On Saturday 15 March 2014 the Captain's Drive-in will take place. There are a.m. and p.m. shotgun starts plus a lunchtime prize presentation so, as parking will be at a premium, arrive early to avoid disappointment.
St Patrick's Day - CHARITY EVENT - The club is supporting Project 21 and the Manx Stroke Foundation by hosting a St Patrick’s Day competition and raffle on Monday 17th March. There will be a 1pm shotgun start with tea/coffee and a bap on arrival. Contact Andy Patterson on 822211 to book a tee. The cost is £15 per member or £25 for visitors.
Parking adjacent to Clubhouse by 18th fairway
Members are respectfully asked not to park at the Reserved parking spaces next to the stairs at the Clubhouse. Both these spaces are reserved for Castletown Golf Links' use.
DOHERTY AND WATTS WIN AGAIN
The predicted high winds caused a flurry of late cancellations from the scheduled 4BBB at Castletown last Saturday. Consequently the competition was converted to a non qualifying 15 hole individual Stableford to sidestep the flooded fairway on the 7th.
The afternoon weather was wonderful and Frankie Doherty (9) made it his third podium placement in a month after four nett birdies, eight nett pars and three nett bogeys for 31 winning points. Hence, the handicap committee has cut him back to (8) based on general play.
Mike Derbyshire (19) was a Tower Insurance turkey shoot winner late last year and this time he trotted into second place on countback with 30 points. Derbyshire was a model of consistency using his generous allowance with alacrity to score on every hole. Just three nett bogeys were recorded despite three sixes and a seven.
Our immediate past captain, Barry Watts (26), gave another demonstration of why his upward handicap adjustment was unwanted and unwarranted. Having won by four clear points just three weeks ago he hooked third spot thanks to two four pointers with back-to-back birdies on the 3rd and 4th. Had Watts not blobbed the 2nd he might well have won as his 30 points came from just fourteen scoring holes.
The category 1/2 winner Steve Jeffers (3) had a game of unequal halves as following four early bogeys he birdied the downwind 12th and completed the last seven holes in one under par to finish on 28 points. Early starter Dave Litton (18) did well to take the category 3/4 award with 27 unevenly posted points. He started with a nett eagle followed by two blobs but as the wind ameliorated he zeroed in on some better scores.
Globetrotter Gwynn Williams (19) fresh back from his long winter break was quick to compliment the condition of the course. Although he failed to finish the 11th he parred the last three holes to secure the senior section with 27 points.
It is the Captain’s drive-in and prize presentation this Saturday. Parking will be at a premium so arrive early to avoid disappointment.MALCOLM LAMBERT
THE 2014 IOM MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMPANY.
Ladies and Gentlemen the Club has been given the honour, this year, of hosting the IOM Men’s Golf Championship. This will be held between Saturday the 14th June (Qualifying Day) and Saturday June 21st. The Knockout rounds will be held on Tuesday the 17th,Wednesday the1 8th,Thursday the 19th with the Final on Saturday the 21st June. We hope that all low figure handicap members will enter the Championship and indeed that many will progress to the Knockout stages. It would be great to have a Castletown winner on his home course.
It has been 12 years since we last hosted the Championship at Castletown and we would like to think that we can make it a memorable occasion. To achieve this we need the support of all our members, men and ladies. We need referees, spotters on each hole, people to work scoreboards, people to link communications between the clubhouse and the course, car park marshals, clubhouse greeters and people to cover other tasks that we have not even thought about as yet. We estimate we need at least 50 helpers on qualifying day and probably 30 on the other days.
In addition to hosting the Championship we have the task of hosting the Willie Kirkpatrick Event held over 36 holes on Sunday the 25th May. We have arranged for this to be sponsored by Manx Petroleums Limited. It is most appropriate we are hosting this in 2014 as it marks the 40th Anniversary of the late Mr Kirkpatrick being President of our club. We also need members help on this day carrying out similar tasks to those set out above for the Championship. It will also be a great trial event for us to identify any problems and take action to ensure they do not get repeated in the Championship.
This is therefore an appeal to all members. If you are able to help us on any of the days referred to above, please volunteer to do so by notifying myself on Karran@manx.net or the Secretary, Peter, on Probbo@manx.net. with an indication of the type of task you would be willing to carry out for us.
Let us make these, events of which we can be very proud.
Dear Members of Castletown Golf Club Limited
It is an exciting time at Castletown. We now operate a mixed club under a Company banner and this year we will host the Isle of Man Men’s Golf Championship and the Willie Kirkpatrick 2 round competition, the latter event being sponsored by Miss Irene Pugh and Manx Petroleums. Let us hope we will see Castletown members winning these prestigious events, as well as retaining the IOM Scratch league.
We have settled in to our magnificent new clubhouse, where we are now able to host all our social events and tremendous work continues to be carried out by our hard working green keepers to improve our course. Few can argue that it is the finest on the Island. We are all very grateful to Philip Vermuelen and his family for their continued drive and enthusiasm to make our course achieve a higher ranking in Britain
I thank Past President Jack Yardley and Past Captain Barry Watts for all their hard work and endeavours on behalf of the club during their terms of office.
I look forward to working closely with our new President Dave Bell, our Lady Captain Louna Vermuelen, my excellent Men’s committee and Louna’s Ladies Committee to give us all great golf, good company, and a lot of happy memories of 2014 down here at Castletown
Chairman of Directors
Sponsors listed below have kindly offered to sponsor our competitions