In pursuit of a single figure handicap Roger Raatgever (11) has been having lessons with club pro Charlie Simpson and he submitted a supplementary score having shot an eight over par 80 in a midweek warm-up off the white tees. This helped trigger an ESR (exceptional scoring reduction) on Saturday when he won the Woods Cup with a 77, nett 64, after the two shot white tees adjustment. Hence, Raatgever now finds himself in the top twenty-five percent of the world’s golfers holding handicaps with his new low of 8.9.
Being a bogey competition it is all about consistency as nett pars score zero and anything better registers as a plus with anything worse as a minus. Raatgever recorded +11 -3 = +8 from his birdie, twelve pars, four bogeys and one double bogey.
Andy Dent (12) turned style into substance in second spot on Saturday. Unfortunately for him two of his four birdies in a superb six over par round were somewhat superfluous as they were carded on stroke holes. Dent delivered six more pluses from his eight pars and four negatives flowed from double bogeys.
The TISE club championship best nett prize winner Anderson Whamond (15) may have N/R’d the 5th and 6th holes for two of his four negative scores, but nine out of ten of his pars produced pluses for +9 -4 = +5 and third place.
Fourth place for the second week running went to Duncan Donald (13) who also scored +5. Eight out of ten pars were positive and his three negatives were from double bogeys except one of his six bogeys as the 12th hole is stroke index 16.
John Corlett (18) struck seven positive pars and a nett birdie on the 11th, but N/R’s on 5, 6 and 7 plus double bogeys on 14 and 16 reduced his +8 to +3 for fifth place. Sixth placed Stuart Campbell (13) also scored +3, but his was +2 followed by +1, which failed on countback compared to Corlett’s +1 and +2.
On the previous Wednesday the ‘Flowerpower’ sponsored Stableford was won by Heather Skinner (15) with 37 points. Jax Fisher (27) secured second on 33 and Sara Brindle (26) finished third with 32 beating her husband Julian (19), the first and only man home, by six clear points.
The MAC IoM Business Golf Championship (FBBB) took place on Thursday 18 July. The runaway winners, who will be enjoying the final weekend at the Open at Royal St. George’s next year, were Andy Saunders and Paul Russett from Quids Inn on 48 points. Anderson Whamond and Andy McGee took second with 43 followed by Michael Charmer and Anthony Dowling on 42.
This coming Saturday sees a bit of relief from qualifying competitions as the Club is sponsoring a four man AM-AM.