Playing the wrong ball almost cost the cup for Lynda Simpson in The International Stock Exchange (TISE) sponsored club championship at Castletown Golf Club on Sunday. Former Curtis Cup player Simpson, who holds the Castletown course record, held a two shot lead over the current island champion Shirley Price going into the final round, so they were paired to play together.
Simpson opened with a birdie to extend her lead to +3 which became +4 on the 2nd which she bogeyed, but Price took one more. Price bounced back with a beautiful birdie on the 3rd and it created a two shot swing as Simpson sustained a bogey. Another bogey on the 4th diminished the deficit to +1, although this went back to +2 when Simpson double bogeyed the Road Hole, whereas Price posted a slippery seven.
Another double bogey from Simpson saw the island champion draw level on the 6th and take a surprising three shot lead when Simpson signed for a nine following a two shot penalty after initially playing the wrong Srixon 1 from the rough on the 7th. Back-to-back bogeys from Price then reduced her lead to +1 at the turn. Simpson having played 47 shots compared to Price’s six over par 44.
The pair went all square again when Price bogeyed the 10th and the tide turned in Simpson’s favour on the par five 11th. Simpson bagged a birdie and Price prodded in a bogey. Then Price lost her first ball on the 12th and it led to an ugly eight, but Simpson only gained one stroke as she took two atempts to escape from a greenside bunker. Halves on holes 13 and 14 left the lead at +3 for Simpson who then bogeyed the next two holes to leave Price one down with two holes to play.
Despite solid drives they both bogeyed the final two holes so Simpson added a six over par 42 to her outward 47 making 89 to add to her first round 81 for a trophy winning total of 170. Price had won the second round by one shot with 44 + 44 for 88, but with her opening 83 she came agonisingly close with a cumulative total of 171.
Being a blustery day, and with the tough rough, scoring was difficult, particularly for the higher handicappers. There were two main contenders for the best nett prize, third placed Heather McKenna (gross 176) and fourth placed Karen Faragher (gross 182). They could not be split on their final round gross scores of 91 but, by virtue of McKenna’s slightly higher handicap, she pipped Faragher to the nett prize, both on the day and overall. Their scores being 152 (85/73 + 91/79) and 160 (91/80 + 91/80) respectively.
There was no prize presentation on the day as the tradition for the ladies’ section is to have an end of year dinner when all the awards are made.