New Sunday Winter Club Competition
For members wishing to play golf on a Sunday during the winter, we are organising a Winter Eclectic Competition, commencing from Sunday 4th January through to Sunday 15th March inclusive. To qualify, a member must complete a minimum of 4 rounds (non-qualifier Individual Stableford, converted to Medal round for eclectic), though more rounds may be completed, if wished (only 1 round a day). Prizes (depending on entry numbers) will be awarded for the individual competition as well as the final eclectic result. A minimum of 4 members finishing their round on a Sunday will be needed to validate a result.
Members should book their tee time (via website or Pro shop), and must play and have his score card marked by another entrant. Andy in the Pro shop will assist new or individual members in pairing up groups. The entry fee will be £3 per round (£2 for the Individual Competition and £1 towards the Eclectic), and Andy will run a 2’s competition (£1).
I wish everyone good golfing in 2015 and look forward to seeing you all on the course and in the club house.
REPORT FOR 24 JANUARY 2015
‘WINTER SPECIAL’ MEMBERS CONTINUE CASHING IN
In the twelve hole mid-week stableford sponsored by Business Doctor Ltd our immediate past captain Geoff Karran (17) won with 27 points, Michael Wynne- Smythe (26) came second with 26, Ged Power (4) was third on 25 and J D Clague (16) took fourth place with 25. Loni Vermeulen was the first lady home and her club captain Dawn Killa finished nearest the pin on the 13th.
There was a three way tie on 43 points in Saturday’s 4BBB stableford competition which, unusually, was played off three quarter handicaps. Consequently, our competition secretary, David McGuinness (5) was a busy boy making score adjustments and was also chosen as the joker for the singleton entries.
The eventual winners, ‘winter special’ members Neil Cartwright (10) and Richard Creamore (12), are certainly getting their monies worth having now picked-up six prizes between them since joining last Autumn. Their front nine yielded just 19 points but Cartwright’s nett eagle on the 14th was equalled by Creamore on the last and this helped produce a two under par back nine for 24 splendid winning points.
The next two teams accumulated 22 points on the inward run and 15 on the last six holes, so had to be separated on the final three. Stephen Keegan (4) and JJ Moore (5) finished fluently with three birdies for nine points compared to Alan Harding (15) and Malcolm Lambert (9) who stuttered in with seven points for third place.
Richard Corke (5) went round in lovely level par for 40 points and, aided and abetted by joker McGuinness, this went up to 42 points after his vital contributions on the 9th and 14th. By virtue of a better back nine they finished fourth ahead of Thomas Brook (13) and scratch player Jonathan Corke. Tony Gawne (16) won the fine wine sponsored by Will Halsall of www.yourpersonalwineservice.com but missed his birdie putt.
On Sunday Keith Barnard (17) won the fourth round of the Winter Eclectic with 35 points. This coming Saturday is an individual stableford and the fifth round of the Winter Eclectic takes place on Sunday 1st February. There will be free coffee and bacon baps for members who pre-register for the Eclectic and arrive at the clubhouse at 08:15 to be put in a draw for partners.
REPORT FOR 17 JANUARY 2015
CHRIS LEE GETS HIS GAME TOGETHER, EVENTUALLY
Mid-week competitions sponsored by Business Doctor now take place at Castletown each Wednesday. There is a guaranteed prize fund of £100 plus £10 for nearest the pin. The inaugural competition was a non-qualifying twelve hole stableford. William Corlett (13) won with 24 points, Bob Taylor (11) came second with 23, Malcolm Lambert (9) was third on 22 and Chris Blackburn (18) took fourth place with 21 points. Louna Vermeulen was the first lady home and Ged Power (4) finished nearest the pin on the 13th.
There was a two way tie on 42 points in Saturday’s stableford competition. Quick swinging Chris Lee (11) won on countback which is not surprising given that he completed the final thirteen holes in a brilliant two under par following birdies on the 9th, 10th, 14th and 16th. Lee had hurried onto the 1st tee and consequently suffered two N/R’s in the first five holes. Then he got his game together, hitting it long, chipping it close and single putting on numerous occasions.
Sam Skelton (5) was the unlucky countback casualty. Similarly, he had four birdies and completed the last thirteen holes in two under par. However, his handicap worked against him as he unfortunately bogeyed the 18th, which is stroke index six, to record his only one pointer in an otherwise outstanding round.
Congratulations to new dad, Mark Jones (15) who shook off the ring rust and disturbed nights to finish third with 40 points. He started with a birdie but had a devil of a time from the 10th to the 12th where he signed for three sixes in a row.
The category one/two winner John Newson (5) hit a level par back nine to finish ahead of four other players who also scored 38 points including Thomas Brook (13) who was awarded the category three/four prize and George Ferguson (20) who took the senior section. On the 16th Steven Boyd (1) used a wedge to win the fine wine sponsored by Will Halsall of www.yourpersonalwineservice.com
On Sunday John Byrne (12) won the third round of the Winter Eclectic with 39 points. Kyle McConnell (13) was second on 36 and Steven Boyd added to his weekend spoils taking third place with 34. This coming Saturday is a 4BBB and the fourth round of the Winter Eclectic takes place on Sunday.
REPORT FOR 10 JANUARY 2015
POP IN, BAG A BARGAIN AND INDULGE YOURSELF
Windy weather wrecked the weekend competitions at Castletown. Some intrepid souls ventured out for a few holes but with balls being blown uphill on the practice putting green all competitions were cancelled. A qualifying stableford competition awaits us on Saturday and the next round of the Winter Eclectic is due to take place on Sunday.
The eclectic competition continues through to mid March with weekly prizes decided on a stableford basis. Each player’s best scores from a minimum of four rounds will then be converted to an amalgamated medal round score to determine the eclectic winners.
Each Wednesday throughout the year Business Doctor is sponsoring a guaranteed prize pot of £100. The format for these competitions will vary with the first competition being a twelve hole stableford with a bonus prize for nearest the pin on the 13th. When the clocks go forward competitions will be extended to eighteen holes and will become qualifiers. This will enable our five day members to maintain their handicaps.
For players looking for social golf there are at least two opportunities each week. Every Thursday we meet for an 11.30 start with teams drawn on a random basis from those present. An increasing number of members are also turning up at the same time on a Tuesday to do the same thing. Everyone is welcome, so why not give it a try?
Our pro Andy Patterson is now stocking Adams Tight Lies fairway woods and hybrid clubs. He is also the only stockist on the island for Galvin Green who offer a lifetime guarantee on their waterproof garments. With a sale on putters and drivers this is an ideal opportunity to bag a bargain and arrange those lessons you have been promising yourself.
In the clubhouse David and Lorraine Evans are delighted with the extension work to the kitchen area and you can now book again for their excellent Sunday carvery. Throughout the week No:19 Langness serves delicious homemade cakes, soup and a selection of open sandwiches. So pop in, enjoy the wonderful views and indulge yourself.
REPORT FOR 3 JANUARY 2015
TOP TEAM CALL DISQUALIFICATION UPON THEMSELVES
Twenty-five teams took part in the first AM-AM of the year at Castletown. The course was in splendid condition and originally the winning team was Steven Boyd (1), Gerald Bradley (2), Chris Lee (11) and Will Halsall (10). Unfortunately, after reading my initial report they realised that they had signed for an incorrect gross score on the 3rd which led to their automatic disqualification, which is a shame as their revised 94 points would still have placed them first on countback.
Two other teams finished on 94 but with a better back nine Ross Byrne (16), Mark Teare (6) and Darren Howland (11) were declared the new winners with the assistance of a joker, Les Doherty (18), who added 12 points over eight holes. On his own round Doherty posted 36 points over fifteen scoring holes including a nett hole-in-one for four points on the 13th. Byrne’s claim to fame was his nett eagle on the 10th whereas Howland and Teare totted up five nett birdies apiece.
Recent turkey shoot winners Alan Rowe (6), Neil Cartwright (10), Terry Ditchfield (13) and John Ledwidge (18) moved up to claim second spot following a stellar front nine which included four pointer birdies from Ledwidge, Ditchfield and Cartwright on the 1st, 5th and 6th holes respectively. On the back nine Rowe added seven points from his birdies on the 10th and 15th.
Not in the prizes, but worthy of a mention, Andrew Challenor (+1) went round in eight under par after shooting an eagle and six birdies. Last weekend he had three two’s and almost eagled the 1st.
Last Sunday twelve players competed in the first round of the Winter Eclectic series which was won with 40 points by Neil Dunwell (16) who started slowly but sprinted in with 12 points over the last four holes. Posting 37 points Mark Teare (6) finished with a birdie to add to his team prize from Saturday by taking second spot on countback from Colin E Magee (7).
A two man Texas Scramble awaits us this Saturday with the Winter Eclectic taking place on Sunday.
Dear Fellow Members,
Sponsors listed below have kindly offered to sponsor our competitions