According to Castletown Golf Club records the last person to win two individual Saturday competitions in a row was some happy hacker called Malcolm Lambert way back in April 2011. This past weekend Daniel Laughlin well and truly repeated the feat. Having just won the Aon Trophy with 47 points Laughlin audaciously added the Syd Ashworth Cup to his collection.
Laughlin (20) began with a birdie and ignoring an N/R on the Road Hole, and another on the 14th, he completed the course in just six over par. His two nett eagles, nine nett birdies and five nett pars mounted up to 45 points. Consequently Laughlin’s handicap has tumbled from (24) to (16) in two wonderful weeks.
Four shots back in second slot Terence Cassidy (14) started similarly to Laughlin and bagged another birdie on the par five 12th. Having misfired on the Road Hole and the 8th his 41 points came from 16 scoring holes, which he covered in just five over par.
Kevin Lewin (24) also started with a birdie for the first of three nett eagles. He niftily netted six birdies and five nett pars, although a couple of sevens and an eight meant his 41 points were posted from 15 holes, and he missed second on countback.
Also accumulating 41 points scratch golfer Andrew Challenor managed another master class. Four battling birdies included a rewarding two on the 13th. Challenor’s fantastic fourth place performance was only blighted by a bogey on the Road Hole.
Bryan McMahon (10), Juan Costain (5), Frankie Doherty (9) and John Ledwidge (15) all stepped in with 39 points to finish in that order in the fight for fifth place.
On the previous Wednesday in the finale of the ‘Flower Power’ sponsored mixed Stableford series Rick O’Donnell (19) birdied the 13th and 17th holes. Subsequently, he received the final winner’s bouquet for his 37 points. Julian Brindle (16) was second on 36 and Stuart Butler (18) came third with 32 but, being a mixed competition, that prize went to the first lady home, which, fittingly, was our lady captain Julie Amphlett (19).
This coming Saturday we are playing a Stableford in the old course format. This means that from the 3rd green we wander to the 14th, back down the 12th, and then on to the 13th. Next are the loops from the 4th round to the 11th, finishing with the 15th through to the 18th.