Two fat ladies won all the prizes in the club sponsored four man AM-AM at Castletown on Saturday. No, it was not a mixed event, it just so happens that each of the top four teams scored 88 Stableford points.
Playing off three quarters of their handicaps there was a definite advantage for the category one golfers, particularly those off scratch, as they had no shots to lose. Alternatively, with only two scores to count, and in the relatively calm conditions with the ball bounding on, there were often opportunities for the higher handicappers to grab the glory.
This perfect combination was demonstrated by the team of Andrew Challenor (0), Colin C Magee (11), Steve Keegan (7) and Mark Todd (8) with a winning back nine countback of 45. Chal fired in three of his four birdies, Magee, who was the MVP with 33 points over 13 holes, added another three nett birdies. Keegan contributed two more and Todd tapped in the other three pointer on the downwind 15th.
Last week’s runaway winner Roger Raatgever (7) went round in a fabulous five over par to help his team secure second place. He was ably assisted by Mark Reynolds (11) who only missed out three holes collecting three birdies and three nett birdies in the process. Chris Reynolds (8) also recorded three nett birdies from his eight pars and Ernie Russell (12) nett birdied the Road Hole with one of his three pars.
We say a big ‘Thank you and good luck!’ (Gura mie ayd as Aigh vie!) to Will Halsall and his team who, until 31 July, run the bar and restaurant operations at No.19. Their splendid efforts on our behalf are much appreciated. Almost free of the onerous responsibility Halsall hoisted 35 points from 15 holes and together with Martin Southgate (16), Andi Howland (6) and Ross Mulligan (5) they slotted in seven birdies within their 88 points for third place. Unfortunately, they could only manage three points between them on the infamous Road Hole and again over the Chasms on the 17th.
Frustratingly finishing fourth Angus Alexander (5) opened with an elegant eagle for four points and his team-mate Bert Hopkinson (13) added another with his nett two on the 2nd. Not to be outdone Nigel Gregg (9) claimed two more four pointers with birdies on the 4th and 6th and their fourth player, David Campbell (14), condensed three nett birdies and four nett pars from his round.
On the previous Tuesday the ‘Flowerpower’ sponsored Stableford was narrowly won by Malcolm Lambert (14) with 41 points. On the same score Martin Young (6) dropped just three shots despite a double bogey on the 5th. Tom Collister (13) took third spot with 39 and Gemma Wild (30) was the first lady home with 36 points.
Reminder, this Thursday is Yorkshire Day and our captain, vice captain and secretary, all being Yorkshire bred, have decided to celebrate by holding an open golf day at the club in aid of both our captains' charities. There will be a 13:30 shot-gun start to this four person AM-Am event and entry will remain open until 30 July: visitors £30 and members £10.
Saturday sees SMP Partners once again kindly sponsoring the next in their monthly medal series.