Alan Christian FBBB Trophy which was kindly sponsored by Ralph Lauren at Tynwald Mills. Two of the island’s top golfers combined to harvest the top prize with 43 points after posting a remarkable nine birdies between them.

Rowany’s England ‘A’ squad member Tom Gandy (+3) birdied three of the first four holes and added five other pars before concluding his contribution with another three pointer on the 17th. The reigning island champion Tom Harris (+2) was not to be outdone, he fired five birdies and four pars, so they completed the course in just 63 shots.

Graham Harris (13) and Donald Buchanan (20) were placed second on 42 points, one ahead of the course owner’s wife, Louna, and son PJ, but Philip was also in the prizes after borrowing Tom Harris’s putter to sink two holes-in-one in the final putting competition.

Fourth prize in the main competition went to another family combination with David Allan (12) and his brother Wilson (14) dovetailing nicely for 40 points. Ramsey’s Brian Monk won the nearest-the- pin prize and Stuart Brawn almost landed on the line to take the straightest drive prize on the 7th. 


Monthly Medal Sponsored by SMP postponed and replaced by a Club sponsored Stableford

1st Mark Teare (39pts)
2nd Steven Boyd (38pts)
3rd Tom Harris (37pts)

Due to inclement weather this past weekend’s SMP Partners sponsored medal was postponed and replaced by a club sponsored Stableford. The Sunday starters had the better conditions and Mark Teare (6) tore round to win in 75 shots for 39 points. Steven Boyd (2) finished three shots better but one point back in second place. Continuing that sequence, Tom Harris (+2) was another three shots better, but his sensational 69 only equated to 37 points for third spot.

Rossborough Private Clients are sponsoring this coming weekend’s Stableford competition and on Sunday Agrimark are hosting the Ladies Invitation Day open Stableford competition.


Ladies Club Championship sponsored by Black Grace Cowley Estate Agents

Shirley Price 78 + 86 = 164 Gross Ptize Champion
Cheryl McGinley 75 + 73 = 148 Nett Prize Champion
Linda Keegan - First Round nett prize winner and Catherine Cassidy - Second round nett prize winner


Castletown Golf Club Ladies has two new Club Champions, Shirley Price, winner of the gross competition, and Cheryl McGinley, nett champion.

The competition was played over two rounds and was sponsored by Black Grace Cowley Estate Agents. Price (6) shot a stunning first round 78 gross in wet conditions and a second round of 86 on her birthday. Having recently won the Castletown Cup Price has had a sterling season so far.

Cheryl McGinley (24) played consistently over both rounds, finishing 75 and 73 nett for a combined total of 148 three better than second placed Linda Keegan (10) who was the Round 1 nett prize winner.  Catherine Cassidy (8) took the prize for Round 2 scoring 86 gross, 78 nett.



Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help

1st Les Gale (39pts)
2nd Scott Donald (38pts)
3rd Tom Gandy (36pts). First Lady: Julie Amphlett.

In the midweek Manx Cancer Help Stableford Les Gale (14) won with 39 points, one ahead of Scott Donald (2) and three better than Tom Gandy (-3). The first lady home was Julie Amphlett (22) six points clear of Heather Skinner (16).

Stableford Sponsored by Rossborough Private Clients

1st Warren Rainey (42pts)
2nd Steve Zybert (40pts)
3rd Richard Corke (38pts). Cat 1/2: Andy Dent (37pts). Cat 3/4: Dominic Litton (38pts). Senior Section: Dave Bell (36pts)


The winner of the Rossborough Private Clients sponsored Stableford was early entrant Warren Rainey (12). He hadn’t picked up a club for five weeks but opened with a birdie and his red hot putter delivered another on the par five 12th.  Three more pars kept Rainey at just two over par after fifteen holes.

On a day when, thus far, everything had dropped in Rainey under-clubbed on the 16th, chipped short and three putted in trying too hard to salvage his par. That was his only blob. Another three putts on the 17th and a bogey to finish put Rainey at six over par worth 42 spectacular Stableford points.

Captain’s Day Cup holder Steve Zybert (14) accumulated 17 points on a front nine which included back-to-back double bogeys on the 6th and 7th. A long putt produced a lucrative two on the 13th and some splendid chipping gave him even more birdie chances. However, a providential bounce off the rocks in the gully enabled an unlikely finishing par and second place with 40 points.

In third place ‘birdie machine’ Richard Corke (4) manufactured five more in a tremendous two over par round for 38 points from seventeen scoring holes after he double bogeyed the 6th.

On the same Stableford score, from sixteen scoring holes, Dominic Litton (17) lost out on countback but added the category 3/4 prize to another handicap cut. The smooth swinging Andy Dent (11) delivered seven pars in a row which finished with a disappointing double bogey for 37 points and the category 1/2 award.

Road Hole blues blighted Dave Bell’s card but the club’s former captain and immediate past president (20) compiled 36 points to secure the senior section despite making an unseasonal ‘snowman eight’ on the Racecourse hole.

There is sure to be a big turnout for this coming weekend’s Stableford competition kindly sponsored by another super veteran and stalwart club supporter Brian Graham.


Club comp


Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help - Medal

1st Daniel Amphlett (Nett 67)
2nd Simon Murray (Nett 67)
3rd Rex Barker (Nett 68)

Stableford Sponsored by Brian Graham

1st Jack Gilbert (42pts)
2nd Paul Cox (39pts)
3rd Peter Miller (39pts). Cat 1/2: Conor Byrne (39pts). Cat 3/4: Tim Shallcross (39pts). Senior's: George Ferguson (39pts).


Young Jack Gilbert (5) was the worthy winner of the Brian Graham sponsored stableford with 42 points at Castletown on Saturday. His perfectly paced putting produced six birdies and nine pars in an adventurous one under par round of 71.

Taking a four iron off the 1st tee Gilbert drove on to the green, but had to take a free drop as it was the 4th green! He casually chipped over the greenside bunkers and converted the first of four birdies in a row.

Near the 5th green a ball in the bush brought about a double bogey, and a plugged lie in the rough on the 9th caused another in his level par front nine. Gilbert continued to let loose with his driver and had pitch and putts for his birdies on the 10th and 12th. 

His playing partners, the captain Chris Kelly and the 2015 Castletown Cup winner John Dean, who between them were giving away 140 years in age difference, were well impressed with Gilbert’s powers of recovery. This was typified by the par on the 11th where Gilbert covered all 446 yards without actually finding the fairway. Only the 14th defied Gilbert’s guile, the bogey being his only back nine blemish.

Eventually claiming second spot Duncan Donald (11) failed to file his score which was one of eight that had to be input by our hard working competition’s secretary. An eagle on the 3rd produced ten percent of Donald’s 40 points.

2005 captain Paul Cox (13) detests ‘alternate day’ qualifying competitions with a passion so rarely enters them. However, his support for Brian Graham was well rewarded as he topped a nine way card play-off to take third place with 39 points. A three over par inward nine gathered an unbeatable 21 points on countback.

In fourth place and taking the category 3/4 prize with 20 back nine points, retired science teacher Peter Miller (13) miscalculated his trajectory on the short 13th. His N/R there was compensated by back-to-back birdies two holes later.

Tim Shallcross (15) came fifth but is inward 20 points were front-end loaded so he lost out on to Miller. Two birdies enabled the sartorially elegant Conor Byrne (4) to collect the category 1/2 award with his splendid one over par back nine.

The other countback casualties were Peter ‘Chippy’ Robinson (18), Andrew McGee (21), Kevin Paige (12) and Tim Callow (20) who finished in that order just ahead of the senior section prize winner George Ferguson (20) who suffered three N/Rs on the back nine but still accumulated 39 points!

Hearty congratulations are extended to Breeshey Jansen and Paul Lowey for their stunning victories in the Grant Thornton sponsored Island Championships. Commiserations to our president Robert Braide who magnificently made the final for the third time and also to Shirley Price, the Castletown Cup and Ladies champion who would have loved to have lifted three cups in a month.

This coming weekend Permanent Bank International sponsor the 08:15 and 13:15 shotgun start Stableford with the monthly prize presentation wedged in between.


Club comp.


Sponsored by Manx Cancer Help

1st Scott Donald (41pts)
2nd Nick Grounds (40pts)
3rd Dan Williams (38pts). First Lady: Heather McKenna (32pts)

4BBB (12 hole)round 3..Sponsored by Doctors Direct


Shotguns & Monthly Presentation(Permanent Bank International)

1st Alan Rowe (39pts - 21 back nine)
2nd Douglas Grant (39 pts 20 back nine/14 back six)
3rd Charles Ross (39pts 20 back nine/12 back six). Cat 1/2: Andy James (39pts 18 back nine). Cat 3/4: Daniel Amphlett (38pts). Senior Section: Alan Harding (35pts).


There was a four-way tie on 39 points in the Permanent Bank International sponsored shotgun start Stableford.  Leader of the Order of Merit Alan Rowe (4) procured the win on countback with a birdie on the 12th which, together with a string of back nine pars, gained him 21 points.

Sunday starter Rowe’s outward 18 points was anything but straightforward. It comprised of three birdies, two pars, three bogeys and a double bogey on the Road Hole. Having been four over par after five holes his birdie blitz meant he covered the remaining thirteen holes in three under par with an added financial bonus for his two on the 8th.

Douglas Grant (20) broke 90 for the first time in awhile with six nett birdies, nine nett pars and only three nett bogeys. More importantly, by scoring 14 points on the final six holes he slotted into second spot ahead of the overnight leader Charles Ross (8).

Ross suffered a double bogey on the 18th and, although his two over par inward nine equalled Grant’s 20 points, his final six only accumulated 12 of them. However, in chasing 40 points Ross will particularly regret three putting his final hole which was the 6th.

The category 1/2 award winner Andy James (7) had been level par after thirteen holes and enjoyed a double helping from the two’s pot. Unfortunately, James could only add eight points over the remaining holes following a bogey, double bogey and bogey run from the 14th.

Daniel Amphlett (17) was one of four players to shoot 38 points. His took the category 3/4 prize but all Bryan McMahon (9), JJ Moore (4) and Iain Quine (10) got for their efforts was a handicap cut. Alan Harding (13) secured the senior section with 35 points.

There were 27 entries in the midweek Manx Cancer Help Stableford which went to the prolific prize winner Scott Donald (1) with 41 points. He carded seven birdies in his amazing four under par round. Nick Grounds (8) came second with 40 points and Dan Williams (8) just edged out Ben Smaller (6) for third place on 38. Heather McKenna (11) was the first, and only, lady home on 32 points.

This coming weekend is the next in the series of SMP Partners sponsored medal competitions.


Club Comp



Manx Cancer Help


SMP Partners - Medal Competition

1st Chris Reynolds (79/68)
2nd Terry Cassidy (78/69) 32.5 nett back nine
3rd Mark Walker (82/69) 34.5 nett back nine. Best Gross: Sam Skelton (73). Cat: 1/2 Steve Zybert (nett 70). Cat: 3/4 John Lee (nett 70). Senior Section: Stuart Brawn (nett 76).


Following the fitting of a second new knee last November the bionic Chris Reynolds (11) was playing only his third qualifying competition this season. In capturing the SMP Partners sponsored medal with a 79, nett 68, Reynolds registered his first ever win at Castletown.

Favouring his 3Wood Reynolds made the most of the initial calm conditions by firing a two over par front nine. This included a twenty-five foot birdie putt on the dogleg 4th. The wind whipped-up on the back nine and four bogeys in six holes were then exacerbated by a poor tee shot and a three putt double bogey on the short 16th.

Reynolds got back on track when a single putt produced a birdie on the 17th and once again his friendly 3Wood split the fairway on the closing hole. His temperamental 7 iron redeemed itself after the duff on the 16th and two putts later Reynolds concluded an emphatic step towards regaining his single figure handicap.

Terry Cassidy (9) was one of three players who ended on nett 69. By eagling the 12th it enhanced his countback computation and he took second spot with a 37, nett 32.5, inward nine.

Publican Mark Walker (13) served up a birdie on the Road Hole and completed the front nine at just four over par. Six more bogeys on the back nine enabled Walker to celebrate third place with an 82, nett 69.

Early bird Sam Skelton (4) made the turn in one under par and by birdying all three par fives he was two under after twelve holes. Bogeys on the 14th, 17th and 18th left Skelton on 73, nett 69, which earned him the lowest gross score prize.

Four players tied on nett 70 but only two were eligible for the category 3/4 prize which went to the veteran John Lee (15) ahead of William Laughlin (14) who stood at three over par after the first ten holes. Steve Zybert (12) finished fifth and received the category 1/2 prize after a fantastic one over par back nine. Commiserations go to the other countback casualty Gareth Morris (10) who had a sinful seven at the Road Hole.

With a third of the field finishing in front of him the senior section went to a surprised Stuart Brawn (18) on nett 76. Unfortunately, the Saturday afternoon and Sunday starters found the conditions more trying and so another third failed to finish. No doubt some of them found consolation in toasting JJ Moore’s splendid hole-in-one on the 13th.

Another medal competition awaits us this weekend courtesy of the law practice Simcocks.


Invitation Day (Open) Agrimark


Manx Cancer Help - Texas Scramble

1st Jon Wagstaffe/ Steve McCafferty/ Ben Smaller - Nett 60.5

Simcocks (Medal)

1st Ben Smaller 71/66
2nd Richard Connolly 87/69 (30.0 back nine). 3rd Sean Dowling 88/69 (31.5 back nine).

Next Best Gross: Tom Gandy 73. Cat 1/2: Peter Thomas 78/70. Cat 3/4: Ian Hodgkinson 91/73. Seniors: John Lee nett 89/75.


Fresh from helping Jon Wagstaffe and Steve McCafferty win the midweek Manx Cancer Help Texas Scramble with an incredible 60.5 nett score the former Peel GC scratch league player Ben Smaller (5) won the Simcocks sponsored medal competition with a sensational nett 66.

Having never knocked in a lucrative 2 since joining Castletown Smaller deliberately decided not to pay his £1 into the pot this weekend. The ploy paid-off as he converted two within his six birdies, helped in no small part by avoiding the rough and every bunker, but mainly by only needing 25 putts in his wonderful one under par round of 71.

Second-placed Richard Connolly (18) started with a birdie and notched up nine pars. Unfortunately, ten shots were squandered over three holes as Connolly’s big stick gambles failed on the 5th, 6th and 7th. Then his winning streak resumed as he only dropped five shots over the remaining holes. Thus, Connolly cashed-in with 87, nett 69, and £8 in side-bets.

Playing more regularly recently reflected in Sean Dowling (19) equalling Connolly’s nine pars plus a rewarding birdie on the short16th. Dowling’s 88, nett 69, for third place on countback could have been so much better had he not needed three tee shots on the 6th and two attempts to leave the 11th tee.

The ‘next’ best gross prize was won by 37th placed Tom Gandy (+3) with a nett 76. His winning one over par 73 included three birdies on the front nine.

Three players shot nett 70 including Peter Thomas (8) who was the countback king capturing category 1/2 ahead of Lewis Howland (6) and the current singles matchplay champion Neil Cartwright (9).

Our club treasurer Ian Hodgkinson (18) banked the category 3/4 award notwithstanding depositing three sinful sevens in his nett 73 round. On nett 75 last week’s category 3/4 winner John Lee (14) topped-up his own account by securing the Simcocks senior section and taking a share of the two’s pot with his accuracy on the 8th.

This coming weekend we expect a bumper turnout in support of Isle of Man Golf Championship finalist Robert Braide to help him celebrate his President’s Day stableford.


Team Challenge


Manx Cancer Help

1st Simon Murray (40pts)
2nd Steven Boyd (39pts)
3rd Daniel Amphlett (37pts)

President's Day (R. Braide) - POSTPONED DUE TO POOR WEATHER


Club Competition

1st Andy Lagden (36pts)
2nd Dan Williams (35pts) last 6 - 13pts
3rd Mark Grace (35pts) last 6- 12pts


Pluvious predictions prompted postponement of President’s Day at Castletown on Saturday so 42 fair-weather fellows, with enough ‘brownie points’, were allowed out to support the Sunday Stableford sponsored by the Club.

Andy Lagden (7) made the most of the relatively calm conditions which prevailed until mid afternoon. Apart from his obligatory eleven pars Lagden bagged a beautiful birdie on the 14th. On the downside, over-exuberant use of his driver led to an ugly eight on the 7th but, as three of Lagden’s five bogeys were converted to nett pars, he ended top of the shop with 36 points.

One point back there was a three-way tie for second place. The card play-off went down to the last six holes as both Dan Williams (8) and Mark Grace (17) had 18 points on the back nine. 13 was a lucky number for Williams as Grace only accumulated a dozen.

The real countback casualty was ex Laxey and St John’s footballer Colin E Magee. He had a game of two halves scoring 19 going out and a not so sweet 16 on the all important inward leg. On a normal weekend Magee would have won the category 1/2 prize but insufficient entries sent him off with nothing.

Jack Yardley (12), Angus Alexander (6) and Stephen Keegan (4) suffered a similar fate with their 34s as although they finished ahead of Oli Steriopulos (16) they would not have qualified for the category 3/4 award which would have went to Steriopulos on 32 points. There was some consolation for Keegan and Yardley as they both tonked in a two for a share of that pot.

Earlier in the week in super sunshine Simon Murray (5) amassed an amazing 40 points to win the Manx Cancer Help Stableford. Steven Boyd (2) went round in an equally impressive 71 and gathered 39 points for second place. Daniel Amphlett (16) continued his handicap reduction by shooting 37 points over 17 scoring holes for third place. The lady captain Dawn Sissons (36) was the first lady home with 34 points.

This coming weekend is the next in the series of Permanent Bank International sponsored shotgun starts with the monthly prize giving wedged between.


Manx Cancer Help


Shotguns & Monthly Presentation(Permanent Bank International)

1st J.Wagstaffe (42)
2nd I.Hodgkinson (41)
3rd R.Braide (41)
Cat 1/2 M.Charmer (40)
Cat 3/4 T.Shalcross (38)
Senior S.Butler (35)


Jon Wagstaffe (14) led the field home with 42 prolific points in the Permanent Bank International sponsored shotgun start Stableford at Castletown on Saturday. A birdie on the 2nd helped him reach the Road Hole at one under par then a double bogey there upset his equilibrium and two quick bogeys followed.

Wagstaffe was back on track at just three over par on the back nine until his ‘big finish’, a slippery six on the 18th! It was only his second double bogey in an exceedingly fine round.

One shot back our Treasurer Ian Hodgkinson (18) returned to the rostrum for the second time in a fortnight. His 41 points included eight pars and an N/R on the 17th proved not to be costly on countback for second place.

In third place our President Robert Braide (3) was in fine form firing three front nine birdies. Another on the 15th cancelled out a bogey on the 9th. However, an extra putt on the 16th was crucial on countback despite his nett 70.

Sunday starter Michael Charmer (1) conjured up four birdies including a rewarding two on the 8th. A slight stumble on the Racecourse Hole restricted Charmer to 40 points but he just nosed ahead of David Quayle (4) and David Price (6) for the category 1/2 prize.

Tim Shallcross (14) was the first category 3/4 player home with 38 points in seventh place. On 35 points, all the way down in 20th place, septuagenerian Stuart Butler (17) served up the senior section despite going AWOL on the 7th.

This coming weekend the SMP Partners medal awaits us.



Manx Cancer Help



SMP Monthly Medal

1st J.Corke (68)
2nd D.Quayle (72)
3rd S.Skelton (72)
Gross M.Charmer (72)

Last weekend's SMP Partners Monthly Medal saw two very contrasting days for golf with The Links proving a stern test for all regardless of which day you teed it up.

Taking the victory with a wonderful gross 68 was current Castletown Golf Club Champion, Jon Corke (0) for a nett 68. After a steady start, Corke bogeyed the 7th but clawed it back two holes later with a 3 on the 9th for an even par outward half of 37. He then followed that birdie with another at the 10th, 12th, 17th and 18th holes for a closing nine of just 31 strokes. Clearly Corke is in great form to defend his title as Club Champion over the coming two weekends.

Runner up with a better back nine was Dave Quayle (4) with a nett 72. Quayle produced a very creditable 12 pars, 5 bogeys and a solitary birdie at the par 5 12th.

Sam Skelton (3) was third also coming in with a nett 72. After a dropped shot on the 2nd, Skelton hit back with birdies on 3 and 6 to be out in a one under par 36. Unfortunately a back nine with four bogeys meant he couldn't quite match the consistency of his first nine holes.

Winning Best Gross (although strictly speaking, "next best gross") was the in form Michael Charmer (1). An excellent gross 72 saw Charmer negate his three bogeys with three birdies to complete another wonderful round of golf.

With a lot of the Category 1 players seeming to find the right form recently, it's anyone's guess who will rise to the top over the following two Saturday's as the Club prepares to stage the Harding Lewis Ltd, Castletown GC Men's Club Championship.

Andi Howland.



Manx Cancer Help


Sponsors Day -AmAm


1st Round Club Championship(Blue Tees)

1st J.Corke (69)
2nd J.Sutton (71)
3rd S.Keegan (72)
Best Nett S.Keegan (68)
Cat 1/2 J.Sutton (69)
Cat 3/4 M. Reynolds (70)
Yellow tee J. Dean (71)

This week was the first round of the Club Championship, Sponsored by Harding Lewis Ltd, Chartered Accountants and played off the Blue Championship Tees. The weather on the day was kind with light winds and warm conditions which resulted in some very good scores being recorded by a mixture of low and higher handicappers, 5 of the first ten net scores being in Category 1.
On speaking with some players at the conclusion of their round there was the odd hole which gave some difficulty therefore scores in some cases could have been slightly lower but the day had a CSS of 73.
87 entered the Club Championship with 61 recording a score for the full round still giving them the opportunity for the second round.
The Club Champion is the player with the Best Gross over both rounds and currently last year’s Champion Jon Corke (-1) leads the way with a gross score of 69 closely followed by Julian Sutton (2) with 71, Stephen Keegan (4) on 72 and Gez Bradley (3) having a 73 so all to play for next week for these and many other players.  
The Nett Winner on the day was Keegan (4) with a score of 68 closely followed by four players each on 69 all featuring in the prizes. Second was Terry Ditchfield (10) 69 and Third Andrew Davies (11) 69.  Sutton (2) 69 claimed the Category 1:2 prize and Mark Reynolds (19) 70 claimed the Category 3:4 prize.
A Yellow Tee Competition was played alongside the Club Championship attracting 22 entrants which will also have an overall aggregate winner over two weeks. The first three each had a net score of 71, Winner was John Dean (21) beating second George Ferguson (19) on the back six and third James Kelly (13) losing out over the back nine.
Next week’s Saturday Competition is the second round of the Club Championship Sponsored by Harding Lewis Ltd with a separate Club Stableford Competition on Sunday 18th.


Lady Captain's Day  (D. Sissons, Shotgun)


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2nd Round Club Championship(Blue Tees)
Overall Gross
1st. JJ Moore (146)
2nd. G.Bradley (151)
3rd. C.Kneen (151)
Nett overall P.Thomas(145)
Yellow overall. M.Gerrard ( 154)

1st JJ Moore (69)
2nd S.Campbell (70)
3rd S.Skelton (74)

Yellow Tee
1st G Chambers (69)
2nd. P.r Robertson (69)
3rd. D.Moore (69)

This was the second round of the Club Championship, Sponsored by Harding Lewis Ltd, Chartered Accountants which again saw very good golfing conditions with only a slight breeze and warm weather. CSS this week was 75 two strokes higher than the first round with low handicappers being dominant in the results. Although only 61 players recorded a score last week there were a total of 64 members who entered the second round. The greens at Castletown have been in excellent condition for both rounds of the Championship with the ball running very true and smoothly.
The Competition to be the Club Champion being the best gross over two weeks was keenly contested but with rounds of 74 and 72 and a grand total of 146, only two over par, the Winner was J. J. Moore. His card showed a very steady round which included birdies on two of the par threes a very worthy Champion and congratulations on a consistent performance. Second overall gross was Gez Bradley (3) with 151 and Third Chris Kneen (1) with 152.
The Nett Winner on the day off the Blue Tees was J. J. Moore (3) with a score of 69, second Stuart Campbell (14) scoring 70 and Third Sam Skelton (3) with a 74. Category 1:2 prize went to Peter Thomas (8) with 74 and Category 3:4 prize was captured by Sean Dowling (17) with a 75. The best gross prize went to Alan Rowe (4), Rowe, Skelton and Thomas all birdied the first hole.
The nett Winner over two rounds was Peter Thomas (8) with a nett 145.
A Yellow tee Competition was again played and the Winner was George Chambers (23), nett 67, Second Peter Robertson (13), nett 69 on the back nine from Third Dennis Moore (8) with a nett 69. Of note in Moore’s round was an eagle two on the 17th par four, a very stunning performance.
This year we also had a prize for the best player over two rounds off the Yellow tees, the winner being Mike Gerrard (14) with a nett 154.
On Sunday 18th the Club Competition had insufficient entries for a result to be declared.
Next week’s Competition is the Permanent Bank International, Stableford with an AM and PM shotgun start with the monthly prize Presentation taking place at 12.15 pm.


Centenary Cup (Medal)


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Shotguns & Monthly Presentation (Permanent Bank International)

1st M. Reynolds ( 33 )
2nd C.Westerman (31)
3rd S. Cambell (29)
Cat. 1/2 T. Cassidy (29)
Cat 3/4 D.Beard (20)

This weekend was the Permanent Bank International Limited Stableford month end shot gun start Competition which incorporates the midday monthly Prize Presentation. The weather was not conducive to golf on Saturday with high winds and rain, although the intense rain did not quite materialise as expected.
Four gallant players decided to endure the morning windy conditions to play just a friendly Texas Scramble between themselves conceding that to try and play a singles match would have been extremely challenging, they were the only players to venture out on the course as far as I am aware all day. Perhaps it was as well as the previous evening was the Captains Dinner so there may have been a few not so keen players anyway after the celebrations.
Sunday started with better conditions but rain came in later which resulted in some players abandoning their round but there were 29 entries, CSS was 75 and it is only downward revision as far as Handicaps go.
Mark Reynolds (18) won with 33 points, second Chris Westerman (19) 31 points and third Stewart Campbell (12) with 29 points, taking third place on the back 9. Category 1:2 went to Terence Cassidy (8) with 29 points also winning on back 9 and Category 3:4 to David Beard (13) with 28 points. There were no Seniors entering on the day and neither were there any 2’s recorded on any cards which is unusual.
Bearing in mind the bad conditions on Saturday it is thanks to all those Members who turned up for the Lunchtime Prize Presentation to support the winners including the Club Champion J. J. Moore.
Next weekend sees the rearranged and final SMP Partners Monthly Medal after which the overall Monthly Medal results for the season can be calculated.




Club Comp


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SMP -Medal


This weekend was scheduled for the final round of the SMP Partners Monthly Medal rearranged from earlier in the year due to weather. Many Members despite the inclement early morning conditions ventured onto the course and completed 18 holes. Although the rain was expected to clear early in the afternoon there were some heavy showers around midday which eventually flooded some of the greens and the Competition had to be abandoned. It will be rescheduled for later in the year after the qualifying season; hence there are no results to report this week.
This coming weekend the Langness Links course will host an International Match between England and Ireland for under 16’s through England Golf. Practice will take place on Friday 7th, with the Competition being held on Saturday 8th, morning start at 8 am and afternoon 1.30 pm concluding on Sunday 9th with a start time of 8 am. The Saturday will see matchplay foursomes and fourballs with Sunday being matchplay singles
In addition for all Island Juniors there will be coaching on the practice ground between 12 noon and 1 pm. This is aimed at players between 8 and 16 years old who have played some golf before. It will be under the guidance of Castletown Professional Dave Adams and Douglas Professional Mike Vipond, also in attendance will be Johnny Evans who has a background as a playing Professional.
In the afternoon between 3pm and 4pm there will be separate coaching aimed at youngsters who have not played before and will be centred on the putting green in front of the Clubhouse.
This should be a very interesting weekend and well worth a visit to Casltetown Golf Links to watch play.    
Next weekend around the International Match the Club will be holding the Heritage Homes Stableford Competition.


Club Comp


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Dandara Homes

1st T.Gawne (40)
2nd D.Grant (37)
3rd A.Dent(37)
Cat 1/2 S.Murray (37)
Cat 3/4 D.Campbell (36)
Senior A.Harding (32)

This Saturday at The Links saw the Dandara Homes Stableford with 81 entries. In top spot with 40 points was Tony Gawne (15). Gawne had a very steady opening nine holes gathering together 21pts and continuing that consistent form into the back nine. A birdie on the 15th boosted his card only to be blighted by a double on the last. Tony was cut 1.5 shots and has a new handicap of 13.3.
Four entrants came in with a creditable 37pts but just pipping the others on the back 6 was Runner up, Douglas Grant (19). Grant may have challenged for first place had he not recorded two blobs on the 4th and 11th holes.
Third place was Andrew Dent (11) also with 37pts.
Simon Murray (5) was in the prizes again taking the Category 1/2  prize, again, with 37pts. A terrific front side of nine straight pars started to unravel a bit on the back nine, ending in a double on the 18th for a case of what might have been.
Cat 3/4 went to David Campbell (18) with 36pts and Best Senior was Alan Harding (13) with 32pts.

This coming weekend ( 15th & 16th) sees members compete for the Syd Ashworth Trophy.



Club Comp


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Syd Ashworth

1st Iain Quine (38 pts)
2nd Daniel Amphlett (37 pts)
3rd Andy Lagden (36 pts). Cat 1/2: Mark Walker (35 pts). Cat 3/4: Jack Yardley (35 pts). Snr Section: Stuart Butler (34 pts).


Several sad and soggy Saturday morning golfers abandoned their attempt to win the Syd Ashworth Trophy at Castletown while the later starters relished the relatively splendid afternoon conditions.

The winner Iain Quine (9) scored 38 points off sixteen scoring holes thanks to birdies on the 3rd, 12th and 16th which made up for wayward tee shots on the 7th and 11th holes. Former football coach Quine only returned to golf four years ago and his handicap has fallen steadily since winning the Aon Trophy off (12) last year.

One point back Daniel Amphlett (15) came second in a see-sawed round which included three sublime birdies, and three not so nice N/Rs. Another player to shoot three birdies was Andy Lagden (7), the best of which was his four pointer on the 2nd.

However, Lagden was particularly pleased with his nett birdie on the final hole. Apart from enabling Lagden to finish third on 36 points it put him one point ahead of his Shore Hotel business and playing partner the category 1/2 winner Mark Walker (12) who pipped Gez Bradley (3) on countback.

Former club captain/president Jack Yardley (13) started his round with a rare eagle two for four of his 35 points to take the category 3/4 award. Septuagenarian Stuart Butler (18) rolled back the years and rolled in the putts to secure the senior section with 34 points.

This coming weekend Shoprite are once again kindly sponsoring the Neville Peterson Trophy which is currently held by new old age pensioner Colin E Magee who proudly celebrated his 65th birthday on 15th October.


On a dark, cold and foggy Thursday evening at Castletown the final of the Willie Kirkpatrick Individual Knockout Trophy, kindly sponsored once again by Miss Irene Pugh, was concluded on the second extra hole. The two finalists had already made it through several tough preliminary rounds throughout the summer and both agreed that this match was a real roller-coaster both emotionally and physically.  

Former commercial pilot David Allan (13) went three up after six holes but Scratch League player Kenny Chesterson (6) fought back to win six of the next seven holes which put him three up with five holes to play. Allan took advantage of his shot allowance on the 14th and 15th to cut the deficit back to one hole. He then pulled his 16th tee shot long and left giving the advantage back to Chesterson who split the green leaving a twenty foot birdie putt which would have put him dormie two.

It was then that Allan conjured up a moment of magic; his delicate chip shot meandered across the green, caressed the flag and sank below the surface. That unlikely birdie proved to be the pivotal point as Chesterson missed his birdie putt and could hardly believe that the match was now once again all square.

The pair halved the 17th and Allan cleverly used his extra shot to scramble another half on the 18th to take the match into overtime. With the mist rolling in and the light fading fast they managed to halve their 19th hole.

Neither player found the fairway on their final 20th hole. Allan strayed left and then landed his approach shot short of the 2nd green leaving a relatively simple uphill bump and run to the flag which was near the front of the green. Chesterson eventually found his tee shot in the semi-rough on the right and unfortunately his next shot went long and right.

It was virtually impossible for Chesterson to chip close to the hole which was on a downhill slope. The miracle didn’t happen and with Allan receiving a shot on the stroke index 5 hole Chesterson gracefully conceded the match to the worthy Willie Kirkpatrick Knockout winner Allan.


The latest news from our PGA golf pro Dave Adams is that he is currently running free group coaching sessions on Friday mornings for any ladies wishing to try out the game. Also, for £10 per session, junior golfers can join his coaching classes at 3.00pm on a Saturday afternoon or 10am on Sunday mornings. These junior sessions will continue throughout the autumn and winter season.

Finally, it should be noted that the Links have also reintroduced their ‘winter golf special offer’ for the period from October until 31st March 2017. The green fees of £240 can then be used to defray the cost of annual membership at Castletown. Anyone requiring further information on any of these offers should telephone Dave on 822211.   


Club Comp


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1st Kevin Madin (29pts)
2nd Simon Murray (27pts)
3rd Jane Holt (23pts)

Neville Peterson Trophy sponsored by Shoprite 

1st Gareth Morris (41pts)
2nd Chris Lee (40pts)
3rd Steven Boyd (40pts). Cat 1/2: Dennis Moore (36pts). Cat 3/4: Keith Barnard (38pts). Senior's: Tony Gawne (35pts).


Gareth Morris normally plays for Valkyrs A on Saturdays so doesn’t count golf as his number one sport. During the April 2016 break in the hockey season Morris, then off (12), warmed up at Castletown by taking a category 1/2 prize with 38 points. The very next week he had the audacity to win the Permanent Bank International shotgun start competition with an amazing 45 points thus reducing his handicap to (9).

This past weekend Morris had another hockey break and added the Shoprite sponsored Neville Peterson Trophy to his golfing tally. After his eagle on the 12th Morris was standing at a tremendous three under par by birdying the 2nd and 3rd holes with just one bogey incurred at the Road Hole.

Four more bogeys over the next five holes limited Morris to 41 points after 17 holes. Morris’s minor mistake was to add his points up at that stage. The spell was broken and a duffed drive led to a quadruple bogey. For handicap purposes it only counted as a six and Morris has been deservedly cut to (7). Dropping five shots in one season is a fine achievement, particularly for a part-time category two player.

In second place Chris Lee (8) had six pars and five birdies which balanced out his five bogeys. That gave him 40 points off sixteen scoring holes having been bushwhacked on the 4th and taking two too many on the 17th.

Playing off (3) Steven Boyd needed to card an exceptional one under par round to score 40 points. Boyd bagged birdies on the 10th and 12th. He could have done with them appearing later in his round as he was pipped on a final six hole countback by Lee.

The category 3/4 winner Keith Bernard (19) struck six three pointers, nine nett pars and two nett bogeys for 38 points in a very tidy round spoilt only by a blemish on the par five 12th.

Stephen Keegan (4) appeared to be the lunchtime leader with 37 points. This surprised him as an ugly eight on the 7th stuck in his mind more than the four beautiful birdies he had accumulated. Absentmindedly Keegan had omitted his handicap from his scorecard and so subsequently had to be disqualified. Consequently, the category 1/2 prize defaulted to former golfer of the year Dennis Moore (8) who headed a group of four players all with 36 points.

The club’s 1990 captain Tony Gawne (13) shot 21 prolific points on his opening nine. He failed to finish the 12th, but ended with a nett birdie to secure the senior section with 35 points.

Unfortunately, Guy Pickard, who had just completed his round, was felled by a stray second shot from the group behind and ended up in hospital with concussion. Luckily no bones were broken. He is home now and we wish him a speedy recovery.

This coming weekend is the last qualifying competition of the year with Permanent Bank International once again kindly sponsoring the twin shotgun start Stableford with a the lunchtime prize presentation wedged between.



Greenkeepers (12 h, 2/3 h-cap)


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Greenkeepers - Shotguns & Presentation (Permanent Bank International)

1st Oli Steriopulos (39pts) - b9 19
2nd Mark Grace (39pts) - b9 17
3rd .Will Halsall (38pts) - b9 21.

Cat 1/2: Chris Howland (38pts b9 18). Cat 3/4: Peter Robertson (37pts). Senior Section: Stuart Brawn (36pts)


Island cricketer Oli Steriopulos (15) returned to win the Greenkeeper’s Benefit after a month’s absence from golf. He did not have the most auspicious start in this Permanent Bank International sponsored shotgun start Stableford. Topping his opening tee shot on the short 8th, Steriopulos lost the ball and so was not surprised at his dodgy double bogey, bogey, double bogey, bogey beginning.

However, he has been reading Dr Bob Rotella’s ‘Golf is Not a Game of Perfect’ and so faced his fate with equanimity. The putts started to roll in and he almost aced the short 16th. His sublime 7iron tee shot finished tantalisingly close to the pin.

Steriopulos was not too unhappy and carried on hitting, chipping and putting with aplomb. From being six over after four holes Steriopulos completed the course by just dropping another six shots to accumulate 39 points.

Slipping out on Sunday Mark Grace (17) was able to start from the 1st tee. He relished the calm conditions completing the front nine with 22 points despite an N/R on the 3rd and a double bogey on the 8th. Grace was favoured with two more pars on the back nine but trouble on the 13th restricted his score to 39 points for second place.

On Saturday afternoon Will Halsall (10) escaped his duties in running the clubhouse bar to serve up third-place. His 38 points came off 16 scoring holes having failed to finish both the Road Hole and the 16th. Ignoring those aberrations Halsall’s haul included three birdies, seven pars and six nett pars.

Another Sunday starter cashed-in on the conditions; Chris Howland (6) hit two birdies in a one over par opening nine. Three bogeys blighted his back nine, so Howland lost third on countback but snatched the category 1/2 prize with his front loaded 38 points.

Had the competition been based on just Saturday’s scores there would have been a convoluted four way card play-off for third place and the category 1/2 prize. They all compiled 37 points. Andy James (6), Michael Charmer (1) and Doug Ross (6) could not be separated until the very last hole. In contrast, Iain Quine (9) had a relatively poor back nine which would have put him out of the running.

Former captain Peter Robertson (13) also carded 37 points and was still able to collect the category 3/4 award for his fine efforts on Saturday. Similarly, Stuart Brawn (18) was one point back and secured the senior section prize.

This coming weekend we assemble for a Texas Scramble in the first of the much anticipated Tower Insurance sponsored Turkey Shoot series.


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1st Daniel Amphlett 22pts
2nd Gaynor Lees 20pts
3rd Mair Gardner 20pts


4 Man Texas Scramble

Over 130 players participated in the first of the much anticipated Tower Insurance sponsored Turkey Shoot series at a blustery Castletown this past weekend. It was a four man Texas Scramble off twenty percent of combined handicaps with each player required to contribute four drives.

That may seem simple enough but the winning team couldn’t calculate their deductible, and the group provisionally placed second had to be disqualified for lack of drives. They had not read the revised rules shown on the start sheet. I won’t name the unfortunates but Will Halsall at Langness No:19 could tell you more.   

Initially, the financial services team of Douglas Grant (18), Chris Westerman (20), Steve Glynn (18) and their substitute for the day, Jeff Magee (13), appeared to be the runaway winners by exactly three shots. On scrutiny the margin was reduced to 2.6, which is still a fine achievement in a competition where normally, every 0.1 counts.

Their birdie, birdie start came courtesy of a sand-save on the 1st and a chip and run to within six inches on the 2nd. Miscommunication created their only bogey on the 3rd but learning the lines brought a late barrage of birdies for four under par at the turn. There were tap-in pars aplenty on the back nine, although only one birdie, so they finished at five under par. After adjustment their winning nett score was 53.2

Promoted into second spot Mel Todd (9), Paul Reid (9), John Byrne (10) and Colin C Magee (13) – Jeff’s older brother – birdied the first three holes and fired five more in a spectacular back nine which put them on 64, nett 55.8. In total, the group had birdied half their holes but a bogey on the Road Hole had to be cancelled out by some serious slogging against the wind on the 7th.

Just 0.2 behind, but out of the prizes, came Paul Keeley (6), Martin Derbyshire (18), John Webster (16) and Ben Humbles (15). Remarkably they had no bogeys and had bagged birdies on five holes.

An elite team with by far the lowest gross score - 12 under par - was Andrew Challenor (+1), Michael Charmer (1), Donald Beggs (4) and Stephen Keegan (3) but their measly handicap adjustment of 1.4 left them back in the pack on nett 58.6. Perhaps they need to adopt a high handicapper or two because, even if the allowance had been amended to twelve percent, they would not have won.

Tower Insurance is generously sponsoring a four man AM-AM this coming weekend.     




Exactly 100 players participated in the second Tower Insurance sponsored Turkey Shoot at Castletown this past weekend. It was a four-man AM-AM, but as several teams were a player short a joker had to be drawn. Peter McKenna (23) was plucked from relative obscurity and this helped him pick off the poultry.

His scores dovetailed nicely with Guy Pickard (6), Rob McIver (6) and Andy James (6) who had already amassed 83 points between them. Six of the best from McKenna propelled them onwards and upwards to 89 points and a win by one. A nett eagle on the 7th, three further nett birdies and two nett pars had helped their haul.

Pickard was felled by a stray golf ball three weeks ago. The enforced lay-off gave him the opportunity to re-read Ben Hogan’s classic ‘Five Lessons – The Modern Fundamentals of Golf’. It obviously paid-off as is evidenced by his two over par back nine, which included a lucrative two on the 13th. McIver’s efforts were used on at least 14 holes and Andy James carded 11 gross pars and bagged brilliant birdies on the 1st and 6th holes.

The other team which clicked to collect a chick included Ben Smaller (6), Dan Williams (8), Jon Wagstaffe (11) and Andy Sharpe (17). They only failed to find at least four points on one hole, the long par five 12th. Smaller birdied the 1st and bagged a nett birdie on the next, as did Williams, who added three more triple pointers.

Wagstaffe birdied the 13th, for a share of the two’s pot, and promptly birdied the next for four points. Sharpe birdied the 8th for a nett hole-in-one and equalled Wagstaffe’s other extraordinary efforts as they both contributed three more nett birdies taking the team’s total to 88 points.

Former golfer of the year Rex Barker was just inches away from an elusive hole-in-one on the 16th and his efforts were well rewarded with a fine bottle of wine kindly sponsored by Will Halsall at

John Tinsley (6), Keith Barnard (18) and Mike Horsthuis (10), plus the joker, eventually finished one point short and out of the prizes on 87. After amassing eleven birdies between them, Foley Gort (3), Tom Harris (+1), Ross Byrne (14) and Mark Teare (6) unluckily finished fourth with 86 points.

Perhaps they will have more success in the two-man Texas Scramble which Tower Insurance is generously sponsoring this coming weekend.     



TOWER INSURANCE Two-Man Texas Scramble


On a cold November weekend hot putters were certainly the order of the day but when you can blast the ball a country mile scoring opportunities come thick and fast. Tom Harris (+1) and Ross Byrne (14) humbled the holes to knock in nine birdies. Consequently, they won the Tower Insurance sponsored two-man Texas Scramble Turkey Shoot by three clear shots on 63, nett 59.1.

With Harris bombing his ball 30 to 50 yards past his playing partner Byrne did remarkably well to register eight tee shots; the minimum requirement being six. Other than the 1st the dynamic duo birdied every odd numbered hole going out and, apart from the 14th, every even numbered hole coming back. The sequence having been spoilt they simply birdied the 15th instead.

In second place with 70, nett 62.2, Andy Davies (10) and Mark Grace (16) declared that their putters were on fire. Davies sunk an outrageous twenty footer on the 10th and was delighted to be eclipsed by Grace holing out from well short of the 17th green. Just as well really as they were still fuming having three putted the previous hole. In all they forced in five birdies but the wind caused setbacks on the 5th and 6th holes.

Early starters Keith Featherstone (13) and Tim Callow’s (19) card eventually turned up and had to be counted as their 73, nett 63.4, was good enough for third place. Featherstone had eight tee shots two of which converted to birdies but they double bogeyed the short 8th and bogeyed the next. Callow’s ten were completed in level par. A birdie on the 14th being cancelled by a bogey on the 17th.

Countback was needed to separate two teams on 63.7. Sunday starters Matt Wickers (23) and Paul Eckersley (8) can thank their birdie finish for fourth place ahead of our hard working social/sponsorship secretary Gerry Ganly (13) and partner Terence Cassidy (8). They fashioned four birdies on the front nine but frustratingly failed to save par on the 17th.

Just 0.1 back Andrew McGee (20) and Anderson Whamond (14) were also forced out of the main prizes but they did record one of over 40 twos carded in the competition.

Anthony O’Mahony (6) was the worthy winner of the bottle of fine wine sponsored by Will Halsall of  His ball finishing less than two foot from the 16th pin.

This coming weekend we will try to win our dinner in the Turkey Shoot yellow ball AM-AM generously sponsored by Tower Insurance.


Tower Insurance sponsored Yellow Ball AmAm


Jack Frost was an unwelcome visitor at Castletown and severely delayed Saturday’s start of the Turkey Shoot yellow ball AM-AM generously sponsored by Tower Insurance. The lucky late starters then enjoyed wonderful winter weather. Those who deferred to Sunday were not so fortunate.

Two teams needed a joker and Stuart Brawn (18) was drawn. It seemed to be an inspired choice at least as far as Bob Taylor (10), Chris Howland (6) and Andi Howland (8) would have been concerned. Initially, Brawn’s 14 added points took them to the top until an assistant Comp Sec: - that will be me then - spotted his own error and had to mark them down from 84 to 82 points.

Another team had claimed 89 points but that did not pass scrutiny. After much deliberation and then confirmation by the official Comp Sec: two teams, both with 84, had to be separated on countback. The winners with 39 back nine points appeared to be : John Stevens (19), Charles Ross (8), Rodney Jackson (8) and Peter Miller (14).

Stevens struck 17 points over seven holes with a nett eagle on the Road Hole accounting for four of the 11 points scored on his compulsory holes. Ross rolled in 19 points including four nett birdies from his nine contributions. Jackson justified his inclusion with an amazing 28 points from eleven holes filing three of his six nett birdies with the yellow ball. Miller manufactured 20 points over nine holes but went from hero to zero after carding a blob having just nett eagled the 10th.

The apparent countback casualties Mark Reynolds (18), Steve Glynn (15), Paul Eckersley (6) and Chris Westerman (16)* were the front nine leaders with 46 points. Westerman’s yellow ball jitters on the 12th and 16th nearly put paid to the poultry but Reynolds and Eckersley resurrected the round with nett birdies on the 18th. The handicap secretary was particularly interested to note that Reynolds was just two over par on his 13 scoring holes.

However, in subsequently applying the appropriate category handicap adjustments to each of the members of the two winning teams it was realised that Westerman had been over-penalised for winning an earlier turkey shoot. With his corrected handicap of (17)* Westerman’s par on the 1st then became a nett birdie and so his team actually won with 85 points!

Bryan McMahon (8) received a double helping from the 2’s pot for his efforts on the 8th and 13th. Unfortunately, a steward’s enquiry will be needed to find the winner of the bottle of fine wine sponsored by Will Halsall of as Saturday’s marker on the 16th has gone missing. UPDATE 29/11: Mark Teare's tee shot finished four foot from the 16th pin late on Saturday afternoon so, if by Saturday 3/12/16  no one else claims to have got closer than that, the wine will be presented to him.

This coming weekend Tower Insurance is kindly sponsoring a four-ball better ball turkey trot.




Tower Insurance sponsored FourBall Better Ball (90% H/C allowance)


There were countbacks aplenty in the 4BBB Turkey Shoot generously sponsored by Tower Insurance at Castletown this past weekend. Former captain Steve McGowan (11) and bionic man Chris Reynolds (9) combined to crop top spot with a back nine biased 43 points.

Reynolds, who incidentally won the August medal sponsored by McGowan’s company SMP Partners, was enabled by new knees to knock in a birdie on the 3rd and recorded five further nett birdies. Not to be outdone, McGowan landed a four pointer nett eagle on the 14th followed by nett birdies on the last two holes. The pair dovetailed beautifully dropping just two shot against par with bogeys on the 9th and 16th holes.

Late starters John Newson (7) and Simon Murray (5) covered the course in one under par between them. A three putt on the final hole led to their only dropped shot and it put paid to their chance of an outright win and so had to settle for second.

Roger Raatgever (13) and Kevin Amphlett (11) led a group of four teams who all scored 41 points. They both contributed on nine holes with quick starter Raatgever carding on the first five holes and Amphlett the final five including a nifty nett eagle on the 17th.

The final poultry prize went to Ross Byrne (11) and Stuart Campbell (12) with a back nine score of 20 points, although it was Byrne’s four pointer on the 6th which really turbo-charged their tally. The countback casualties were Mark Walker (12) / Keith Bernard (18) and David Laughlin (21) / Jimmy Kelly (12) who lost out by 1 and 2 back nine points respectively.

There were only eight 2’s and Andrew Challenor purloined 25 percent of the pot with his accuracy on the 13th and 16th. However, he did not win the fine wine sponsored by Will Halsall of Instead, the nearest-the-pin prize went to Michael Kinmond who was hollow-tyned out of a birdie.

This coming weekend Tower Insurance is kindly sponsoring a pyramid AM-AM turkey trot and our AGM takes place at 3.00pm on Saturday. It should be a packed clubhouse so arrive early to guarantee a ring-side seat.


Pyramid AmAm

Xmas Shotgun AmAm (including presentations)



Club Items

Captain-Chis Kelly

Dear Members both existing and new.
May we all look ahead to partaking in  good golf during 2016 whether playing competitive or social golf may you enjoy your time spent on a truly exciting and challenging golf course situated in one of the most spectacular areas of the Isle of Man. Although the year has started off poorly, from a weather perspective, we should anticipate improving conditions as the year progresses. We are grateful to Philip Vermuelen and his family for their continued efforts and support to improve the course and facilities for us all to benefit from.

I would like to extend my thanks to the Past President Dave Bell and Immediate Past Captain Roy Clague and the Committee for all their efforts enabling us to have a good golfing experience in 2015. I look forward to working closely with our new President Robert Braide and my Committee who have given me such support already this year in preparing for the 2016 season. Good wishes for a successful year are also extended to the Club’s Lady Captain, Dawn Sissions, and her Committee.

My Captain’s Day will be on Saturday 18th June and the Captain’s Dinner will be on Friday 23rd September. During the year I look to support ‘The Friends of the Hyperbaric Chamber’ as my chosen charity to assist them in their efforts to increase their services and move to the Nobles Hospital estate. One fund raising idea is for the Vice Captain and me to take on challengers in a FBBB format with the losers making a small donation.

Finally may you all have good health and enjoy the experience of playing golf at Castletown Golf Links in 2016.



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2016 CGC Ltd Board Members
Robert Braide : President – - 498514
Chris Kelly : Captain - 622003
Dawn Sissons : Lady Captain - - 319902
Simon Willoughby : Chairman- 433184
Ian Hodgkinson : Treasurer - - 452957
Robert Adcock : Secretary - - 834704/320308
Mary van Lier - - 624324

Captain:Chris Kelly Tel 622003 (H) 496816 (M);
Robert Braide - - 498514
Vice Captain: Malcolm Lambert Tel: 832579(H) 477883 (M):
Immediate Past Captain: Roy Clague Tel: 621102 (H):
Hon Secretary: Bob Adcock tel: 834704 (H) 320308 (M)
Hon Treasurer: Ian Hodgkinson Tel 851469 email

Competition and
Interim Handicap Secretary
: Roy Clague Tel: 621102 (H):
Juniors: Ged Power Tel 231223 (M);
Sponsorships: Gerry Ganly Tel 490809 (M);
Social Sub Committee: Gerry Ganly Tel 490809 (M);
Golf Union Representitive:Roy Clague Tel: 621102 (H):
Dawn Sissons 319902
Press Officer Malcolm Lambert Tel: 832579(H) 477883 (M):

Jon Corke : - 225610

Philip Vermeulen:
P.J Vermeulen:

Other key contacts
Website Co-ordinator: Lord Gort Tel: 822295 (H) 232623 (M):
Handicaps and handicap certificates:
Roy Clague Tel: 621102 (H):

2016 Ladies Committee
Dawn Sissons : Ladies Captain/ Golf Union  - 319902
Dawn Killa : I.P. Captain - -451940
Jackie Fisher : Ladies Vice Captain - - 470917
Loni Evans : Hon. Treasurer
Louna Vermeulen: Comp.&H/cap: - 825838
Julie Amphlett: Hon. Secretary  07979 146096
Maryann Dunn : - 212288

Roll of Honour


1952-58 F Pickles
1959-61 WCKellyOBE
1962-63 J Lamb                                                
1964-65 Sir RCS Stevenson GCMG MLC          
1966-67 C Connall                              
1968-73 Sir P Stallard KCMG CVO MBE           
1974-75 WA Kirkpatrick                    
1976-77 The Viscount Gort                
1978-79 KC Cowley                           
1980-81 Dr JM Ferguson                    
I982-83 JA Bird                                    
1984-85 AH Smith                                               
1986-87 Lt Col HK Sweeting                            
1988-89 TR Beatson                             
1990-91 LM Wilson                             
1992-93 LF Doherty                                            
1994-95 PJ Roberts                                              
1996-97 JR Jackson                                              
1998-99 J Neil                                                      
2000-01 E Alexander                                           
2002-2003 D Robbie                                            
2004-2005 R Mackenzie      
2006-2007 M Henthorn                      
2008-2009  SL Manuja                                         
2010-2011 E Shallcross                                       
2012-2013 J Yardley           
2014- 2015 D Bell 
2016 R.Braide

M Crowe
RA Henry
His Excellency Lt Governor, AdamWood 

1952 WC Kelly    
1953 J Corrin       
1954/55 NG Brown     
1956 RH Hawkins             
1957 WC Kelly    
1958 CLP Vereker        
1959 JE Mc Dermott           
1960/61 CLP Vereker           
1962/63 JE McDermott         
1964/65 WA Kirkpatrick   
1966 Dr JM Ferguson         
1967/68 LK Gore             
1969/70 LG Holroyd
1971 JA Bird         
1972 FR Crook    
1973 JM Cain OBE          
1974 ER StA Davies OBE   
1975 AH Smith    
1976 A Simpson  
1977 AD Sheard   
1978 WR Ennett   
1979 RM Barker   
1980 GA Thompson      
1981 Lt Col HK Sweeting  
1982 LF Doherty 
1983 TR Beatson
1984 JR Jackson
1985 LM Wilson
1986 JM Gerrard
1987 AE Alexander
1988 PJ Roberts
1989 J Neil
1990 AE Gawne
1991 BJ Eastham
1992 RH Mackenzie
1993 SL Manuja
1994 D Robbie
1995 IJ Lunn
1996 T Karran
1997 WG Holmes
1998 E Shallcross
1999 PT Kirby
2000 M Henthorn
2001 BJ Eades
2002 JPB Carter
2003 SJ Boyd
2004 R Braide
2005 P Cox
2006 D Bell
2007 D Bell
2008 S Skelton
2009 J Yardley
2010 P Robertson
2011 S McGowan
2012 G Ferguson
2013 B Watts
2014 G Karran MBE
2015 R.Clague
2016 C.Kelly




Details of 2015 memberships and fees etc. can be found in the PDF documents enclosed (click on image)...

2015_membership_fees AppForms 2015 Both sections_




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Images of the Course


Click on thumbnails for a larger view of hole.

  • 11th-tee
  • 17th-wide
  • 14th
  • 16th
  • 17th-green-view
  • 3rd-view
  • 4th
  • 6th-green
  • 8th-hole
  • Road-hole-wide
  • 6th-kwc

These are small selection of photographs(for sale)...for more and images of other famous courses are available as signed prints please click on following link

Golf has been played at Castletown since 1892 when Old Tom Morris designed the course. The course in its present form was laid out by golfing legend Mackenzie Ross in the late 20s and early 30s and provides some of the purest links golf anywhere in the British Isles. 
The links has hosted, among other events, the PGA Cup (1979), Europro Tour 2002, Manx Classic Pro Am and the Duke of York Young Champions trophy in 2003 and again in 2005.
The present seventh hole is named the Race Course because, there, a century and a half before the first ever English Derby, the then Earl of Derby  held the first ever Manx Derby over three furlongs. This was also thirty-nine years prior to the Newmarket race, which has been proclaimed to be the oldest horse race in existence.


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