Welcome to Castletown Golf Club

Mike Horsthuis-Captain 2018

The Links was laid out in 1891 and designed by Old Tom Morris.The Castletown Golf Club was first formed in 1892. The course itself is set on Langness Peninsula and provides views of the Irish Sea from all tee's, fairways, and greens. Following the war Castletown was later updated by Mackenzie Ross. . The 7th hole is named the Race Course because, there, a century and a half before the first ever English Derby the Isle of Man and the then Earl of Derby also the Lord of Mann held the first ever Manx Derby over three furlongs. Distinguished characters have been involved with the Club including Sir P Stallard KCMG CVO MBE(Governor of the Isle of Man)being our President in the past. 

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Louna Vermeulen-Lady Captain- 2018

 

 


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Overall Winter League

1st..K.Lewin
2nd..M.Reynolds
3rd..M.Walker

 


 

 


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1st..J.Byrne/M.Todd
2nd..J.Scowcroft/R.Wild
3rd..C.Westerman/K.Paige
4th..S.Boyd/D.Price

FLYING THE FLAG FOR BRIAN GRAHAM

Despite poor weather there was a fine turn-out for the 4BBB at Castletown on Saturday. The winning team by two points was John Byrne (9) and Mark Todd (12) completing the course in just one over par. Byrne was in formidable form beginning with a birdie and adding two more to amass 29 points off ten holes which he humbled in three under par. Todd tallied 17 points with five pars, two bogeys and a double bogey for their only single pointer which was incurred on the 11th.

Jonathan Scowcroft (6) and Richard Wild (15) also dovetailed well in a six over par round for 44 points and second place. Wild struck ten pars and two bogeys so Scowcroft only had to add four bogeys to his important two opening pars.

Third spot had to be decided on countback as two teams tied on 43 points. Chris Westerman (15) and Kevin Paige (11) turned up trumps even though they failed to finish the 16th. Their back nine accounted for one more than their opponents. Steven Boyd (3) and David Price (6) were unlucky to be pushed into 4th place as they went round in 68 with superstar Boyd personally being four under par on the 17 holes he completed.

Boyd had also been a countback casualty in the previous Sunday’s stableford where he and Frankie Doherty (9) headed the field by 6 points. Doherty was twelve over par and his winning 36 points were scored off just 15 holes, three of which he birdied. In contrast, Boyd was level par over the front nine but dropped three shots on the crucial inward half. NTP was Simon Murray.

This coming weekend, weather permitting, we hope to play the postponed opening round of the Men’s Winter League which will be a stableford played off the white tees. On Sunday a twelve hole mixed stableford takes place off the white and red tees.

The Castletown flag is at half mast this week in tribute to long time club stalwart Brian Graham. His funeral will take place at 11:30 Friday 26th January at Malew Church.

MALCOLM LAMBERT


 

Result   Report
1st..K.Lewin (35)
2nd..P.Reid (34)
3rd..M.Reynolds (34)
4th..R.Dunn (33)
5th..D.Laughlin (33)

Once again the weather was unkind to the early starters at Castletown on Saturday. Only the most intrepid chose to start out in the driving rain. Later in the day the rain relented but the howling wind persisted. Achieving 35 points Kevin Lewin (26) used his shots wisely to win the Winter League stableford; the first in the series of four rounds to be played off the white tees.

Lewin’s procession of fives, sixes or sevens was only broken by a par four on the 17th but the beauty of the handicap system is that, with the exception of a triple bogey on the 10th, his 99 shots were converted into points on every hole.

In second place Paul Reid’s 34 points reflected the improving conditions. He took 46 shots on the way out and only 38 for a three over par back nine which was worth 20 points based on his handicap of (10). Also with 34 points, but losing out on countback, Mark Reynolds (18) hit five pars but came to grief on the hardest two holes, stroke index wise.

Richard Dunn (6) had nothing worse than a bogey and scored on every hole to post 33 points and take fourth place on countback courtesy of two birdies on his back nine. David Laughlin (21) went from feast to famine in fifth place as his 33 points came off just 14 scoring hole that included a four pointer birdie and four further nett birdies.

The weather put paid to the twelve hole mixed stablefords due to be played on the previous Sunday and Wednesday so no doubt everyone will be keen to contest the second round of the Winter Eclectic scheduled for this coming Saturday.

MALCOLM LAMBERT

 

Result   Report
1st..O.Steriopulos
2nd..A.Creamore
3rd..J.Byrne
4th..T.Harris
5th..G.Morris

STERIOPULOS WINS WITH A QUADRUPLE BOGEY

Playing off (14) island squad cricketer Oli Steriopulos knocked in nine pars to win the second round of the Winter Eclectic Medal competition despite finishing with a quadruple bogey at Castletown on Saturday. His twelve over par performance on the shortened 15 hole course also included a triple bogey on the 6th.  Having not participated in the previous round Steriopulos can improve his eclectic score by seven shots if he just pars those two holes over the remaining two rounds.

One shot back Adam Creamore (21) posted a one under par nett 59 which included three pars and three triple bogeys. With seven pars and seven bogeys John Byrne (10) unluckily stumbled to his only double bogey on the 13th and so although he equalled Creamore’s nett score Byrne lost out on countback for second place.

Finishing fourth Tom Harris (+2) bagged four birdies and went round in one under par. A gross 59 became a nett 61 as his pars on the 1st and 13th were turned into nett bogeys but Harris improved his eclectic score by an impressive ten shots.

Three more players also ended on nett 61 and it was Gareth Morris (8) who picked up the last of the prizes. On the back nine countback Morris was half a shot better than Mark Todd (13) and two ahead of Paul Eckersley (7). Finishing ninth on 62 the winner of round one of this competition, Kenny Chesterson (6), improved his eclectic by three shots with birdies on the 6th, 10th and 14th.

We are back to a stableford this coming Saturday when 107 players are booked to compete in the second round of the Winter League.  Please note that it has been necessary to amend the advance booking procedure for Saturdays from 14 to seven days in an attempt to reduce the number of ‘no shows’. Andi Howland, our competition secretary, has also requested that you cancel any bookings which you cannot honour in order to free up spaces for others looking to play.

MALCOLM LAMBERT

 

Result   Report
1st..M.Walker (33)
2nd..S.Butler (32)
3rd..G.Bradley (32)
4th..N.Gregg (30)
5th..W.Halsall (30)

WALKER WINS WINTER LEAGUE SECOND ROUND STABLEFORD

There was a good weather window for a few hours from mid-morning on Saturday so 27 desperate souls slipped out to compete in the second round of the Winter League Stableford. Probably the lure of Six Nations Rugby on the TV proved too great a temptation for the majority of members.

Mark Walker (12) from the Shore Hotel managed 33 points to win on the 15 hole course which was in remarkable condition given the volume of rain it had needed to absorb. A four pointer birdie on the 4th and a double bogey on the 6th were the only variations from the procession of pars and bogeys which led to Walker’s steady seven over par round.

Stuart Butler (18) had a scintillating second nine scoring an impressive 22 points for second place on countback. Butler served up as many points on his last three holes (ten) as he had accumulated at the turn. Having also recorded 32 points in the first round Butler is now in pole position on the Winter League leader board.

The countback casualty in third Gez Bradley (3) went round in luscious level par. His 32 points included four birdies one of which was a money maker two on the 16th having carded a disappointing double bogey on the previous hole.

Finishing with 30 points Nigel Gregg (12) had bookend birdies on the back nine and those nett eagles lifted him into fourth place just ahead on countback of the final prize winner Will Halsall (11) who unfortunately N/R’d the 13th.

Earlier in the week Julian Brindle, Tami James and Paul Keeley finished with 25, 23 and 22 points respectively to fill the podium places in the ‘Midweeker’ 12 holes Stableford. 22 players competed in the previous Sunday’s mixed 12 holer which was won by Karen Faragher with 25 points, one ahead of this year’s lady captain Louna Vermeulen and two clear of third placed Frankie Doherty who failed to finish the 10th.

So far 110 players have signed up for this coming Saturday’s 4 man Texas Scramble but as always there are bound to be some teams looking for a late replacement so either turn up on the day or register your availability with the Pro Shop by phoning 822211.

MALCOLM LAMBERT

 

Result   Report
1st..P.Thomas/I.Hodgkinson/M.Reynolds/P.Eckersley (57)
2nd..S.Zybert/S.Skelton/A.Gerrard/D.Quayle (59.1)
3rd..D.Litton/D.Campbell/A.Townell/B.McMahon (59.6)

TEXAS SCRAMBLE WON BY TWO CLEAR SHOTS

There was a fine turn-out at sunny Castletown on Saturday as 28 teams took part in the 4 man Texas Scramble. Much to everyone’s delight all 18 holes were open as the temporary lakes on the 7th fairway had drained away. Pete Thomas (9), Ian Hodgkinson (16), Mark Reynolds (18) and Paul Eckersley (7) tonked in ten birdies between them to win the competition by over two shots which, in this format, is highly unusual as decimal points usually separate the prize winners.

Half of Thomas’ six tee shots were converted into birdies and impressively four out of five of Eckersley’s efforts were distinguished by deductions. Reynolds rounded off the birdie count on the first three of his four chosen drives and the team cleverly consolidated their score of 62, nett 57, by restricting Hodgkinson to the bare minimum of three tee shots which were all parred.

Dave Allan, Guy Pickard, Frankie Doherty and Guy Sissons tried to claim second place with 58.7 but on closer inspection they were found to be guilty of inadvertent creative accounting as their score actually added up to three more – 66 nett 61.7 - which dropped them to twelfth.

The early clubhouse leaders were Steve Zybert (13), Sam Skelton (4), Andrew Gerrard (7) and Dave Quayle (5) who went round in ten under par but a measly 2.9 (ten percent) handicap allowance only reduced their score to 59.1 for second place. Quayle’s quotient was five birdies from six tee shots compared to Skelton’s two from his six. Zybert and Gerrard added one and two birdies respectively from their compulsory three drives apiece.

A card play-off was needed to determine the third placed prize winners as two teams tied on nett 59.6. The spoils went to Dave Litton (19), Dave Campbell (18), Alex Townell (9) and Bryan McMahon (8) who shot five birdies on the back nine compared to Roy Clague (20), Neil Campbell (17), Peter McKenna (23) and Peter Miller (14) who only managed two.

This coming Saturday there are so far 107 entrants for the third round of the Winter League Stableford.  

MALCOLM LAMBERT

 

Result   Report
1st..S.Glynn(38)
2nd..M.Walker(37)
3rd..R.Byrne(36)
4th..M.Reynolds(36)
5th..M.Teare(35)

WALKER RACES TO TOP POSITION IN WINTER LEAGUE

The third round of the Winter League Stableford at Castletown on Saturday was won by Steven Glynn (20) on 38 points. Apart from failing to finish the Road Hole Glynn fashioned five pars punctuated by ten bogeys and two double bogeys to triumph by a single point. Having finished 38th with 26 points in round one, and not taking part in round two, Glynn will need another top three finish to contend for the cumulative prize.

Mark Walker (12) almost made it back-to-back Winter League wins and now heads the leader board having secured second spot this week with 37 points. His round was highlighted by a four pointer eagle on the 3rd and an extremely lucrative 2 on the 16th to share the two’s prize pot with David Allan who birdied the short 13th.

Two N/Rs and two four pointer birdies marked the extremes of Ross Byrne’s third placed 36 points. With two other top ten finishes in the Winter League Byrne (13) is third equal overall and will be one to watch in the final round being held on March 10th.

Mark Reynolds (18) added a fine fourth placed finish to his third place from round one. Reynolds’ 36 points included an N/R on the 11th which limited his inward score and kept him out of a podium place on countback but puts him level with Byrne in the league.

With two birdies in the first three holes Mark Teare (6) went on to take fifth prize on countback on Saturday ahead of Ben Humbles (11) who also scored 35 points but could not match Teare’s inward run of nine net pars in a row.

Following sixth and second place finishes in the previous two rounds Stuart Butler (18) was ranked in second place cumulatively but he had a bit of a shocker in the third round. Five N/Rs restricted Butler’s Stableford score to 25 points and 54th place so he has dropped to fifth in the league. After two rounds, finishing first and seventh, Kevin Lewin (26) was the league leader and his eighth place on Saturday gave him another three league points which now puts him second just behind Walker.

Four players tied on 24 points in the well supported ‘Midweeker’ 12 hole competition and Gez Bradley won the card play-off ahead of Chris Blackburn, Ernie Russell and Mark Handley in that order. Christine Russell was the first lady home on 22 points in eighth place. On the previous Sunday Karen Faragher (25 points) was the winner of 12 hole Stableford with Heather McKenna and Guy Sissons taking the other prizes three points back.

93 players have so far signed up for the third round of Winter Eclectic Medal series being held this coming Saturday.

MALCOLM LAMBERT

 

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1st..K.Lewin(41)
2nd..C.Lee(34)
3rd..R.Byrne(32)
4th..M.Reynolds(31)

Overall W.League

1st..K.Lewin
2nd..M.Reynolds
3rd..M.Walker

LEWIN MAKES A MOCKERY OF HIS HANDICAP TO WIN WINTER LEAGUE

Persistent precipitation precluded participation for all but the most determined in the final round of the Winter League Stableford at Castletown on Saturday. With points from 10 down to 1 awarded to the top ten finishers in each round there were several players in with a chance of taking the title away from the absent Mark Walker who was the league leader on 19 points at the end of round three.

Having already won the first round Lewin (27) was standing second in the league two points behind Walker after finishing seventh and eighth in the subsequent rounds. Despite the driving rain Lewin launched a lovely tee shot on the 1st and landed a four pointer birdie. He had accumulated 17 Stableford points after just seven final round holes but back-to-back 7’s then followed.

Making a mockery of his high handicap Lewin parred four of the remaining holes to hoist an amazing 24 back nine Stableford points making 41 in total. Not surprisingly, he won the day’s competition by seven clear shots. It also increased his Winter League points to 27 making him the outright winner of the Winter League by an emphatic margin.

Chris Lee (7) birdied the Road Hole and bogeyed the 9th to turn in level par on 22 Stableford points. A couple of N/Rs saw him add only 12 on the inward leg so he finished on 34 for second place. Those 9 league points put him ninth overall because his previous rounds had drawn a blank.

Third on the day with 32 points was Ross Byrne (13) which, coincidentally, was where he finished in round three. These results brought 16 league points to add to the 2 from his 9th place in round two. Overall he finished fourth on 18. The above mentioned Walker just beating Byrne for a podium place in the league on 19 points from two brilliant rounds which brought a win and a second spot.

Mark Reynolds (18) had finished third in round one and fourth in round three to accumulate 15 league points. Five pars and two nett pars on the opening nine put him on 21 Stableford points on Saturday. Alas, three N/Rs restricted Reynolds to just 10 more points but his 31 was rewarded with sixth place and 5 more league points. Reynolds therefore ended on 20 league points which placed his second overall.

Steven Glynn (21) was seventh on the day and fifth overall with 14 league points thanks mainly to winning round three. Stuart Butler also ended on 14 league points to take sixth place in the league based on countback as his best finish was second spot in the second round.

33 members took part in the 12 hole ‘Midweeker’ on Wednesday which went to Chris Lee on countback ahead of the immediate past ladies captain Jax Fisher. They both scored 25 points which was one ahead of another crisp performance from Walker in third place.

Alan Harding was the victor in Sunday’s 12 holer with 27 points one ahead of Keith Featherstone and two in front of prolific prize winner Chris Lee who has had more mentions that most in this report. Congratulations also go to Louna Vermeulen for her near hole in one on the 13th to win the nearest the pin prize.

123 players from around the island have so far signed up for this Saturday’s Paddy’s Day Captain’s charity knock which is a four person Am-Am that is open to all as non members can enter for £25 including the green fee. Our six day and lady members are also welcome to participate and their entry fee is just the usual £4. Dress in green to show your support and enjoy a complementary half pint of Guinness which will go down well with the Irish Stew on offer.  

MALCOLM LAMBERT


 

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The St Patrick's Day event was cancelled due to poor weather

 

Result   Report
1st.. George McArdle (82/64)
2nd.. Mike Williams (79/67)
3rd.. Les Doherty (93/68)
4th.. Paul Eckersley (78/71)
5th.. Kenny Chersterson (77/71)

McARDLE TURNS BACK THE SANDS OF TIME

Beautiful spring like weather greeted golfers at Castletown on Saturday. George McArdle (18) was tempted out by the warm weather and made the most of his recent handicap review. That, combined with a swing tip from Mike Williams, helped him turn back the sands of time and win the third round of the Winter Eclectic Medal by three clear shots. McArdle, who played off single figures for 13 years before requiring hand surgery, had sorted out his slice to post a magnificent 82, nett 64, including a nett eagle, seven nett birdies and nine nett pars.
The afore-mentioned Mike Williams (12) obviously listens to his own advice as he started his own round with a birdie and went on to compile ten pars, five nett pars and just two nett bogeys for a lovely 79, nett 67, and second place.
Hard hitting Les Doherty (25) promptly proved how competitive he can be off his new handicap. Five double bogeys, two pars and 11 nett pars brought Doherty in with 93, nett 68, and placed him third on the day.
Slow starting Paul Eckersley (7) took awhile to warm up as he was five over after the first three holes. Then he completed the remainder of the course in just one over par. Eckersley’s 78, nett 71, for fourth place at the top of a five way countback, included 12 pars and a birdie four on the Race Course hole.
Kenny Chesterson’s 77, nett 71, was also backend loaded which counted in his favour. Fifth placed Chesterson was four over after five holes and only dropped one more thereafter. Out of the prizes in sixth place, but still in the money, outgoing club president Robert Braide (2) tapped in two 2’s among his five birdies.
Not quite so lucky, David Allan (11) was six over par after 15 holes then leaked four more on the final three and so finished seventh on 82, nett 71. The last countback casualty was Donald Buchanan (25). He was well on the way to glory until he suffered back-to-back 9’s but still managed to beat his new handicap.
There was another 71, alas Tom Harris plays off (+2) so it became a nett 73. Shooting under par is a dream for most of us but it is almost essential for would be professional golfers and we all wish Tom well this coming week when he seeks to qualify for this year’s EuroPro tour.
On Sunday 18 players took part in the mixed field Stableford which was won with 40 points by Paula Westerman (44). Four players were tied on 36 points and countback determined that the prizes went to Ben Smaller (6) and Mark Todd (16). Francis Doherty (9) and Anthony O’Mahony (8) just missing out in fourth and fifth places respectively.
Earlier in the week Andy Saunders (16), Steph Gregg (21) and Ranald Caldwell (16) finished with 28, 22 and 22 points respectively to take the prizes in the 12 hole ‘Midweeker.’
The qualifying season gets underway this coming Saturday with the Glynn Williams sponsored Stableford and our Pro Charlie Simpson will be organising 18 hole competitions for Easter Sunday and Monday.
Finally, IOMG have announced that our former captain Roy Clague has been installed as their new president and we wish him well in this new role.
MALCOLM LAMBERT


 

Result   Report
1st..Ian Hodgkinson (39pts)
2nd..Will Halsall (37pts)
3rd..Pete Thomas (36pts)
4th..Andrew Gerrard (36pts)
5th..Keith Bernard (33pts)
HODGKINSON WINS THE GWYNN WILLIAMS CUP
Tom Harris and Tom Gandy both made it through the first stage of qualifying for the 2018 UK based EuroPro Tour last week. Harris was the third placed amateur and tied 19th on +4 after 36 holes at Formby Hall GC. Rowany based Gandy, who has already turned pro, finished tied fifth on +1 at Caversham Heath picking up £83.33 in prize money.
They both proceed to play two rounds at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire later this week. The top 80 finishers out of the 240 contenders then play a final round on the Blue course at Frilford to determine their playing rights on the tour. We wish both guys ‘Good Luck!’
The qualifying season commenced at Castletown on Saturday with 75 players participating in the Glynn Williams sponsored Stableford. The attrition rate from those originally booked to play was over 25 percent, no doubt due in part to the blustery bitter wind and it being a white tees only competition which didn’t suit some of the seniors.
Such qualms did not affect our former treasurer Ian Hodgkinson (18) who was one of only four players to meet or beat their handicap. His winning 39 points was both back nine biased and heavily influenced by wind direction. Hodgkinson hit a real purple patch from the 13th to the 15th where he sunk a bountiful birdie 2 for four points and followed it up with two nett birdies. Facing the full force of the wind it was a case of hit and hope on the last three holes but three 5’s for five points saw Hodgkinson home safely.
In second spot with 37 points No.19’s Will Halsall, now off (13), found his extra shots came in handy as two of his super six nett birdies were served up on the higher stroke holes. Halsall suffered a slippery seven for his only nil pointer on the 9th but then birdied the 13th for a share of the two’s pot.
Pete Thomas (10) opened with a birdie and played a perfectly balanced round for 36 points and third place. Each half consisting of a birdie, three pars, four bogeys and a double bogey. An impressively strong finish for seven points over the last three holes helped enormously for countback purposes.
Andrew Gerrard’s (8) opening birdie propelled him to 20 points with a tremendous two over par front nine. Unfortunately, misfortune struck our club championship sponsor on the 12th and that restricted Gerrard to a further 16 points and fourth place.
The final prize purloiner was Keith Bernard (20) who headed a group of five players all shooting 33 points. Bernard’s inbound 19 points was one ahead of David Allan (11), two better than Jeff Magee (18), four more than Michael Charmer (1) and six up on Gerry Ganly (17) who shot a stellar front nine. Apparently, four out of five of the prize winners have all had recent lessons with our pro, Charlie Simpson, but I’m reliably informed that he is not seeking a cut from their winnings!
On Easter Sunday there was a runaway winner in the mixed Stableford as Alison Beech (42) amassed 45 points off 16 scoring holes thanks in part to firing five nett eagles and five nett birdies. Our new president, Peter Robertson (13) played extremely steadily and was just eight over par on 17 scoring holes for 38 points and second place. Pipped at the post but finishing third on countback our outgoing lady captain Jax Fisher (30) had a real game of two halves; out with an impressive 23 points and back with a disappointing 15.
With the lighter evenings the usually popular ‘Midweeker’ has converted back from 12 to 18 holes but entry numbers (15) were disappointing last Wednesday (28/3). Our comp: sec: Andi Howland would appreciate feedback as to whether players prefer the shorter format. Simon Murray (35pts), Andy Saunders (34pts) and Les Gale (31pts) shared the spoils as, disappointingly, the ladies declined to take part.
This coming Wednesday (4/4) our new captain Mike Horsthuis is sponsoring a ‘Flower Power’ 9 holes open Stableford. The competition entry fee of £4 includes a £2 donation to his chosen charity and you get the chance to win a bottle of wine if you can better his nearest-the-pin shot. The Captain’s Drive-In then takes place at lunchtime on Saturday and there could be a scrum for the few remaining places for the twin shotgun start Stableford with the Winter prize presentation wedged between them.    
MALCOLM LAMBERT

 

 

Result   Report
1st..Steven Glynn (42pts)
2nd..Dominic Litton (42pts)
3rd..John Byrne (39pts)
4th.. Chris Kelly (38pts)
5th..John Newson (37pts)

STEVEN GLYNN WINS THE MEDAL AT THE CAPTAIN’S DRIVE-IN
There was a two way tie on 42 points in the Captain’s Drive-In on Saturday. Winning the specially minted commemorative medal was the smooth swinging Steven Glynn (21) who is now off (19) but is destined to be lower. He and second placed Dominic Litton (17) had to be separated by their final six hole score as they both compiled 21 points on each half.
Glynn, who in February won the third round of the Winter League Stableford, has been having lessons with Charlie Simpson and is more consistent now. There were a few three putts and the odd duff shot which restricted his Stableford score on the 5th, 11th and 15th but a four pointer nett eagle on the 14th proved crucial on countback.
Litton has also enjoyed his fair share of success over the last two years and consequently his handicap has dropped by seven strokes from (22) back then to a new low of (15) now. Two birdies and six pars adorned his card but a double bogey on the 4th and an N/R on the 11th were the low lights.
In third place John Byrne (10) stepped in with 39 points thanks to six nett birdies and just three nett bogeys. Past captain Chris Kelly (21) was rewarded with fourth slot for 38 points on 17 holes having been trapped in the newly revetted bunker on the 1st. The final prize place went to John Newson (7) who went round in a splendid six over par for 37 points.
At lunchtime on Saturday our new captain Mike Horsthuis officiated at the winter prize presentation and issued a 4BBB challenge. In return for a minimum donation of £5 per player there is a chance to win a bottle of wine if the captain and pro can be beaten. Horsthuis was then presented with a plaque by our president Peter Robertson before smashing his opening drive to just short of the 1st green. He duly converted it for an opening birdie. Unfortunately, that was the highlight of his round.
Earlier in the week Tami James (34), Steph Gregg (23) and Heather Skinner (16) took the top three places with 19, 18 and 18 points respectively in the first of the monthly open nine hole ‘Flower Power’ Stableford competitions. ‘Flowerman Mike’ is sponsoring this series to help raise funds for his captain’s charity to provide vital equipment at the A&E Department at Nobles Hospital. Non-members are welcome and the discounted green fee of £15 (£24 for 18 holes) includes entry to these charity competitions.
Our congratulations go to Rowany’s Tom Gandy who finished twelfth at Frilford Heath last week in the final stage of qualifying for the 2018 UK based EuroPro Tour. This put Gandy in the prize money and entitles him to play in all the tour events. Even though Tom Harris failed to make the cut to the final round he is likely to receive invites to play in some of these tournaments. We wish them well.
Spring has definitely arrived because this coming Wednesday there is an 18 hole medal qualifier and on Saturday we compete in the opening round of the monthly medal series.
MALCOLM LAMBERT

 

Result   Report

1st..Andrew McGee (87/67)
2nd..David Humbles (87/67)
3rd..David Price (74/68)
4th..Gez Bradley (72/69)
Best Gross:

Andrew Challenor (70)

McGEE WINS THE SMP PARTNERS MEDAL DESPITE AN ADVENTUROUS 11
 Andrew McGee (20) had the game of his life in the first round of this year’s SMP Partners sponsored medal series at Castletown on Saturday. Shooting a nett 67 is something special. Doing it with an 11 on your card is amazing. Needless to say McGee’s septuple bogey was suffered on our infamous 5th hole. Other than that bit of off-roading McGee navigated his way round with nine pars and eight bogeys. So, for handicap adjustment purposes, McGee actually shot a nett 62, and with a four over par back nine no-one was likely to beat him on countback.
Shooting seven pars in a steady round David Humbles (20) had a good go. Unfortunately, his 87, nett 67, was front end biased as three of his four double bogeys came on the inward half. Never-the-less Humbles took second spot and his handicap reverted to the pre-review level.
In third place with 74, nett 68, David Price (6) also had seven pars, only because he fired five birdies and five bogeys. Price’s costly double bogey was incurred on the 9th and that spurred him on to a creditable one over par back nine.
Starting at lunchtime Gez Bradley (3) gobbled up a birdie on the 1st, added another on the 7th and tucked away two more in a lovely level par round of 72, nett 69, for fourth place on countback. Paul Eckersley (8) was also level par after ten holes. He finished at five over for his nett 69 and the only reward was a share of the two’s pot for his accuracy on the 16th.
The best gross prize winner Andrew Challenor (+1) ended way down in thirteenth place even though he was four under par after fourteen holes. Then back-to-back bogeys blighted his card so Chal signed for a 70, nett 71, regretting four putts that failed to fall.
On the previous Wednesday 26 players took up the challenge of a midweek medal. Frankie Doherty (9), Richard Dunn (6) and Julian Brindle in his ‘natty’ shorts took the top spots with nett 70, 72 and 74 respectively. The first lady home was Jax Fisher (29) in ninth place with a nett 77 even after sustaining a ten following ‘a Hamlet moment’ in a bunker on the 12th.
This coming Saturday everyone can enjoy our splendid course as there is an open AM-AM Stableford and so far 110 players have signified their satisfaction with this break from qualifying competitions.                 

MALCOLM LAMBERT

 

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1st..Andrew Davies/Dave Litton/Angus Alexander/ Dominic Litton - 97pts
2nd..Mike Williams/Dennis Moore/Mike Pinson/Ken Berry -93pts
3rd..Robert Quine/Mark Teare/David Laughlin/Paul Reid - 92pts

AMAZING 97 WINS AM-AM BY FOUR CLEAR POINTS
No less than 34 teams participated in the open four person AM-AM Stableford on a sunny Saturday at Castletown. With two scores to count on each hole everyone was out to bag a birdie or better, so the target was 108 [18 x 6] team points as mere nett pars would produce a paltry 72.
The top team of Andrew Davies (10), Dave Litton (20), Angus Alexander (7) and Dominic Litton (15) carded [2 x 7], [6 x 6], [7 x 5] and [3 x 4] for an amazing 97 points which was four better than the field. Davies and Alexander acted as the anchor men, with Davies completing 16 holes in just one over par and Alexander played par golf on the 13 where his score was recorded. Littons senior and junior joined in with a nett eagle apiece and nine nett birdies between them.
In second spot with 93 points Mike Williams (12), Dennis Moore (10), Ken Berry (24) and Mike Pinson (32) had 78 handicap shots between them. Multi-times golfer of the year Moore knocked it round in three over par for 43 points and Williams added 34 points from 17 holes. They all dovetailed well as Berry picked off five nett birdies and Pinson swooped in with two nett eagles and three nett birdies.
Two teams initially appeared tied on 92 and had to be separated on their final six scores as both cards indicated they had accumulated 44 points on the back nine. Winning the third place card play-off were Robert Quine (20), Mark Teare (6), David Laughlin (22) and Paul Reid (10). Teare birdied the 4th and then eagled the 7th in a tremendous three under par performance over fourteen scoring hole. Quine netted seven birdies and four pars, while Laughlin landed three nett eagles so Reid’s contribution was restricted 11 points on five vital holes.
The apparent countback casualties were also the last team out taking advantage of a beautiful day for family golf. The husband and wife pairings of Kevin and Julie Amphlett together with Alex and Jane Holt put their combined 93 handicap shots to good use. Only the short 16th, playing extra long into the wind, defeated their efforts to record at least two nett pars on every hole. However, due to a Stableford miscalculation, highlighted when our comp: sec: Andi Howland input their scores; they actually finished up sixth with 91 points.
Les Gale (13) won the Smith Trophy mixed 18 hole ‘Midweeker’ with 38 Stableford points. Gerry Ganly (17) minus his ‘Fitbit’ stepped into second place with 37 points and stepped back out again early on Thursday morning to successfully find his missing equipment. Frankie Doherty (9) also recorded 37 points although the third prize went to the first lady home which was Sara Brindle (45) with 33 points.
This coming Saturday the Woods Cup is up for grabs in a Bogey competition which, to the disappointment of some, remains a qualifying contest as otherwise we will have staged three non-qualifying events in a row.                         

MALCOLM LAMBERT

 

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THE CLUB

 

 

2018 Club Officers etc.

President: Peter Robertson: 461264/862522 - probbo26@gmail.com
Men’s Captain: Michael Horsthuis: 493188/674017 - michael@robinsons.im
Men’s Vice Captain: Geoff Sugden: 471803/615036 – geoffsugden@outlook.com
Ladies Captain: Louna Vermeulen: 825835 -louna.vermeulen@businessdoctor.im
Ladies Vice Captain: Julie Amphlett: 07979146096 – Julie@amphlett.me

Comp. & H/Cap Committeee:

Secretary: Andi Howland: 822211 – andi@castletown.golf
Louna Vermeulen: 825835 -louna.vermeulen@businessdoctor.im
Ben Smaller: 220583- bensmaller@mac.com
Jon Corke: 225610 - jcorke10@gmail.com

CGC Ltd Board Members

Robert Braide: Chairman: 498514 –r.braide@hotmail.com
Loni Evans:  488106 - loni.evans@businessdoctor.im
Roy Clague: 621102/435285 - royclague@manx.net
Michael Horsthuis: 493188/674017  - michael@robinsons.im
Louna Vermeulen: 825835 - louna.vermeulen@businessdoctor.im
Gerry Ganly: 675212/490809 - gerryganly@manx.net
Company Secretary: Robert Adcock: 834704/320308 - bob@iom.com
Treasurer: TBA

Miscellaneous Contacts:

Press Officer: Malcolm Lambert: lamberts@infoware.co.uk - 832579(H) 477883
Immediate Past Men’s Captain:
Malcolm Lambert: lamberts@infoware.co.uk- 832579(H) 477883
Immediate Past Ladies Captain: Jax Fisher; 470917- jackiefisher@hotmail.co.uk
Juniors: Charlie Simpson: 484244/822211 – charlie@castletown.golf
Golf Union Rep:      Chris Kelly: chrisbkelly@hotmail.com- 622003/496816

 

History of the Club/Course


1952-58 F Pickles
1959-61 WCKellyOBE
1962-63 JLamb                                                
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 LFDoherty                                            
1994-95 PJRoberts                                              
1996-97 JRJackson                                              
1998-99 JNeil                                                      
2000-01 E Alexander                                           
2002-2003 DRobbie                                            
2004-2005 R Mackenzie      
2006-2007 M Henthorn                      
2008-2009  SLManuja                                         
2010-2011 EShallcross                                       
2012-2013 J Yardley           
2014- 2015 D Bell 
2016-2017 R.Braide
2018-2019 P.Robertson

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
2017 M.Lambert
2018 M Horsthuis

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


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