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).
IAIN QUINE COLLECTS THE SYD ASHWORTH TROPHY
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.
DAVID ALLAN WINS WILLIE KIRKPATRICK KNOCKOUT TROPHY
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.
NEWS FROM THE PRO
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.