This Saturday is the first Turkey Shoot in the series generously sponsored by Tower Insurance.
25 OCTOBER 2014
32 POINTS IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR GANLY
32 stableford points is rarely something to get excited about, but that was all Gerry Ganly (14) needed to win the Permanent Bank International sponsored Green Keepers Benefit competition in the challenging conditions at Castletown.
Ganly lost two balls in the sea and one in the undergrowth on the first six holes of an eventful front nine where he accumulated 12 points from six nett pars. However, with putts dropping in from all angles Ganly added a splendid 20 points on the all important back nine which included four gross pars and four nett pars.
Coming second on countback consistent Kyle McConnell (13) scored 18 of his 32 points over the last nine holes. All four of his double bogeys coincided with shot holes so McConnell had the distinction of being one of only three players to score points on every hole.
Unerringly finding every fairway, third placed John Newson (5) finished with five straight pars for 31 points and third place on countback. With just five nett bogeys Newson was the second player to complete the course without a blemish.
Practice paid off for Stephen Keegan (4) who braved the elements most days this past week. His 31 points earned him the category 1/2 prize and included a rare, and therefore lucrative, two on the 13th. Unfortunately, he joined 49 others in failing to finish the 6th which is aptly named “The Ruins”.
Dave Allan (13) was the category 3/4 winner with 31 points in an oscillating round where three sevens, a birdie and an N/R were interspersed with pars, nett pars and the odd nil pointer. Steven Boyd (1) was the final player to score on every hole but his 30 points for sixth place won him no prizes. Conversely, our president Dave Bell (22), nursing a ‘niggley’ knee, came seventh and his 30 points included three N/Rs, but his dogged determination deservedly secured the senior’s section.
The first of the Tower Insurance sponsored Turkey Shoot series begins this weekend and I take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors as their generous support is much appreciated.
18 OCTOBER 2014
AN ALBATROSS HELPS MARK REYNOLDS TAKE THE TROPHY
Mark Reynolds (24) won the rescheduled IOM Hearing Solutions sponsored Syd Ashworth Trophy played for the first time ever off the yellow tees at Castletown. Even so, because it was blowing a hoolie the course was more than a match for most of the field and only three players could meet or beat their handicap.
Reynolds hits the ball a country mile and aided by the wicked wind he reduced the Road Hole to a driver and a 9 iron for a nett eagle four pointer. Better still, Reynolds drained a sixteen foot birdie putt on the par five 7th, which converted into a fantastic five pointer albatross. Despite a sinful seven on the 9th Reynolds turned with 20 points and added 19 more with a steady back nine which included three nett birdies and four nett pars.
Second placed Doug Ross (17) won’t have known that he was the clubhouse leader with just one hole to go. However, after eight pars, five nett pars and just four nett bogeys Ross realised that his cumulative 38 points must have put him in with a chance. Regretfully, a nervy triple bogey finish cost him the cup.
Chris Lee (12) birdied the 3rd, impressively parred half the holes and had nett pars on four others. Failing to finish the Road Hole and troubles holing out on the final two par threes restricted Lee’s score to 36 points and third place.
Phil Games (14) pipped Richard Wild (17) to the category 3/4 prize. They both posted 34 points but by birdying the 12th and finishing par, par Games had the superior back nine. Last week’s second place winner, Peter Miller (12), continued his rich vein of form by taking the category 1/2 prize with 33 points and took a share of the two’s pot with his accuracy on the 13th. Julian White (25) motored in to take the senior’s section with 32 points from sixteen scoring holes.
This Saturday Permanent Bank International sponsors the Green Keepers Benefit stableford competition and there will be a shotgun start either side of the lunchtime prize presentation.MALCOLM LAMBERT
11 October 2014
Last Saturday was the Simcocks stableford, played in calm summery conditions. Producing low scoring and a CSS of 72.
Taking the seniors prize for the second time in recent weeks was John Dean(22). Deans two 9's of 19 points secured the win with 38pts.
Category 3/4 was won by Doug Ross(18), with 40pts. An impressive round scoring on every hole, with an inward nine of 21pts. A double bogey on the last was the only blemish costing Ross a place in the top 3.
Julian Sutton(1) took the Category 1/2 prize with a gross 70, 39pts. 4 birdies on the front 9 were added to on the 18th. Securing the win on the back 9 from Simon Willoughby(12).
Third place with 41pts was Chris Dunn(15). With nine 3pts and a 4pt Dunn could have expected to win, but low scoring left him in 3rd.
Late starter Peter Miller(14) posted a very steady 42pts. Nines of 20 & 22pts looked to have Miller coming out on top. Miller scored on every hole with six 3pts. Spoiling Millers party was Rodney Jackson(10). Jackson came in with 43pts, also scoring 2 or more on every hole. Five 3pts & one 4pt took Jackson to a gross 75 and first place.
Th WA Kirkpatrick final, sponsored by Miss Irene Pugh , was played on Sunday. Lewis Howland(6) won 4&3 against Jack Yardley(12). The previous Sunday the 4BBB final was won by Skelton & Gerrard 4&2 over Robertson & McConnell.
Dear Members of Castletown Golf Club Limited
It is an exciting time at Castletown. We now operate a mixed club under a Company banner and this year we will host the Isle of Man Men’s Golf Championship and the Willie Kirkpatrick 2 round competition, the latter event being sponsored by Miss Irene Pugh and Manx Petroleums. Let us hope we will see Castletown members winning these prestigious events, as well as retaining the IOM Scratch league.
We have settled in to our magnificent new clubhouse, where we are now able to host all our social events and tremendous work continues to be carried out by our hard working green keepers to improve our course. Few can argue that it is the finest on the Island. We are all very grateful to Philip Vermuelen and his family for their continued drive and enthusiasm to make our course achieve a higher ranking in Britain
I thank Past President Jack Yardley and Past Captain Barry Watts for all their hard work and endeavours on behalf of the club during their terms of office.
I look forward to working closely with our new President Dave Bell, our Lady Captain Louna Vermuelen, my excellent Men’s committee and Louna’s Ladies Committee to give us all great golf, good company, and a lot of happy memories of 2014 down here at Castletown
Chairman of Directors
Sponsors listed below have kindly offered to sponsor our competitions