Practice paid dividends for Gez Bradley (2) the blue tees winner of the first round of The International Stock Exchange (TISE) sponsored club championship at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday. Making maximum use of the excellent practice facilities Bradley had honed his game leading to a one over par performance on the day.
After bogeys on the 2nd and 4th holes Bradley battled back to level par with birdies on the 9th and 16th. He then bogeyed the next and finished with a 73, the same score as second placed Dave Quayle, but two better on countback.
Quayle (4), who finished fourth in the championship last year, was one under par after fourteen holes following four fabulous birdies and three bogeys. Unfortunately for Quayle two more bothersome bogeys on the run-in pegged him back to a two over par back nine for his gross 73.
With 74, third placed Steven Boyd (3) played in the same 4-ball as Bradley and Quayle and must have won some holes outright as he eagled the 3rd and birdied the 10th, 12th and 14th. On the downside Boyd bogeyed five holes and suffered a disappointing double bogey on the 11th.
Big hitting Michael Charmer (1) birdied the opening hole, but four bogeys left him at three over par in fourth place with a 75. Gareth Morris (7) was fifth with 76, but he won the best nett prize as his 69 just pipped Quayle’s.
David Price (6) was the other player in the top three’s 4-Ball and he didn’t let the side down. He fired five birdies in his four over par round of 76, nett 70. However, third place in the nett competition went to Paul Keeley (8) for his 78, nett 70.
31 members took part in the TISE sponsored senior’s club championship which was played off the yellow tees. Former multi-times golfer of the year Dennis Moore (9) showed his class with a five over par 77, nett 68, to occupy pole position after the first round.
Steve Keegan (9) suffered a triple bogey on the Road Hole but salvaged his round with three birdies to card 79, nett 70, and second place. Keith Bernard (17) made a mockery of his handicap on the front nine which he completed in a magnificent one over par. A relatively normal inward nine left Bernard on 81, nett 64, to take third place in the gross competition, and lead the nett scores on 64.
Anderson Whamond (16) parred half the holes to finish fourth with 83 and second in the nett competition on 67. Fisherman Bob Taylor (17) switched from the blue tees, which was a wise move as he landed fifth place on 88, nett 71. Over half the field failed to finish but new member Ian Souter (13) persevered and took sixth spot on 94 despite a ten on the Racecourse Hole and a triple bogey on the 14th.
Earlier in the week Scott Donald (4) went round in one over par to win the Flower Power sponsored midweek mixed medal. Paul Eckersley (6) came second with 79, nett 71, after the two strokes white tees adjustment. Martin Derbyshire (18) was the third to finish with 93, nett 73, but Mair Gardner (19) takes that prize as the first lady home in fifth place overall with her nett 75.
The first round of the TISE sponsored ladies club championship takes place on Wednesday 26 June with the second rounds of both the men’s and ladies championships scheduled for the weekend.