Monthly Medal Sponsored by SMP Partners
1st Julian Sutton (68 nett 66)
2nd Simon Murray (75 nett 69)
3rd Jonathan Wild (87 nett 69)
Cat 1/2 Mike Horsthuis (80 nett 70). Cat 3/4 Michael McCord (85 nett 71). Senior Section George Ferguson (92 nett 72)
MORE MEDAL SUCCESS FOR SUTTON
When your worst score is a par and you’ve fired four birdies before brunch it is no wonder that you were the eight times island champion and deserved to be the early club-house leader in the SMP Partners sponsored medal at Castletown on Saturday.
Thus, Julian Sutton (2) followed up last month’s best gross score by winning this month’s medal by three clear shots. Sutton birdied the 7th and then three in a row from the 11th to the 13th where he tapped in a two to finish on a fantastic four under par 68, nett 66.
The former Castletown Cup winner Simon Murray (6), who finished third in last month’s medal, went one better this time out. Murray’s 75, nett 69, included two birdies which cancelled out what he described as his usual double bogey after a chunky chip on the 4th.
Shock, horror! Murray wants to dig up the 9th as he can’t play it whatever club he uses, and as for his three stabbing at the 15th, no bodies were found, so I presume he had an extra putt.
In third place Jonathan Wild (18) also notched-up a nett 69. His highlight was a birdie on the par five 3rd, but three double bogeys detracted from an otherwise solid round which included four pars and ten nett pars.
Proving once again that his golf scholarship in paying off, Scott Donald (3), fresh back from the USA, balanced out his birdies and bogeys – four of each- for a lovely level par round to take the ‘next’ best gross prize.
‘Flower-man’ Mike Horsthuis (10) bloomed again to win the category 1/2 prize even with an over-exuberant quadruple bogey eight on the 15th. Horsthuis played the other 17 holes in just four over par so planted an 80, nett 70.
Michael McCord (14) was one of six players who went round in nett 71, but he was the only one to qualify for the category 3/4 award, which was richly deserved after eight pars, although he was bedevilled by three 6’s.
There was a two way fight for the senior section which went to 3FM’s George Ferguson (20). Both he and Alan Harding (13) recorded nett par rounds. A surprising result as Harding opened with a birdie while Ferguson finished with a sinful seven.
Another medal awaits the men this coming weekend as Standard Bank is generously sponsoring our competition and also the ladies section in their Stableford on Sunday.