There was a two way tie on Saturday in the SMP Partners sponsored monthly medal. Carding 81, nett 67 after the white tee’s amendment, Terry Ditchfield (12) took a triple bogey eight on the 12th but his back nine beat Chris Westerman (19) on countback. Starting with an easy birdie Ditchfield avoided the rough to complete the first half in just three over par and, discounting the aberration on the 12th, would have repeated that performance on the back nine.
Westerman birdied the 2nd and struck six pars and six bogeys on the holes where he kept to the short stuff. Going astray on a handful of harmful holes Westerman frittered a further 11 shots but his 88, nett 67, was half a shot short for countback purposes.
Three players vied for third place with nett 69’s. The podium place went to Richard ‘Bomber’ Wild (20) as only one of his three triple bogeys occurred on the back nine. Incidentally, one of his five pars was purloined on the 3rd when his two tee shots inadvertently cut the corner, putting the putters on the 14th green in fear and trepidation.
Duncan Donald (14) filched fourth place from his son Scott (4). They were both playing with our immediate past captain, ‘Flower-man’ Mike Horsthuis, but Donald senior secured the bragging rights by bagging four of his five pars on the back nine. However, Scott shot a 75, which, thanks to three birdies, was the best gross score even after a double bogey on the Road Hole. Early starter Steve Zybert (13) parred half the holes to take sixth place with 85, nett 70.
Kevin Madin’s decision to play off the yellow tees worked in his favour as 93, nett 71, may only have placed him 9th overall, but he was the first to finish from those tees. Without a six over par 11 on the 12th he could easily have won the whole event. Jeff Magee (16) secured second on nett 72 and Tony Gawne (18) with a nett 77 was the third placed yellow tees player. Iain Quine was one of ten players to record a two but as his was an eagle on the 1st it is worth two portions from the pot.
On Tynwald Day 21 teams took part in the A&J Builders pairs challenge which was won by David Harding (Royal Portrush GC) and Joss Edwards (Ross-on-Wye GC) with 43 points. Neil Cartwright and John Ledwidge, who went round in three over par, claimed second prize with 42 points. On countback William Davidson (Rathmore GC) and Paddy Milton (The Worcester Club) saucily combined to harvest third spot with 41 just ahead of Ash Sansbury and Tom Collister and the first mixed team of Claire and Damian McGuinness. The longest drive winners were Frankie Doherty and Jax Fisher with Stuart Campbell taking the NTP prize.
On the previous Wednesday 24 players participated in the Flowerpower mixed Stableford. This was won by Martin Derbyshire (18) on 41 points followed by Stuart Campbell (13), Scott Donald (4) and Juan Costain (5), each with 40 points. Alison Beech (36) was the first lady home in fifth place on 39 points.This coming Saturday there is a shiny new trophy up for grabs as our vice-captain Graham Harris is generously sponsoring a mixed tees Stableford and so far 121 members have agreed to support his day.