The Castletown Golf Club flag has been flying at half-mast all week following the sad demise of three stalwarts of the club - Rex Barker, Eric Alexander and Eddie Shallcross – all who in the past served with distinction on the club’s committee as president and/or captain. Our thoughts go out to their families and friends. Details of the funeral arrangements have been circulated to members and can also be found in the obituaries column of the local newspapers.
This past weekend we played for the Aon Trophy, sponsored by Aon Insurance Managers. This competition is linked to another former captain and president, the late and great Mike Henthorn. Having been a passionate rugby supporter I’m sure Mike would have empathized with the earlier starters on Saturday who chose to avoid the rain by staying in the clubhouse to watch the England v Australia World Cup match.
84 players resisted the temptation of the TV and set out in slightly soggy conditions which improved as the day went on. We really are lucky at Castletown with our sand based fairways which wick away water and greens that remain firm. Why not come and join us? Green fees for six months winter membership is only £330 and this is also discountable against 2020 membership.
Back to the Aon Trophy: one of our new members, Daniel Laughlin (24), netted two eagles and ten birdies. This propelled him to 47 winning points and resulted in a four shot reduction to his handicap. With a six over par back-nine, which included a triple bogey on the 11th, it shouldn’t be long before Laughlin drops down another category or two.
Long hitting Peter Purcell (15) parred half his holes and added a four pointer with his birdie two on the 16th. An N/R on the 12th and three double bogeys restricted his score to 41 points and a well deserved second place. Third spot went to Martin Derbyshire (17) on 40 points after eight pars plus a nett par on the Road Hole where he received one of his two extra shots for playing off the white tees.
Four players stepped in with 39 points to dispute fourth place. Richard Wild (20) prevailed, having suffered three N/R’s on the way out, he came back with and unbeatable 22 points. Malcolm Lambert (13) returned from an eight week break to three putt four times, but he filched fifth place from Will Halsall (11) in a convoluted countback decided over the last three holes. Apart from an N/R on the 4th seventh placed Ross Mulligan (7) was one under gross after fourteen holes, and then four bogeys bogged him down. Roy Clague (22) was the first yellow tees finisher with 30 points.
In the mixed midweek ‘Flower Power’ Stableford Alex Holt (18) and the island champion Lynda Simpson (5) both scored 34 points to take first and second place respectively. There was another tie for third place on 31 points with Richard Dunn (6) just getting the nod over Andy Lagden (6). The season finale of this popular series takes place on Wednesday 23rd October and after lunch in the Bay Green restaurant all competition winners will receive a bouquet from ‘flowerman' Mike Horsthuis.
This Saturday the Syd Ashworth individual Stableford takes place. The competition is sponsored by his son Bill who won the Island Championship in 1963 and 1964; Syd having been crowned champion in 1957 and was runner-up in 1961.