Latest Club Notices

We are now playing the Winter League and Winter Eclectic Series




Every Wedneday there is a 12 Hole competition played off the Red/White tees.
Members can play as many holes as they wish but should only submit scores for holes 1-12.


We bring you tidings of joy; there will be no need for an EGM. The Club’s Board and the Course Owners believe that the future of the Club is not only assured, but is set to prosper.

United, we plan to develop the golfing experience for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders at Castletown in the spirit of a partnership. The Board, the Course Owners, Will at No.19 and Dave in the Pro Shop are unanimous in recommending that you renew your membership and thus join us to help bring about our shared vision.
Following the 2016 AGM the Club’s Board had the opportunity to meet with Philip and Louna Vermeulen (who also represented No.19 and the Pro Shop) on Tuesday 13th December. During the open, frank but friendly discussions it became clear that we really do share the same passion, aims and concern for the future of the Club.
Philip invited the Board to put forward a one-page development plan which demonstrated our commitment to embrace change and move forward with the common goal of developing an enhanced golfing experience for members, No.19, the Pro Shop and the Course Owners at Castletown.
The attached Club Development Plan FinalCGCDevPlan2017.word has been agreed by all parties. Our Captains and their Committees, on which the Course Owner’s team are represented, will use it as a base to create a United Development Plan. Hence, we invite you all to join with us and help bring our plans to fruition.

Robert Braide( Chairman - Castletown Golf Club Ltd)
Philip Vermeulen(Director-Castletown Golf Links)

Click on image for larger version A Manx Fairy with DED Minister LaureWill Halsall (left) which is the captain of Castletown Golf Club's chosen charity for 2017.nce Skelly. raisecirca £500 for the Dream Catcher Appeal


                  Welcome to Castletown Golf Club Limited

Welcome to Castletown Golf Club Limited (CGC), we hope that you enjoy your membership at the Club and playing golf at the fabulous Castletown golf links. It is hoped that the information contained below will be of interest to you and will help you maximise your enjoyment of the Club and the golf links.

  • Castletown Golf Club Limited – a company limited by guarantee

 The Club moved from an unincorporated body governed by a Constitution to a Company Limited Guarantee in 2013. As such there is the Limited Company Board thatwhich delegates the operational running of the Men’s and Ladies Sections to each Committee.

If you would like to receive a copy of the Club’s Articles of Association, please email the Company Secretary at

  • Relationship between the Club and the Course Owner

The golf links and clubhouse are owned by Langness Golf Course Limited (LGCL), also referred to as Castletown Golf Links or the Course Owner) and that company undertakes the maintenance of the course and provision of the services offered in and around the clubhouse. This company is completely separate from Castletown Golf Club Limited.

The Club and the Course Owner have agreed a Development Plan which aims to improve the golfing experience for members and visitors through the collective and united effort of CGC, No.19, the Pro Shop and LGCL.

Annual subs are invoiced and collected by Castletown Golf Links. Payment gives subscribers the right to play the Links. Included within your annual sub (and itemised on the invoice) is 'Membership of Castletown GC Limited’ which this year was £20 (winter special £10) that gets paid over to the Club, conveys membership of the Club and entitles members to play in Club competitions and join in Club organised events. Your liability in the event that the Club (Limited Company) ceases to exist is capped at £20. All members are entitled to attend and vote at meetings of the Company.

  • Communication by email

On joining the Club, if you have included an email address on your application form, it will be added to the member contact database that is maintained by the Secretary and used as our main medium of communicating with our members. The Club also has its own website at The Course Owner also maintains a database of all members and this is used to circulate newsletters and information relating to events organised by the Pro and/or No.19.

If you want to communicate with other members you can go to the member’s area of the Castletown Golf Links website and under the ‘MY GOLF’ tab you will find a Directory.

  • Identity Cards for the Course and use in the Bar

 The Course Owners produce a card for members to add credit to for use in the bar and the Professional’s shop where a small discount is allowed.

5. Handicaps
In order to compete in any competitions organised by the Club, you will need to have an active or ‘competition’ handicap. If you are joining from another Club, and already have a handicap from your previous Club, please make sure you include your EGU 10 digit CDH number on your application form, or forward it to Competitions and Handicap Secretary as soon as possible. Alternatively, please supply a current handicap certificate from your previous or present club certifying your exact handicap.

If you do not have a current handicap you should, in due course, submit three completed cards signed where possible by your proposer and/or seconder or another full member. Cards should be left in the Clubhouse or Pro Shop marked for the Handicap Secretary’s attention. You will then be allocated an official ‘active’ handicap and thus be eligible to enter Club organised competitions.

You cannot participate in Club Competitions unless you have an official ‘active’ handicap and other restrictions may apply from time to time at the Committee’s (or Course Owner’s) discretion.

6. Competitions and prize presentations

The Men’s section main competition day is Saturday, but there are a number of competitions arranged on other days during the main season. Presentations usually take place on the last Saturday of the month during the main competition season and all prize winners are requested to attend the presentation, or give apologies and nominate a fellow member to collect their prize.

I have appended to this welcome letter a copy of the current Club local and competition rules for your information.

The Men’s Competition Secretary is Ben Smaller and he can also issue handicap certificates if required. His email address is

7. Booking tee times

We are now using an online system for booking tee times in normal club competitions and for any other tee times during the week. Once your membership application has been approved, you will be given a member number by the Course Owner and you will need to use this the first time you register on the online booking system, which can be found at (click on ‘Members’)
8. Wednesday mixed competition and Thursday roll-up

This year we are running a weekly handicap ranking competition each Wednesday with a guaranteed £100 of prize money kindly underwritten by the sponsor (subject to a minimum entry of twelve cards). The format is usually Stableford, open to members of both sections of the Club, played over 18 holes in summer and 12 holes in winter. You can book tee times ‘on line’ in the normal way.
Every Thursday, the Men’s Section has a weekly ‘roll-up’, with the first tee booked from 11.28am, to 12.15pm. Balls are drawn from a hat and players are grouped in to four or three-balls. This is a social event open to anyone wishing to play and is a great way to meet other members who you might not regularly play.
Members usually meet in the bar at the clubhouse for tea and coffee from 10.45am on the morning of the roll-up. Any new members wishing to come down and participate in the weekly roll-up will be guaranteed a warm welcome.
Thursday has recently been designated as club night with a 9 hole stableford qualifying competition played over holes 1<3 and 13<18. Entrants can play as many holes as they wish but should return a score for the designated holes only.

9. Competition Sponsorship Opportunities
The Club is very fortunate to have the support of its competition sponsors, many of who have helped finance the Club for many years. If you own or work for a company and would be interested in sponsoring one or more of our competitions, please contact our Secretary Bob Adcock: email

10. Lockers at the Clubhouse
We have a wonderful clubhouse with bar, catering and changing rooms to enjoy at the golf links. If you wish to hire a small or large locker in the men's changing room you can check the availability and current rates by contacting Jackie Fisher:

11. Etiquette and Dress

Smart casual dress is required at all times on the course and in the clubhouse. Proper golf shoes are required on the course but are not permitted in the bar/dining area, or the access stairway.
You should be familiar with the Rules of Golf and Golf Etiquette, with particular regard to safety, consideration, priority on the course, and care of the course. Local Rules and Club Rules are published for your guidance on the notice board and include the following:-
The Course Owner has a “use of the course rule” that all players should carry sand bags and divot anchors and that all divots should be repaired as you play. The sand bags are free and they can also be located next to the first tee.
Slow play should be avoided at all times. A four-ball game should be completed in less than four hours and ten minutes. Slower groups should always call faster groups through whenever there is a clear hole in front.
Always rake bunkers properly after use, repair pitch marks on the greens, avoid damaging the greens with shoe spikes, particularly near the hole, replace divots except on the tees, and do not wheel trolleys on the green or green aprons or where indicated by the Greenkeeper’s markings.
Practice is not permitted on any part of the course at any time. There is a practice putting green in front of the clubhouse and there is a large practice ground with bunker etc to the right of the 15th fairway for the use of members (Take the road crossing the course towards Langness Lighthouse and it will be found on the left hand side immediately after the ruins).

12. Use of buggies
The use of motorised buggies is not permitted in Open or Club competitions without prior written approval of the Committee. Such approval can only be granted on medical grounds and any request for this facility should be in writing to the Hon. Secretary for submission to the Committee and should be accompanied by an appropriate medical report or letter that will be treated in strict confidence by the Hon, Secretary.

13. Key contacts

The main contacts at the Club for 2018 are as follows.
CGC Ltd Board Members

Robert Braide: Chairman: 498514 –
Loni Evans:  488106 -
Roy Clague: 621102/435285 -
Michael Horsthuis: 493188/674017  -
Louna Vermeulen: 825835 -
Gerry Ganly: 675212/490809 -
Company Secretary: Robert Adcock: 834704/320308 -
Treasurer: TBA..

2018 Club Officers etc.

President: Peter Robertson: 461264/862522 -
Men’s Captain: Michael Horsthuis: 493188/674017 -
Men’s Vice Captain: Geoff Sugden: 471803/615036 –
Ladies Captain: Louna Vermeulen: 825835 -
Ladies Vice Captain: Julie Amphlett: 07979146096 –

Comp. & H/Cap Committeee:

Secretary: Andi Howland: 822211 –
Louna Vermeulen: 825835 -
Ben Smaller: 220583-

Jon Corke: 225610 -

Miscellaneous Contacts:

Press Officer: Malcolm Lambert: - 832579(H) 477883
Immediate Past Men’s Captain: Malcolm Lambert: - 832579(H) 477883
Immediate Past Ladies Captain: Jax Fisher; 470917-
Juniors: Charlie Simpson: 484244/822211 –

Golf Union Rep:                         Chris Kelly: 622003/496816

Local Rules

  • Etiquette.

       All players shall observe the Rules of Golf, the Rules of Golf Etiquette and only such Local Rules as are published herein or circulated to members and placed on the Club notice board.

  • Practice.

Practice on any part of the course is expressly forbidden at all times.
N.B. this includes the area between the 18th green, the old swimming pool and the car park.
3.         Out of Bounds
         A ball is out of bounds if:
a)     It is over any fence, hedge, wall, white posts or white lines.
b)    It is on or over the tarmacadam road to the right of the 5th or 6thfairways.
c)      It is in the grounds of the Hotel or in the car parks.
d)     It is in or on the clubhouse or surrounding decked area.
4.      Immovable Obstructions
       The following are designated immovable obstructions and relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 24.2:
Sheds, seats, grass rollers, stiles, ball washers, telegraph poles and stakes and ropes, the bell on the 18th fairway and any permanent signage.
Water system covers, fairway sprinklers, 150 yards marker stones, hydrant and electricity point covers (concrete slabs).
All grit and shale pathways leading from tees to fairways and from greens to tees including any related timber shutters.
Fixed sprinkler heads, in addition, if such an obstruction is on or within two club lengths of the putting green being played, and within two club lengths of the ball, and intervenes directly on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may obtain relief without penalty as follows: -
       If the ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard, it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at the nearest point to which it lay which: -
       a) is not nearer the hole
       b) avoids such interference and
       c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green.
5.    Movable Obstruction
       Dog excrement is deemed to be a movable obstruction. A player whose ball is embedded in or touching it may take relief under Rule 24-1.
6.    Integral Parts of the Course
       The following are integral parts of the course and no unpenalised relief is available:
Internal walls, hedges, trees and bushes.
The concrete area behind the first green and the concrete pillbox to the right of the third green.
Tee foundations, including the unmade track running behind the 6th green to the beach.
The concrete steps in the gully near the 18th green.
7.    Ground Under Repair
       All areas designated by white lines and/or appropriate markings.
       Relief MUST be taken in accordance with Rule 25.1. This includes areas that are undergoing maintenance, including entire bunkers if so marked. Such bunkers are temporarily “through-the-green” and not hazards.
8.    Aeration Holes on Greens
       If a ball comes to rest in an aeration hole on the putting green, the player may, without penalty, place the ball at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that allows it to avoid lying in an aeration hole.
9.    Road
       A ball lying on or within one club length of the tarmacadam road crossing the course to the Langness Lighthouse: relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 25.1.
10.   Rocky Outcrops
       Relief is granted only if a ball comes to rest on or against rock within the fairway, or when such condition within the fairway interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing. Relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 25.1
11.   Stones in Bunkers
       Stones in bunkers are moveable obstructions and may be removed in accordance with Rule 24.1
12.   Overhead Wires
       A ball striking the TV aerial on the 5th hole may be replayed without penalty.

13.   Preferred Lies
       During the period 1st October to 30th April preferred lies may be in operation and players should proceed as follows:

       “A ball lying on a closely mown area through the green may, without penalty, be lifted and cleaned.  Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position.  Having lifted the ball, he must place it within six (6) inches (15cm) of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard or on a putting green. A player may place his ball only once, then it is deemed to be in play”

       A notice will be posted on the club notice board to advise when preferred lies are in operation.
Penalty for breach of local rule:
Matchplay – Loss of Hole. Stroke Play – 2 penalty strokes.

Distance – measuring devices
A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only, see rule 14 - 3.  Penalty for the infringement of this local rule is disqualification.
Clarification of rule 14 - 3 is displayed on the club notice board

Slow play
Slow play irritates everyone on the golf course. Members should be aware at all times of their
position on the golf course. It is their responsibility to maintain their position on the course and
avoid undue delays. Any group that has lost a complete hole on the group ahead of them should
wave faster groups or those immediately behind them through, irrespective of the number of
players in the group.

Players searching for a ball, unless found almost immediately, should allow the following groups
to play up. They should not wait until the ball has been declared lost (5 minutes) to signal to the
group behind. Play should not continue until it is safe to do so.

As a guideline a round should not take longer than 4 hours and 10 minutes, each player in a group is responsible for the groups pace (please also refer to R&A Rules of Golf Rule 6.7: undue delay; slow play)

Club Rules
Playing in fourballs during Club competitions is permitted unless the competition rules specifically disallow this.

The use of golf buggies during Club competitions is not permitted unless necessitated by sound medical reasons and the Committee has given prior approval.  No other competition player may make any use whatsoever of an on course buggy for which they themselves do not hold registered medical and committee approval.

Away Scores
Members are reminded that scores returned in competitions played at a club other than their “Home” Club together with the Competitions Scratch Score (CSS) set on the day, should be reported to their Home Club, without delay, for handicap purposes, as follows:

  • Handicap categories 1 and 2 – all scores.
  • Handicap categories 3 and 4 – all scores with a net differential of zero or better. (i.e. net scores better than CSS.)


Rule 33-1. Conditions: Waiving Rule
The Committee shall lay down the conditions under which a competition is to be played. The Committee has no power to waive a Rule of Golf.

The competition sub-committee has the power to impose sanctions or penalties against any player / member who disregards the Rules of Golf or these competition’s rules. In any dispute the committee’s decision is final. Rule 33.7

Eligibility to play in Club competitions
Members are encouraged to support all Club competitions. Members are reminded that in order to be eligible to play in club competitions, the following criteria must be satisfied:

  • The member has paid (or is in the process of paying by standing order) their current year subscriptions in a manner as prescribed by the Course Owner and;
  • Has a handicap of 28 or better and;
  • Has a ‘Competition’ handicap (ie; has submitted three cards for handicap purposes, either in the current year or within the last six months of the previous year).

Members with ‘non competition’ handicaps may play in Club competitions for the purpose of achieving a competition handicap but are precluded from winning competition prizes until such a time that a competition handicap is achieved. The Competition sub Committee reserves the right to either disqualify or prevent members who have not complied with the above requirements from entering Club competitions.

Saturday Start Times
Tee times for Saturdays can be booked on line from 6pm on the Saturday two weeks in advance. Tee time slots are allocated at 8 minute intervals from 7.28am (6.56am in summer) and are all pre-bookable. It should be noted that no member has a guaranteed or reserved tee time. Priority is given to members playing in the competition.

The Course Owner has the right to reserve Saturday tee times between 11.30am and 12.15pm for visitors.  As and when they are available spare tee times at other times of the day may be made available for visitors and/or societies on Saturdays.

These arrangements will continue to comply with the Rules of Golf (see below). All Club competitions must begin from the 1st tee unless otherwise determined by the Competition Committee.

Booking Competition and other tee times
Members can book competition tee times either on line (via or by telephoning/visiting the Pro Shop (01624 822211). The Pro has been requested to 'fill up' those slots not fully utilised. In order to use the on line booking system, you will need to register with your member number which can be obtained by contacting the Pro Shop. These methods of booking tee slots will apply to all competitions except for shotgun starts (sheets will be put up in the Pro Shop the week prior to the competition).

When a tee slot is booked either by you or on your behalf, if you have provided your email address to the Course owner, you will receive an email confirming the tee time and date.

Where a member is unable to play in a competition that he is booked to play in, the member should either remove his name from the online booking system or telephone the Pro Shop and request his name be removed. The Competition Committee may take disciplinary action against any member whose name appears on the online booking system but regularly fails to turn up to play in the stated competition.

On the day of the competition
Unless otherwise stated, the competition entry sheet is located in the Pro Shop. Members are required to enter their name on the sheet and pay the competition entry fee. If the Club Professional (or another person) is handling competition entries, members must ensure that their name is recorded on the entry sheet (by the Professional or that other person) and pay the competition entry fee. Any competitor who fails to sign (or ensure their name is recorded on) the entry sheet before starting play will be disqualified. In addition, any competitor whose entry fee is not paid before starting will be disqualified. Failure to fill a pre-booked tee slot due to illness or poor weather on the day of the competition will not constitute a breach of the Club competition rules.

It should be noted that if your tee time has not been pre-booked you will not be able to upload your score until your name has been entered onto the booking system. This can be undertaken on your behalf if you alert the Pro Shop when you pay your entry fee. Otherwise, you can send an email to the Competition Secretary. Rule 33-3 Times of Starting and Groups.
The Committee shall lay down the times of starting and in stroke play, arrange the groups in which the competitors shall play. The starting times are those laid down on the start sheet.
During Saturday competitions 4 ball groups will be permitted at all times including the times shown on the start sheet, unless specifically prohibited by the competition rules.

Rule 6-3 time of starting and groups
a)     Time of starting – the player shall start at the time laid down by the Committee.
b)    Groups – in stroke play, the player shall remain throughout the round in the group arranged unless the Committee authorises or ratifies a change.
The penalty for breach of Rule 6-3 is disqualification.

Rule 33-7 Disqualification penalty – Committee discretion.
A penalty of disqualification may in exceptional circumstances be waived, modified or imposed if the Committee considers such action warranted.

The Committee may provide in the conditions of a competition (33-1) that: If a player arrives at his starting point ready to play within 5 minutes after his starting time and in the absence of circumstances which warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification as provided in Rule 33-7 the penalty for failing to start on time is a 2 stroke penalty at the first hole instead of disqualification.

Minimum Requirements for a Competition
The minimum number of entries required to constitute a valid competition is as follows:

Individual Events                                    5 cards taken out
Pairs Events                               5 cards taken out
Four Man Team Events                5 cards taken out

Return of Cards
It is implicit  that a player entering a competition intends to complete the round. All players entering qualifying competitions are obliged to return a scorecard to the Committee, including no returns. Players failing to complete the round because of illness, exceptional weather conditions etc., are obliged to submit their cards as no return when leaving the course. The Committee may impose disciplinary actions, including the suspension of handicap and suspension from future competitions, for players who persist in failing to return their cards.

Player Score Input   (PSI)
When the computerised Player Score Input (PSI) system is in operation it is a club regulation that all players input their own scores into the computer and post their scorecards into the competition box adjacent to the computer terminal. The computer is located in the Clubhouse near the trophy cabinets. In the event that PSI (touch screen) isn’t functioning, place your cards in the box clearly marked as ‘not entered into the computer’.
For players teeing off later in the day, in the event that the Club bar is closed on completion of the round  the player is requested to post their card in the ‘Honesty Box’ post box on the wall adjacent to the public toilet by the Pro Shop on completion of their round. A member of the competitions sub Committee will enter the player’s score prior to closing out the competition. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in disqualification from the competition.

Prizes and Presentations
The following prizes will normally be presented in singles Club competitions:

First, Second, Third overall net
Best Gross (only when the player with the best gross score is outside the top 3)*
Best in Category 1 & 2 combined

Best in Category 3 & 4 combined
Best Senior (Category 3 or 4 player aged 65 and over, unless in top 3 or one of the categories above)
* In such an instance, a category prize will not be awarded to the category winning best gross. Where a player in the top 3 net places also has the best gross score, a category prize will be awarded (instead of a best gross prize) to the category of the best gross.

Stableford and Bogey
First, Second and Third overall net
Best in Category 1 & 2 combined
Best in Category 3 & 4 combined
Best Senior (Category 3 or 4 player aged 65 and over, unless in top 3 or one of the categories above)

The Competition Committee have the right to alter the prize make up for any competition.

For competitions played in “club times” it is a Club regulation that competitors with a score equal to or better than the thresholds outlined below must check with the Competitions Secretary (or nominated person) the standing of their score for handicap purposes in that competition: -

Strokes                          74 Nett, 76 Gross
Stableford                       34 points
Bogey                           2 down

Prize Presentations
Unless otherwise stated, the presentation of prizes for Club competitions will normally take place on the last Saturday of each or every other month at 12.30pm (the presentation for the competition played on the last Saturday will be carried forward to the next month).  Alternative arrangements may have to be made from time to time; such changes will be notified.

It is the intention to hold shotgun starts for some competitions played on the last Saturday of the month, with tee times at either 8.00am/8.15am and 1.15pm. The entry start sheet will be available in the Pro Shop the week prior to the month end competition in the normal way.

Rules applying to prize winners in all competitions
Any player who wins a prize is expected to attend the presentation to receive his prize. If a prize-winner is unable to attend the presentation in person, he must do the following prior to the date of the presentation:

a)     Nominate a fellow player (who will be present) to receive his prize.
b)    Contact the Competition Secretary (or if unavailable, another Committee member), giving apologies and provide him with the name of the nominated player in a) above. Only that nominated person can collect the prize on behalf of the winner.

N.B. a member of the Committee is not permitted to act as a nominee (unless he has played together with the prize-winner in that competition).
In the event that a prize winner fails to attend the presentation in person, or fails to comply with a) and b) above, his prize shall be forfeited and used by the Club in support of its charitable causes.

Where there is a perpetual trophy as a prize in a competition the name of player with the best score will be recorded on the trophy (where appropriate).

Dress Code
A smart casual dress code is obligatory for all members at all times in the Clubhouse and bar. Jeans, tee shirts or training shoes are not permitted on the course but proper shorts may be worn.

Condition of the Course
The Competitions Sub-Committee, in conjunction with the Club Professional/Head Greenkeeper will be responsible for any decision to declare the course to be unplayable and whether play is suspended or cancelled.

Adverse Weather Conditions
In the event of lightning, threat of lightning, mist, flooding or other adverse conditions, players will be advised of the decisions made by the use of a klaxon horn as follows:

One Long Continuous Blast – Play is suspended. Players should mark the position of their ball, leave the golf course immediately and go to a place of safety.
Two Long Continuous Blasts – Play is suspended. Players should either mark the position of their ball or finish the hole being played and await permission to resume play.
Three Long Continuous Blasts – Play is abandoned for the day.
Several short blasts – Players may resume their game.
The Warning Signals will be repeated at Five Minute Intervals as necessary.




Result   Report
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1st Andrew Gerrard.. 37pts
2nd Tom Harris... 36
3rd John Byrne... 36
Cat 1/2 Paul Eckersley.. 34
Cat 3/4 Gerry Ganly .. 35
Senior  C. E. Magee... 33
Nearest Pin (16th).... Bob Taylor


Andrew Gerrard (7) was the winner of the New Year’s Eve shotgun start Stableford at Castletown last Saturday. Going round in six over par Gerrard fired three birdies including lucrative little ones on the 8th and 13th. His other came early on the par five 3rd.  Gerrard’s 37 points were scored off seventeen holes as his six on the dogleg 4th may have been his best but sadly it was one too many.
In second place with 36 points came Tom Harris (+1) who the Club has just agreed to help sponsor in his quest to qualify on the 2017 EuroPro tour. Harris hit five birdies and just four bogeys and so went round in one under par. Unfortunately, a par on the easiest hole, the 13th, was worth just a single point.
Also finishing with 36 points and ending in third-place John Byrne (10) lost on countback as, although he avoided any double bogeys on the front nine, two befell him on the back nine.
Our hardworking former social and sponsorship secretary Gerry Ganly was one point back and took the category 3/4 award. Another former committee member, Paul Eckersley, cashed in to win the category 1/2 prize with 34 points. Colin E Magee and Bob Taylor augmented their pensions by respectively winning the senior section and nearest-the pin prizes.
Our new Handicaps/Comp secretary Ben Smaller doled out the doe as Will Halsall brought out the buffet and his sponsorship form for New Year’s Day dip. I'm delighted to say that circa £500 was raised for the captain’s charity the Dream Catcher Appeal. Well done Will!(See lovely in photos section!)
Dave Adams arranged a Pro’ competition on Bank Holiday Monday. The four man Texas Scramble was well supported. This coming weekend is the first round of the Winter Eclectic series which can be played on either Saturday or Sunday.
The winter schedule has just been posted online and on the social side, if you need warming up, why not call No.19 on 822211 and book in for the next Curry Night which will be held on Friday 13th January.



Result   Report
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1st Frankie Doherty - net 64
2nd Ross Byrne - net 65
3rd Chris Lee - net 67

Cat 1/2 - David Quayle - net 69

Cat 3/4 - Chris Kelly - net 68

Seniors: Dave Allan - net 68


The closest most of us will get to a Net 64 is to wear one of their jumpers! Not so Frankie Doherty (9) who started the first round of the Winter Eclectic series at Castletown with two bogeys. Frankie said, ‘Relax’ and ‘No More.’ It worked for the remainder of the front nine as his holy wood brought pars plus birdies on the 6th and 9th.

Then Doherty temporarily lost his rhythm and really did ‘Rage Hard’ following a bogey and a slippery seven which put him in a spin. After that it really was a case of ‘Welcome to the Pleasure Dome’ starting with back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th. No doubt Doherty had ‘The Power to Love’ as he ended a procession of pars with a final birdie which saw Frankie record an amazing 73, net 64.

Just one point back Ross Byrne (14) settled for second with 79, net 65. But for a quadruple bogey eight on the 11th it would have been so much better as Byrne birdied the 10th, 13th and 15th and knocked in nine pars.

Chris Lee (7) was nearly pitch perfect in third place with 74, net 67.  There were a ‘Sweet Sixteen’ pars and only two bogeys blighted his consistent card which is not what you necessarily need in an eclectic series.

Free of the shackles of responsibility our immediate past captain Chris Kelly (16) celebrated with an up and down round which included three birdies and a triple bogey on the Road Hole. His 84, net 68, enabled him to collect the category 3/4 prize.

Also on net 68 Dave Allan (13) secured the senior section and placed himself handily for the next round of the eclectic as double bogeys on the 4th, 5th and 7th are likely to be improved upon.

The category 1/2 winner David Quayle (4) thumped three birdies in the first four holes. Then reality bit him on the bottom; a visit to the gorse on the Road Hole costing him two shots. A birdie on the 10th got one back but three bogeys left Quayle on 73, net 69.

Next weekend is a club sponsored 4BBB and by my count there are six song titles mentioned above so that is another £6 for the Manx Radio sponsored Dream Catcher Appeal.



Result   Report
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1st Dan Williams/Andy Sharpe 42pts
2nd Ben Humbles/Kevin Paige 41pts
3rd Andrew Challenor/Donald Beggs 41pts


Dan Williams (8) and Andy Sharpe (17) dovetailed well to win the club sponsored 4BBB at Castletown on Saturday. Their 42 points came off 17 holes as they were deluged by a downpour on the 12th.
Williams began with a birdie and netted another three points on the next hole. Then Sharpe struck with 11 points off the next five holes leaving Williams to close out the front nine with two more pars.
The pair replicated their opening 21 points by posting five nett birdies and three nett pars. In total Williams whacked 22 points off nine holes and Sharpe slotted in 20 points from his eight efforts much aided by draining long putts on the 5th and 15th.
Ben Humbles (15) and Kevin Paige (12) found a snowman on the 7th. Their inglorious eight there was the only blob in a round where the jacket and jumperless Humbles took a while to warm up. Paige was the first in the hole on the opening five holes and his ball counted on another eight occasions. However, Humbles’ five fine scoring efforts equated to 13 of their 41 points.
Losing out in a final six holes countback Andrew Challenor (+1) and Donald Beggs (4) delivered a master class of consistency, with nine entries each, to finish third with a tremendous two under par round for their 41 points. Challenor’s back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th holes being the pair’s only deviation from pure par golf.
Our next fund raising event is the popular Paddy’s Day Knock on Friday 17th March. The 1:00pm shotgun start AM-AM competition, kindly sponsored by KPMG, will be in aid of the Dream Catcher Appeal. It is open to all and the entry fee of £20 for members and £35 for guests will include a hot drink and a bacon bap on arrival plus delicious Irish Stew after the game. You will shortly be able to book online at or you could telephone 822211 to reserve your place.

This coming weekend an individual stableford competition awaits us.



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1st Chris Westerman 36pts (19)
2nd Mark Teare 36pts (18)
3rd Ged Power 35pts better back3

Cat1/2: Martin Young 35pts

Cat 3/4: Andrew Stevenson 34pts

Seniors: Chris Kelly 29pts


Challenging conditions caused the CSS to be stretched to 75 in the first round of the club sponsored Winter League series. Chris Westerman (20) won on countback with 36 points. His back nine 19 points was one better than Mark Teare (6). They were the only two players in a field of 100 to meet or beat their handicap.

Westerman’s scores seemed to be at 6’s and 7’s as he carded four of the former and three of the latter. A neat nett eagle on the 11th and six super nett birdies helped him purloin his points off just 15 scoring holes.

Four pointer eagles on the long 3rd and 12th holes helped hoist Teare’s tally but the former footballer failed to finish the 6th.  It was his only misfire in a round which included seven pars and three nett pars. Just three points came from the par 3’s so Teare knows what he has to work on.

In contrast, Sunday starter Ged Power (4) scored eight points on the short holes, two of which he birdied adding £25 to his third place prize. Other than a salty seven on the Road Hole Power taxied round in just two over par to clock-up 35 points and third place on a three way countback.  

The category 1/2 winner Martin Young (6) also ventured out on Sunday. After a slow start he effectively played par golf by scoring 30 of his 35 points over the final 15 holes. A solitary double bogey on the 14th proved crucial on the last six countback. Young’s 11 points being one short of Power’s but one better than Andy Lagden (7) who was also vying for the prize.

Andrew Stevenson (21) was the very last category 3/4 player to cross the finishing line but his 34 points proved good enough to collect the prize as his nearest rivals, Ross Byrne (14) and Ben Humbles (15), both scored 33 points.

Our former captain, Chris Kelly (16), was way down in 16th place but took his second prize of the season by securing the senior section with 29 points.

This coming Saturday the four-man Texas Scramble has added spice as paying an extra £1 gives you a chance to support the Dream Catcher Appeal. Contributing is not compulsory but in return you could win a sleeve of balls from the captain or a golf lesson with the professional. All you have to do is beat their team score or outdrive Dave Adams on the Road Hole.

On Sunday 29th there will be a Pro’s yellow ball AM-AM competition and if the weather forecast is favourable Dave is hoping for good support.

Tee slots for the open AM-AM KPMG sponsored Paddy’s Day Knock at 1:00pm on Friday 17th March are filling fast so don’t delay or you may be disappointed.



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1st D Quayle/S Boyd/D Price/C Lee (57.2)
2nd S Zybert/S Skelton/M Charmer/ A Gerrard (58.7)
3rd T Cassidy /C Dunne /R Braide/R Wild (58.8)


Many thanks, as on a soggy Saturday 106 players pledged a £1 apiece to the Dream Catcher Appeal. The challenge was to beat the Castletown captain and pro’s team - Malcolm Lambert (12), Dave Adams, ex president Jack Yardley (13) and the former Rowany captain Martin Young (6) - in a Texas Scramble.
Short of bouncing a ball off the tarmac no one was going to come close to outdriving the pro on the Road Hole so that particular part of the prize went unclaimed. However, three teams had the skill and audacity to outscore the Dream Team’s total of twelve birdies for a net 58.9.
The top bonus prize of thirty minutes coaching sessions on the Link’s new golf simulator was won by David Quayle (4), Steven Boyd (2), David Price (5) and Chris Lee (7). They opened with an eagle and added twelve birdies to shoot 59 nett 57.2. Six birdies and that eagle came from Boyd’s tee shots. Lee launched three birdies. Quayle’s quota bagged a brace and Price produced a vital one from his four drives.
In second spot with nett 58.7 came the early birds Steve Zybert (12), Sam Skelton (3), Andrew Gerrard (7) and Michael Charmer (1) who conjured up eleven birdies between them. Former Castletown Cup winner Charmer was their MVP with four birdies from six tee shots. Next was Gerrard who generated three from five and the other team members found four between them.
Out of the main prizes but, similar to the second placed team, having the pleasure of purloining a bonus box of balls from the captain were Terrance Cassidy (8), Chris Dunne (15), Robert Braide (3) and Richard Wild (16). Their nine birdies were augmented by a 4.2 shot allowance which brought them below the 58.9 barrier by an all important 0.1.
Not so fortunate were Nigel Gregg (12), Bryan McMahon (8), Dominic Litton (17) and Mark Jones (14). Their bogey on the Road Hole proved to be penal as although they also knocked in nine birdies their 64 nett 58.9 only equalled the target they needed to beat.    
The next scheduled opportunity to support the captain’s charity is the open AM-AM KPMG sponsored Paddy’s Day Knock at 1:00pm on Friday 17th March. Please don’t delay your entry as you might be disappointed.
This coming Wednesday is the 12 holes ‘Midweeker’ competition followed at the weekend by a medal in the second round of the Eclectic.  




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1st Robert Quine (67)
2nd Mark Walker (68)
3rd Paul Eckersley (69)

Best Gross: Jon Corke (68)

Cat 1/2: Pete Thomas (71)

Cat 3/4: John Webster (71)

Seniors: Roy Clague (76)


A third of the field failed to finish the second round of the eclectic at a somewhat breezy Castletown on Saturday. The conditions were far less challenging on Sunday but only six members were in a privileged position to play on the alternate day of this medal competition.

Robert Quine (16) clearly loves the wind as he parred half the holes and almost bogeyed all the others. The only exception being the 14th, which Quine triple bogeyed, so he scored 83, nett 67 and won by one shot. Quine also improved his eclectic score by an impressive 11 shots over the first five holes and replaced an N/R on the 7th with a par.

In second place hotelier Mark Walker (12) started his celebrations early with a rare eagle on the opening hole. Nine pars and six nett pars followed but Walker had the wrong sort of doubles with his pair of sixes on the 15th and 18th holes. Walker improved his eclectic score by nine shots with his nett 68.

Paul Eckersley (8) needed a back nine card play-off to wrest third place away from Sunday starter Jon Corke (+1). Eckersley had three birdies, eight pars, six bogeys and a slippery six on the 2nd to record his 77, nett 69.

Ok, so there was virtually no wind when Corke conquered the course but scoring seven birdies and just three bogeys is an extraordinary achievement on any day. Corke’s 68, nett 69, won him the best gross prize and two portions from the two’s pot.

Pete Thomas (7) had the gall to win the category 1/2 prize with his nett 71 despite a double bogey on the Road Hole. Three birdies helped his cause and only one other nett bogey marred his card.

John Webster (16) managed to keep his focus to win the category 3/4 award with another nett 71 which just pipped Chris Westerman (19) on countback. Newly elected CGC board member Roy Clague (20) checked in with a nett 76 to secure the senior section.

The first round leader Frankie Doherty (9) had a hard task to improve on his nett 64 but picked off four shots over three holes so now sits on a very handy nett 60 in the eclectic. He has also been moonlighting at Douglas GC where he and his new to golf partner have picked up eight prizes in the Sunday series.

This coming Wednesday is the 12 holes ‘Midweeker’ followed at the weekend by a Stableford in the second round of the winter league series.  



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1st Dan Williams (39pts)
2nd Paul Eckersley (37pts)
3rd Ged Power (36pts)

Cat 1/2: Malcolm Lambert (34pts)

Cat 3/4: Peter Miller (36pts)

Senior Section: David Allan (33pts)


The second round of the Winter League Stableford series was won by our hard working committee member Dan Williams (8). As well as his sponsorship coordinator role he is busy organising the Isle of Man Newspapers Charity Golf Texas Scramble competition being staged at Castletown on Friday 12th May. Telephone him on 695601 if you require more information or wish to enter a team.

Playing dream golf Williams stepped in with 39 points scored off 17 holes having suffered bunker blues close to the green on the 12th. Such was the strength of the nasty northerly that Williams wound-up his big stick to reach the green on the short16th. A two foot birdie putt earned him £5 from the 2’s pot. Apparently, it should have been a double dose as earlier the pin prevented his Pro V1 from plopping when he hit it dead centre from short of the green on the unlucky 13th.

Former committee member Paul Eckersley (8) finished the first fifteen holes at just two over par then came a bit unstuck by dropping five shots on the final three holes. Like most of us he under clubbed. Despite a double bogey, double bogey, bogey finish he ended on 37 points for second place to add to last week’s podium placement.

Yet another ex committee member Ged Power (4), who is very kindly going to film and produce reminiscence interviews as part of our club’s 125th year anniversary celebrations, came third with 36 points. Power faded over the final four holes but up until then he was standing at level par.

Not on the committee, but there is still time, came Peter Miller (12) who had eight pars, five nett pars and a couple of slippery sevens in his lopsided round of 36 points to land the category 3/4 award.

Some chap called Malcolm Lambert (12) sneaked into seventh spot to steal the category 1/2 prize with 34 points. Apart from the wind assisted eagle that almost landed on the opening hole the captain’s round was nothing to write home about.

David Allan (13) birdied the 11th, engineered eight pars and misfired four blobs and still glided into eighth spot to secure the senior section with 33 points.

Julian Brindle (21) says he has slowed his swing to a mere blur which is why he won the 12 hole ‘Midweeker’ with 30 points. His wish for a lower handicap may soon come true; the annual review takes place this week.

Saturday sees a 4BBB and our thoughts will be with Keith Bernard who will be undergoing a triple heart bypass operation. He and his wife Karen are grateful for all the messages of support they have received. We wish him a swift and full recovery.



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1st J Wild/P Eckersley 44pts (b9 25)
2nd R Braide/C Dunn 44pts (b9 20)
3rd D Beggs/A Challenor 43 pts


Two teams tied on 44 points in the 4BBB at Castletown this past weekend. The countback didn’t take long as one team or, to be precise, one player played the last six holes in one under gross par. Not bad by anyone’s standards. Quite remarkable for an (18) handicapper!

Jonathan Wild was beginning to worry having only contributed three times after 12 holes. Then he went from feeling that perhaps he couldn’t hit a donkey’s backside with a banjo to that special zone where you can do no wrong. 18 points flowed from his fantastic finishing finale and it could have been more having narrowly missing makeable putts on the 15th and 16th.

Wild’s partner Paul Eckersley (8) had earlier held the side together with 20 points from his nine holes. He said it was a pleasure to be reduced to just marking the card particularly as it meant his own improving prize sequence had been extended into a third successive week.

Our president Robert Braide (3) and his partner Chris Dunn (15) were the countback casualties. They dovetailed nicely on the front nine taking it in turns to put a tick in the box to score 24 points by effectively playing par golf.

They also shared the toils on the back nine, Braide bagging nine points and a share of the 2’s prize pot over the first four holes with Dunn adding ten points on the next four. Then, when even a bogey would have taken the top prize, Dunn eventually salvaged a double bogey for a paltry point. Don’t feel too sorry for them as it was their second team prize in less than a month.

Donald Beggs (4) and Andrew Challenor (+1) really had to burn up the course to come in with 43 points for third place. Their fabulous four under gross par 68 incorporated sixes birdies including a lucrative 2 for ‘money Beggs’ on the 16th. The only holes on which they failed to fire a par, or a birdie, were the 11th and 15th where nett pars had to suffice.

This coming weekend is a Stableford in the third round of the winter series and, despite suggestions to the contrary, it is no longer a qualifying competition. Finally, I’m pleased to be able to report that Keith Bernard has had his heart operation and is on the road to recovery.



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1st Ben Humbles
2nd Ged Power
3rd Steven Glynn


This past weekend’s Stableford saw the third round of the winter series at Castletown and despite the challenging weather some stalwarts ventured out on Saturday. The course was playable but it paid to keep it low as anything lofted was likely to be lost.

Early on Ben Humbles found this to his cost having NR’d the 1st, 3rd, 8th and 11th holes. In the hostile conditions his heroic efforts on the other 14 holes were nothing short of miraculous, for a 15 handicapper that is. Eight pars and six nett pars helped Humbles hoist a highly respectable 34 points for top place after a convoluted countback.

In contrast, Ged Power (4) appeared to be much more in control managing to score on every hole. There was just one six on his card, not surprisingly that was sustained on the infamous Road Hole. Power birdied the 17th and might have expected to win the card play-off having scored 19 points with a marvellous one over par back nine.

However, Humbles matched this so it went down to the last six scores over which, relatively speaking, Power faded to 13 points whereas Humbles hurried in to win with 15.

In third place, but out of the prizes, Steven Glynn (18) netted an eagle for four points on the 12th and netted another birdie to finish a splendid back nine of; you’ve guessed it, 19 points. However, Glynn did not feature in the countback having been defeated by the Road Hole and being at sixes and sevens on a front nine that only yielded 14 points.

In the well supported 12 hole ‘Midweeker’ David Allan (13) flew round for 26 points to win by two points ahead of Louna Vermeulen (20) and Daniel Amphlett (15) who was placed third on countback.

With all this inclement weather and the dark evenings still upon us our PGA pro Dave Adams is delighted to announce that the new Castletown Swing Room is now ready for ‘anytime’ coaching lessons.

It is effectively an indoor driving range equipped with a SkyTrak system for monitoring everything from swing speed to attack angle as well as distance and direction. Call 822211 to book your lesson. At £30 for 30 minutes or £50 for an hour it could make the perfect present for anyone fancying a nocturnal knock.

This coming weekend features the third round of the winter Eclectic series and, if you haven’t already done so, there is still time to show your support for the Dream Catcher Appeal by entering the KPMG sponsored open Paddy’s Day Knock on Friday 17th March. For members the entry cost is £20 and guests pay £35 for their golf and stew. Even if you can’t make it why not buy some raffle tickets or donate a prize?




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1st Gez Bradley (66)
2nd Neil Cartwright (67)
3rd Colin C Magee (70)

Best Gross: Michael Charmer (72)

Cat 1/2: Frankie Doherty (70)

Cat 3/4:Thomas Doherty (71)

Snr Section David Allan (71)



2ND Steven Glynn (59) B9/27 B6/16

3RD NEIL CARTWRIGHT (59) B9/27 B6/17



The third and final round of the winter Eclectic series at Castletown was won on Sunday by Gez Bradley (3) with a stunning 69, nett 66. Starting with an eagle always helps and after the 3rd Bradley was three under par which is how he finished following two more birdies and two balancing bogeys. Having improved his eclectic score by five shots Bradley was now carding 63, nett 60, but was to miss out on top place in the series by three shots.

In second place and playing in the windier conditions on Saturday Neil Cartwright (8) signed for a seven on the 3rd and with two more bogeys he completed the front nine playing to his handicap. A bogey on the 11th and a beneficial birdie two on the 13th kept him at four over for a 76, nett 68. Cartwright had improved his eclectic score by five shots and finished third overall on 67, nett 59.

At first glance Colin C Magee’s card seemed to be full of 6’s and 7’s but these were redeemed by two birdies and seven pars. This left Magee (13) on 83, nett 70, for third place on the day. Magee’s eclectic score was improved by seven shots five of which came from his birdie on the 4th and by parring the Road Hole. Unfortunately, his nett 59 was front nine biased so he missed third overall on countback and was placed fifth.

Frankie Doherty (9), who recently won the Douglas GC winter league series, was in pole position after the first two rounds of the eclectic. There were only three holes on which he hadn’t already made par or better. Therefore, he had targeted the 1st, 2nd and 11th holes for particular attention.

An opening birdie improved Doherty’s eclectic by two shots and a mere par on the 2nd brought his overall score down to 66, nett 57. That was where it stayed as the 11th eluded his efforts and it remained the only hole he hadn’t humbled. Although he finished fourth on the day with a nett 70 for the cat: 1/2 prize he added the Castletown eclectic series to his collection by one shot.

Former Castletown Open winner Michael Charmer (1) hit an eagle, three birdies and four bogeys in his level par round to take the best gross prize but, unfortunately for him, he replicated his efforts on too many holes and so was out of the running with a nett 63 eclectic score.

Sunday starter Thomas Doherty (20) was another player at sixes and sevens on several holes. A birdie and five pars kept his score down to 91, nett 71, to nick the category 3/4 award from countback casualty Dave Allan (13) who had to be content with the senior section for the second time in the series. Allan’s eclectic score was nett 60 which placed him 7th overall.

Four players with nett 59’s featured in the overall series countback for second place which went to Steven Glynn (18) who just pipped Cartwright with a better back six. Robert Quine (16) was fourth and the aforementioned Magee was fifth overall.

This weekend sees the fourth and final round of the Stableford Winter League series with each player’s best three rounds to count. Plus, please don’t forget to bring in your raffle prize donation for the Dream Catcher Appeal draw on St Patrick’s Day. 



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1st Mark Cooper (41pts)
2nd Mark Teare (40pts) b9/19
3rd Chris Kelly (40pts) b9/17

Cat:1/2 Chris Lee (38pts)

Cat 3/4 Nigek Whitehouse (36pts)

Senior Section: Peter Miller (35pts)


1ST GED POWER (105pts)

2ND MARK COOPER (102pts)


Cat 1/2: Paul Eckersley (101pts)
Cat 3/4: Jonathan Wild (101pts0
Senior Section: Roy Clagie (89pts)


Big hitting Mark Cooper (12) won the fourth and final round of the Stableford Winter League series with 41 points at Castletown. Three birdies, seven pars, five nett pars and two single pointers meant Cooper completed the course in five over par if we forget about his N/R on the 3rd. Not bad for someone who also three putted three times.

There was a temporary two-way tie for second spot which Mark Teare (5) eventually won with a wonderful one over gross par round for his 40 points. Teare birdied the first two holes as well as the last and bogeyed just two holes on each half. Teare finished seventh in series with a cumulative score of 99.

In third place our immediate past captain Chris Kelly (16) was the countback casualty. He peaked early starting with four pars in a row for a magnificent 23 points going out. Unfortunately, he faded fast with two double bogeys and five bogeys blighting his back nine for 17 points.

There was a two point gap before Chris Lee (7) stormed in to win the category 1/2 prize with a one over par back nine for 20 of his 38 points.  Also on 38 points but losing out on countback Terry Ditchfield (10) was more worried about having his handicap cut ahead of an overseas golf trip. He was quite relieved when told it wasn’t a qualifier! 

On 36 points our former treasurer Ian Hodgkinson (17) was not banking on winning the category 3/4 prize after finishing with an N/R but it nearly proved to be profitable. Unfortunately for him Nigel Whitehouse’s card was eventually found in the box but had not been entered on the computer. He was one of 13 players who hadn’t uploaded his score which causes nightmares for our competition secretary.

Peter Miller (14) knocked in a nine on the 12th but it was his only blob and he earned a few bob for securing the senior section with 35 points.

Ged Power (4) was one of the few players who had played all four competitions and that stood him in good stead as Ged won the series with 105 points from his best three rounds. The aforementioned Mark Cooper was second on 102 beating our sponsorship co-ordinator Dan Williams on countback.

Paul Eckersley won the category 1/2 series prize with 101 points which was the same score as Jonathan Wild who picked up the category 3/4 award. Roy Clague won the senior section with 89 points.

This weekend we will all be busy avoiding bogeys in the Woods Cup which is currently held by Dominic Litton who won with +5 but since then he has been cut by those five shots and now plays off (17).



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1st. F.Doherty (+4)
2nd. C.Lee (+3)
3rd.M.Lambert (+2)

Cat 1/2: J.Byrne (+2)
Cat 3/4: N.Woodhouse (+1)
Senior Section: L.Doherty (-3)


Prolific prize winner Frankie Doherty (9) won the Woods Cup with his bogey score of +4 at Castletown on Saturday. His outward half was hardly something to shout about, it contained a 6 and two 7’s. But such is the beauty of a bogey competition as at worst each only counts as -1. Four pars and a lucrative two on the 8th meant Doherty had +1 to carry forward.
Doherty began the back nine with a birdie and apart from a bogey on the short 16th he either parred or nett birdied all the other holes. His one over par inward half was worth +3 which took the winter eclectic title holder to yet another victory. A general play handicap review is now on the cards.
Chris Lee (7) used up five of his shots on the front nine but a lovely one under par back nine meant he ended at just four over par for a +3 score and second place. Lee’s tidy round included real birdies on the 12th and 17th.
Your humble hack was placed 3rd on +2. In a round with at least four ‘if only’ events Malcolm Lambert (12) had a few moments of magic but particularly regrets the bunker blues which befell him on the not so sweet 17th.
Also on +2 but beaten on countback John Byrne (10) had five pluses and three negatives on his inconsistent although eventually  profitable first half. Apart from an N/R on the 10th Byrne became Mr Reliable on the homeward run and a mere par on the 17th restored his score to +2 to capture the category 1/2 prize.
Nigel Woodhouse (18) definitely had a game of two halves, -3 going out and +4 coming back. Woodhouse was the worthy winner of the category 3/4 prize following a string of five pluses from the 13th to the 17th which helped him haul himself back to finish on +1.
Way down in 26th place Irishman Les Doherty had reasons other than some rugby match to celebrate the Paddy’s Day weekend. His -3 score was miraculously converted into a pot of gold as it secured the senior’s section.
Talking of St Patrick’s Day I'm extremely sad that the weather put paid to the planned Dream Catcher Appeal charity event last Friday but the raffle prizes won't go to waste as a replacement open competition will be arranged as soon as possible..
This coming weekend is a twin shotgun start Stableford with the captain’s drive-in at 1:00pm. Please come and lend me your support or at least attend the free lunchtime buffet and pick up your prizes at the prior presentation.



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1st Ben Smaller (41pts)
2nd Mark Grace (40pts)
3rd Steven Boyd (39pts)
Cat 1/2: Guy Murray (39pts)
Cat 3/4: Chris Westerman (39pts)
Senior Section: Ron Heselton (38pts)


The golfing gods granted great weather for the Canaccord Genuity sponsored captain’s drive-in Stableford at Castletown on Saturday. Despite the nervous tension Malcolm Lambert toe-ended his opening drive 181 yards, lobbed the ball the remaining 72 yards and tapped in the putt for a birdie.

The Dream Catcher Appeal benefited to the tune of £91 and raffle ticket holders with either of the above two numbers win a Road Hole cartoon mug. Courtesy of Ged Power you can view a video of the inelegant swing online at:

The club’s hard working comp: sec: Ben Smaller (6) was the worthy winner of the main event. His splendid one over par round included four birdies, five bogeys and just 28 putts for 41 points. Smaller was quick to praise the pro Dave Adams and his ‘swing room’ for a dramatic improvement on his drives. It will be a pleasure to present him with the ceremonial golden coin which Smaller had ordered for the event.

In second place Mark Grace (16) also single putted his way to 40 points off 17 holes having had to reload after finding the beach on the short 8th. Grace’s highlights were four pointers on the 4th and 10th holes but unfortunately a missed two footer on his very last hole could have cost him the cup.

Scratch league stalwart Steven Boyd (2) fired five fantastic birdies in his luscious one under par round. Notably it included three 3’s in a row from the 13th to the 15th for eight of his 39 points and a much deserved third place prize.

In a typically erratic but encouraging round the category 1/2 winner Guy Murray (10) eagled the 1st, birdied the Road Hole and then N/R’d the 8th and 10th holes. He also ended up on 39 points after back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes.

Chris Westerman (19) captured the category 3/4 award. Two nett eagles helped him fly out to 21 points after eight holes. Alas, he bombed out on the 9th and then double bogeyed the 10th before gliding in with 18 points on the back nine.

Just one point behind Ron Heselton (22) rolled back the years and finished with a flourish by scoring 11 points over the last four holes to secure the senior section.

Next Saturday is the first in the series of SMP Partners sponsored medals with a separate Club sponsored competition on Sunday. Members are reminded to get their entries in for the Birdie Tree as well as the Willie Kirkpatrick knockout singles competition and the summer 4BBB knockout event.

Readers are reminded that the first round of the 125th Anniversary open series pairs competition begins on Sunday 9th April. There are some amazing prizes on offer for each of the first three monthly competitions and for the overall series winners after the second series ends in September. The entry fee is heavily subsidised to encourage entries from far and wide. Full details can be found online at or by contacting the pro shop on 822211.




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1st Richard Dunn (76/69)
2nd John Byrne (79/69)
3rd Gez Bradley (73/70)
Best Gross: Andrew Challenor (69)

Cat 1/2: Angus Alexander (76/70)
Cat 3/4: David Bowen (91/73)
Senior Section: Stuart Brawn (91/73)


Richard Dunn (7) was the winner of the first in the monthly series of SMP Partners sponsored medals at Castletown on Saturday. Dunn’s nett 69 did not start as steadily as he would have liked, a thinned chip and three putts put him one over. However, birdies on the 3rd and 13th holes helped haul him back and Dunn ended by draining a thirty footer on the 18th for one of his ten plucky pars.

Conversely, John Byrne (10) started strongly and was just two over on the front nine following birdies on the 1st and 4th holes. Byrne banged in nine pars overall and only had one bogey on the back nine. Unfortunately, he suffered sixes on the 14th and 18th which left him on 79, nett 69, for a frustrating second place on countback.

Gez Bradley (3) had three birdies and four bogeys in a characteristically controlled round of 73, nett 70. He finished third which will disappoint him as he held the lead up until the final hole which was bogeyed.

Bradley was closely followed by the category 1/2 winner, Angus Alexander (6), who was just one over par after fourteen holes despite a slippery six on the Road Hole. Three bogeys over the last four holes made him a countback casualty with his nett 70.

Playing dream golf Andrew Challenor (+1) was the worthy winner of the best gross prize. He took only 69 shots having birdied four holes and only bogeyed one hole, the 5th, but a nett bogey on the 13th (SI 18) placed him fifth overall on nett 70.

Steve McGowan (11), who is the Group Chairman of SMP Partners, just failed to win back some of the sponsorship money. He bogeyed the last three holes to finish frustratingly in sixth place on 82, nett 71.

Back in eleventh place David Bowen (19) slipped in under the radar to collect the category 3/4 prize with his eventful nett par round despite back to back 7’s on the 2nd and 3rd holes. Similarly, Stuart Brawn (18) made the most of his shot allocation to secure the senior section with 91, nett 73.

Daniel Amphlett (15) won the club sponsored qualifying stableford on Sunday with 36 points. One shot back Andy Dent (11) was the countback king in second place ahead of Greg Beard (20). The prize pot was £100 and yet only 13 people took part.

The first round of the 125th Anniversary open series pairs competition was due to begin on Sunday 9th April but this has now been postponed until May. Hence, we are arranging another club sponsored 4BBB mixed competition which will be open to all members and their visitors paying the usual member's guest rate. 



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1st Roy Clague (40pts)
2nd Chris Lee (39pts)
3rd Kyle McConnell (38pts)
Cat 1/2: Andrew Davies (38pts)
Cat 3/4: Ben Humbles (37pts)
Senior Section: David Allan (36pts)


Former club captain Roy Clague (20) won the club Stableford on Saturday with a well balanced 40 points. Apparently, his 20/20 score could have been better as he left two teetering on the edge and then lost his focus on the final hole. Our pro Dave Adams was given plenty of credit as he had recently supplied the new 19 degree rescue club which has revolutionized Roy’s game.

Chris Lee (7) failed to finish the Road Hole but played the other 17 holes in just one over par for 39 points and second place. He birdied the long 12th and enjoyed a procession of pars other than bogeys on the 9th and 17th.

One shot behind Kyle McConnell (13) scored just two points over the first four holes. A nett eagle on the Road Hole seemed to jump start his round as third placed McConnell was then in electrifying form scoring 36 more points over the final 14 holes.

The category 1/2 prize winner Andrew Davies (10) was also a slow starter but back-to-back double bogeys did not deter him. He scored 37 of his 38 points on the remaining holes. Unfortunately for him 20 points on the back nine was one short of McConnell.

Big hitting Doug Ross (6) eagled the 3rd and birdied the 5th for eight of his 38 points. With a front nine loaded round he had to settle for fifth place and no prizes. Ben Humbles (15), who abandoned his medal round last week, persevered this time and despite a six, six finish he collected the category 3/4 prize with 37 points. Super vet: David Allan (14) climbed up to 21 points over the front nine and glided in with 15 more to secure the senior section for the fourth time this season.

Following a flurry of 2's over the past few weeks your committee resolved to increase the weekly prize pot by 50% from £0.50 to £0.75 per entrant with effect from the start of the qualifying season on 1st April. As a result this week five talented tonkers each walk away with £15.90.

After play the EGM to elect Mike Horsthuis as the Men's section vice-captain took place. The vote was unanimous and Mike will be a welcome addition to the committee particularly as our sponsorship coordinator Dan Williams has unfortunately decided to step down but has pledged his continued support to the club.

Back to golf, earlier in the week 25 players took part in the increasingly popular ‘Midweeker’ which was well won by relatively new golfer Steph Gregg (32). She scored on every hole to accumulate 43 points. Andy Lagden (7) zoomed round in just one over par for second place with 42 points. Guy Pickard (6) came third with 40 points from his equally stellar two over par round.

There is an extravaganza of competition golf available each day over the extended Easter weekend with the main competition on Saturday once again being kindly sponsored by stalwart club member Gwynn Williams.

Members are reminded that the closing date for entering the Willie Kirkpatrick Knockout Trophy and the FBBB knockout competitions is 24th April.  Isle of Man Newspapers have also asked that you don’t forget to enter their 4 Person Texas Scramble on Friday 12th May in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Phone 695601 or email: for more details.




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1st Dan Williams (39pts)
2nd Chris Lee (38pts)
3rd Andrew Gerrard (37pts)
Cat 1/2: Colin E Magee (37pts)
Cat 3/4: Mike Williams (36pts)
Senior Section: Chris Kelly (35pts)


The Good Friday 4BBB was won by Conor Byrne and Ashley Osborne with 44 points by courtesy of countback from a visiting father and son duo R & A McNulty from Liverpool. Nigel Whitehouse and Andrew Stevenson finished third with 43 points.

History repeated itself at Castletown on Saturday; Dan Williams (8) went round in five over par, as he did last year, and thus won the well supported Gwynn Williams sponsored Stableford for the second year running.

Williams, no relation to our sponsor, scored 39 points in a solid round which included a double dollop from the 2’s pot for his birdies on the 13th and 16th. Wind resistance or too much assistance caused a double bogey and five bogeys although two of Williams’ ten pars could easily have become birdies but for lip-outs.

For the second week running Chris Lee (7) failed to finish the Road Hole and yet he again came second. Like last week, Lee completed the back nine in level par and covered 17 holes in just two over par for 38 points.

Similarly, Andrew Gerrard (7) suffered at the Road Hole but played the other holes in three over par for 37 points and third place. A further financial contribution came from his tap-in two on the 13th.

The self-confessed wind wizard Colin E Magee (9) also conjured up 37 points from 17 holes but had to settle for the category 1/2 prize as the spell ran out on the short 16th. Donald Beggs (4) eagled the 9th for a tremendous two but a bogey, bogey finish kept him out of the prizes with his frontloaded 37 points.

Another Williams will pick up a prize from his namesake sponsor as Mike Williams (13) disregarded an ugly eight on the 7th to score 36 and capture the category 3/4 prize. On 35 points our immediate past captain Chris Kelly (16) held off a countback challenge from last week’s competition winner Roy Clague (19) to secure the senior section.

This coming weekend there is some respite from qualifying competitions on Saturday as a 4BBB has been planned, but those desperate for a chance to challenge their handicap can enjoy a mixed Stableford with a guaranteed prize pot of £100 on Sunday. 




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1st B Humbles/K Lewin (52pts)
2nd A Bath/D Evans (48pts) 25B9
3rd G Bradley/C Lee (48pts) 22B9


Twenty teams turned out for the Texas Scramble on Easter Monday. Our pro Dave Adams was delighted as were the big hitting winners: Conor Byrne, Ashley Osborne Mark Cooper and their friend Nick Barber from Jersey on 54.2.  Ross Byrne, Mark Teare, Foley Gort and young Jack Gilbert came second with 56.4.  Just 0.2 behind were the early starters Steve Zybert, Andrew Gerrard, Michael Charmer and David Quayle.

With calm conditions and the Castletown course in commendable condition there were some more amazing scores on Saturday. 122 members demonstrated that there is an appetite for team golf during the qualifying season and the outstanding performance of two players in particular should draw the attention of our handicap committee.

The runaway winners of the 4BBB, with an incredible 52 Stableford points compiled off ninety percent of their handicaps, were Ben Humbles (15) and Kevin Lewin (27). Humbles, who had won a non-qualifying Stableford in February, hoisted 38 points over 14 holes. Lewin lobbed in the remaining 14 points from his four holes including nett eagles on the Road Hole and on the par five 12th.

Alan Bath (21) and Dave Evans (15) secured second spot on countback with 48 points thanks in the main to a remarkable run from Bath who ducked in with 39 points from 15 holes. His partner Evans opened with a birdie, netted another on the 6th, but had to wait until the 17th before his final three pointer was counted on the score sheet.

Proving that it is possible for low handicappers to win a prize in such competitions Gez Bradley (3) and Chris Lee (6) came in a close third. Mind you, Bradley played the back nine in a terrific two under par and they had to shoot seven gross birdies for their hard earned 48 points. In fourth place but out of the prizes came Martin Young (7) and Malcolm Lambert (14) who dovetailed well to score 46 points.

Looking forward Guy and Dawn Sissons would welcome more support for the Nation’s Cup taking place on Friday 5th May. Patriots are asked to phone 822211 to pledge their allegiance. Similarly, Dan Williams would like a few more teams from around the island to take the remaining places for the Isle of Man Newspapers Texas Scramble, being played on Friday 12th May, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Call Williams on 695601 for more details.

This coming Wednesday there is the usual ‘Midweeker’ qualifier. On Saturday there is the first of the monthly Permanent Bank International sponsored Stableford competitions. With the agreement of our generous sponsors a decision has been taken to postpone the planned prize presentation. The winners of three out of the past four individual competitions had given early apologies for absence. Finally, a separate club sponsored Stableford competition is scheduled for Sunday.



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1st Gez Bradley (40pts)
2nd David Bowen (39pts)
3rd Iain Quine (38pts -best b3)
Cat 1/2: Steve McGowan (38pts)
Cat 3/4: Ron Heselton (38pts)
Senior Section: Alan Harding (34pts)


Gez Bradley (2) won the first of the season’s Permanent Bank International sponsored monthly Stableford competitions with 40 points. Bradley was standing at four under par after 13 holes but bogeys on the 14th and 16th holes pulled him back to a never-the-less splendid 70, nett 67.

Thanks to two four pointers in a row second placed David Bowen (19) completed the front nine in five over par for 23 of his 39 points. N/Rs on the 10th and 16th holes led to his relatively modest inward 16 points.

Iain Quine (8) had two N/Rs in the first four holes but three birdies and five nett birdies helped retrieve the situation. Quine won a convoluted four way card play-off for third place on 38 points. In the end the decision had to be decided on the last three holes.

Ron Heselton (23) motored into fourth place to pick up the category 3/4 award. Even though Heselton failed to score points on two of the last five holes he pipped the category 1/2 winner Steve McGowan (11) on the run-in to the final flag.

One has to feel some sympathy for Steven Boyd (3) who went round in just one over par but finished sixth and out of the prizes as his 38 points were front nine loaded. Contrastingly, Alan Harding (13) will be surprised to have secured the senior section prize with a relatively modest 34 points.

Twenty players took part in the previous week’s ‘Midweeker’ Stableford qualifier which was won with 41 points by Tami James (36) who gained her handicap last year. James had four N/Rs on the front nine but then everything seemed to click. Chris Westerman (19) came second with 40 points off 16 scoring holes. Ben Humbles (15), who was a prolific scorer in the Bank Holiday weekend Texas Scramble, finished third with 39 points.

From this Thursday (4th May) onwards Castletown is introducing a sponsored ‘club night’ 9-hole Yellow/Red tees Stableford qualifier with roll-up times scheduled throughout the day and every half hour from 5:00pm up until 6:30pm. You can play as many holes as you wish but should only submit a card showing your scores on holes 1-3 + 13-18. No.19 will stay open until 9:00pm for a trial period and it is hoped that this initiative will be well supported and so become an established event.

The Nation’s Cup takes place on Friday 5th May. There may still be room for you to fill any last minute gaps. Please phone 822211 if you are available for selection. Similarly, the Isle of Man Newspapers Texas Scramble is being played on Friday 12th May in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Call Dan Williams on 695601 for more details of this four man team competition which is open to all golfers.

On this Saturday 6th May the second of the SMP Partners sponsored monthly Medal competitions takes place and there is a club sponsored mixed Stableford competition taking place on Sunday.




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1st..M.Horsthuis (68)
2nd..S.Boyd (69)
3rd..P.Purcell (70)
Cat 1/2: D.Moore (72)
Cat 3/4: T.Doherty (71)
Senior Section: A.Harding (72)


The Wednesday winner in the ‘Midweeker’ was Dave Matthews (20) who stumbled to 39 points following a five over par, 23 pointer, front nine.  Guy Pickard (6) dropped three shots over the last two holes and finished two points back in second place.  David Allan (13) had a turbulent time on the 17th but still flew into third spot on 35. Gaynor Lees (12) was the first lady home in fourth place with 33 points.
19 players turned out for the first of the experimental all day ‘Club Night’ 9 hole qualifiers which took place on Thursday; but the clubhouse remained eerily empty even though it was open until 9pm.  This red/yellow tees competition was won by Kyle McConnell with the equivalent of 38 points.  Ashley Osbourne came second with 38 and Malcolm Lambert was third on 36.
Making it a yellow tees competition was supposed to appeal to the senior section who often bemoan their inability to compete off the white tees or complete 18 holes.  Disappointingly, very few of the 11:30 roll-up group decided to participate and only two ladies graced us with their presence.  This being the case future events may be converted to a white tees competition particularly as the 09:30 roll up group would have entered but they refuse to play off the yellow tees.
On Saturday almost a 100 players participated in the second of the SMP Partners sponsored monthly Medal competitions which was won by ‘Flower Man’ Mike Horsthuis (10), our newly appointed vice-captain, with a nett 68.  His booming, blooming good round had just six bogeys blighting his card.
That stylish swisher Steven Boyd (2) came second with the best gross round of 71, nett 69, following three birdies and just two bogeys. Boyd’s booty was boosted by a birdie two on the 8th which was worth nearly a ‘tenner’
Peter Purcell (15) plucked an eagle two for a double dip from the two’s pot on the very first hole and, despite three sevens, he went serenely along to sign for a nett 70 and third place.  Thomas Doherty (20) continued his downward trend, handicap wise, in winning the category 3/4 prize with a nett 71 notwithstanding firing five double bogeys.
The category 1/2 award went to multi golfer of the year winner Dennis Moore (8) in fifth place.  His two birdies made up for just one double bogey in a nett par round.  Competent chipper Alan Harding (13) also played to his handicap to secure the senior section.  Richard Dunn (7), who went round in seven over par, will be surprised and delighted to have walked away with the ‘next’ best gross prize.
Some teams are looking for a fourth player in the Isle of Man Newspapers sponsored Alzheimer’s Society charity golf day being held at Castletown on Friday 12th May, so please call Dan Williams on 695601 if you can help make up the numbers.
This coming weekend is a club sponsored Stableford and members are asked to note that the Aon Cup/Mike Henthorn Memorial Trophy has now been moved from 20th May to 23rd September at the request of the sponsor.
The 125th Anniversary celebration Sunday series pairs competition gets underway with a Better Ball Stableford on 21st May.  The extremely generous prize pots are kindly sponsored by A&J Builders, JCK Ltd and Magazzino.  These monthly competitions are open to all and the £32 visitor’s entry fee includes food and a drink so roll up and help us celebrate.



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1st Thomas Doherty (38pts) 22 b9
2nd Ross Byrne (38pts) 20 b9
3rd David Quayle (37pts)
Cat 1/2: Mark Teare (36pts0
Cat 3/4: Graham harris (33pts)
Senior's: David Campbell (30pts)


Thomas Doherty (19), who was in the prizes last weekend, won the club sponsored Stableford at a rain affected Castletown on Saturday with 38 points. Belying his high handicap and revelling in the improving afternoon weather Doherty completed the back nine in just five over par.

Ross Byrne (14) also scored 38 points but was the countback casualty with a mere 20 points on the back nine. Coming third Dave Quayle (4) went round in just three over par after birdies on the 3rd and 17th. His 37 points included just five bogeys.

Big hitting Mark Teare (5) birdied two of the par fives and scored 36 points to win the category 1/2 prize. Graham Harris (13) carded five sixes and a seven but a nett eagle on the 6th helped towards his 33 points for the category 3/4 award.

The morning starters had to cope with squally rain and treacherous cross winds which caused over 25 percent of the entrants to walk in. Regretfully a further ten percent had to be disqualified for the sin of failing to return their cards. In contrast, David Campbell (18) was rewarded for his tenacity, shrugging off four N/Rs on the front nine to secure the senior section with 30 backend loaded points.

In the previous Sunday’s mixed Stableford Guy Sissons, Nigel Whitehouse and Kevin Amphlett were the first three home, with 38, 37 and 35 points respectively. Paula Westerman (28 pts) would have received a share of the £100 prize pot courtesy of being the first and only lady to take part.

However, because of the vagaries of the Intelligent Golf software ten other ladies decided to enter via a separately set up but related competition and this was won by Pat Lambert (no relation) who receives the above mentioned top lady prize with 34 points.

On Wednesday 35 players took part in the ‘Midweeker’ which was won by Tic Connolly with 40 points just ahead of  Mair Gardner on countback. Jonathan Clague was placed third with 38 points.

In the second of our Thursday Club Night 9 hole qualifiers, now played off the white and red tees, birthday boy Nigel Gregg celebrated with back to back birdies and won with the equivalent of 39 points for handicap adjustment purposes. Thomas Beard was relegated to second on countback and John Byrne claimed third with 37 points. To put the icing on the cake Steph Gregg won the top lady prize with 34 points.

On Friday 11 teams took part in the Isle of Man Newspapers charity Texas Scramble event which raised over £2,300 for the Alzheimer’s Society. The sponsor’s 4 Ball included the organiser Dan Williams and the above mentioned Nigel Gregg so it was no surprise that they won by a tidy margin. Scoring seven birdies on the first seven holes always helps of course.

This Saturday is another club sponsored Stableford. Another important date for your diary is Thursday 25th May which is the actual date of the formation of the Club. Roy Moore has lent us some hickory sticks and the intention is to run a fun 9 hole mixed competition throughout the day. Roll up start times run right through to 18:30 as the club house will remain open until 21:00 and Will Halsall will be serving up some flavoursome topical grub.



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1st Alan Bath (42 pts)
2nd Colin C Magee (40 pts)
3rd Ben Smaller (40 pts)
Cat 1/2: Gareth Morris (39 pts)
Cat 3/4: David Allan (38 pts)
Senior Section: Stuart Brawn (35 pts)


Alan Bath (21) can splash out after winning the club sponsored Stableford with 42 points on Saturday. Playing the three par fives in one under gross for 11 points and parring two of the short holes would seem to indicate that Bath hasn’t got too many weaknesses, particularly as he didn’t duck out on any of the holes.

Colin C Magee (14) went round in four under his handicap and remarkably kept a six off his card by parring all the par fives and recording nothing worse than a five on any other hole. Magee’s eight pars and ten bogeys gained him 40 points for second place.

Just losing out on countback, but never-the-less happy with his three over par round, our Comp: Sec: Ben Smaller (7) continues to demonstrate the benefit of having lessons with our PGA pro Dave Adams.

Gareth Morris (8) won the cat: 1/2 prize with 39 points and added a share from the two’s prize pot with his fine effort on the 16th.  Bryan McMahon (8) N/R’s the 3rd and played the other holes in only four over par to record 38 points but alas no prize for finishing fifth.

David Allan (14) was again in the prizes, this time collecting category 3/4 with 38 points also from 17 scoring holes. Down in 12th place with 35 points Stuart Brawn (18) celebrated his return from holiday to secure the senior section with 35 points thanks to four pointers on the 4th and 17th.

Steph Gregg (29) took a fair slice out of her handicap with a marvellous 44 points off sixteen scoring holes to win the ‘Midweeker’ on Wednesday. Simon Murray (6), who is still nursing bruised ribs having inadvertently stopped someone’s stray tee shot, scored four birdies in his splendid one under gross par round for second place on 43 points. Stuart Butler (18) came third on 38 just ahead of Louna Vermeulen (20) on countback.

Our experimental ‘club-night’ only attracted 11 players last week and was won by Chris Lee (3) with the equivalent of 40 points. Thomas Beard (9) and Heather Skinner (9) were second and third respectively on 38 points.  

This Thursday 25th May is the actual date of the formation of the Club 125 years ago. The intention is to run a fun 9 hole mixed competition throughout the day and the 16th hole will be played with hickory sticks. Roll up start times run right through to 18:30 as the club house will remain open until 21:00.

On Saturday is the Permanent Bank International sponsored monthly Stableford with shotgun starts at 08:15 and 13:30 with a prize presentation and complimentary buffet wedged in between.



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1st Martin Young (40pts) 22b9
2nd David Bowen (40pts) 19b9
3rd Malcolm Lambert (39pts) 20b9
Cat 1/2: Duncan Donald (38pts)
Cat 3/4: Alan Bath (39pts) 19b9
Senior Section: Dave Evans (39pts)


At the club roll-up on Thursday 25th May Castletown Golf Club celebrated its formation 125 years ago on that date by holding a fun 9 hole mixed competition throughout the day. Roy Moore had very kindly lent us some old wooden shafted clubs. We were thus able to use a persimmon wood to attempt a longest drive on the 3rd and play the entire 16th hole by utilising a 2 iron off the tee, a Mashie Niblick for chipping and a hickory shafted putter which could be used left or right handed.

Stuart Brawn won with 20 points, Chris Westerman was second on 19 and Jonathan Wild came third on 18. Our lady captain Jax Fisher was the first female home with 16 points and her playing partner Barbie Carter won the longest drive competition as did David Bowen. Our vice-captain Mike Horsthuis was also in credit having parred the 16th to win the prize for the least number of shots and Paula Westerman was nearest the pin.

The day before Peter Robinson, Mark Handley and Lynn Shopland shared the spoils by taking the prizes in the Midweeker which attracted 26 people, four more than made the effort to support our special celebration club night.

On Saturday the Permanent Bank International sponsored monthly Stableford was won by former Rowany captain Martin Young (7) on countback. His fabulous 40 points included two birdies on shot holes on the inward nine which he completed in one under gross par for 22 points.

David Bowen (19) finished second with 19 points on the back nine but he can thank the diligence of our Comp Sec Ben Smaller who had to disqualify him last week for failing to return a card. Had he not done so Bowen would still have been playing off (18.4) and so would have dropped to third place behind the Captain.

Playing off 14 for the first time in many years Malcolm Lambert wasted little time in redressing the ignominy by shooting 39 points and it should have been more. The clubhouse credit will go some way towards the repair to his broken sand wedge which suffered from overuse or something like that!

Coming fourth and taking the Cat: 3/4 prize was last week’s winner Alan Bath also stepping in with 39 points despite a silly seven for no points on the 1st hole. Dave Evans (15) didn’t score on the 15th so lost out on countback but deservedly won the senior section with his front loaded 39 points.

One point back there was another three way battle for the Cat 1/2 prize which went to Duncan Donald (10). His inward 20 points was one better than Andy Lagden (6) and two more than Alex Townell (9).

This coming Saturday SMP Partners kindly sponsor the third in their series of monthly medals and there is a club sponsored Stableford on Sunday.




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1st Graham Harris (79/65)
2nd Mel Todd (78/69)
3rd John Byrne (79/70)
Cat 1/2: Paul Reid (80/70)
Cat 3/4: Jon Wild (88/70)
Senior Section: John Lee (86/70)


Starting bogey, bogey is hardly the most auspicious of beginnings but Graham Harris (14) went on to win the SMP Partners medal by four shots with an incredible nett 65.

Having converted from a Srixon to a Callaway Chrome Soft ball Harris chipped and putted like a pro. Posting pars on seven holes Harris’s highlights were draining a four footer birdie on the 4th and, after a magical 7iron, sinking a six foot knee knocker for an even more lucrative birdie on the 16th.

The early clubhouse leaders with nett 69’s were playing partners Mel Todd (9) and John Byrne (10). Both opened with birdies and tucked in twos on the back nine. Byrne had a blip on the 11th carding the only double bogey in their two glorious rounds so finished third on countback.

Jonathan Wild (18) lived up to his name by taking a terrible twelve on the Road Hole. Even with that octuple bogey Wild won the category 3/4 prize on countback with an astonishing nett 70 as he completed the other 17 holes in just eight over par.

John Lee (16) had three double bogeys although seven pars steadied the situation. Lee finished 4th to secure the senior section with his front loaded nett 70. Similarly, the category 1/2 winner Paul Reid (10) bagged birdies on the 1st and 3rd holes to turn at just two over par.  Then four bogeys and a double bogey on the 17th left him on 80, nett 70.

Two players completed the course in 73 shots. In the end the best gross prize went to Jonathan Corke (Scratch). His level par back nine just pipped the sponsor’s representative Michael Charmer (1) who eagled the 12th then dropped three shots over the last five holes.  

Former golfer of the year Rex Barker (9) won the ‘Midweeker’ with 40 points, two ahead of John Newson (7) and David Allan (13) respectively. Julie Amphlett (22) was the top lady finisher on 37 points. Encouragingly, 31 players took part. Unfortunately, the weather got the better of the Thursday club night 9 holer.

This coming weekend Standard Bank, which is celebrating 25 years in the Isle of Man, is generously sponsoring the Saturday and Sunday Stableford competitions which will be played over the ‘old course’ format: - holes 1-3, 14, 12, 13, 4-11, and 15-18. A commemorative limited edition scorecard is being produced for the occasion.

Members are reminded that the club is holding a 125th Anniversary Ball at the Barrovian Hall at KWC on Tynwald Day eve Tuesday 4th July. Tickets are £45pp and include a ‘champagne’ reception and wine with the meal. Contact Bob Adcock at to reserve your place.



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1st. Chris Westerman (38)
2nd.Peter Purcell (38)
3rd. Will Halsall (36)
Cat 1/2: Paul Eckersley (34)
Cat 3/4: Francis Thoday (32)
Senior Section: Roy Clague


The weather put a bit of a dampener on the Castletown club’s planned 125th anniversary celebration event of playing the course in the old sequence format so we will repeat the process this coming Saturday which is Captain’s Day.

The special edition old course scorecard produced for our anniversary and Standard Bank’s 25 years on the island will thus be used again. This will give the captain the opportunity to distribute their goody bags along with his own offering of bacon butties, bonnag bread and a brew-up.

Chris Westerman (19) certainly approved of playing the course in the old configuration as he won the Standard Bank sponsored Stableford event with 38 points on countback. Both he and second placed Peter Purcell (14) had a game of two halves with the majority of their scoring achieved on the traditional front nine. Despite suffering three silly sevens on the inward nine Westerman went on to win thanks to securing fifty percent of his sixteen second half points over the last three holes.

Powerful hitting Purcell birdied the par five 3rd and completed the front nine in just two over par for 23 remarkable points. His fantastic feel and direction on the greens deserted him a bit on the back nine. But there was a moment of divine intervention on the 18th. His chip from off the green was deflected into the hole for the most unlikely of pars.

No.19’s own Will Halsall (10) had a double reason for celebration. Apart from coming third with 36 points his eagle two on the 9th is worth a double dip from the 2’s pot. He was only entered into that side competition as a result of some prompting from the captain and the loan of a £1 from Gerry Ganly. Mind you, it later cost Halsall a beautiful bit of bonnag by way of compensation.

Paul Eckersley (8) won category 1/2 with 34 points even after suffering a slippery seven for nil points on the 15th. My usual playing partner Francis Thoday (13) will be totally shocked to learn that he won the category 3/4 award with 32 points. He will be equally delighted with a 2’s pot portion for the second week running as he never normally entered when it wasn’t compulsory.

Continuing the theme of pleasant surprises Roy Clague (19) will not have expected to take the senior section from 23rd place particularly after encountering ‘snowmen’ on the 14th and 17th holes.

Some cheeky chap called Malcolm Lambert sneaked in to win the ‘Midweeker’ with 33 points on countback ahead of Steven Boyd and Bronwen Raatgever. Once again the Thursday club night 9- holer suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous weather so was declared a non-starter.

Finally, members are reminded that the club is holding a 125th Anniversary Ball at the Barrovian Hall at KWC on Tynwald Day eve Tuesday 4th July. Tickets are £45pp and include a ‘champagne’ reception and wine with the meal. Contact Bob Adcock at to reserve your place.



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1st Chris Blackburn (40pts)
2nd Will Halsall (38pts) 22back9
3rd Stuart Campbell (38pts) 21back9
Cat 1/2: Chris Lee (38 pts) 16back9
Cat 3/4: Thomas Doherty (35pts)
Senior Section: Ken Berry (33pts)

NTP Graham Harris


Saturday was Captain’s Day in aid of the Dream Catcher Appeal. The Castletown Golf Club flag was given a rare airing and the sun shone on the sea shore so the captain and his wife Chris cheerfully served up sustenance to the hungry hundred entrants at the half-way house. The free tees, golf balls, pencils and ball markers provided by Standard Bank went down almost as well.

Whether it was the bonnag or the bacon bap which helped the winner Chris Blackburn (20) is open to conjecture as he is ex directory. However, his 40 points are testament to straight hitting and some super scrambling as he scored on every hole.

Will Halsall (9) moved up a place from last week and his own special recipe rum soaked bonnag obviously agreed with him as he played the back nine in level par for 22 of his 38 points. He also earned a share of the 2’s pot for the second week running.

Countback casualty Stuart Campbell (13) had to settle for third place even though he completed the back nine in just three over par. An ugly eight on the Road Hole was his only nil pointer in a round with nine pars and eight bogeys.

Chris Lee (7) also scored 38 points but a double bogey on the 17th limited his inward total so he had to settle for the category 1/2 prize. One point behind Pete Thomas (8) birdied the 10th and 15th in a seven over par round for fifth place but no prizes. Similarly, Guy Pickard (5) scored 37 points but his ball went AWOL on the 14th so he dropped to sixth.

Thomas Doherty (18) birdied the 3rd hole for a nett eagle and four of his 35 points for what he thought had won the category 3/4 prize. However, Ben Humbles' (15) score of 36 points had not been entered on the system and on review now takes that prize.  Ken Berry (21) scored just 11 points going out but did twice as well on the way back so secured the senior section with 33 points.

as Doherty (18) birdied the 3rd hole for a nett eagle and four of his 35 points for the category 3/4 prize. Ken Berry (21) scored just 11 points going out but did twice as well on the way back so secured the senior section with 33 points.

It was the lucky 13th for Graham Harris (12) who won a Road Hole cartoon mug and a bottle of fine wine donated by the captain as the nearest the pin prize.

Jane Holt (32), Steven Boyd (2) and Bronwen Raatgever (35) were the first three home in the ‘Midweeker’ with 39, 38 and 38 points respectively. 25 players took part in this increasingly popular Wednesday qualifier. Once again the weather put the dampener on the Thursday clubnight 9 holer and the previous Sunday’s Stableford although a few brave souls went out.

This coming Saturday Permanent Bank International kindly sponsor the month end Stableford but the next planned presentation is not until the end of July.

Castletown’s extended weekend of open golf begins on Saturday 1st July with the Capital International sponsored Castletown Cups. The competition entry fee is £4 and the course owner has kindly agreed to allow male and female 6 day members to compete with no additional green fees.

Mixed open club sponsored competitions will also take place on Sunday and Monday with the Ralph Lauren at Tynwald Mills sponsored Alan Christian Trophy drawing things to a close on Tynwald Day Wednesday 5th July. The visitors’ green fee for each of these competitions is £22 plus the £4 entry fee. Bookings can be made online or by calling the Links on 822211.

No golf competition has been organised for Tuesday 4th July as the club is holding a 125th Anniversary Ball at the Barrovian Hall at KWC. Tickets are £45pp and include a ‘champagne’ reception and wine with the meal. Contact Bob Adcock at to reserve your place.



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1st Jane Gaines (Ramsey GC) 37 points

2nd Karen Murphy (37pts)

3rd Heather Skinner (36pts)

24 Ladies took place in the Norma Loundes Memorial with the trophy going to Jane Gaines from Ramsey GC on 37 points beating Karen Murphy on countback. Heather Skinner fell afoul at the Road Hole but still scored 36 points to take third place. Half the field were visitors from other Manx clubs which is a fitting testament to Norma who passed away in 2009.


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1st Mike Williams (38pts)
2nd Andy Sharpe (37pts) 20back9
3rd Ashley Sansbury (37pts) 19back9
Cat 1/2: Charlie Ross (36pts)
Cat 3/4: Peter Miller (36pts)
Senior Section: Peter McKenna (32pts)


Mike Williams (12) won the June Permanent Bank International Stableford with 38 points. Three of his seven bogeys came over the opening holes and being made to wait on the Road Hole led to one of his double bogeys. The other came on the 18th when his 8 iron approach shot found a watery grave. Williams produce seven nett birdies by slotting in some long putts including an 18 footer for a valuable two on the 16th.

With 20 points over the back nine Andy Sharpe (18) beat Ashley Sansbury (21) in their second place card play-off when they both amassed 37 points. Sharpe had three blobs on his card but a nett eagle on the 12th augmented his seven nett birdies, five nett pars and two nett bogeys. Similarly, Sansbury had three N/Rs and a nett eagle but as his occurred on the 3rd it was superfluous to the countback calculations.

Charlie Ross (9) scored 36 points from sixteen holes to win the category 1/2 prize just ahead of scratch golfer Andrew Challenor who shot level par after his three bogeys were cancelled out by birdies on the 9th, 12th and 13th.

The category 3/4 winner Peter Miller (14) opened with a birdie and stormed to 20 points at the turn then three N/Rs in a row limited his inward total to 16. Down in 23rd place Peter McKenna (24) overcame his Road Hole woes to win the senior section with 32 points.

Earlier in the week John Newson, Les Gale and Guy Pickard took the podium places in the Midweeker with 40, 38 and 37 points respectively. Heather Skinner was the first lady home with 36. On Thursday Louna Vermeulen, Philip Vermeulen and Martin Young took the spoils in the club night nine holer. Unfortunately, three players were unaware that the designated course was holes 1-3 then 13-18 so their scores for playing just the front nine did not count.

Castletown’s extended weekend of open golf begins on Saturday 1st July with the Capital International sponsored Castletown Cups. So far 114 men have signed up. Ladies are asked to phone the Links on 822211 to register their interest. 

Mixed open club sponsored competitions will also take place on Sunday and Monday with the Ralph Lauren at Tynwald Mills sponsored Alan Christian Trophy drawing things to a close on Tynwald Day Wednesday 5th July. The visitors’ green fee for each of these competitions is £22 plus the £4 entry fee. Bookings can be made online or by calling the Links.




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1st Robert Braide 70/67
2nd Andrew Davies 82/72
3rd Ben Humbles 85/72
Cat 1/2: Chris Howland 78/72
Cat 3/4: Mark Walker 86/13
Senior Section: John Corlett 88/75

Best Gross: Michael Charmer 75


1st Mair Gardner Nett 82

2nd Heather Skinner Nett 89

3rd Irene Waterhouse Nett 89


Castletown’s extended weekend of open golf began with glorious weather on the morning of Saturday 1st July. As the day went on the wind got up and the later starters had rain to contend with. The Capital International sponsored Castletown Cups were won by our president Robert Braide and the former captain at Peel, Mair Gardner.

There were 124 entries but only six ladies turned out perhaps because Saturday is not their normal day for golf at Castletown. Gardner’s nett 82 was seven shots better than Heather Skinner and Irene Waterhouse who finished second and third respectively in the Ladies’ competition.

Braide (3), who hadn’t picked up a club for three weeks, steered clear of the penal rough and was three under par after fifteen holes having only bogeyed the 11th. Three of Braide’s total of 29 putts were incurred on the short 16th although his bogey there was reversed by his fifth birdie on the very next hole.

Showing all the experience of a three time Island championship finalist Braide chose to layup with his second shot on the 18th. A wedge shot in left him too long a putt so Braide finished at two under par 70, nett 67, to win the cup by five fantastic shots.

After a run of par golf over eight holes early starter Andrew Davies (10) was just five over on the 15th tee. Unfortunately, he went out of bounds by finding the field with his first drive and then overcompensated by lofting it left with his second attempt. Davies had to settle for a triple bogey seven as his approach shot was caught by the greenside trap. Back to back bogeys ensued on 16 and 17 then a lovely thirty foot par putt salvaged his sanity and second place with 82, nett 72.

Ben Humbles (13) also netted a 72 thanks to a birdie on the 18th but he lost out on countback having double bogeyed both the 11th and the 16th. To his credit an ugly eight on the 3rd was followed by a beautiful birdie on the 4th and he battled on for third place.

Chris Howland (6) hoisted the category 1/2 prize with his nett 72. Just five bogeys blighted his card as his birdie on the 3rd was cancelled out by his only double bogey on the 17th. Mark Walker (13) started the front nine with a birdie but ended it with a triple bogey. Walker wound up on 86, nett 73, to take the category 3/4 award augmented by a money making birdie on the short 13th.

Former Castletown Cup winner Michael Charmer (1) collected the ‘next best’ gross prize with a 75. Two birdies in the last four holes helped his cause. John Corlett (13) secured the senior section with a nett 75. Ramsey GC’s Phil Hassall (10) had the distinction of being the top placed visitor on 85, nett 75.

Sam Skelton finished nearest the pin on the 13th and Ramsey’s Jamie Arneil’s drive finished nearest the line on the 7th to win the bottle of fine wine sponsored by Will Halsall from No.19. Like over a third of the field Arneil failed to finish, defeated by the rain or the rough. Feedback indicates that, whilst the course looked picture perfect and the greens were running true, the rough was just too tough for the average player. 



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1st John Byrne/Mark Jones/Steve Keegan/Peter Purcell 88pts
2nd Foley Gort/Ross Byrne/Mark Teare/David Quayle 86pts
3rd Anne Webster/John Webster/Margaret Kelly/Chris Kelly 85pts


Nearest the Line -

Club Sponsored AM-AM

In the club sponsored AM-AM on Sunday 2nd July John Byrne, Mark Jones, Stephen Keegan and Peter Purcell won with 88 points. This was two ahead of Foley Gort, David Quayle, Ross Byrne and Mark Teare. Anne and John Webster teamed up with and Margaret and Chris Kelly to take third place with 85 points. Rowany’s team of Ian Haworth, Orry Teare, Andy Corrin and David Western took fourth spot also with 85 points.


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1st Malcolm Lambert 38pts
2nd Steven Boyd 38pts
3rd Sam Skelton 37pts
Cat 1/2: Juan Costain (Rowany GC) 36pts
Cat 3/4: Guy Murray 37pts
Senior Section: Stuart Butler 33pts


Nearest the Line:

Individual Stableford Competition

Malcolm Lambert sneaked in to win on countback with 38 points. He credited his success to recent consultations with PGA pro’s: Dave Adams, Allyn Laing and Andy Patterson who diagnosed and came up with cures for IoEoSS – ‘idiot on end of stick syndrome’. 

Steven Boyd was placed second with his lovely level par round which included five birdies and five bogeys. Sam Skelton and Guy Murray had to be separated for third place on 37 points. The back-nine countback went Skelton’s way as Murray had N/R’d the 14th and 16th.  In the ladies contest Margaret Kelly finished two shots clear of Heather Skinner and Christine Russell respectively.


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1st Thomas Doherty and Ashley Sansbury 47pts
2nd Kevin Madin and Les Gale 44pts
3rd Foley Gort and Mark Teare 43pts
4th Loni Evans and Maryann Dunn 43pts

NTP- Grant Leece Peel GC

Nearest the Line - Michael Charmer

Tynwald Mills 4BBB Alan Christian Trophy

Castletown’s extended 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. Thomas Doherty and Ashley were the runaway winners with 47 points. Doherty did most of the damage as his was the first ball in on all but five of the holes and he completed those in just four over par.

Kevin Madin and Les Gale were placed second on 44 points, one ahead of Foley Gort and Mark Teare who amassed three birdies and just one bogey in their two under gross par round for third place on countback.

The countback casualties were Loni Evans and Maryann Dunn who took fourth prize despite making a ‘snowman’ on the 3rd. Evans made up for that aberration with a nett hole in one on the 8th. Peel’s Grant Leece won the nearest-the- pin prize and Michael Charmer almost landed on the line to take the straightest drive prize which was a fine bottle of wine provided by Will Halsall at

The weekend of golf prize presentation, including the presentation of the Capital International sponsored Castletown Cups to the individual winners Robert Braide and Mair Gardner, will take place in the clubhouse at lunchtime on Saturday 29th July.



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1st Dave Litton 88/68
2nd David Campbell 88/69
3rd David Allan 82/69
Cat 1/2: Terence Cassidy 80/71
Cat 3/4: Paul Cox 84/71
Senior Section: Stuart Brawn 95/77

Best Gross: Gex Bradley 75

HOLE IN ONE - Jack Yardley (8th)


The July Medal sponsored by SMP Partners produced a podium purely populated by Davids. The winner Dave Litton (20) was playing with David Campbell (19) and by their own admission they had a lot of luck locating wayward whacks. Only on one occasion did they each have to reload which, given the frequency of their visitations to the vegetation, was a minor miracle.

Litton three putted the Road Hole for his only double bogey on a relatively uneventful front nine completed in six over par. Four double bogeys blighted his back nine; resulting from a reload on the 10th and fortunate finds in the flora on the 11th, 12th and 15th holes. The cup was claimed on the 18th as Litton lobbed his third shot close and putted for his seventh par to finish on 88, nett 68.

One shot back Campbell began with a double bogey following bunker blues although a long putt plopped in for a birdie on the 3rd. A lost ball from his approach shot on the 6th caused his only triple bogey but hacked double bogeys came on the 9th and 12th. Three of his five pars were produced on an adventurous back nine so Campbell completed his card in 88, nett 69 to take second place on countback.

David Allan (13) had bookend birdies which helped him to a tremendous two over par front nine and he was just three over par after twelve holes. Then a run of bogeys reduced his lead to just one shot going down the last. Had his chip out of the grassy gully not left him too much to do he might still have won. The resultant double bogey put him on ten over par for 82, nett 69 and third place.

Terence Cassidy (9) had used up six of his nine shots on the front nine including a double bogey on the Road Hole. Just two bogeys besmirched his beautiful back nine so Cassidy collected the category 1/2 prize with 80, nett 71.

Paul Cox (13) had submitted a supplementary card the previous Thursday which moved him from 12.4 to 12.5. That extra shot, plus birdies on the 4th and 15th holes, proved helpful as he captured the category 3/4 prize on 84, nett 71.

Gez Bradley (2) shot three birdies on the back nine and was just one over par on the 18th tee. Alas, he finished with a double bogey but his 75 won the best gross prize on countback from Michael Charmer (1). Stuart Brawn (18) had plenty of sixes and sevens but his round of 95, nett 77, secured the senior section. Despite the calm conditions over a quarter of the field failed to finish.

An elated Jack Yardley aced the 8th hole and was only slightly disappointed that by the time he finished the clubhouse was quite quiet. There is no truth in the rumour that a scouting party was later sent out to search for missing players. On inquiry, they claimed to be looking for our rare grasshoppers!

Rossborough Insurance is kindly sponsoring a Stableford competition this coming Saturday and the club is arranging a mixed team competition for Sunday.



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1st Mark Walker 38pts
2nd Kyle McConnell 37pts
3rd Andy Sharpe 35pts
Cat 1/2: Dennis Moore 35pts
Cat 3/4: Jon Wagstaffe 33pts
Senior Section: Geoff Karran 30pts


5 competitors

1st John Dean 32pts


Bing Crosby had a hit with ‘Straight Down the Middle’ but Mark Walker (12) was really on song recording 38 points to win the Rossborough Insurance sponsored Stableford competition at Castletown on Saturday.

Walker strolled to 22 points on the front nine with birdies on the 3rd and 6th reducing his four bogeys to a mere two over par. The wind got up a bit and Walker wandered and squandered eight shots over the next six holes. Then Walker’s crisp chips helped him scramble to three finishing pars which doubled his back nine tally to 16 points.

Knocking in ten pars Kyle McConnell (12) came a close second with 37 points. Apart from a double bogey on the 10th, and then falling afoul on the 11th, McConnell plotted his way round with nothing worse than a procession of two pointer bogeys.

By contrast Andy Sharpe’s adventurous 35 points for third place were up and down like a fiddler’s elbow. Alternating between three pointer pars and one pointer double bogeys Sharpe (18) hit a high note with a four pointer birdie on the 10th immediately followed by an off tune NR on the next.

Former golfer of the year Dennis Moore (8) raced round the front nine in one under par for 23 points and was level par on 30 points after 13 holes. Then Moore seemed to run out of steam meandering home with just another five points; enough to capture the category 1/2 award.

Jon Wagstaffe (13) was resigned to a poor round having accumulated only six points over the first half dozen holes. Then it was if someone had turned on the tap as 27 points flowed from the final dozen. His back-end loaded 33 points purloined the category 3/4 prize on countback from Malcolm Lambert (13) who had ten pars but four naughty nothings.

Past president Geoff Karran (21) secured the senior section with 30 points and the 2015 Castletown Cup winner John Dean (22) won the separate yellow tees Stableford with 32 points. Only five players availed themselves of the opportunity to enjoy the course from the forward tees. Perhaps there will be more next week as only two out of 87 competitors in the main competition beat their handicap.

The introduction of ‘Ready Golf’ at Castletown seems to have been a success as there were many sub four hour rounds. In an attempt to separate the speedsters from the dawdlers it is suggested that, on a Saturday, the ultra-quick players book to play before 08:00 or after 13:00. Those not willing or able to nip round could perhaps book tee times between 11:00 and 11:30 with a suggested buffer zone of two tee times thereafter.

On Sunday the club sponsored a 4BBB which was won by Ross Byrne and Mark Teare on 47 points. Their five birdies and three bogeys ended up being four shots better than second placed Ben Smaller and the above mentioned Jon Wagstaffe. The father and son combination of Chris & Andi Howland came third on 41.

In the popular ‘Midweeker’ Ben Humbles (12) amassed 42 points and two shots off his handicap. Scott Donald (2) carded five birdies for 39 points and second place with Liz Stirling (34) third on 37. The Thursday 9 hole qualifiers seem to have fizzled out so Will Halsall from No.19 is now advocating a 6.00pm roll-up aimed at those looking for a fun competition after work.

This coming Saturday there will be club sponsored Stableford competitions off white and yellow tees and a white tees Stableford on Sunday.



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1st Andi Howland 43pts
2nd Andy Dent 42pts
3rd Andrew Davies 36pts
Cat 1/2: Sam Skelton 35pts
Cat 3/4: Michael Crosby 36pts
Senior Section: Dave Bell 35pts


Winner: John Dean 36pts


Congratulations to Tom Gandy and Breeshey Jansen for their stunning wins in the Grant Thornton sponsored Island Championships at Ramsey. The standard of play was exceptional. Commiserations go to Jon Corke and Shirley Price. It will be of little consolation to them both but reaching the final again is in itself a great achievement.

There were some equally emphatic performances by two players who tamed the Castletown course in the club sponsored Stableford on the same Saturday. With 43 and 42 points respectively Andi Howland (10) and Andy Dent (13) were the only players to beat their handicaps. The rest of the prize winners were at least six shots back.

Howland had one of those rare days when almost everything went well. Apart from an N/R on the 3rd he went round in just one over par with birdies on the 8th and 12th almost balancing out his bogeys on the 5th, 9th and 18th holes.

Similarly, the smooth swinging Dent hardly put a foot wrong although he got off to a slow start with three bogeys in a row. After that he accumulated eight nett birdies, four nett pars, two nett bogeys and a glorious nett eagle on the 14th.

Three players equalled their handicaps and had to be separated on countback with 36 points. Proving it is indeed handy to be named Andy, Andrew Davies (9) took third place and a share of the 2’s pot with his effort on the 13th. Michael Crosby (18) collected the category 3/4 prize despite N/Rs on the 3rd and 18th holes. Our former Hon: Sec: Peter Robertson (13) took fifth place and completed the front nine in just four over par for 21 points but two nil pointers on the homeward leg proved costly.

Category 1/2 went to former captain Sam Skelton (4) who was the early clubhouse leader on 35 points. He had been going great guns at just three over par until he became a six shooter on the 17th which brought about his only blob.

Former president Dave Bell (23) had a nett hole-in-one on the 16th which put him on 35 points with two holes to go. Unfortunately, that was where he was to remain but it was enough to secure the senior section and portion from the 2’s pot.

John Dean (22) – 36 points - won the yellow tees Stableford competition for the second week running but once again only five players took the opportunity to enjoy the course off the forward tees. With almost 60 percent of the field failing to break 30 points in the main competition perhaps there will be more conversions next week.

On 29th July Permanent Bank International sponsor the twin shotgun start Stableford competition with the bi-monthly prize presentation wedged in between. There will be a complimentary buffet for attendees at the presentation.



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1st..Simon Murray 39pts
2nd.. Robert Briade 38pts B9-20pts
3rd.. David Allan 38pts B9 -19pts
Cat 1/2: Chris Lee 38pts B9- 16pts
Cat 3/4: David Evans 38pts B9-17
Senior Section: Stuart Butler 37pts


Alan Harding 36 pts


Former Castletown Cup winner and current course record holder Simon Murray (6) stepped in to win the Permanent Bank International sponsor shotgun start Stableford competition with 39 points at a blustery Castletown on Saturday.

Murray minted a hot start by opening with a birdie on the 9th and had accumulated nine points after three holes following a neat nett eagle on the 11th. A bogey on the 14th and a nett bogey on the next pushed him back to one over par where he remained for another seven holes. His procession of pars ended with back to back bogeys on the 5th and 6th. Then Murray mounted a late winning rally with a nett birdie and a tap in par.

Having been presented with the Castletown Cup at lunchtime club president Robert Braide (3) was in inspired form. Starting on the 6th Braide quickly raced to two under par and maintained pole position with just two holes remaining. He stalled on the 4th with an unfortunate N/R but coasted into second spot with 38 points finishing with a nett par on the Road Hole.

Three other players also scored 38 points. In third place David Allan (12) totted up ten points from birdies on the1st, 12th and 15th. An N/R on the short 13th proved costly on countback as his well balanced 38 needed to have been back end biased.

David Evans (14) finished fourth to take the category 3/4 prize with points on every hole. A double bogey on the 15th limited his back nine tally to 17 points which was one more than category 1/2 winner Chris Lee (7) who enjoyed a handful of birdies but had N/R’d on the 10th.

Stuart Butler (17) motored in to secure the senior section with 37 points and Alan Harding (15) was the runaway winner in the yellow tees Stableford with 36 enjoyable points despite bunker blues on the 1st, his 17th hole. Only half a dozen players elected for this option but there may be more converts for next week’s SMP Partners sponsored Medal.

Peter Whitfield (22) won the previous Sunday’s Stableford with 38 points, one clear of Cheryl McGinley (23) and three ahead of Lynda Simpson (5). Gwen Tuck collected the category 3/4 prize with 33 points and Catherine Cassidy (9) the category 1/2 prize with 32. Pat Lambert (no relation) took the senior section on the same score.




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1st. PJ Vermeulen 72/69.
2nd.. Jon Scowcroft 77/70
3rd.. Robert Braide 72/70
Cat 1/2: Doug Ross 79/71
Cat 3/4: Tim Callow 92/72
Senior Section: Alan Harding 88/73

Next Best Gross: Steven Boyd 74


Winner: Terry Mackay - Nett 71


Rough! What rough?; so thought big hitting PJ Vermeulen (3) who almost played the perfect round in the SMP Partners Medal at Castletown on Saturday. Having humbled the 4th, 10th, 12th and 14th holes the course owner’s son was standing at three under par. Those went with a wayward tee shot and three putts on the 15th so Vermeulen finished on level par to win by one with nett 69.

In second place on nett 70 slow starting Jon Scowcroft (7) bogeyed five of the first eight holes but a birdie on the 9th galvanized him into action. Scowcroft completed the last ten holes in level par having suffered a bogey on the short 16th.

With three birdies and a bogey last week’s runner up Robert Braide (2) was two under par after fourteen holes. He bogeyed the 15th and 17th hole for a lovely level par round but his low handicap hampered him in the card play-off so had to settle for third place with nett 70.

The category 1/2 winner Doug Ross (8) also notched up three birdies but three double bogeys restricted his score to 79, nett 71 and a share of the two’s pot for his effort on the 8th. Steven Boyd (2) was the ‘next’ best gross winner on 74.

Tim Callow (20) was the first category 3/4 player home in sixth place. His 92, nett 72, included eight pars, three treble bogeys and four double bogeys. Last week’s yellow tees winner Alan Harding (15) secured the senior section with a nett 73 despite two triple bogeys. Terry Mackay (28) won this week’s yellow tees competition on nett 71 but was equally delighted to have parred the 18th.

In the previous Sunday’s mixed Stableford Cheryl McGinley (23) finished first with 33 points followed by Sam Newson (19) and David Beard (13) both one point back. Ben Smaller (5) took category 1/2 with 30 points the same total as Daniel Amphlett (13) the category 3/4 winner. Gwen Tuck was once again the first senior home.

This coming Saturday Simcocks sponsor the Stableford.



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1st.. Keith Featherstone 38pts
2nd.. Alan Harding 35pts B6-13
3rd.. Bryan McMahon 35pts B6-11
Cat 1/2: Simon Murray 35pts B9- 15
Cat 3/4: Kevin Paige 34pts
Senior Section: Chris Kelly 33pts


Peter McKenna 32pts


Early starter Keith Featherstone (14) made the most of a weather window to win Saturday’s Simcocks sponsored Stableford at Castletown. Four pars and a birdie on the Racecourse hole produced 21 points on the relatively benign front nine. Then the rain began and other than a par on the short 13th Featherstone bogeyed the back nine holes. Reaching the sanctuary of the clubhouse on an unbeatable 38 points Featherstone was the only player to beat his handicap.

In the prizes for the third week running Alan Harding (15) chipped his way to 35 points and second place in a three way countback involving Bryan McMahon (8) and the July Permanent Bank International Stableford winner Simon Murray (5). The latter two took third place and the category 1/2 prize respectively.

Harding had five nett pars and a nett birdie over the last six holes whereas McMahon blobbed the 16th, but his back nine 16 points was one better than Murray who made an unwanted ‘snowman’ on the 12th.

Kevin Paige (13) collected the category 3/4 prize with 34 points. His only blip being a blob on the 15th. Having failed to play within the buffer zone for the past seven competitions our immediate past captain Chris Kelly (19) used his extra awarded shot to secure the senior section with 33 points. Only four players availed themselves of the opportunity to enjoy the course off the yellow tees and Peter McKenna (24) finished first with 32 points.
Incredibly, only one player recorded a two so former captain Paul Cox, a reluctant 2's competition entrant, scooped the £63.75 pot.

After fifty years of trying Steve (Seve) Jeffers has finally achieved his ambition of shooting a hole-in-one. It came on the 13th on Wednesday. Unfortunately, it will go unrewarded as Jeffers was not entered in the Midweeker which was won by Maryann Dunn (30) with 41 points. Paul Keeley (8) was second on 39 and David Allan (11) glided into third spot with 33. The nearest-the-pin winner was Mark Schofield.
On the previous Sunday in the club sponsored Medal only two of the seven entrants managed to avoid the dreaded NR. Consequently, the spoils were shared between Peter Robertson (12) and the headlining Featherstone with nett 84 and nett 86 respectively. Easy money you may say, but you have to be in it to win it.
Our club president Robert Braide is generously hosting the Stableford on Saturday 19th August. Show your support for the Castletown Cup winner by signing up now if you have not already done so.  



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1st.. Mark Teare 33 (b9-20)
2nd.. Ross Byrne 33 (b9-19)
3rd..Iain Quine 33 (b9-18)

4th Stuart Campbell 33 (b9-15)

5th Tom Harris 32pts

6th Steven Boyd 32pts

Cat 1/2 Rod Jackson 32pts
Cat 3/4: Chris Kelly 32pts
Senior Section: Ken Berry 29pts


Peter McKenna 35pts


There was a four way card play-off on a lowly 33 points to decide the winner of the President’s Day Trophy in testing conditions at Castletown on Saturday. Following a birdie on the 10th and just two bogeys Mark Teare (6) breezed away with the main prize sponsored by Robert Braide by shooting 20 points on the back nine. In contrast Teare had struggled to find the fairway on a front nine which only yielded 13 points.

Second placed Ross Byrne (13) had a devil of a time from the 2nd to the 7th signing for three 6's in a row plus N/Rs on the Road and Racecourse holes. Byrne’s fortunes turned with the wind. A four pointer two on the 8th helped him salvage an outward 14 points to which he added 19 aided by a nett eagle on the 14th.

Iain Quine (9) started well but made a mess of the 5th, 6th and 8th to turn in 15 points. He birdied the 10th and blobbed the 13th before finishing strongly for 18 points and third place with his 33.

The president funded 4th, 5th and 6th place prizes which went to Stuart Campbell (12), Tom Harris (+2) and Steven Boyd (2) respectively. Campbell carded 33 points but the 13th also proved unlucky for him. Harris drove the green to start with an eagle for a double dollop from the 2's pot but faltered around our 'Amen Corner' (4th- 6th) where he scored just two of his 32 points. Boyd also scored 32 points having dipped out on the Road Hole.

Former captain Rodney Jackson (11) captured the category 1/2 prize with 32 points and two passes. Our immediate past captain Chris Kelly (19) was in the prizes for the second week running. His 32 points purloined the category 3/4 prize. Ken Berry (21) sneaked in to win the senior prize with just 29 points and thus did the double having already won the same section on Captain’s Day in June.

Chris Lee, Gareth Morris, Anthony O’Mahony and Pete Thomas were the recipients of the longest drive and nearest the pin prizes generously provided by the president on the 11th, 8th, 13th and 16th holes respectively. Similarly, Gez Bradley and David Bowen won extra prizes for the best front nine and back nine scores respectively.
In the separate yellow tees competition Peter McKenna triumphed with 35 points. He was six points clear of the field although only seven players participated. 
On the previous Sunday Oli Steriopulos (14) won the Stableford with 38 points. Only seven players took part as the Ladies had a well supported club team challenge which was won by the home team who finished 16 points ahead of Ramsey GC with Peel and Douglas sharing third place a further seven points back. Linda Keegan (10) was the runaway winner of the individual place prizes with 42 points. Joyce Marr (PGC) claimed second place on 33 and Jane Gaines (RGC) just edged out Shirley Price for third place with 32 points apiece.

This coming Saturday Permanent Bank International is kindly sponsoring the month end Stableford. It is not a shotgun start as there is no lunchtime prize presentation.

The start sheet for the first round of the Harding Lewis Ltd sponsored blue tees club championship being held over two weekends from Saturday 2nd September is also now open. It should be noted that, with the kind agreement of the sponsor, there will be separate nett score prizes for participants playing off each of the other coloured tees, so reserve your tee times now.

Finally, members will be aware that our PGA pro Dave Adams is sadly leaving the island for personal reasons and so we wish him and his family well for the future.



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1st.. Neil Cartwright 39pts
2nd. David Allan 38pts
3rd..Kenny Chesterson 37pts B9/20
Cat 1/2: David Quayle 37pts B9/19
Cat 3/4: Geoff Karran 37pts
Senior Section: Jonathan Clague 34pts


Peter McKenna 38pts


The 2015 singles matchplay champion Neil Cartwright (10) returned to prominence by shooting 39 points to take the Permanent Bank International sponsored month end Stableford at Castletown on Saturday.

Starting bogey, bogey Cartwright then came a cropper with double bogeys on the 5th and 6th. After that he went through a purple patch playing the remaining holes in just one over par. Birdies on the 8th and 12th balanced out another double bogey on the 11th and only a bogey on the 15th upset his run of pars over the closing holes.

The current Willie Kirkpatrick singles matchplay champion David Allan (11) netted eagled the 6th and 15th to accumulate 36 points after 16 holes. Unfortunately, finishing with back-to-back double bogeys saw him stall into second place with 38 points.

Third placed Kenny Chesterson (6) shot a very steady 77, nett 71, for 37 points with a remarkable five 3’s on his card having birdied the 1st and 15th as well as the normal par threes. He also beat late starter David Quayle (5) on countback as they both bogeyed the 18th but Chesterson received a shot whereas category 1/2 winner Quayle did not.

Parring five holes and collecting nett pars on eight others the 2014 captain Geoff Karran (21) procured his 37 points on just sixteen holes to capture the category 3/4 prize. The senior section went to Jonathan Clague (16) who finished 11th overall with 34 points.

In the yellow tees competition the 2016 Nation’s Cup team winner Peter McKenna (24) NR’d the 4th and double bogeyed the 6th but five nett birdies and eleven nett pars more than made amends. His 38 points being three clear of John Dean (22) who had amassed 23 points on a stellar front nine. Then three NR’s took the shine off Dean’s overall performance.

In last week’s ‘Midweeker’ our former Hon Sec Peter Robertson (13) topped the lot with 36 points. Daniel Amphlett (13) was placed second on 32 with Keith Featherstone (12) just edging out Louna Vermeulen (19) for third spot both with 29 points.

The previous Sunday Stableford was won by Chris Reynolds (10) who pipped Ben Smaller (5) on countback. Their 38 points was one ahead of Chris’s son Mark Reynolds (19) with Catherine Cassidy (9), the top placed lady, in 4th.

We are now experimenting further with multi-tee competitions and this will also apply to the Harding Lewis Ltd sponsored blue tees club championship being held over two weekends from Saturday 2nd September. Shot allowances will be adjusted downwards for those not playing off the blue tees as there will be nett score prizes for participants playing off each of the other coloured tees.



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1st: Chris Reynolds 38pts 2nd Ben Smaller 38pts. 3rd: Mark Reynolds 37pts

The Sunday Stableford was won by Chris Reynolds (10) who pipped Ben Smaller (5) on countback. Their 38 points was one ahead of Chris’s son Mark Reynolds (19) with Catherine Cassidy (9), the top placed lady, in 4th.



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1st.. Jon Corke 74 B9/34
2nd.. Michael Charmer 74 B9/37
3rd. Steven Boyd 74 B9/39

Best Nett: Andi Howland - 69
Cat 1/2: Simon Murray nett 69
Cat 3/4: Michael McCord - nett 72
Senior Section: Dave Bell - nett 74


After the first round of the Harding Lewis Ltd, Chartered Accountants sponsored blue tees club championship three players are tied at the top on two over par. Similar to last year, the 2015 club champion Jon Corke (1) collected the opening round gross prize courtesy of a one under par inward nine. After shooting back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th Corke actually completed 17 holes in one under par. An errant triple bogey on the short 8th pushed him back to 74.

Just missing out on the top prize was former Castletown Cup winner Michael Charmer. He was level after the front nine but dropped shots on the 14th and 18th for his gross 74. Also on 74 Steven Boyd was three under par after four holes but a double bogey on the 10th and three other bogeys demoted him to third place.

The nett prize winner was Andi Howland who finished birdie, par and birdie to win on countback with a nett 69. That put him just ahead of current course record holder Simon Murray who secured the category 1/2 prize with 75, adjusted to nett 69. Pity he left three putts hanging on the edge!

Dan Williams birdied the first three holes and then his group were called through which disrupted his rhythm and he dropped eight shots over the next six holes. Never-the-less Williams finished with a nett 71 to finish fourth but out of the prizes.

This was a mixed tees competition and Michael McCord (13) played off the whites finishing seventh overall with 85, nett 72.  He was rewarded with the category 3/4 prize. Dave Bell (21) headed up the yellow tees contingent with 95, nett 74, placing him 19th overall to win the yellow/senior section.

There were separate CSS calculations for each tee; 74 for the blues and whites and 72 for the yellows. A one shot adjustment was made to the nett scores for those playing off the blue tees. Unfortunately, of the 102 players who turned out only 59 avoided the dreaded NR. This narrows the field for those who can win the overall prizes next weekend.

Simon Murray won the ‘Midweeker’ with 37 points beating Guy Pickard, Malcolm Lambert and Stuart Butler on countback. Louna Vermeulen was the first lady home on 34 points inspired by her son PJ who had won the previous Sunday’s mixed Stableford with 36 points.

Finally, congratulations are extended to Charlie Ross who joined the hole-in-one club on Saturday when he aced the 13th which, including an insurance payout, should nett him £92.



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1st.. Donald Beggs (Gross 77)
2nd.. Michael Charmer (Gross 78)
3rd. Simon Murray (Gross 80)

Best Nett: Gez Bradley (68 Yellow tees)
Cat 1/2: Doug Ross (72 off Whites)
Cat 3/4: Mark Reynolds (71 off Blues)
Senior Section: Roy Clague (70 off Yellows)

MICHAEL CHARMER (74 +78 = 152)

2nd: DONALD BEGGS (153)

3rd: STEVEN BOYD (154)

This was the second week of the Club Championship, Sponsored by Harding Lewis Ltd, Chartered Accountants. It was also the second week of Competitions played off multi tees although the Club Champion could only rightly be a player who played off the Blue Tees.

Weather conditions this week were not ideal, strong winds and intermittent showers, some of which were heavy. With the scores being slightly higher for the second round off the Blues this week it was Donald Beggs (4) who came out on top with a gross of 77.  Second again like last week was Michael Charmer (scratch) with gross 78, the only player featuring both weeks in the top three. Third was Simon Murray (5) gross 80 and last weeks Cat ½ nett winner.

The overall Club Champion player is the one with the best gross over two weeks off the Blue tees and with rounds of 74 and 78 a total of 152 a worthy Winner was Michael Charmer playing off Scratch. Michael is a consistent player and has shown this over the two rounds. A close second was Donald Beggs (4) with 153 and third Steven Boyd (2) with 154, only one stroke between each of the three places over two rounds, a close fought Championship and steady play by all three players.

With the competition being off three different tees, Blue, White and Yellow prizes were also given for the best combined gross over two weeks for White and Yellow. Charles Ross (9) won White tees with rounds of 85 and 92 total of 177 with former Captain Roy Clague (23) winning the Yellow with 100 and 93 total of 193.

The second round Nett prizes were split between those playing off all three different tees. Best nett was Gez Bradley (2) 68 playing off Yellow, Cat ½ Doug Ross (7) 72 playing off White, Cat ¾ Mark Reynolds (18) 71 playing off Blue and Roy Clague (23) 70 playing off Yellow and Senior prize.

Thanks go to our Sponsor for the Club Championship, Harding Lewis Ltd and Andrew Gerrard who have been long time supporters of the Club.

The midweek Competition had 16 entrants and Andy Lagden (7) came out on top with 34 points.

Next Saturday 16th we have the September and final round of the SMP Partners monthly medal after which we will know who is the overall winner for the season of this series.



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1st.. Roy Clague (Nett 67)
2nd.. Mark Grace (Nett 69)
3rd.. David Quayle (Nett 69)
Cat 1/2: Rex Barker (Nett 69)
Cat 3/4: Tim Callow (Nett 73)
Senior Section: (Les Doherty (Nett 73)

This short report was compiled after the event as I was away on holiday at the time.

The September SMP Partners sponsored Medal was won by former captain Roy Clague (23) with a brilliant nett 67. This was two shots clear of Mark Grace, David Quayle and Rex Barker who finished in that order on countback. Tim Callow and Les Doherty took the category 3/4 and senior prizes respectively, both with nett 73.



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1st.. Gwynn Williams (39pts)
2nd.. Richard Creamore (38pts)
3rd.. Robert Quine (37pts)
Cat 1/2: Kenny Chesterson
Cat 3/4: Steve Zybert
Senior Section: Dave Bell

Gwynn Williams won the Mike Henthorn Memorial Aon Trophy scoring 39 points. Richard Creamore was second with 38 and Robert Quine came third on 37. The other prize winners were Kenny Chesterson, Steve Zybert and Dave Bell.





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1st..1st. Adrian Copley (40pts).
2nd.. Paul Eckersley (38pts)
3rd..Mike Williams (37pts)
Cat 1/2: Alan Rowe (37pts)
Cat 3/4: john Webster (37pts)
Senior Section: Stuart Butler (35pts)

Former Island Champion Adrian Copley won the Permanent Bank International sponsored month end Stableford with 40 points off his adjusted handicap of (7). Paul Eckersley (8) took second spot with 38. The other prize winners were Mike Williams, Alan Rowe plus John Webster all with 37 points and Stuart Butler took the senior section on 35.





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1st..Tim Callow (41pts off Whites)
2nd.. Roy Clague (40pts off Yellows)
3rd.. Alan Rowe (39pts off Whites)
Cat 1/2: Mark Teare (37 off Whites)
Cat 3/4: Geoff Karran (39pts off Yellows)
Senior Section: Ernie Russell (35pts)


This Saturday was the Dandara Sponsored Stableford Competition which attracted a field of 77 players in what I considered to be quite breezy conditions although with 7 players beating their handicap proved to be a high scoring day.

The overall winner with a score of 41 points playing off the White Tees was Tim Callow (20), now reduced to 18 handicap, he obviously mastered the conditions on the course which is still playing very well for the time of year and recent weather conditions we have seen.

Multi tee Competitions commenced at beginning of September with the first two being the Club Championship where the winner had to play off Blue tees. This is the first time since then the overall winner has not played off Yellow tees. The last three weeks winners having played off the Yellow tees with a handicap adjustment of two strokes.

The other podium positions also had impressive scores, in second was Roy Clague (21) adjusted as playing off Yellow tees to 19 with 40 points, continuing his recent excellent form on the course having won three weeks ago, certainly finding his handicap reducing. All other places were off White tees, in third place was Alan Rowe (6) with 39 points, Cat ½ Mark Teare (6) with 37 points and Cat ¾ Geoff Karran (21) with 39 points. This week’s Seniors prize went to Ernie Russell (15) scoring 35 points. 

Just a reminder to Members, our Captain Malcolm Lamberts Captains Dinner will be on Friday 27th October at the Club House and there are still places available, tickets at £30 each, it should be an entertaining evening with a guest speaker, get your tickets soon.

Next Saturday 14th October we have the Syd Ashworth Stableford Trophy, kindly Sponsored by his son Bill Ashworth




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1st.. Iain Quine (39pts)
2nd.. Colin E McGee (38pts)
3rd.. John Stevens (38pts)
Cat 1/2: Frankie Doherty (37pts)
Cat 3/4: Peter McKenna (37pts)
Senior Section: Stuart Butler ( 34pts)

Iain Quine wins the Syd Ashworth Trophy

This Saturday was the Syd Ashworth Trophy Stableford Competition which was played in very changeable weather as the day progressed. Those who played early had drizzle but very calm conditions but by 11am it became dry with the wind starting to increase and was very breezy by early afternoon but being from the south made the 16th, 17th and 18th holes par opportunities for all.

The winner Iain Quine (9) arrived at the course early to have breakfast with the family at the 19th and we discussed the weather conditions, by the time he was due to start at least the dampness was on the wane and he had some holes before the wind started to increase. His 39 points was very good performance and gave him a well deserved first place and the Trophy.

Second and third both scored 38 points, split on the back nine with Colin E Magee (14) second starting early in the day and having a back nine of 20 points against John Stevens (21) third who played later in the windy conditions having a back nine of 17 points.

Frankie Doherty (10) with 37 points claimed the Category ½ prize with Peter McKenna (24) also having 37 points being awarded the Category ¾ prize. McKenna was the only podium winner playing off the Yellow tees this week. I played with Peter and he put together a very worthy 22 points on the back nine also staring very well over the first few holes.

This week’s Senior prize went to Stuart Butler (18) with 34 points. There were only four 2’s this week so a good pay-out for those players.

Next Saturday 21st October is the Neville Peterson Stableford Trophy.

A reminder to all recent winners that the next Presentation will take place on Saturday 28th October between the morning and afternoon Permanent Bank International/Greenkeepers Benefit shot gun start Stableford which for the morning starters will be an early rise for those attending the Captain’s Dinner the previous evening.  




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Cat 3/4:
Senior Section:


Postponement, due to poor weather, of the Neville Peterson sponsored competition last Saturday provided the ideal opportunity to take advantage of our splendid indoor practice facility at Castletown. The Skytrak system gives accurate and realistic feedback and the practice program is particularly useful if you want to establish the average distance for each of the clubs in your bag.

Having not swung a club for six weeks I decided to pit my wits against the Black Brook course in Mentor Ohio. I’d recommend disabling the putting facility - there is a 2 putt default option - as constant four putting ruined my score. Give Skytrak a go; it is an enjoyable and affordable experience.

During my absence there were some weeks when no Castletown golf report was submitted so here is a summary of those unreported competitions:

The September SMP Partners sponsored Medal was won by former captain Roy Clague (23) with a brilliant nett 67. This was two shots clear of Mark Grace, David Quayle and Rex Barker who finished in that order on countback. Tim Callow and Les Doherty took the category 3/4 and senior prizes respectively, both with nett 73.

Gwynn Williams won the Mike Henthorn Memorial Aon Trophy scoring 39 points. Richard Creamore was second with 38 and Robert Quine came third on 37. The other prize winners were Kenny Chesterson, Steve Zybert and Dave Bell.

Former Island Champion Adrian Copley won the Permanent Bank International sponsored month end Stableford with 40 points off his adjusted handicap of (7). Paul Eckersley (8) took second spot with 38. The other prize winners were Mike Williams, Alan Rowe plus John Webster all with 37 points and Stuart Butler took the senior section on 35.

This Friday evening the Men’s Annual Dinner takes place at No.19 and promises to be an enjoyable and entertaining occasion although the 08:00 shotgun start on Saturday for the Greenkeepers’ Benefit may curtail copious consumption.

It is hoped that as many people as possible will turn up and show their generous support for our hard working greenkeepers and also attend the Saturday lunchtime prize presentation for the last ever Permanent Bank International sponsored event. On behalf of the Club I once again extend our grateful thanks to Barry Watts and PBI for their valued support over the years.

November is Dreamcatcher Appeal month and as this is my chosen charity I am delighted that, thanks to Will Halsall at we will have the opportunity to support the appeal with our Beaujolais Nouveau Cup. This will be an AM-AM open event held on Friday 17th November with an 11:00am shotgun start. The cost of entry is £15 for members and £30 for visitors. This includes continental breakfast, a glass of wine plus a meal afterwards. Even if you can’t participate you can always contribute a raffle prize or buy some raffle tickets in aid of the Dreamcatcher Appeal. Please telephone 822211 to book your place.

Malcolm Lambert


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1st.. Peter McKenna (37pts)
2nd.. Stuart Brawn (36pts)
3rd.. Bryan McMahon (35pts)
Cat 1/2: Iain Quine (35pts)
Cat 3/4: Peter Miller (34pts)
Senior Section: Dave Bell (34pts)



Last week was an unsettling time for Castletown Golf Club with our Captain, Malcolm Lambert taking ill and being admitted to Hospital in Liverpool. This meant he missed his Captains Dinner at the Clubhouse on Friday and all Members wish him well and a speedy recovery to good health. We hope to see Malcolm and his wife Christine back on the island soon and welcome him again to the Club in the not too distant future.

This weekend in windy conditions once again; saw the very last Permanent Bank International Sponsored Stableford Competition. The Club are very grateful for the long association and Sponsorship we have had over many years with the Bank.

Being the last qualifying Competition of the year, it was also the Greenkeepers Benefit and thank all Members for their contributions to our hard-working team of ground staff who have maintained the fairways and greens in excellent condition throughout the season.

This week again saw the first and second prize winners playing off the Yellow tees with the winner Peter McKenna (24) having 37 points, he achieved this score in the last Competition to claim one of the Category prizes, very steady play. Second was Stuart Brawn (20) with 36 points and Third playing of White’s Bryan McMahon (8) with 35 points.

Iain Quine (8) playing off White tees, and the winner of the last Competition claimed the Category ½ prize with 35 points, likewise playing off White’s Peter Miller (14) took the Category ¾ prize with 34 points. Our Senior winner this week was David Bell (23) with 34 points playing off Yellow tees.

It was a high CSS 75 on White’s were as the Yellow CSS was only 71 and Blues CSS of 73.

Between the two shotgun starts we had the Presentation of prizes covering the last three months and thanks to all the Sponsors covering those Competitions for being present to award the many winners with their prizes and Trophies. Thanks also to Mike Horsthuis, Vice-Captain for stepping in for our Captain at the Presentation and to him and President Robert Braide for deputising at the previous night’s Dinner.

On Wednesday last a 12 hole mixed Competition had 35 entrants with the winner being Frankie Doherty, repeating his win from the previous week. This Sunday saw a field of 16 players play a 12 hole Competition with the winner being Shirley Price, 2nd Loni Evans and 3rd Karen Faragher.

Next week is the start of the Turkey Shoot season with a 4 Man Texas Scramble with an allowance of 15% of combined handicaps playing off the White tees.




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1st.. Jimmy Kelly/ David Laughlin/ William Laughlin/ Robert Quine 56.1

2nd.. Stuart Butler/ Andy Lagden/ Ben O'Neil/ Mark Walker on 56.2



This was the first week of the Turkey Shoot Competitions running up to Christmas kindly Sponsored by Tower Insurance Company. The format was a 4 Man Texas Scramble and saw 30 teams with 119 players, this series of Competitions is always very popular and attracts large fields.

It was very keenly fought out with the first six teams only covered within less than one shot, ranging between 56.1 and 56.6. net, all teams playing off White tees this week.

First on 56.1, Jimmy Kelly (14), David Laughlin (21), William Laughlin (13) and Robert Quine (18) who would have had a handicap allowance of 9.9. Second with net score of 56.2, only 0.1 more was Stuart Butler (18), Andrew Lagden (7), Ben O’Neill (28) and Mark Walker (12), handicap allowance 9.75. Each of these players will receive a prize voucher but also see their handicaps reduced by the appropriate amount for the remainder of the Turkey Shoot Competitions until the presentations in December.

Missing out on a prize in third place was the Team of Martin Derbyshire (18), Paul Keeley (7), Chris Reynolds (10) and Tim Shallcross (16) with a close score of 56.3.

Being a team event when no one players ball was used on each hole means there is no 2’s prizes this week.

Members are reminded that The Beaujolais Nouveau Cup, an Open event takes place On Friday17th November, 11am Shotgun start, 4 Man AM AM in aid of the Captains Charity, Dreamcatcher Appeal, Supported by Langness 19th with prizes Sponsored by KPMG. Bookings can be made online or by ringing Golf Shop 822211.

Wednesday saw a field of 25 players in a 12 hole Mixed Competition with the winner being Steph Gregg (25) with 28 points. On Sunday a similar 12 hole event had 14 entrants the winner being Chris Westerman (18) on 28 points.

Next week sees a break in the Turkey Shoot Competitions to hold the postponed Neville Peterson individual Stableford, a non-qualifier Competition, a mixed tee event.




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1st.. Paul Reid 40pts
2nd.. Peter Robertson 40pts
3rd..Gregg Stalker 39pts
Cat 1/2: Alan Rowe 39pts
Cat 3/4: Jack Yardley 39pts
Senior Section: Chris Kelly 36pts



Saturday saw the previously cancelled Neville Peterson Individual non qualifier Stableford Competition off the white tees now they are all forward for the Winter season.
In benign but damp conditions in line with this time of the year a field of 112 players challenged the course which is still in good playing condition for the time of year. The first 22 places were only split by 4 points showing a very keenly fought Contest.
The first two players both scored 40 points only being split on a count back, the winner being Paul Reid (10) closely followed in second by Peter Robinson (13). One point back on 39 points in third place was Greg Stalker (11) with Alan Rowe (5) also on 39 points taking the Cat ½ and again on 39 points Jack Yardley (15) securing the Cat ¾ prize.
The Senior Prize went to myself, Chris Kelly, (19) with two very equal halves’ but rather volatile scoring on both with 36 points.
It is pleasing to report that our Captain, Malcolm is making good progress in his recovery and has been seen round the Clubhouse and is looking forwarding to playing again soon.
Malcolm’s Captains Charity Day is this coming Friday 17th with The Beaujolais Nouveau Open AM AM in aid of Dreamcatcher and at the time of writing this the forecast is set fair. Tee times can be booked online or on 822211.
Wednesday saw another 12-hole Mixed Stableford event attracting 21 players with Tami James (33) winning with 26 points.
This coming Saturday sees us returning to the Tukey Shoot series with a FBBB with a handicap allowance of 90% off the White tees.




Club Officers etc.


I would like to thank all the members who voted me in as captain at the Club’s AGM last December. It is an honour and hopefully will be a pleasure to be the captain of such a prestigious golf club, particularly one which is celebrating its 125 anniversary.
Your Board is addressing the succession plan issues. Some changes may be needed to the way in which the Club manages its operations as the administrative burden carried by some of its unpaid officers is not sustainable.
Your Ladies section captain, Jax Fisher, and I are determined to make 2017 a year to remember for all the right reasons. Together with our excellent committees we are working in partnership with all the stakeholders at the Links with the primary goal of making the golfing experience at Castletown even more enjoyable for everyone.
Our united development plan is in place and will be given more focus by implementing a marketing plan which will help promote Castletown’s reputation as the premier golf course on the island. Each and every one of us has a part to play in the continued success of the Club.
My chosen charity, the Dream Catcher Appeal, got off to a great start thanks to your generosity supporting Will Halsall’s New Year’s Day dip and the recent Captain/Pro’s team challenge. The next planned event is the Paddy’s Day Knock on Friday 17th March. My drive-in will be on March 25th and Captain’s Day is scheduled for the 17th June.
We have a full and well sponsored playing schedule planned for the year. As well as the usual qualifiers there will be more mixed and fun competitions. In an effort to promote Sunday golf the Club is underwriting the cost of meaningful prizes; there will also be a Sunday series of monthly open team competitions.
From May onwards we will trial a Thursday ‘club night’ with roll-up times scheduled throughout the day with No.19 staying open until 9:00pm. Those wishing to participate in an organised competition can enter the 9-hole qualifier. It is hoped that the ‘club night’ initiative will be well supported and so become an established event.
In a further effort to promote camaraderie the Club will change the format and frequency of prize presentations. There may be fewer presentations but those which we host will feature a complimentary buffet so that we can all enjoy the Club’s success.
Planning for the Club’s 125th Year celebrations are ongoing. There will be some special on course events and details of our Summer Ball on Tuesday 4th July have already been circulated. Ged Power is interviewing some of our long-term members in order to produce a reminiscences video. If anyone has any Club memorabilia we can exhibit this would be helpful.
Finally, you have my assurance that I will do all that I can to represent you well and I wish you all good health and better golfing.


2018 CGC Ltd Board Members

Robert Braide: Chairman: 498514 –
Loni Evans:  488106 -
Roy Clague: 621102/435285 -
Michael Horsthuis: 493188/674017  -
Louna Vermeulen: 825835 -
Gerry Ganly: 675212/490809 -
Company Secretary: Robert Adcock: 834704/320308 -
Treasurer: TBA


President: Peter Robertson: 461264/862522 -
Men’s Captain: Michael Horsthuis: 493188/674017 -
Men’s Vice Captain: Geoff Sugden: 471803/615036 –
Ladies Captain: Louna Vermeulen: 825835 -

Ladies Vice Captain: Julie Amphlett: 07979146096 –

Hon Secretary: Bob Adcock tel: 834704 (H) 320308 (M)

Comp. & H/Cap Committeee:

Secretary: Andi Howland: 822211 –
Louna Vermeulen: 825835 -
Ben Smaller: 220583-

Jon Corke: 225610 -

H/Caps & H/Cap Certificates:

Men’s & Ladies sections: Andi Howland: 822211 –

Miscellaneous Club Contacts:

Professional: Charlie Simpson: 484244/822211 –
Hospitality No.19: Will Halsall: 454333/822211
Golf Union Representitives: Chris Kelly: 622003/496816 - and Andi Howland: 822211 -

Golf Links Contacts:
Philip Vermeulen: 825835/451276 -
P.J Vermeulen: 495255-

Juniors: Charlie Simpson: 484244/822211 –
Website Co-ordinator: Lord Gort Tel: 822295 (H) 232623 (M):
Press Officer: Malcolm Lambert: Tel: 832579(H) 477883 (M)





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CONGU Change –Returning of Non Qualifying Scores

England Golf have made the decision that as of 1st January 2017, all players are required
to return nonqualifying scores to their home club.
In order to do this, England Golf will enforce Clause 4.5b and 8.12 of the CONGU UHS: –
Clause 4.5b  The Union has some discretionary powers.  It may require a player to return
to his Home Club information regarding scores in NonQualifying Competitions as
provided by Clause 8.12.
Clause 8.12  The player must: Provide to his Home Club information regarding scores in
NonQualifying Competitions if so directed by a Union – see Clause 4.5(b).
This will take effect from the 1st January 2017.
The returning of these scores will be the player’s responsibility; players who do not return
scores will be held accountable.
  In reality we / England Golf do not require players to return scores from every round of
social golf – that is just unworkable. The aim is to capture scores played away from the
player’s home club in nonqualifying competitions. Home clubs are more likely to have an
awareness of players returning good scores on their own course. This may not be the
case at an away venue. 
If you enter nonqualifying competitions as away clubs please make every effort to return
scores to the Competition Secretary/ Pro. link


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