Here is the view from the rather chilly patio….

Cold Comfort for Dave

 

Saturday afternoon was a pleasant stroll around the course for the re-scheduled Beaujolais Nouveau AM-AM however, Sunday morning saw a completely different picture.

 

A heavy frost overnight meant it was touch and go as to whether the first winter qualifier would be able to start. The new handicapping system meant there was a good turnout even though many players did expect a wasted journey to the Club.

 

Thankfully, the course was just about playable, although yellow balls were perhaps the more sensible piece of equipment, along with gloves, layers and a woolly hat. Conditions were difficult - witness the scoring showing only two players par or better. John Quayle’s early morning question on Facebook about course playability received some encouraging answers so John was out early and after negotiating the icy conditions managed to finish with a birdie on the 16th and a par on the last for 31 points and into a tie for ninth with Martyn Callister who also made the running towards the end with an, always, impressive four, three, four finish.

 

Dave Simpson was in a group of four players on 32. The wintery conditions favoured him and by the turn he had a pleasing seven pars, the second half included some punishing double bogies though and despite the last-ditch birdie on the final hole he was at the back of the 32 point pack. Ahead of him on countback was Ben Locking after birdies on the sixth and 11th. Dean Morris wore his seasonal camouflage, white pants. Thankfully he wore a dark top otherwise he would have been invisible in the snow. A birdie on the 11th put him in good stead for the closing holes however a succession of bogeys meant he failed to capitalise and was beaten for fifth place on a countback by Graham Garrett on 32 points.

 

Tim Eyre had a fairly steady lap with a birdie on the third and 17th to post 34 points and capture fourth spot. The Winter League partnership of Ray McElhinney and David Kinrade were still glowing from last week’s two-man Texas win and Ray’s form continued despite the snow with vital pars on the third, sixth and 17th to get to 35 points and into third spot. Sean Cunningham, on day one of a staycation, was sensible to wait until the temperature had risen a few degrees but it was not an easy start with dropped shots on the first couple of holes. He steadied the ship and grabbed one back with a birdie on the fifth. The round continued on a rocky road and despite a four on the last ended up with a pleasing 35 points and second place. The other star of the Winter League duo, David Kinrade, had played some steady golf the previous day and was sensible enough to continue in that vein in the snowy conditions with a superb round containing a birdie on the eighth to go with 15 pars to secure a second win in successive weekends, roll on winter!

 

 

 

Winter League washout

 

Anyone thinking of playing at 8am on Saturday morning seriously had to consider if they were thinking straight. Driving rain, standing water and the prospect of Storm Aidan hitting the Island that morning demanded the courage of true golfing heroes so as I looked out from the patio there they were on the first tee.

 

 With the summer shorts and tee-shirts a fading memory they were barely recognizable, multi-layered, hooded and fully waterproofed with rain already dripping off noses but still smiling, relishing the task ahead. In such pretty horrific wet and windy conditions was the 2019-20 Winter League Final played - (left to right) pairing David Simpson/Tony Kennish against Daniel Arneil/Andrew Hudgeon. Off the yellow tees they went, all making the fairway with their opening salvos, nimbly avoiding puddles that looked like they could develop into a pond within the next few minutes. Second shots to their accustomed fairway positions providing a go-for-it or a lay-up option for the first green. Andrew and Tony thought about safety and laid up while their playing partners went for an early kill. Dave just missed the target, punished with a visit to the fast running stream with Daniel hitting long, making the back of the green and a win within his sight. Tony was unperturbed as he had the benefit of an extra shot up his sleeve however his chip onto the green went a bit awry but left him with a 30-foot putt. Andrew saw the opening but had to get close so a chip to eight feet gave him a chance. The wet green took its toll and Tony didn’t make the distance and another go was just to miss - the opposition conceded the putt giving Daniel the comfort of two putts to go one up. His first putt delivered the answer, a par did the trick, one up. Off they trudged to the second tee with swathes of biting rain hitting their faces, drenched already with gloves and grips not really doing their job with only another seventeen holes to go! With true grit they all teed off and made decent positions on the second fairway. Tony hit the green from 120 yards and partner Dave followed suit. Andrew hit short and Daniel thinned his chip long into the out of bounds territory at the back of the green. The pressure was on Andrew to get close. He chipped to six feet for three but still needed the putt. With putting chances available both Tony and Dave they left their putts annoyingly short with plenty of work still to do. Andrew had to make the putt to have a chance of a half but just missed so Dave needed a five-footer to square the game and he, thankfully, obliged. The match was tied with the short third the next on the menu. After a whole year of playing the Winter League in all sorts of conditions this really was the worst of days, no-one else was on the course. As true friends, the four of them looked each other in the eye deciding enough was enough and halved the match with the honours shared. With the little earlier than expected wet walk back to the clubhouse to dry off and grab a warm drink there was a chance to ponder what could have been but they were all winners. With the Club Dinner on Friday and the start of the Winter League that weekend it all keeps on rolling along. This year’s Winter League will follow a familiar format and is very kindly sponsored by Glyn Hooson-Owen at Dean Wood Estate Agents in Ramsey. Douglas tops Ramsey league Today you should be reading a report on the Winter League Final of Tony Kennish and Dave Simpson versus Daniel Arneil and Andrew Hudgeon however the wild storm on Saturday morning made the decision to play next week a bit of a no-brainer. This compacted season has still seen most of the planned competitions take place, much to the credit of the Competition Committee. A consequence of this is the Golfer of the Year standings being keenly contested. The League table shows Club Captain Dave Boswell came in with 16 points, which isn’t a bad performance given that the curse of the Captaincy usually means a year of indifferent golf. The early season form of Andrew Hudgeon did not really turn into a major win and he might be a little disappointed to end up with a mid-table 17 points though with such a smooth swing perhaps he will get his reward in the Winter League final. Competition Secretary, Dave Simpson will of course take a different view in the final no doubt. He finished in 10th place on 29 points which was an excellent result given the amount of work he and his team put in to get the competitions up and running. James Arneil was just ahead on 30 points with a large chunk of that coming from an excellent performance to retain the Club Championship. Dave Heesom’s performance over the season has been quietly impressive, putting in some consistently low scores and a fine performance to win the Autumn Shield. David Kinrade is, along with others, a great supporter of Club Night who picked up points regularly and captured the Roy Cain Cup back in June. His 36 points put him seventh in the standings. The performance of Garth Hooson-Owen 41 points over the season has been commendable, his sixth place could have been so much better given just a minor change in luck. A number of podium finishes and losing out on countback more than once will have been disappointing but he has managed to improve his game and knock a large slice of his handicap without much difficulty. Martin Kinrade had another season when he was always there or thereabouts picking up points midweek with some regularity. Another Mr Steady was Daniel Arneil with a year-end total of 44 points following a few top 10 finishes and of course a ‘Major’ win in the Millennium Trophy. Last year’s winner, Steve Barbour may feel a little unlucky not to retain his title after that stella win in the Town Cup but unfortunately that competition does not offer points towards Golfer of the Year. His 46 points came from some excellent scores and a trophy-laden summer which led to a good handicap reduction over the season and of course that memorable Centenary Cup win as well. The fight to be the Golfer of Year went on all season between Danny Foulis and Stu Douglas. Surprisingly neither of them had added any silverware to their trophy rooms although both picked up good points in the Club Championship and the Centenary Cup. Topping the league was Stu Douglas with 67 points just overtaking Danny Foulis’ 63 after Stu managed an excellent second place in the Alan Kelly Cup late September. An excellent performance by both players and Stu commented that it shows you don’t need to hit it a mile to play consistently good golf or to be one of the younger generation which I suppose is a message (and a ray of hope) to all of us. Just keep it on the short stuff and putt well. Next Sunday sees the start of the 2020-21 Winter League, just a day after the 19-20 final! Master Gary in by three The season finale is always the Ramsey Masters and Rabbits stableford and very satisfying to have such a large field given the compacted summer season. It’s always a guess as to whether it will be one of the select ‘Masters’ who have won an individual competition during the year or one of the not quite so successful but equally keen ‘Rabbits’ who will make the best score of the day. The beautiful autumnal colouring of the trees set the scene although the course played long in slightly damp conditions. A midday downpour didn’t help making it all the more difficult for both morning and afternoon players. Eleven players managed to beat par including Malcolm Callow who, with a 3-3 finish came in with 37 points and 11th place. He was one of a colony of five Rabbits on 37 including Graham Garrett, Kerry Hiblen, Nigel Bolt and John Quayle. Kerry birdied the par four sixth and played a steady back 9 in 40 whilst Nigel Bolt earned his eighth place with a two on the 12th whilst John Quayle ended the day in seventh place with a two on the last. The first of the Masters to appear on the leaderboard was Dave Littler who in July had shot a 64 to win the Alan Gott Memorial. He started the day in fine form with a front 9 of 39 after a run of pars from the third through to the seventh had given him the foundation for a good score. He came in with 38 points to take sixth place which was very satisfying for this treasured ‘Old Master’. Tony Kennish has been honing his game recently and with the 2019-20 Winter League final due next week he wanted to post a good score but not too good to see a major handicap reduction. His Winter League playing partner, Dave Simpson, will have been somewhat relieved but pleased to see Tony score an excellent 38 points after playing the par threes very well and take fifth place overall and second in the Rabbits competition. The best Rabbit of the day was Martyn Callister, also in with 38 points after an excellent back nine, two over par. The top three scores were all ‘Masters’ and in third spot was the 2020 Millennium Trophy winner, Daniel Arneil, on 40 points. His eagle two on the fourth followed by a birdie on the fifth meant he was one under at the turn. It was only a double bogey five on the last that spoiled the day. Runner-up was Darren Ideson, also on 40 points with a better back nine than Daniel. The Frank Dalgleish Cup winner started with a nervy double bogey but edged back into contention after a birdie on the sixth. A run of pars from the 9th through to the 14th laid the foundation for a potential winning score and he capped it off with a two on the last and a back 9 of 35 which was excellent golf from Darren. Last June Gary Uren landed the Grand Island with an excellent 66 and he kept that form up with an electrifying opening 40 shot front nine to take the lead. Into the back nine it was really his to lose and although there were a few bumps and scrapes along the way, pars on the 16th and 17th steadied the ship putting daylight between himself and Darren by the 18th. A bit of a nervy finish didn’t matter in the end, a 43 point score and the ‘Masters’ title for 2020 meant it was smiles all round. Ramsey members benefit from having a dedicated competition committee whose work is invaluable in getting the seasons competitions up and running, so a big thanks to them from everyone. Club note - thanks to Richard for his excellent reports each week - much appreciated by all. Sun shines on Captain's Day Ramsey Golf Club Captain 2020, Dave Boswell, has had a quite unexpected year, as have we all. We should not forget how lucky we are to be able to play golf in such beautiful and safe surroundings. With the Club closed during lockdown, the competition season has since been unrelenting with no rest for the Captain who, like a lot of players, you would have thought would be ‘golfed out’ but it’s clearly not the case given the number of players on the impressive Ramsey course. The new greens mower has seen a visible extending of the summer season as the greens remain in excellent condition even after the quite frequent recent downpours. Captain’s Day is usually a mid-season event but on this occasion the delay to the end of the summer seemed just right with a fun Am-Am just about concluding the summer season. The complimentary bar just off the 18th green was a welcome stop for all with Hazel Boswell serving and the Captain running the Charity Putting competition in front of the clubhouse. St Christopher’s were the charity to benefit and later Ann Seed gave a short presentation to the Club on the valuable and often unseen, work they do in protecting and developing vulnerable young people on the Island. Of course the putting competition was not quite what it seemed and a donation allowed the players to perhaps try putters that were not quite as technically developed as the current designs. Brian Monk was the only player to master the museum piece putter and the keep the ball on the £10 note! The shotgun start was perfectly timed for a sunny afternoon. A superb 90 points won the day and that was quite an achievement given that the previous day’s rain and hail storm meant the course played long. It was a bottle of champagne for the nearest the pin winners on the par threes. The nearest for the third was Joy Platt, Dean Morris was nearest on the ninth, Bob Baggaley on the 12th, Barbara Monk was nearest on the 17th with Craig Dalton getting nearest on the 18th, a champagne moment for them all. For the Am-Am third place overall was the team of Ray McElhinney, Robbie Moore, Tim Eyre and Derek Parker, with just in front of them in second place team of Tony White, Bob Beattie, Stu Douglas and Robbie Radcliffe.

 

Clear winners on the day were Craig Dalton, Tom Wollin, Jason Orr and Josh Brain. Craig thanked the Captain for putting on the event and Club President, Martin Webb, provided an in-depth background speech on the quietly multi-talented Captain who in turn responded with a toast to mediocrity which after all, as club golfers, is what we probably achieve most of the time but occasionally that rare moment when the golfing god shines on us, like Captains Day!

 

The Winter League starts soon and registration of teams is available in the Clubhouse. Of course next weekend there is the important matter of the Masters and Rabbits.

 

 

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 With the summer shorts and tee-shirts a fading memory they were barely recognizable, multi-layered, hooded and fully waterproofed with rain already dripping off noses but still smiling, relishing the task ahead. In such pretty horrific wet and windy conditions was the 2019-20 Winter League Final played - (left to right) pairing David Simpson/Tony Kennish against Daniel Arneil/Andrew Hudgeon. Off the yellow tees they went, all making the fairway with their opening salvos, nimbly avoiding puddles that looked like they could develop into a pond within the next few minutes. Second shots to their accustomed fairway positions providing a go-for-it or a lay-up option for the first green. Andrew and Tony thought about safety and laid up while their playing partners went for an early kill. Dave just missed the target, punished with a visit to the fast running stream with Daniel hitting long, making the back of the green and a win within his sight. Tony was unperturbed as he had the benefit of an extra shot up his sleeve however his chip onto the green went a bit awry but left him with a 30-foot putt. Andrew saw the opening but had to get close so a chip to eight feet gave him a chance. The wet green took its toll and Tony didn’t make the distance and another go was just to miss - the opposition conceded the putt giving Daniel the comfort of two putts to go one up. His first putt delivered the answer, a par did the trick, one up. Off they trudged to the second tee with swathes of biting rain hitting their faces, drenched already with gloves and grips not really doing their job with only another seventeen holes to go! With true grit they all teed off and made decent positions on the second fairway. Tony hit the green from 120 yards and partner Dave followed suit. Andrew hit short and Daniel thinned his chip long into the out of bounds territory at the back of the green. The pressure was on Andrew to get close. He chipped to six feet for three but still needed the putt. With putting chances available both Tony and Dave they left their putts annoyingly short with plenty of work still to do. Andrew had to make the putt to have a chance of a half but just missed so Dave needed a five-footer to square the game and he, thankfully, obliged. The match was tied with the short third the next on the menu. After a whole year of playing the Winter League in all sorts of conditions this really was the worst of days, no-one else was on the course. As true friends, the four of them looked each other in the eye deciding enough was enough and halved the match with the honours shared. With the little earlier than expected wet walk back to the clubhouse to dry off and grab a warm drink there was a chance to ponder what could have been but they were all winners. With the Club Dinner on Friday and the start of the Winter League that weekend it all keeps on rolling along. This year’s Winter League will follow a familiar format and is very kindly sponsored by Glyn Hooson-Owen at Dean Wood Estate Agents in Ramsey. Douglas tops Ramsey league Today you should be reading a report on the Winter League Final of Tony Kennish and Dave Simpson versus Daniel Arneil and Andrew Hudgeon however the wild storm on Saturday morning made the decision to play next week a bit of a no-brainer. This compacted season has still seen most of the planned competitions take place, much to the credit of the Competition Committee. A consequence of this is the Golfer of the Year standings being keenly contested. The League table shows Club Captain Dave Boswell came in with 16 points, which isn’t a bad performance given that the curse of the Captaincy usually means a year of indifferent golf. The early season form of Andrew Hudgeon did not really turn into a major win and he might be a little disappointed to end up with a mid-table 17 points though with such a smooth swing perhaps he will get his reward in the Winter League final. Competition Secretary, Dave Simpson will of course take a different view in the final no doubt. He finished in 10th place on 29 points which was an excellent result given the amount of work he and his team put in to get the competitions up and running. James Arneil was just ahead on 30 points with a large chunk of that coming from an excellent performance to retain the Club Championship. Dave Heesom’s performance over the season has been quietly impressive, putting in some consistently low scores and a fine performance to win the Autumn Shield. David Kinrade is, along with others, a great supporter of Club Night who picked up points regularly and captured the Roy Cain Cup back in June. His 36 points put him seventh in the standings. The performance of Garth Hooson-Owen 41 points over the season has been commendable, his sixth place could have been so much better given just a minor change in luck. A number of podium finishes and losing out on countback more than once will have been disappointing but he has managed to improve his game and knock a large slice of his handicap without much difficulty. Martin Kinrade had another season when he was always there or thereabouts picking up points midweek with some regularity. Another Mr Steady was Daniel Arneil with a year-end total of 44 points following a few top 10 finishes and of course a ‘Major’ win in the Millennium Trophy. Last year’s winner, Steve Barbour may feel a little unlucky not to retain his title after that stella win in the Town Cup but unfortunately that competition does not offer points towards Golfer of the Year. His 46 points came from some excellent scores and a trophy-laden summer which led to a good handicap reduction over the season and of course that memorable Centenary Cup win as well. The fight to be the Golfer of Year went on all season between Danny Foulis and Stu Douglas. Surprisingly neither of them had added any silverware to their trophy rooms although both picked up good points in the Club Championship and the Centenary Cup. Topping the league was Stu Douglas with 67 points just overtaking Danny Foulis’ 63 after Stu managed an excellent second place in the Alan Kelly Cup late September. An excellent performance by both players and Stu commented that it shows you don’t need to hit it a mile to play consistently good golf or to be one of the younger generation which I suppose is a message (and a ray of hope) to all of us. Just keep it on the short stuff and putt well. Next Sunday sees the start of the 2020-21 Winter League, just a day after the 19-20 final! Master Gary in by three The season finale is always the Ramsey Masters and Rabbits stableford and very satisfying to have such a large field given the compacted summer season. It’s always a guess as to whether it will be one of the select ‘Masters’ who have won an individual competition during the year or one of the not quite so successful but equally keen ‘Rabbits’ who will make the best score of the day. The beautiful autumnal colouring of the trees set the scene although the course played long in slightly damp conditions. A midday downpour didn’t help making it all the more difficult for both morning and afternoon players. Eleven players managed to beat par including Malcolm Callow who, with a 3-3 finish came in with 37 points and 11th place. He was one of a colony of five Rabbits on 37 including Graham Garrett, Kerry Hiblen, Nigel Bolt and John Quayle. Kerry birdied the par four sixth and played a steady back 9 in 40 whilst Nigel Bolt earned his eighth place with a two on the 12th whilst John Quayle ended the day in seventh place with a two on the last. The first of the Masters to appear on the leaderboard was Dave Littler who in July had shot a 64 to win the Alan Gott Memorial. He started the day in fine form with a front 9 of 39 after a run of pars from the third through to the seventh had given him the foundation for a good score. He came in with 38 points to take sixth place which was very satisfying for this treasured ‘Old Master’. Tony Kennish has been honing his game recently and with the 2019-20 Winter League final due next week he wanted to post a good score but not too good to see a major handicap reduction. His Winter League playing partner, Dave Simpson, will have been somewhat relieved but pleased to see Tony score an excellent 38 points after playing the par threes very well and take fifth place overall and second in the Rabbits competition. The best Rabbit of the day was Martyn Callister, also in with 38 points after an excellent back nine, two over par. The top three scores were all ‘Masters’ and in third spot was the 2020 Millennium Trophy winner, Daniel Arneil, on 40 points. His eagle two on the fourth followed by a birdie on the fifth meant he was one under at the turn. It was only a double bogey five on the last that spoiled the day. Runner-up was Darren Ideson, also on 40 points with a better back nine than Daniel. The Frank Dalgleish Cup winner started with a nervy double bogey but edged back into contention after a birdie on the sixth. A run of pars from the 9th through to the 14th laid the foundation for a potential winning score and he capped it off with a two on the last and a back 9 of 35 which was excellent golf from Darren. Last June Gary Uren landed the Grand Island with an excellent 66 and he kept that form up with an electrifying opening 40 shot front nine to take the lead. Into the back nine it was really his to lose and although there were a few bumps and scrapes along the way, pars on the 16th and 17th steadied the ship putting daylight between himself and Darren by the 18th. A bit of a nervy finish didn’t matter in the end, a 43 point score and the ‘Masters’ title for 2020 meant it was smiles all round. Ramsey members benefit from having a dedicated competition committee whose work is invaluable in getting the seasons competitions up and running, so a big thanks to them from everyone. Club note - thanks to Richard for his excellent reports each week - much appreciated by all. Sun shines on Captain's Day Ramsey Golf Club Captain 2020, Dave Boswell, has had a quite unexpected year, as have we all. We should not forget how lucky we are to be able to play golf in such beautiful and safe surroundings. With the Club closed during lockdown, the competition season has since been unrelenting with no rest for the Captain who, like a lot of players, you would have thought would be ‘golfed out’ but it’s clearly not the case given the number of players on the impressive Ramsey course. The new greens mower has seen a visible extending of the summer season as the greens remain in excellent condition even after the quite frequent recent downpours. Captain’s Day is usually a mid-season event but on this occasion the delay to the end of the summer seemed just right with a fun Am-Am just about concluding the summer season. The complimentary bar just off the 18th green was a welcome stop for all with Hazel Boswell serving and the Captain running the Charity Putting competition in front of the clubhouse. St Christopher’s were the charity to benefit and later Ann Seed gave a short presentation to the Club on the valuable and often unseen, work they do in protecting and developing vulnerable young people on the Island. Of course the putting competition was not quite what it seemed and a donation allowed the players to perhaps try putters that were not quite as technically developed as the current designs. Brian Monk was the only player to master the museum piece putter and the keep the ball on the £10 note! The shotgun start was perfectly timed for a sunny afternoon. A superb 90 points won the day and that was quite an achievement given that the previous day’s rain and hail storm meant the course played long. It was a bottle of champagne for the nearest the pin winners on the par threes. The nearest for the third was Joy Platt, Dean Morris was nearest on the ninth, Bob Baggaley on the 12th, Barbara Monk was nearest on the 17th with Craig Dalton getting nearest on the 18th, a champagne moment for them all. For the Am-Am third place overall was the team of Ray McElhinney, Robbie Moore, Tim Eyre and Derek Parker, with just in front of them in second place team of Tony White, Bob Beattie, Stu Douglas and Robbie Radcliffe.
 With the summer shorts and tee-shirts a fading memory they were barely recognizable, multi-layered, hooded and fully waterproofed with rain already dripping off noses but still smiling, relishing the task ahead. In such pretty horrific wet and windy conditions was the 2019-20 Winter League Final played - (left to right) pairing David Simpson/Tony Kennish against Daniel Arneil/Andrew Hudgeon. Off the yellow tees they went, all making the fairway with their opening salvos, nimbly avoiding puddles that looked like they could develop into a pond within the next few minutes. Second shots to their accustomed fairway positions providing a go-for-it or a lay-up option for the first green. Andrew and Tony thought about safety and laid up while their playing partners went for an early kill. Dave just missed the target, punished with a visit to the fast running stream with Daniel hitting long, making the back of the green and a win within his sight. Tony was unperturbed as he had the benefit of an extra shot up his sleeve however his chip onto the green went a bit awry but left him with a 30-foot putt. Andrew saw the opening but had to get close so a chip to eight feet gave him a chance. The wet green took its toll and Tony didn’t make the distance and another go was just to miss - the opposition conceded the putt giving Daniel the comfort of two putts to go one up. His first putt delivered the answer, a par did the trick, one up. Off they trudged to the second tee with swathes of biting rain hitting their faces, drenched already with gloves and grips not really doing their job with only another seventeen holes to go! With true grit they all teed off and made decent positions on the second fairway. Tony hit the green from 120 yards and partner Dave followed suit. Andrew hit short and Daniel thinned his chip long into the out of bounds territory at the back of the green. The pressure was on Andrew to get close. He chipped to six feet for three but still needed the putt. With putting chances available both Tony and Dave they left their putts annoyingly short with plenty of work still to do. Andrew had to make the putt to have a chance of a half but just missed so Dave needed a five-footer to square the game and he, thankfully, obliged. The match was tied with the short third the next on the menu. After a whole year of playing the Winter League in all sorts of conditions this really was the worst of days, no-one else was on the course. As true friends, the four of them looked each other in the eye deciding enough was enough and halved the match with the honours shared. With the little earlier than expected wet walk back to the clubhouse to dry off and grab a warm drink there was a chance to ponder what could have been but they were all winners. With the Club Dinner on Friday and the start of the Winter League that weekend it all keeps on rolling along. This year’s Winter League will follow a familiar format and is very kindly sponsored by Glyn Hooson-Owen at Dean Wood Estate Agents in Ramsey. Douglas tops Ramsey league Today you should be reading a report on the Winter League Final of Tony Kennish and Dave Simpson versus Daniel Arneil and Andrew Hudgeon however the wild storm on Saturday morning made the decision to play next week a bit of a no-brainer. This compacted season has still seen most of the planned competitions take place, much to the credit of the Competition Committee. A consequence of this is the Golfer of the Year standings being keenly contested. The League table shows Club Captain Dave Boswell came in with 16 points, which isn’t a bad performance given that the curse of the Captaincy usually means a year of indifferent golf. The early season form of Andrew Hudgeon did not really turn into a major win and he might be a little disappointed to end up with a mid-table 17 points though with such a smooth swing perhaps he will get his reward in the Winter League final. Competition Secretary, Dave Simpson will of course take a different view in the final no doubt. He finished in 10th place on 29 points which was an excellent result given the amount of work he and his team put in to get the competitions up and running. James Arneil was just ahead on 30 points with a large chunk of that coming from an excellent performance to retain the Club Championship. Dave Heesom’s performance over the season has been quietly impressive, putting in some consistently low scores and a fine performance to win the Autumn Shield. David Kinrade is, along with others, a great supporter of Club Night who picked up points regularly and captured the Roy Cain Cup back in June. His 36 points put him seventh in the standings. The performance of Garth Hooson-Owen 41 points over the season has been commendable, his sixth place could have been so much better given just a minor change in luck. A number of podium finishes and losing out on countback more than once will have been disappointing but he has managed to improve his game and knock a large slice of his handicap without much difficulty. Martin Kinrade had another season when he was always there or thereabouts picking up points midweek with some regularity. Another Mr Steady was Daniel Arneil with a year-end total of 44 points following a few top 10 finishes and of course a ‘Major’ win in the Millennium Trophy. Last year’s winner, Steve Barbour may feel a little unlucky not to retain his title after that stella win in the Town Cup but unfortunately that competition does not offer points towards Golfer of the Year. His 46 points came from some excellent scores and a trophy-laden summer which led to a good handicap reduction over the season and of course that memorable Centenary Cup win as well. The fight to be the Golfer of Year went on all season between Danny Foulis and Stu Douglas. Surprisingly neither of them had added any silverware to their trophy rooms although both picked up good points in the Club Championship and the Centenary Cup. Topping the league was Stu Douglas with 67 points just overtaking Danny Foulis’ 63 after Stu managed an excellent second place in the Alan Kelly Cup late September. An excellent performance by both players and Stu commented that it shows you don’t need to hit it a mile to play consistently good golf or to be one of the younger generation which I suppose is a message (and a ray of hope) to all of us. Just keep it on the short stuff and putt well. Next Sunday sees the start of the 2020-21 Winter League, just a day after the 19-20 final! Master Gary in by three The season finale is always the Ramsey Masters and Rabbits stableford and very satisfying to have such a large field given the compacted summer season. It’s always a guess as to whether it will be one of the select ‘Masters’ who have won an individual competition during the year or one of the not quite so successful but equally keen ‘Rabbits’ who will make the best score of the day. The beautiful autumnal colouring of the trees set the scene although the course played long in slightly damp conditions. A midday downpour didn’t help making it all the more difficult for both morning and afternoon players. Eleven players managed to beat par including Malcolm Callow who, with a 3-3 finish came in with 37 points and 11th place. He was one of a colony of five Rabbits on 37 including Graham Garrett, Kerry Hiblen, Nigel Bolt and John Quayle. Kerry birdied the par four sixth and played a steady back 9 in 40 whilst Nigel Bolt earned his eighth place with a two on the 12th whilst John Quayle ended the day in seventh place with a two on the last. The first of the Masters to appear on the leaderboard was Dave Littler who in July had shot a 64 to win the Alan Gott Memorial. He started the day in fine form with a front 9 of 39 after a run of pars from the third through to the seventh had given him the foundation for a good score. He came in with 38 points to take sixth place which was very satisfying for this treasured ‘Old Master’. Tony Kennish has been honing his game recently and with the 2019-20 Winter League final due next week he wanted to post a good score but not too good to see a major handicap reduction. His Winter League playing partner, Dave Simpson, will have been somewhat relieved but pleased to see Tony score an excellent 38 points after playing the par threes very well and take fifth place overall and second in the Rabbits competition. The best Rabbit of the day was Martyn Callister, also in with 38 points after an excellent back nine, two over par. The top three scores were all ‘Masters’ and in third spot was the 2020 Millennium Trophy winner, Daniel Arneil, on 40 points. His eagle two on the fourth followed by a birdie on the fifth meant he was one under at the turn. It was only a double bogey five on the last that spoiled the day. Runner-up was Darren Ideson, also on 40 points with a better back nine than Daniel. The Frank Dalgleish Cup winner started with a nervy double bogey but edged back into contention after a birdie on the sixth. A run of pars from the 9th through to the 14th laid the foundation for a potential winning score and he capped it off with a two on the last and a back 9 of 35 which was excellent golf from Darren. Last June Gary Uren landed the Grand Island with an excellent 66 and he kept that form up with an electrifying opening 40 shot front nine to take the lead. Into the back nine it was really his to lose and although there were a few bumps and scrapes along the way, pars on the 16th and 17th steadied the ship putting daylight between himself and Darren by the 18th. A bit of a nervy finish didn’t matter in the end, a 43 point score and the ‘Masters’ title for 2020 meant it was smiles all round. Ramsey members benefit from having a dedicated competition committee whose work is invaluable in getting the seasons competitions up and running, so a big thanks to them from everyone. Club note - thanks to Richard for his excellent reports each week - much appreciated by all. Sun shines on Captain's Day Ramsey Golf Club Captain 2020, Dave Boswell, has had a quite unexpected year, as have we all. We should not forget how lucky we are to be able to play golf in such beautiful and safe surroundings. With the Club closed during lockdown, the competition season has since been unrelenting with no rest for the Captain who, like a lot of players, you would have thought would be ‘golfed out’ but it’s clearly not the case given the number of players on the impressive Ramsey course. The new greens mower has seen a visible extending of the summer season as the greens remain in excellent condition even after the quite frequent recent downpours. Captain’s Day is usually a mid-season event but on this occasion the delay to the end of the summer seemed just right with a fun Am-Am just about concluding the summer season. The complimentary bar just off the 18th green was a welcome stop for all with Hazel Boswell serving and the Captain running the Charity Putting competition in front of the clubhouse. St Christopher’s were the charity to benefit and later Ann Seed gave a short presentation to the Club on the valuable and often unseen, work they do in protecting and developing vulnerable young people on the Island. Of course the putting competition was not quite what it seemed and a donation allowed the players to perhaps try putters that were not quite as technically developed as the current designs. Brian Monk was the only player to master the museum piece putter and the keep the ball on the £10 note! The shotgun start was perfectly timed for a sunny afternoon. A superb 90 points won the day and that was quite an achievement given that the previous day’s rain and hail storm meant the course played long. It was a bottle of champagne for the nearest the pin winners on the par threes. The nearest for the third was Joy Platt, Dean Morris was nearest on the ninth, Bob Baggaley on the 12th, Barbara Monk was nearest on the 17th with Craig Dalton getting nearest on the 18th, a champagne moment for them all. For the Am-Am third place overall was the team of Ray McElhinney, Robbie Moore, Tim Eyre and Derek Parker, with just in front of them in second place team of Tony White, Bob Beattie, Stu Douglas and Robbie Radcliffe.
Here is the view from the rather chilly patio…. Cold Comfort for Dave Saturday afternoon was a pleasant stroll around the course for the re-scheduled Beaujolais Nouveau AM-AM however, Sunday morning saw a completely different picture. A heavy frost overnight meant it was touch and go as to whether the first winter qualifier would be able to start. The new handicapping system meant there was a good turnout even though many players did expect a wasted journey to the Club. Thankfully, the course was just about playable, although yellow balls were perhaps the more sensible piece of equipment, along with gloves, layers and a woolly hat. Conditions were difficult - witness the scoring showing only two players par or better. John Quayle’s early morning question on Facebook about course playability received some encouraging answers so John was out early and after negotiating the icy conditions managed to finish with a birdie on the 16th and a par on the last for 31 points and into a tie for ninth with Martyn Callister who also made the running towards the end with an, always, impressive four, three, four finish. Dave Simpson was in a group of four players on 32. The wintery conditions favoured him and by the turn he had a pleasing seven pars, the second half included some punishing double bogies though and despite the last-ditch birdie on the final hole he was at the back of the 32 point pack. Ahead of him on countback was Ben Locking after birdies on the sixth and 11th. Dean Morris wore his seasonal camouflage, white pants. Thankfully he wore a dark top otherwise he would have been invisible in the snow. A birdie on the 11th put him in good stead for the closing holes however a succession of bogeys meant he failed to capitalise and was beaten for fifth place on a countback by Graham Garrett on 32 points. Tim Eyre had a fairly steady lap with a birdie on the third and 17th to post 34 points and capture fourth spot. The Winter League partnership of Ray McElhinney and David Kinrade were still glowing from last week’s two-man Texas win and Ray’s form continued despite the snow with vital pars on the third, sixth and 17th to get to 35 points and into third spot. Sean Cunningham, on day one of a staycation, was sensible to wait until the temperature had risen a few degrees but it was not an easy start with dropped shots on the first couple of holes. He steadied the ship and grabbed one back with a birdie on the fifth. The round continued on a rocky road and despite a four on the last ended up with a pleasing 35 points and second place. The other star of the Winter League duo, David Kinrade, had played some steady golf the previous day and was sensible enough to continue in that vein in the snowy conditions with a superb round containing a birdie on the eighth to go with 15 pars to secure a second win in successive weekends, roll on winter! Winter League washout Anyone thinking of playing at 8am on Saturday morning seriously had to consider if they were thinking straight. Driving rain, standing water and the prospect of Storm Aidan hitting the Island that morning demanded the courage of true golfing heroes so as I looked out from the patio there they were on the first tee.  With the summer shorts and tee-shirts a fading memory they were barely recognizable, multi-layered, hooded and fully waterproofed with rain already dripping off noses but still smiling, relishing the task ahead. In such pretty horrific wet and windy conditions was the 2019-20 Winter League Final played - (left to right) pairing David Simpson/Tony Kennish against Daniel Arneil/Andrew Hudgeon. Off the yellow tees they went, all making the fairway with their opening salvos, nimbly avoiding puddles that looked like they could develop into a pond within the next few minutes. Second shots to their accustomed fairway positions providing a go-for-it or a lay-up option for the first green. Andrew and Tony thought about safety and laid up while their playing partners went for an early kill. Dave just missed the target, punished with a visit to the fast running stream with Daniel hitting long, making the back of the green and a win within his sight. Tony was unperturbed as he had the benefit of an extra shot up his sleeve however his chip onto the green went a bit awry but left him with a 30-foot putt. Andrew saw the opening but had to get close so a chip to eight feet gave him a chance. The wet green took its toll and Tony didn’t make the distance and another go was just to miss - the opposition conceded the putt giving Daniel the comfort of two putts to go one up. His first putt delivered the answer, a par did the trick, one up. Off they trudged to the second tee with swathes of biting rain hitting their faces, drenched already with gloves and grips not really doing their job with only another seventeen holes to go! With true grit they all teed off and made decent positions on the second fairway. Tony hit the green from 120 yards and partner Dave followed suit. Andrew hit short and Daniel thinned his chip long into the out of bounds territory at the back of the green. The pressure was on Andrew to get close. He chipped to six feet for three but still needed the putt. With putting chances available both Tony and Dave they left their putts annoyingly short with plenty of work still to do. Andrew had to make the putt to have a chance of a half but just missed so Dave needed a five-footer to square the game and he, thankfully, obliged. The match was tied with the short third the next on the menu. After a whole year of playing the Winter League in all sorts of conditions this really was the worst of days, no-one else was on the course. As true friends, the four of them looked each other in the eye deciding enough was enough and halved the match with the honours shared. With the little earlier than expected wet walk back to the clubhouse to dry off and grab a warm drink there was a chance to ponder what could have been but they were all winners. With the Club Dinner on Friday and the start of the Winter League that weekend it all keeps on rolling along. This year’s Winter League will follow a familiar format and is very kindly sponsored by Glyn Hooson-Owen at Dean Wood Estate Agents in Ramsey. Douglas tops Ramsey league Today you should be reading a report on the Winter League Final of Tony Kennish and Dave Simpson versus Daniel Arneil and Andrew Hudgeon however the wild storm on Saturday morning made the decision to play next week a bit of a no-brainer. This compacted season has still seen most of the planned competitions take place, much to the credit of the Competition Committee. A consequence of this is the Golfer of the Year standings being keenly contested. The League table shows Club Captain Dave Boswell came in with 16 points, which isn’t a bad performance given that the curse of the Captaincy usually means a year of indifferent golf. The early season form of Andrew Hudgeon did not really turn into a major win and he might be a little disappointed to end up with a mid-table 17 points though with such a smooth swing perhaps he will get his reward in the Winter League final. Competition Secretary, Dave Simpson will of course take a different view in the final no doubt. He finished in 10th place on 29 points which was an excellent result given the amount of work he and his team put in to get the competitions up and running. James Arneil was just ahead on 30 points with a large chunk of that coming from an excellent performance to retain the Club Championship. Dave Heesom’s performance over the season has been quietly impressive, putting in some consistently low scores and a fine performance to win the Autumn Shield. David Kinrade is, along with others, a great supporter of Club Night who picked up points regularly and captured the Roy Cain Cup back in June. His 36 points put him seventh in the standings. The performance of Garth Hooson-Owen 41 points over the season has been commendable, his sixth place could have been so much better given just a minor change in luck. A number of podium finishes and losing out on countback more than once will have been disappointing but he has managed to improve his game and knock a large slice of his handicap without much difficulty. Martin Kinrade had another season when he was always there or thereabouts picking up points midweek with some regularity. Another Mr Steady was Daniel Arneil with a year-end total of 44 points following a few top 10 finishes and of course a ‘Major’ win in the Millennium Trophy. Last year’s winner, Steve Barbour may feel a little unlucky not to retain his title after that stella win in the Town Cup but unfortunately that competition does not offer points towards Golfer of the Year. His 46 points came from some excellent scores and a trophy-laden summer which led to a good handicap reduction over the season and of course that memorable Centenary Cup win as well. The fight to be the Golfer of Year went on all season between Danny Foulis and Stu Douglas. Surprisingly neither of them had added any silverware to their trophy rooms although both picked up good points in the Club Championship and the Centenary Cup. Topping the league was Stu Douglas with 67 points just overtaking Danny Foulis’ 63 after Stu managed an excellent second place in the Alan Kelly Cup late September. An excellent performance by both players and Stu commented that it shows you don’t need to hit it a mile to play consistently good golf or to be one of the younger generation which I suppose is a message (and a ray of hope) to all of us. Just keep it on the short stuff and putt well. Next Sunday sees the start of the 2020-21 Winter League, just a day after the 19-20 final! Master Gary in by three The season finale is always the Ramsey Masters and Rabbits stableford and very satisfying to have such a large field given the compacted summer season. It’s always a guess as to whether it will be one of the select ‘Masters’ who have won an individual competition during the year or one of the not quite so successful but equally keen ‘Rabbits’ who will make the best score of the day. The beautiful autumnal colouring of the trees set the scene although the course played long in slightly damp conditions. A midday downpour didn’t help making it all the more difficult for both morning and afternoon players. Eleven players managed to beat par including Malcolm Callow who, with a 3-3 finish came in with 37 points and 11th place. He was one of a colony of five Rabbits on 37 including Graham Garrett, Kerry Hiblen, Nigel Bolt and John Quayle. Kerry birdied the par four sixth and played a steady back 9 in 40 whilst Nigel Bolt earned his eighth place with a two on the 12th whilst John Quayle ended the day in seventh place with a two on the last. The first of the Masters to appear on the leaderboard was Dave Littler who in July had shot a 64 to win the Alan Gott Memorial. He started the day in fine form with a front 9 of 39 after a run of pars from the third through to the seventh had given him the foundation for a good score. He came in with 38 points to take sixth place which was very satisfying for this treasured ‘Old Master’. Tony Kennish has been honing his game recently and with the 2019-20 Winter League final due next week he wanted to post a good score but not too good to see a major handicap reduction. His Winter League playing partner, Dave Simpson, will have been somewhat relieved but pleased to see Tony score an excellent 38 points after playing the par threes very well and take fifth place overall and second in the Rabbits competition. The best Rabbit of the day was Martyn Callister, also in with 38 points after an excellent back nine, two over par. The top three scores were all ‘Masters’ and in third spot was the 2020 Millennium Trophy winner, Daniel Arneil, on 40 points. His eagle two on the fourth followed by a birdie on the fifth meant he was one under at the turn. It was only a double bogey five on the last that spoiled the day. Runner-up was Darren Ideson, also on 40 points with a better back nine than Daniel. The Frank Dalgleish Cup winner started with a nervy double bogey but edged back into contention after a birdie on the sixth. A run of pars from the 9th through to the 14th laid the foundation for a potential winning score and he capped it off with a two on the last and a back 9 of 35 which was excellent golf from Darren. Last June Gary Uren landed the Grand Island with an excellent 66 and he kept that form up with an electrifying opening 40 shot front nine to take the lead. Into the back nine it was really his to lose and although there were a few bumps and scrapes along the way, pars on the 16th and 17th steadied the ship putting daylight between himself and Darren by the 18th. A bit of a nervy finish didn’t matter in the end, a 43 point score and the ‘Masters’ title for 2020 meant it was smiles all round. Ramsey members benefit from having a dedicated competition committee whose work is invaluable in getting the seasons competitions up and running, so a big thanks to them from everyone. Club note - thanks to Richard for his excellent reports each week - much appreciated by all. Sun shines on Captain's Day Ramsey Golf Club Captain 2020, Dave Boswell, has had a quite unexpected year, as have we all. We should not forget how lucky we are to be able to play golf in such beautiful and safe surroundings. With the Club closed during lockdown, the competition season has since been unrelenting with no rest for the Captain who, like a lot of players, you would have thought would be ‘golfed out’ but it’s clearly not the case given the number of players on the impressive Ramsey course. The new greens mower has seen a visible extending of the summer season as the greens remain in excellent condition even after the quite frequent recent downpours. Captain’s Day is usually a mid-season event but on this occasion the delay to the end of the summer seemed just right with a fun Am-Am just about concluding the summer season. The complimentary bar just off the 18th green was a welcome stop for all with Hazel Boswell serving and the Captain running the Charity Putting competition in front of the clubhouse. St Christopher’s were the charity to benefit and later Ann Seed gave a short presentation to the Club on the valuable and often unseen, work they do in protecting and developing vulnerable young people on the Island. Of course the putting competition was not quite what it seemed and a donation allowed the players to perhaps try putters that were not quite as technically developed as the current designs. Brian Monk was the only player to master the museum piece putter and the keep the ball on the £10 note! The shotgun start was perfectly timed for a sunny afternoon. A superb 90 points won the day and that was quite an achievement given that the previous day’s rain and hail storm meant the course played long. It was a bottle of champagne for the nearest the pin winners on the par threes. The nearest for the third was Joy Platt, Dean Morris was nearest on the ninth, Bob Baggaley on the 12th, Barbara Monk was nearest on the 17th with Craig Dalton getting nearest on the 18th, a champagne moment for them all. For the Am-Am third place overall was the team of Ray McElhinney, Robbie Moore, Tim Eyre and Derek Parker, with just in front of them in second place team of Tony White, Bob Beattie, Stu Douglas and Robbie Radcliffe.
Here is the view from the rather chilly patio…. Cold Comfort for Dave Saturday afternoon was a pleasant stroll around the course for the re-scheduled Beaujolais Nouveau AM-AM however, Sunday morning saw a completely different picture. A heavy frost overnight meant it was touch and go as to whether the first winter qualifier would be able to start. The new handicapping system meant there was a good turnout even though many players did expect a wasted journey to the Club. Thankfully, the course was just about playable, although yellow balls were perhaps the more sensible piece of equipment, along with gloves, layers and a woolly hat. Conditions were difficult - witness the scoring showing only two players par or better. John Quayle’s early morning question on Facebook about course playability received some encouraging answers so John was out early and after negotiating the icy conditions managed to finish with a birdie on the 16th and a par on the last for 31 points and into a tie for ninth with Martyn Callister who also made the running towards the end with an, always, impressive four, three, four finish. Dave Simpson was in a group of four players on 32. The wintery conditions favoured him and by the turn he had a pleasing seven pars, the second half included some punishing double bogies though and despite the last-ditch birdie on the final hole he was at the back of the 32 point pack. Ahead of him on countback was Ben Locking after birdies on the sixth and 11th. Dean Morris wore his seasonal camouflage, white pants. Thankfully he wore a dark top otherwise he would have been invisible in the snow. A birdie on the 11th put him in good stead for the closing holes however a succession of bogeys meant he failed to capitalise and was beaten for fifth place on a countback by Graham Garrett on 32 points. Tim Eyre had a fairly steady lap with a birdie on the third and 17th to post 34 points and capture fourth spot. The Winter League partnership of Ray McElhinney and David Kinrade were still glowing from last week’s two-man Texas win and Ray’s form continued despite the snow with vital pars on the third, sixth and 17th to get to 35 points and into third spot. Sean Cunningham, on day one of a staycation, was sensible to wait until the temperature had risen a few degrees but it was not an easy start with dropped shots on the first couple of holes. He steadied the ship and grabbed one back with a birdie on the fifth. The round continued on a rocky road and despite a four on the last ended up with a pleasing 35 points and second place. The other star of the Winter League duo, David Kinrade, had played some steady golf the previous day and was sensible enough to continue in that vein in the snowy conditions with a superb round containing a birdie on the eighth to go with 15 pars to secure a second win in successive weekends, roll on winter! Winter League washout Anyone thinking of playing at 8am on Saturday morning seriously had to consider if they were thinking straight. Driving rain, standing water and the prospect of Storm Aidan hitting the Island that morning demanded the courage of true golfing heroes so as I looked out from the patio there they were on the first tee.  With the summer shorts and tee-shirts a fading memory they were barely recognizable, multi-layered, hooded and fully waterproofed with rain already dripping off noses but still smiling, relishing the task ahead. In such pretty horrific wet and windy conditions was the 2019-20 Winter League Final played - (left to right) pairing David Simpson/Tony Kennish against Daniel Arneil/Andrew Hudgeon. Off the yellow tees they went, all making the fairway with their opening salvos, nimbly avoiding puddles that looked like they could develop into a pond within the next few minutes. Second shots to their accustomed fairway positions providing a go-for-it or a lay-up option for the first green. Andrew and Tony thought about safety and laid up while their playing partners went for an early kill. Dave just missed the target, punished with a visit to the fast running stream with Daniel hitting long, making the back of the green and a win within his sight. Tony was unperturbed as he had the benefit of an extra shot up his sleeve however his chip onto the green went a bit awry but left him with a 30-foot putt. Andrew saw the opening but had to get close so a chip to eight feet gave him a chance. The wet green took its toll and Tony didn’t make the distance and another go was just to miss - the opposition conceded the putt giving Daniel the comfort of two putts to go one up. His first putt delivered the answer, a par did the trick, one up. Off they trudged to the second tee with swathes of biting rain hitting their faces, drenched already with gloves and grips not really doing their job with only another seventeen holes to go! With true grit they all teed off and made decent positions on the second fairway. Tony hit the green from 120 yards and partner Dave followed suit. Andrew hit short and Daniel thinned his chip long into the out of bounds territory at the back of the green. The pressure was on Andrew to get close. He chipped to six feet for three but still needed the putt. With putting chances available both Tony and Dave they left their putts annoyingly short with plenty of work still to do. Andrew had to make the putt to have a chance of a half but just missed so Dave needed a five-footer to square the game and he, thankfully, obliged. The match was tied with the short third the next on the menu. After a whole year of playing the Winter League in all sorts of conditions this really was the worst of days, no-one else was on the course. As true friends, the four of them looked each other in the eye deciding enough was enough and halved the match with the honours shared. With the little earlier than expected wet walk back to the clubhouse to dry off and grab a warm drink there was a chance to ponder what could have been but they were all winners. With the Club Dinner on Friday and the start of the Winter League that weekend it all keeps on rolling along. This year’s Winter League will follow a familiar format and is very kindly sponsored by Glyn Hooson-Owen at Dean Wood Estate Agents in Ramsey. Douglas tops Ramsey league Today you should be reading a report on the Winter League Final of Tony Kennish and Dave Simpson versus Daniel Arneil and Andrew Hudgeon however the wild storm on Saturday morning made the decision to play next week a bit of a no-brainer. This compacted season has still seen most of the planned competitions take place, much to the credit of the Competition Committee. A consequence of this is the Golfer of the Year standings being keenly contested. The League table shows Club Captain Dave Boswell came in with 16 points, which isn’t a bad performance given that the curse of the Captaincy usually means a year of indifferent golf. The early season form of Andrew Hudgeon did not really turn into a major win and he might be a little disappointed to end up with a mid-table 17 points though with such a smooth swing perhaps he will get his reward in the Winter League final. Competition Secretary, Dave Simpson will of course take a different view in the final no doubt. He finished in 10th place on 29 points which was an excellent result given the amount of work he and his team put in to get the competitions up and running. James Arneil was just ahead on 30 points with a large chunk of that coming from an excellent performance to retain the Club Championship. Dave Heesom’s performance over the season has been quietly impressive, putting in some consistently low scores and a fine performance to win the Autumn Shield. David Kinrade is, along with others, a great supporter of Club Night who picked up points regularly and captured the Roy Cain Cup back in June. His 36 points put him seventh in the standings. The performance of Garth Hooson-Owen 41 points over the season has been commendable, his sixth place could have been so much better given just a minor change in luck. A number of podium finishes and losing out on countback more than once will have been disappointing but he has managed to improve his game and knock a large slice of his handicap without much difficulty. Martin Kinrade had another season when he was always there or thereabouts picking up points midweek with some regularity. Another Mr Steady was Daniel Arneil with a year-end total of 44 points following a few top 10 finishes and of course a ‘Major’ win in the Millennium Trophy. Last year’s winner, Steve Barbour may feel a little unlucky not to retain his title after that stella win in the Town Cup but unfortunately that competition does not offer points towards Golfer of the Year. His 46 points came from some excellent scores and a trophy-laden summer which led to a good handicap reduction over the season and of course that memorable Centenary Cup win as well. The fight to be the Golfer of Year went on all season between Danny Foulis and Stu Douglas. Surprisingly neither of them had added any silverware to their trophy rooms although both picked up good points in the Club Championship and the Centenary Cup. Topping the league was Stu Douglas with 67 points just overtaking Danny Foulis’ 63 after Stu managed an excellent second place in the Alan Kelly Cup late September. An excellent performance by both players and Stu commented that it shows you don’t need to hit it a mile to play consistently good golf or to be one of the younger generation which I suppose is a message (and a ray of hope) to all of us. Just keep it on the short stuff and putt well. Next Sunday sees the start of the 2020-21 Winter League, just a day after the 19-20 final! Master Gary in by three The season finale is always the Ramsey Masters and Rabbits stableford and very satisfying to have such a large field given the compacted summer season. It’s always a guess as to whether it will be one of the select ‘Masters’ who have won an individual competition during the year or one of the not quite so successful but equally keen ‘Rabbits’ who will make the best score of the day. The beautiful autumnal colouring of the trees set the scene although the course played long in slightly damp conditions. A midday downpour didn’t help making it all the more difficult for both morning and afternoon players. Eleven players managed to beat par including Malcolm Callow who, with a 3-3 finish came in with 37 points and 11th place. He was one of a colony of five Rabbits on 37 including Graham Garrett, Kerry Hiblen, Nigel Bolt and John Quayle. Kerry birdied the par four sixth and played a steady back 9 in 40 whilst Nigel Bolt earned his eighth place with a two on the 12th whilst John Quayle ended the day in seventh place with a two on the last. The first of the Masters to appear on the leaderboard was Dave Littler who in July had shot a 64 to win the Alan Gott Memorial. He started the day in fine form with a front 9 of 39 after a run of pars from the third through to the seventh had given him the foundation for a good score. He came in with 38 points to take sixth place which was very satisfying for this treasured ‘Old Master’. Tony Kennish has been honing his game recently and with the 2019-20 Winter League final due next week he wanted to post a good score but not too good to see a major handicap reduction. His Winter League playing partner, Dave Simpson, will have been somewhat relieved but pleased to see Tony score an excellent 38 points after playing the par threes very well and take fifth place overall and second in the Rabbits competition. The best Rabbit of the day was Martyn Callister, also in with 38 points after an excellent back nine, two over par. The top three scores were all ‘Masters’ and in third spot was the 2020 Millennium Trophy winner, Daniel Arneil, on 40 points. His eagle two on the fourth followed by a birdie on the fifth meant he was one under at the turn. It was only a double bogey five on the last that spoiled the day. Runner-up was Darren Ideson, also on 40 points with a better back nine than Daniel. The Frank Dalgleish Cup winner started with a nervy double bogey but edged back into contention after a birdie on the sixth. A run of pars from the 9th through to the 14th laid the foundation for a potential winning score and he capped it off with a two on the last and a back 9 of 35 which was excellent golf from Darren. Last June Gary Uren landed the Grand Island with an excellent 66 and he kept that form up with an electrifying opening 40 shot front nine to take the lead. Into the back nine it was really his to lose and although there were a few bumps and scrapes along the way, pars on the 16th and 17th steadied the ship putting daylight between himself and Darren by the 18th. A bit of a nervy finish didn’t matter in the end, a 43 point score and the ‘Masters’ title for 2020 meant it was smiles all round. Ramsey members benefit from having a dedicated competition committee whose work is invaluable in getting the seasons competitions up and running, so a big thanks to them from everyone. Club note - thanks to Richard for his excellent reports each week - much appreciated by all. Sun shines on Captain's Day Ramsey Golf Club Captain 2020, Dave Boswell, has had a quite unexpected year, as have we all. We should not forget how lucky we are to be able to play golf in such beautiful and safe surroundings. With the Club closed during lockdown, the competition season has since been unrelenting with no rest for the Captain who, like a lot of players, you would have thought would be ‘golfed out’ but it’s clearly not the case given the number of players on the impressive Ramsey course. The new greens mower has seen a visible extending of the summer season as the greens remain in excellent condition even after the quite frequent recent downpours. Captain’s Day is usually a mid-season event but on this occasion the delay to the end of the summer seemed just right with a fun Am-Am just about concluding the summer season. The complimentary bar just off the 18th green was a welcome stop for all with Hazel Boswell serving and the Captain running the Charity Putting competition in front of the clubhouse. St Christopher’s were the charity to benefit and later Ann Seed gave a short presentation to the Club on the valuable and often unseen, work they do in protecting and developing vulnerable young people on the Island. Of course the putting competition was not quite what it seemed and a donation allowed the players to perhaps try putters that were not quite as technically developed as the current designs. Brian Monk was the only player to master the museum piece putter and the keep the ball on the £10 note! The shotgun start was perfectly timed for a sunny afternoon. A superb 90 points won the day and that was quite an achievement given that the previous day’s rain and hail storm meant the course played long. It was a bottle of champagne for the nearest the pin winners on the par threes. The nearest for the third was Joy Platt, Dean Morris was nearest on the ninth, Bob Baggaley on the 12th, Barbara Monk was nearest on the 17th with Craig Dalton getting nearest on the 18th, a champagne moment for them all. For the Am-Am third place overall was the team of Ray McElhinney, Robbie Moore, Tim Eyre and Derek Parker, with just in front of them in second place team of Tony White, Bob Beattie, Stu Douglas and Robbie Radcliffe.
Here is the view from the rather chilly patio…. Cold Comfort for Dave Saturday afternoon was a pleasant stroll around the course for the re-scheduled Beaujolais Nouveau AM-AM however, Sunday morning saw a completely different picture. A heavy frost overnight meant it was touch and go as to whether the first winter qualifier would be able to start. The new handicapping system meant there was a good turnout even though many players did expect a wasted journey to the Club. Thankfully, the course was just about playable, although yellow balls were perhaps the more sensible piece of equipment, along with gloves, layers and a woolly hat. Conditions were difficult - witness the scoring showing only two players par or better. John Quayle’s early morning question on Facebook about course playability received some encouraging answers so John was out early and after negotiating the icy conditions managed to finish with a birdie on the 16th and a par on the last for 31 points and into a tie for ninth with Martyn Callister who also made the running towards the end with an, always, impressive four, three, four finish. Dave Simpson was in a group of four players on 32. The wintery conditions favoured him and by the turn he had a pleasing seven pars, the second half included some punishing double bogies though and despite the last-ditch birdie on the final hole he was at the back of the 32 point pack. Ahead of him on countback was Ben Locking after birdies on the sixth and 11th. Dean Morris wore his seasonal camouflage, white pants. Thankfully he wore a dark top otherwise he would have been invisible in the snow. A birdie on the 11th put him in good stead for the closing holes however a succession of bogeys meant he failed to capitalise and was beaten for fifth place on a countback by Graham Garrett on 32 points. Tim Eyre had a fairly steady lap with a birdie on the third and 17th to post 34 points and capture fourth spot. The Winter League partnership of Ray McElhinney and David Kinrade were still glowing from last week’s two-man Texas win and Ray’s form continued despite the snow with vital pars on the third, sixth and 17th to get to 35 points and into third spot. Sean Cunningham, on day one of a staycation, was sensible to wait until the temperature had risen a few degrees but it was not an easy start with dropped shots on the first couple of holes. He steadied the ship and grabbed one back with a birdie on the fifth. The round continued on a rocky road and despite a four on the last ended up with a pleasing 35 points and second place. The other star of the Winter League duo, David Kinrade, had played some steady golf the previous day and was sensible enough to continue in that vein in the snowy conditions with a superb round containing a birdie on the eighth to go with 15 pars to secure a second win in successive weekends, roll on winter! Winter League washout Anyone thinking of playing at 8am on Saturday morning seriously had to consider if they were thinking straight. Driving rain, standing water and the prospect of Storm Aidan hitting the Island that morning demanded the courage of true golfing heroes so as I looked out from the patio there they were on the first tee.  With the summer shorts and tee-shirts a fading memory they were barely recognizable, multi-layered, hooded and fully waterproofed with rain already dripping off noses but still smiling, relishing the task ahead. In such pretty horrific wet and windy conditions was the 2019-20 Winter League Final played - (left to right) pairing David Simpson/Tony Kennish against Daniel Arneil/Andrew Hudgeon. Off the yellow tees they went, all making the fairway with their opening salvos, nimbly avoiding puddles that looked like they could develop into a pond within the next few minutes. Second shots to their accustomed fairway positions providing a go-for-it or a lay-up option for the first green. Andrew and Tony thought about safety and laid up while their playing partners went for an early kill. Dave just missed the target, punished with a visit to the fast running stream with Daniel hitting long, making the back of the green and a win within his sight. Tony was unperturbed as he had the benefit of an extra shot up his sleeve however his chip onto the green went a bit awry but left him with a 30-foot putt. Andrew saw the opening but had to get close so a chip to eight feet gave him a chance. The wet green took its toll and Tony didn’t make the distance and another go was just to miss - the opposition conceded the putt giving Daniel the comfort of two putts to go one up. His first putt delivered the answer, a par did the trick, one up. Off they trudged to the second tee with swathes of biting rain hitting their faces, drenched already with gloves and grips not really doing their job with only another seventeen holes to go! With true grit they all teed off and made decent positions on the second fairway. Tony hit the green from 120 yards and partner Dave followed suit. Andrew hit short and Daniel thinned his chip long into the out of bounds territory at the back of the green. The pressure was on Andrew to get close. He chipped to six feet for three but still needed the putt. With putting chances available both Tony and Dave they left their putts annoyingly short with plenty of work still to do. Andrew had to make the putt to have a chance of a half but just missed so Dave needed a five-footer to square the game and he, thankfully, obliged. The match was tied with the short third the next on the menu. After a whole year of playing the Winter League in all sorts of conditions this really was the worst of days, no-one else was on the course. As true friends, the four of them looked each other in the eye deciding enough was enough and halved the match with the honours shared. With the little earlier than expected wet walk back to the clubhouse to dry off and grab a warm drink there was a chance to ponder what could have been but they were all winners. With the Club Dinner on Friday and the start of the Winter League that weekend it all keeps on rolling along. This year’s Winter League will follow a familiar format and is very kindly sponsored by Glyn Hooson-Owen at Dean Wood Estate Agents in Ramsey. Douglas tops Ramsey league Today you should be reading a report on the Winter League Final of Tony Kennish and Dave Simpson versus Daniel Arneil and Andrew Hudgeon however the wild storm on Saturday morning made the decision to play next week a bit of a no-brainer. This compacted season has still seen most of the planned competitions take place, much to the credit of the Competition Committee. A consequence of this is the Golfer of the Year standings being keenly contested. The League table shows Club Captain Dave Boswell came in with 16 points, which isn’t a bad performance given that the curse of the Captaincy usually means a year of indifferent golf. The early season form of Andrew Hudgeon did not really turn into a major win and he might be a little disappointed to end up with a mid-table 17 points though with such a smooth swing perhaps he will get his reward in the Winter League final. Competition Secretary, Dave Simpson will of course take a different view in the final no doubt. He finished in 10th place on 29 points which was an excellent result given the amount of work he and his team put in to get the competitions up and running. James Arneil was just ahead on 30 points with a large chunk of that coming from an excellent performance to retain the Club Championship. Dave Heesom’s performance over the season has been quietly impressive, putting in some consistently low scores and a fine performance to win the Autumn Shield. David Kinrade is, along with others, a great supporter of Club Night who picked up points regularly and captured the Roy Cain Cup back in June. His 36 points put him seventh in the standings. The performance of Garth Hooson-Owen 41 points over the season has been commendable, his sixth place could have been so much better given just a minor change in luck. A number of podium finishes and losing out on countback more than once will have been disappointing but he has managed to improve his game and knock a large slice of his handicap without much difficulty. Martin Kinrade had another season when he was always there or thereabouts picking up points midweek with some regularity. Another Mr Steady was Daniel Arneil with a year-end total of 44 points following a few top 10 finishes and of course a ‘Major’ win in the Millennium Trophy. Last year’s winner, Steve Barbour may feel a little unlucky not to retain his title after that stella win in the Town Cup but unfortunately that competition does not offer points towards Golfer of the Year. His 46 points came from some excellent scores and a trophy-laden summer which led to a good handicap reduction over the season and of course that memorable Centenary Cup win as well. The fight to be the Golfer of Year went on all season between Danny Foulis and Stu Douglas. Surprisingly neither of them had added any silverware to their trophy rooms although both picked up good points in the Club Championship and the Centenary Cup. Topping the league was Stu Douglas with 67 points just overtaking Danny Foulis’ 63 after Stu managed an excellent second place in the Alan Kelly Cup late September. An excellent performance by both players and Stu commented that it shows you don’t need to hit it a mile to play consistently good golf or to be one of the younger generation which I suppose is a message (and a ray of hope) to all of us. Just keep it on the short stuff and putt well. Next Sunday sees the start of the 2020-21 Winter League, just a day after the 19-20 final! Master Gary in by three The season finale is always the Ramsey Masters and Rabbits stableford and very satisfying to have such a large field given the compacted summer season. It’s always a guess as to whether it will be one of the select ‘Masters’ who have won an individual competition during the year or one of the not quite so successful but equally keen ‘Rabbits’ who will make the best score of the day. The beautiful autumnal colouring of the trees set the scene although the course played long in slightly damp conditions. A midday downpour didn’t help making it all the more difficult for both morning and afternoon players. Eleven players managed to beat par including Malcolm Callow who, with a 3-3 finish came in with 37 points and 11th place. He was one of a colony of five Rabbits on 37 including Graham Garrett, Kerry Hiblen, Nigel Bolt and John Quayle. Kerry birdied the par four sixth and played a steady back 9 in 40 whilst Nigel Bolt earned his eighth place with a two on the 12th whilst John Quayle ended the day in seventh place with a two on the last. The first of the Masters to appear on the leaderboard was Dave Littler who in July had shot a 64 to win the Alan Gott Memorial. He started the day in fine form with a front 9 of 39 after a run of pars from the third through to the seventh had given him the foundation for a good score. He came in with 38 points to take sixth place which was very satisfying for this treasured ‘Old Master’. Tony Kennish has been honing his game recently and with the 2019-20 Winter League final due next week he wanted to post a good score but not too good to see a major handicap reduction. His Winter League playing partner, Dave Simpson, will have been somewhat relieved but pleased to see Tony score an excellent 38 points after playing the par threes very well and take fifth place overall and second in the Rabbits competition. The best Rabbit of the day was Martyn Callister, also in with 38 points after an excellent back nine, two over par. The top three scores were all ‘Masters’ and in third spot was the 2020 Millennium Trophy winner, Daniel Arneil, on 40 points. His eagle two on the fourth followed by a birdie on the fifth meant he was one under at the turn. It was only a double bogey five on the last that spoiled the day. Runner-up was Darren Ideson, also on 40 points with a better back nine than Daniel. The Frank Dalgleish Cup winner started with a nervy double bogey but edged back into contention after a birdie on the sixth. A run of pars from the 9th through to the 14th laid the foundation for a potential winning score and he capped it off with a two on the last and a back 9 of 35 which was excellent golf from Darren. Last June Gary Uren landed the Grand Island with an excellent 66 and he kept that form up with an electrifying opening 40 shot front nine to take the lead. Into the back nine it was really his to lose and although there were a few bumps and scrapes along the way, pars on the 16th and 17th steadied the ship putting daylight between himself and Darren by the 18th. A bit of a nervy finish didn’t matter in the end, a 43 point score and the ‘Masters’ title for 2020 meant it was smiles all round. Ramsey members benefit from having a dedicated competition committee whose work is invaluable in getting the seasons competitions up and running, so a big thanks to them from everyone. Club note - thanks to Richard for his excellent reports each week - much appreciated by all. Sun shines on Captain's Day Ramsey Golf Club Captain 2020, Dave Boswell, has had a quite unexpected year, as have we all. We should not forget how lucky we are to be able to play golf in such beautiful and safe surroundings. With the Club closed during lockdown, the competition season has since been unrelenting with no rest for the Captain who, like a lot of players, you would have thought would be ‘golfed out’ but it’s clearly not the case given the number of players on the impressive Ramsey course. The new greens mower has seen a visible extending of the summer season as the greens remain in excellent condition even after the quite frequent recent downpours. Captain’s Day is usually a mid-season event but on this occasion the delay to the end of the summer seemed just right with a fun Am-Am just about concluding the summer season. The complimentary bar just off the 18th green was a welcome stop for all with Hazel Boswell serving and the Captain running the Charity Putting competition in front of the clubhouse. St Christopher’s were the charity to benefit and later Ann Seed gave a short presentation to the Club on the valuable and often unseen, work they do in protecting and developing vulnerable young people on the Island. Of course the putting competition was not quite what it seemed and a donation allowed the players to perhaps try putters that were not quite as technically developed as the current designs. Brian Monk was the only player to master the museum piece putter and the keep the ball on the £10 note! The shotgun start was perfectly timed for a sunny afternoon. A superb 90 points won the day and that was quite an achievement given that the previous day’s rain and hail storm meant the course played long. It was a bottle of champagne for the nearest the pin winners on the par threes. The nearest for the third was Joy Platt, Dean Morris was nearest on the ninth, Bob Baggaley on the 12th, Barbara Monk was nearest on the 17th with Craig Dalton getting nearest on the 18th, a champagne moment for them all. For the Am-Am third place overall was the team of Ray McElhinney, Robbie Moore, Tim Eyre and Derek Parker, with just in front of them in second place team of Tony White, Bob Beattie, Stu Douglas and Robbie Radcliffe.
Here is the view from the rather chilly patio…. Cold Comfort for Dave Saturday afternoon was a pleasant stroll around the course for the re-scheduled Beaujolais Nouveau AM-AM however, Sunday morning saw a completely different picture. A heavy frost overnight meant it was touch and go as to whether the first winter qualifier would be able to start. The new handicapping system meant there was a good turnout even though many players did expect a wasted journey to the Club. Thankfully, the course was just about playable, although yellow balls were perhaps the more sensible piece of equipment, along with gloves, layers and a woolly hat. Conditions were difficult - witness the scoring showing only two players par or better. John Quayle’s early morning question on Facebook about course playability received some encouraging answers so John was out early and after negotiating the icy conditions managed to finish with a birdie on the 16th and a par on the last for 31 points and into a tie for ninth with Martyn Callister who also made the running towards the end with an, always, impressive four, three, four finish. Dave Simpson was in a group of four players on 32. The wintery conditions favoured him and by the turn he had a pleasing seven pars, the second half included some punishing double bogies though and despite the last-ditch birdie on the final hole he was at the back of the 32 point pack. Ahead of him on countback was Ben Locking after birdies on the sixth and 11th. Dean Morris wore his seasonal camouflage, white pants. Thankfully he wore a dark top otherwise he would have been invisible in the snow. A birdie on the 11th put him in good stead for the closing holes however a succession of bogeys meant he failed to capitalise and was beaten for fifth place on a countback by Graham Garrett on 32 points. Tim Eyre had a fairly steady lap with a birdie on the third and 17th to post 34 points and capture fourth spot. The Winter League partnership of Ray McElhinney and David Kinrade were still glowing from last week’s two-man Texas win and Ray’s form continued despite the snow with vital pars on the third, sixth and 17th to get to 35 points and into third spot. Sean Cunningham, on day one of a staycation, was sensible to wait until the temperature had risen a few degrees but it was not an easy start with dropped shots on the first couple of holes. He steadied the ship and grabbed one back with a birdie on the fifth. The round continued on a rocky road and despite a four on the last ended up with a pleasing 35 points and second place. The other star of the Winter League duo, David Kinrade, had played some steady golf the previous day and was sensible enough to continue in that vein in the snowy conditions with a superb round containing a birdie on the eighth to go with 15 pars to secure a second win in successive weekends, roll on winter! Winter League washout Anyone thinking of playing at 8am on Saturday morning seriously had to consider if they were thinking straight. Driving rain, standing water and the prospect of Storm Aidan hitting the Island that morning demanded the courage of true golfing heroes so as I looked out from the patio there they were on the first tee.  With the summer shorts and tee-shirts a fading memory they were barely recognizable, multi-layered, hooded and fully waterproofed with rain already dripping off noses but still smiling, relishing the task ahead. In such pretty horrific wet and windy conditions was the 2019-20 Winter League Final played - (left to right) pairing David Simpson/Tony Kennish against Daniel Arneil/Andrew Hudgeon. Off the yellow tees they went, all making the fairway with their opening salvos, nimbly avoiding puddles that looked like they could develop into a pond within the next few minutes. Second shots to their accustomed fairway positions providing a go-for-it or a lay-up option for the first green. Andrew and Tony thought about safety and laid up while their playing partners went for an early kill. Dave just missed the target, punished with a visit to the fast running stream with Daniel hitting long, making the back of the green and a win within his sight. Tony was unperturbed as he had the benefit of an extra shot up his sleeve however his chip onto the green went a bit awry but left him with a 30-foot putt. Andrew saw the opening but had to get close so a chip to eight feet gave him a chance. The wet green took its toll and Tony didn’t make the distance and another go was just to miss - the opposition conceded the putt giving Daniel the comfort of two putts to go one up. His first putt delivered the answer, a par did the trick, one up. Off they trudged to the second tee with swathes of biting rain hitting their faces, drenched already with gloves and grips not really doing their job with only another seventeen holes to go! With true grit they all teed off and made decent positions on the second fairway. Tony hit the green from 120 yards and partner Dave followed suit. Andrew hit short and Daniel thinned his chip long into the out of bounds territory at the back of the green. The pressure was on Andrew to get close. He chipped to six feet for three but still needed the putt. With putting chances available both Tony and Dave they left their putts annoyingly short with plenty of work still to do. Andrew had to make the putt to have a chance of a half but just missed so Dave needed a five-footer to square the game and he, thankfully, obliged. The match was tied with the short third the next on the menu. After a whole year of playing the Winter League in all sorts of conditions this really was the worst of days, no-one else was on the course. As true friends, the four of them looked each other in the eye deciding enough was enough and halved the match with the honours shared. With the little earlier than expected wet walk back to the clubhouse to dry off and grab a warm drink there was a chance to ponder what could have been but they were all winners. With the Club Dinner on Friday and the start of the Winter League that weekend it all keeps on rolling along. This year’s Winter League will follow a familiar format and is very kindly sponsored by Glyn Hooson-Owen at Dean Wood Estate Agents in Ramsey. Douglas tops Ramsey league Today you should be reading a report on the Winter League Final of Tony Kennish and Dave Simpson versus Daniel Arneil and Andrew Hudgeon however the wild storm on Saturday morning made the decision to play next week a bit of a no-brainer. This compacted season has still seen most of the planned competitions take place, much to the credit of the Competition Committee. A consequence of this is the Golfer of the Year standings being keenly contested. The League table shows Club Captain Dave Boswell came in with 16 points, which isn’t a bad performance given that the curse of the Captaincy usually means a year of indifferent golf. The early season form of Andrew Hudgeon did not really turn into a major win and he might be a little disappointed to end up with a mid-table 17 points though with such a smooth swing perhaps he will get his reward in the Winter League final. Competition Secretary, Dave Simpson will of course take a different view in the final no doubt. He finished in 10th place on 29 points which was an excellent result given the amount of work he and his team put in to get the competitions up and running. James Arneil was just ahead on 30 points with a large chunk of that coming from an excellent performance to retain the Club Championship. Dave Heesom’s performance over the season has been quietly impressive, putting in some consistently low scores and a fine performance to win the Autumn Shield. David Kinrade is, along with others, a great supporter of Club Night who picked up points regularly and captured the Roy Cain Cup back in June. His 36 points put him seventh in the standings. The performance of Garth Hooson-Owen 41 points over the season has been commendable, his sixth place could have been so much better given just a minor change in luck. A number of podium finishes and losing out on countback more than once will have been disappointing but he has managed to improve his game and knock a large slice of his handicap without much difficulty. Martin Kinrade had another season when he was always there or thereabouts picking up points midweek with some regularity. Another Mr Steady was Daniel Arneil with a year-end total of 44 points following a few top 10 finishes and of course a ‘Major’ win in the Millennium Trophy. Last year’s winner, Steve Barbour may feel a little unlucky not to retain his title after that stella win in the Town Cup but unfortunately that competition does not offer points towards Golfer of the Year. His 46 points came from some excellent scores and a trophy-laden summer which led to a good handicap reduction over the season and of course that memorable Centenary Cup win as well. The fight to be the Golfer of Year went on all season between Danny Foulis and Stu Douglas. Surprisingly neither of them had added any silverware to their trophy rooms although both picked up good points in the Club Championship and the Centenary Cup. Topping the league was Stu Douglas with 67 points just overtaking Danny Foulis’ 63 after Stu managed an excellent second place in the Alan Kelly Cup late September. An excellent performance by both players and Stu commented that it shows you don’t need to hit it a mile to play consistently good golf or to be one of the younger generation which I suppose is a message (and a ray of hope) to all of us. Just keep it on the short stuff and putt well. Next Sunday sees the start of the 2020-21 Winter League, just a day after the 19-20 final! Master Gary in by three The season finale is always the Ramsey Masters and Rabbits stableford and very satisfying to have such a large field given the compacted summer season. It’s always a guess as to whether it will be one of the select ‘Masters’ who have won an individual competition during the year or one of the not quite so successful but equally keen ‘Rabbits’ who will make the best score of the day. The beautiful autumnal colouring of the trees set the scene although the course played long in slightly damp conditions. A midday downpour didn’t help making it all the more difficult for both morning and afternoon players. Eleven players managed to beat par including Malcolm Callow who, with a 3-3 finish came in with 37 points and 11th place. He was one of a colony of five Rabbits on 37 including Graham Garrett, Kerry Hiblen, Nigel Bolt and John Quayle. Kerry birdied the par four sixth and played a steady back 9 in 40 whilst Nigel Bolt earned his eighth place with a two on the 12th whilst John Quayle ended the day in seventh place with a two on the last. The first of the Masters to appear on the leaderboard was Dave Littler who in July had shot a 64 to win the Alan Gott Memorial. He started the day in fine form with a front 9 of 39 after a run of pars from the third through to the seventh had given him the foundation for a good score. He came in with 38 points to take sixth place which was very satisfying for this treasured ‘Old Master’. Tony Kennish has been honing his game recently and with the 2019-20 Winter League final due next week he wanted to post a good score but not too good to see a major handicap reduction. His Winter League playing partner, Dave Simpson, will have been somewhat relieved but pleased to see Tony score an excellent 38 points after playing the par threes very well and take fifth place overall and second in the Rabbits competition. The best Rabbit of the day was Martyn Callister, also in with 38 points after an excellent back nine, two over par. The top three scores were all ‘Masters’ and in third spot was the 2020 Millennium Trophy winner, Daniel Arneil, on 40 points. His eagle two on the fourth followed by a birdie on the fifth meant he was one under at the turn. It was only a double bogey five on the last that spoiled the day. Runner-up was Darren Ideson, also on 40 points with a better back nine than Daniel. The Frank Dalgleish Cup winner started with a nervy double bogey but edged back into contention after a birdie on the sixth. A run of pars from the 9th through to the 14th laid the foundation for a potential winning score and he capped it off with a two on the last and a back 9 of 35 which was excellent golf from Darren. Last June Gary Uren landed the Grand Island with an excellent 66 and he kept that form up with an electrifying opening 40 shot front nine to take the lead. Into the back nine it was really his to lose and although there were a few bumps and scrapes along the way, pars on the 16th and 17th steadied the ship putting daylight between himself and Darren by the 18th. A bit of a nervy finish didn’t matter in the end, a 43 point score and the ‘Masters’ title for 2020 meant it was smiles all round. Ramsey members benefit from having a dedicated competition committee whose work is invaluable in getting the seasons competitions up and running, so a big thanks to them from everyone. Club note - thanks to Richard for his excellent reports each week - much appreciated by all. Sun shines on Captain's Day Ramsey Golf Club Captain 2020, Dave Boswell, has had a quite unexpected year, as have we all. We should not forget how lucky we are to be able to play golf in such beautiful and safe surroundings. With the Club closed during lockdown, the competition season has since been unrelenting with no rest for the Captain who, like a lot of players, you would have thought would be ‘golfed out’ but it’s clearly not the case given the number of players on the impressive Ramsey course. The new greens mower has seen a visible extending of the summer season as the greens remain in excellent condition even after the quite frequent recent downpours. Captain’s Day is usually a mid-season event but on this occasion the delay to the end of the summer seemed just right with a fun Am-Am just about concluding the summer season. The complimentary bar just off the 18th green was a welcome stop for all with Hazel Boswell serving and the Captain running the Charity Putting competition in front of the clubhouse. St Christopher’s were the charity to benefit and later Ann Seed gave a short presentation to the Club on the valuable and often unseen, work they do in protecting and developing vulnerable young people on the Island. Of course the putting competition was not quite what it seemed and a donation allowed the players to perhaps try putters that were not quite as technically developed as the current designs. Brian Monk was the only player to master the museum piece putter and the keep the ball on the £10 note! The shotgun start was perfectly timed for a sunny afternoon. A superb 90 points won the day and that was quite an achievement given that the previous day’s rain and hail storm meant the course played long. It was a bottle of champagne for the nearest the pin winners on the par threes. The nearest for the third was Joy Platt, Dean Morris was nearest on the ninth, Bob Baggaley on the 12th, Barbara Monk was nearest on the 17th with Craig Dalton getting nearest on the 18th, a champagne moment for them all. For the Am-Am third place overall was the team of Ray McElhinney, Robbie Moore, Tim Eyre and Derek Parker, with just in front of them in second place team of Tony White, Bob Beattie, Stu Douglas and Robbie Radcliffe.
Here is the view from the rather chilly patio…. Cold Comfort for Dave Saturday afternoon was a pleasant stroll around the course for the re-scheduled Beaujolais Nouveau AM-AM however, Sunday morning saw a completely different picture. A heavy frost overnight meant it was touch and go as to whether the first winter qualifier would be able to start. The new handicapping system meant there was a good turnout even though many players did expect a wasted journey to the Club. Thankfully, the course was just about playable, although yellow balls were perhaps the more sensible piece of equipment, along with gloves, layers and a woolly hat. Conditions were difficult - witness the scoring showing only two players par or better. John Quayle’s early morning question on Facebook about course playability received some encouraging answers so John was out early and after negotiating the icy conditions managed to finish with a birdie on the 16th and a par on the last for 31 points and into a tie for ninth with Martyn Callister who also made the running towards the end with an, always, impressive four, three, four finish. Dave Simpson was in a group of four players on 32. The wintery conditions favoured him and by the turn he had a pleasing seven pars, the second half included some punishing double bogies though and despite the last-ditch birdie on the final hole he was at the back of the 32 point pack. Ahead of him on countback was Ben Locking after birdies on the sixth and 11th. Dean Morris wore his seasonal camouflage, white pants. Thankfully he wore a dark top otherwise he would have been invisible in the snow. A birdie on the 11th put him in good stead for the closing holes however a succession of bogeys meant he failed to capitalise and was beaten for fifth place on a countback by Graham Garrett on 32 points. Tim Eyre had a fairly steady lap with a birdie on the third and 17th to post 34 points and capture fourth spot. The Winter League partnership of Ray McElhinney and David Kinrade were still glowing from last week’s two-man Texas win and Ray’s form continued despite the snow with vital pars on the third, sixth and 17th to get to 35 points and into third spot. Sean Cunningham, on day one of a staycation, was sensible to wait until the temperature had risen a few degrees but it was not an easy start with dropped shots on the first couple of holes. He steadied the ship and grabbed one back with a birdie on the fifth. The round continued on a rocky road and despite a four on the last ended up with a pleasing 35 points and second place. The other star of the Winter League duo, David Kinrade, had played some steady golf the previous day and was sensible enough to continue in that vein in the snowy conditions with a superb round containing a birdie on the eighth to go with 15 pars to secure a second win in successive weekends, roll on winter! Winter League washout Anyone thinking of playing at 8am on Saturday morning seriously had to consider if they were thinking straight. Driving rain, standing water and the prospect of Storm Aidan hitting the Island that morning demanded the courage of true golfing heroes so as I looked out from the patio there they were on the first tee.  With the summer shorts and tee-shirts a fading memory they were barely recognizable, multi-layered, hooded and fully waterproofed with rain already dripping off noses but still smiling, relishing the task ahead. In such pretty horrific wet and windy conditions was the 2019-20 Winter League Final played - (left to right) pairing David Simpson/Tony Kennish against Daniel Arneil/Andrew Hudgeon. Off the yellow tees they went, all making the fairway with their opening salvos, nimbly avoiding puddles that looked like they could develop into a pond within the next few minutes. Second shots to their accustomed fairway positions providing a go-for-it or a lay-up option for the first green. Andrew and Tony thought about safety and laid up while their playing partners went for an early kill. Dave just missed the target, punished with a visit to the fast running stream with Daniel hitting long, making the back of the green and a win within his sight. Tony was unperturbed as he had the benefit of an extra shot up his sleeve however his chip onto the green went a bit awry but left him with a 30-foot putt. Andrew saw the opening but had to get close so a chip to eight feet gave him a chance. The wet green took its toll and Tony didn’t make the distance and another go was just to miss - the opposition conceded the putt giving Daniel the comfort of two putts to go one up. His first putt delivered the answer, a par did the trick, one up. Off they trudged to the second tee with swathes of biting rain hitting their faces, drenched already with gloves and grips not really doing their job with only another seventeen holes to go! With true grit they all teed off and made decent positions on the second fairway. Tony hit the green from 120 yards and partner Dave followed suit. Andrew hit short and Daniel thinned his chip long into the out of bounds territory at the back of the green. The pressure was on Andrew to get close. He chipped to six feet for three but still needed the putt. With putting chances available both Tony and Dave they left their putts annoyingly short with plenty of work still to do. Andrew had to make the putt to have a chance of a half but just missed so Dave needed a five-footer to square the game and he, thankfully, obliged. The match was tied with the short third the next on the menu. After a whole year of playing the Winter League in all sorts of conditions this really was the worst of days, no-one else was on the course. As true friends, the four of them looked each other in the eye deciding enough was enough and halved the match with the honours shared. With the little earlier than expected wet walk back to the clubhouse to dry off and grab a warm drink there was a chance to ponder what could have been but they were all winners. With the Club Dinner on Friday and the start of the Winter League that weekend it all keeps on rolling along. This year’s Winter League will follow a familiar format and is very kindly sponsored by Glyn Hooson-Owen at Dean Wood Estate Agents in Ramsey. Douglas tops Ramsey league Today you should be reading a report on the Winter League Final of Tony Kennish and Dave Simpson versus Daniel Arneil and Andrew Hudgeon however the wild storm on Saturday morning made the decision to play next week a bit of a no-brainer. This compacted season has still seen most of the planned competitions take place, much to the credit of the Competition Committee. A consequence of this is the Golfer of the Year standings being keenly contested. The League table shows Club Captain Dave Boswell came in with 16 points, which isn’t a bad performance given that the curse of the Captaincy usually means a year of indifferent golf. The early season form of Andrew Hudgeon did not really turn into a major win and he might be a little disappointed to end up with a mid-table 17 points though with such a smooth swing perhaps he will get his reward in the Winter League final. Competition Secretary, Dave Simpson will of course take a different view in the final no doubt. He finished in 10th place on 29 points which was an excellent result given the amount of work he and his team put in to get the competitions up and running. James Arneil was just ahead on 30 points with a large chunk of that coming from an excellent performance to retain the Club Championship. Dave Heesom’s performance over the season has been quietly impressive, putting in some consistently low scores and a fine performance to win the Autumn Shield. David Kinrade is, along with others, a great supporter of Club Night who picked up points regularly and captured the Roy Cain Cup back in June. His 36 points put him seventh in the standings. The performance of Garth Hooson-Owen 41 points over the season has been commendable, his sixth place could have been so much better given just a minor change in luck. A number of podium finishes and losing out on countback more than once will have been disappointing but he has managed to improve his game and knock a large slice of his handicap without much difficulty. Martin Kinrade had another season when he was always there or thereabouts picking up points midweek with some regularity. Another Mr Steady was Daniel Arneil with a year-end total of 44 points following a few top 10 finishes and of course a ‘Major’ win in the Millennium Trophy. Last year’s winner, Steve Barbour may feel a little unlucky not to retain his title after that stella win in the Town Cup but unfortunately that competition does not offer points towards Golfer of the Year. His 46 points came from some excellent scores and a trophy-laden summer which led to a good handicap reduction over the season and of course that memorable Centenary Cup win as well. The fight to be the Golfer of Year went on all season between Danny Foulis and Stu Douglas. Surprisingly neither of them had added any silverware to their trophy rooms although both picked up good points in the Club Championship and the Centenary Cup. Topping the league was Stu Douglas with 67 points just overtaking Danny Foulis’ 63 after Stu managed an excellent second place in the Alan Kelly Cup late September. An excellent performance by both players and Stu commented that it shows you don’t need to hit it a mile to play consistently good golf or to be one of the younger generation which I suppose is a message (and a ray of hope) to all of us. Just keep it on the short stuff and putt well. Next Sunday sees the start of the 2020-21 Winter League, just a day after the 19-20 final! Master Gary in by three The season finale is always the Ramsey Masters and Rabbits stableford and very satisfying to have such a large field given the compacted summer season. It’s always a guess as to whether it will be one of the select ‘Masters’ who have won an individual competition during the year or one of the not quite so successful but equally keen ‘Rabbits’ who will make the best score of the day. The beautiful autumnal colouring of the trees set the scene although the course played long in slightly damp conditions. A midday downpour didn’t help making it all the more difficult for both morning and afternoon players. Eleven players managed to beat par including Malcolm Callow who, with a 3-3 finish came in with 37 points and 11th place. He was one of a colony of five Rabbits on 37 including Graham Garrett, Kerry Hiblen, Nigel Bolt and John Quayle. Kerry birdied the par four sixth and played a steady back 9 in 40 whilst Nigel Bolt earned his eighth place with a two on the 12th whilst John Quayle ended the day in seventh place with a two on the last. The first of the Masters to appear on the leaderboard was Dave Littler who in July had shot a 64 to win the Alan Gott Memorial. He started the day in fine form with a front 9 of 39 after a run of pars from the third through to the seventh had given him the foundation for a good score. He came in with 38 points to take sixth place which was very satisfying for this treasured ‘Old Master’. Tony Kennish has been honing his game recently and with the 2019-20 Winter League final due next week he wanted to post a good score but not too good to see a major handicap reduction. His Winter League playing partner, Dave Simpson, will have been somewhat relieved but pleased to see Tony score an excellent 38 points after playing the par threes very well and take fifth place overall and second in the Rabbits competition. The best Rabbit of the day was Martyn Callister, also in with 38 points after an excellent back nine, two over par. The top three scores were all ‘Masters’ and in third spot was the 2020 Millennium Trophy winner, Daniel Arneil, on 40 points. His eagle two on the fourth followed by a birdie on the fifth meant he was one under at the turn. It was only a double bogey five on the last that spoiled the day. Runner-up was Darren Ideson, also on 40 points with a better back nine than Daniel. The Frank Dalgleish Cup winner started with a nervy double bogey but edged back into contention after a birdie on the sixth. A run of pars from the 9th through to the 14th laid the foundation for a potential winning score and he capped it off with a two on the last and a back 9 of 35 which was excellent golf from Darren. Last June Gary Uren landed the Grand Island with an excellent 66 and he kept that form up with an electrifying opening 40 shot front nine to take the lead. Into the back nine it was really his to lose and although there were a few bumps and scrapes along the way, pars on the 16th and 17th steadied the ship putting daylight between himself and Darren by the 18th. A bit of a nervy finish didn’t matter in the end, a 43 point score and the ‘Masters’ title for 2020 meant it was smiles all round. Ramsey members benefit from having a dedicated competition committee whose work is invaluable in getting the seasons competitions up and running, so a big thanks to them from everyone. Club note - thanks to Richard for his excellent reports each week - much appreciated by all. Sun shines on Captain's Day Ramsey Golf Club Captain 2020, Dave Boswell, has had a quite unexpected year, as have we all. We should not forget how lucky we are to be able to play golf in such beautiful and safe surroundings. With the Club closed during lockdown, the competition season has since been unrelenting with no rest for the Captain who, like a lot of players, you would have thought would be ‘golfed out’ but it’s clearly not the case given the number of players on the impressive Ramsey course. The new greens mower has seen a visible extending of the summer season as the greens remain in excellent condition even after the quite frequent recent downpours. Captain’s Day is usually a mid-season event but on this occasion the delay to the end of the summer seemed just right with a fun Am-Am just about concluding the summer season. The complimentary bar just off the 18th green was a welcome stop for all with Hazel Boswell serving and the Captain running the Charity Putting competition in front of the clubhouse. St Christopher’s were the charity to benefit and later Ann Seed gave a short presentation to the Club on the valuable and often unseen, work they do in protecting and developing vulnerable young people on the Island. Of course the putting competition was not quite what it seemed and a donation allowed the players to perhaps try putters that were not quite as technically developed as the current designs. Brian Monk was the only player to master the museum piece putter and the keep the ball on the £10 note! The shotgun start was perfectly timed for a sunny afternoon. A superb 90 points won the day and that was quite an achievement given that the previous day’s rain and hail storm meant the course played long. It was a bottle of champagne for the nearest the pin winners on the par threes. The nearest for the third was Joy Platt, Dean Morris was nearest on the ninth, Bob Baggaley on the 12th, Barbara Monk was nearest on the 17th with Craig Dalton getting nearest on the 18th, a champagne moment for them all. For the Am-Am third place overall was the team of Ray McElhinney, Robbie Moore, Tim Eyre and Derek Parker, with just in front of them in second place team of Tony White, Bob Beattie, Stu Douglas and Robbie Radcliffe.
Here is the view from the rather chilly patio…. Cold Comfort for Dave Saturday afternoon was a pleasant stroll around the course for the re-scheduled Beaujolais Nouveau AM-AM however, Sunday morning saw a completely different picture. A heavy frost overnight meant it was touch and go as to whether the first winter qualifier would be able to start. The new handicapping system meant there was a good turnout even though many players did expect a wasted journey to the Club. Thankfully, the course was just about playable, although yellow balls were perhaps the more sensible piece of equipment, along with gloves, layers and a woolly hat. Conditions were difficult - witness the scoring showing only two players par or better. John Quayle’s early morning question on Facebook about course playability received some encouraging answers so John was out early and after negotiating the icy conditions managed to finish with a birdie on the 16th and a par on the last for 31 points and into a tie for ninth with Martyn Callister who also made the running towards the end with an, always, impressive four, three, four finish. Dave Simpson was in a group of four players on 32. The wintery conditions favoured him and by the turn he had a pleasing seven pars, the second half included some punishing double bogies though and despite the last-ditch birdie on the final hole he was at the back of the 32 point pack. Ahead of him on countback was Ben Locking after birdies on the sixth and 11th. Dean Morris wore his seasonal camouflage, white pants. Thankfully he wore a dark top otherwise he would have been invisible in the snow. A birdie on the 11th put him in good stead for the closing holes however a succession of bogeys meant he failed to capitalise and was beaten for fifth place on a countback by Graham Garrett on 32 points. Tim Eyre had a fairly steady lap with a birdie on the third and 17th to post 34 points and capture fourth spot. The Winter League partnership of Ray McElhinney and David Kinrade were still glowing from last week’s two-man Texas win and Ray’s form continued despite the snow with vital pars on the third, sixth and 17th to get to 35 points and into third spot. Sean Cunningham, on day one of a staycation, was sensible to wait until the temperature had risen a few degrees but it was not an easy start with dropped shots on the first couple of holes. He steadied the ship and grabbed one back with a birdie on the fifth. The round continued on a rocky road and despite a four on the last ended up with a pleasing 35 points and second place. The other star of the Winter League duo, David Kinrade, had played some steady golf the previous day and was sensible enough to continue in that vein in the snowy conditions with a superb round containing a birdie on the eighth to go with 15 pars to secure a second win in successive weekends, roll on winter! Winter League washout Anyone thinking of playing at 8am on Saturday morning seriously had to consider if they were thinking straight. Driving rain, standing water and the prospect of Storm Aidan hitting the Island that morning demanded the courage of true golfing heroes so as I looked out from the patio there they were on the first tee.  With the summer shorts and tee-shirts a fading memory they were barely recognizable, multi-layered, hooded and fully waterproofed with rain already dripping off noses but still smiling, relishing the task ahead. In such pretty horrific wet and windy conditions was the 2019-20 Winter League Final played - (left to right) pairing David Simpson/Tony Kennish against Daniel Arneil/Andrew Hudgeon. Off the yellow tees they went, all making the fairway with their opening salvos, nimbly avoiding puddles that looked like they could develop into a pond within the next few minutes. Second shots to their accustomed fairway positions providing a go-for-it or a lay-up option for the first green. Andrew and Tony thought about safety and laid up while their playing partners went for an early kill. Dave just missed the target, punished with a visit to the fast running stream with Daniel hitting long, making the back of the green and a win within his sight. Tony was unperturbed as he had the benefit of an extra shot up his sleeve however his chip onto the green went a bit awry but left him with a 30-foot putt. Andrew saw the opening but had to get close so a chip to eight feet gave him a chance. The wet green took its toll and Tony didn’t make the distance and another go was just to miss - the opposition conceded the putt giving Daniel the comfort of two putts to go one up. His first putt delivered the answer, a par did the trick, one up. Off they trudged to the second tee with swathes of biting rain hitting their faces, drenched already with gloves and grips not really doing their job with only another seventeen holes to go! With true grit they all teed off and made decent positions on the second fairway. Tony hit the green from 120 yards and partner Dave followed suit. Andrew hit short and Daniel thinned his chip long into the out of bounds territory at the back of the green. The pressure was on Andrew to get close. He chipped to six feet for three but still needed the putt. With putting chances available both Tony and Dave they left their putts annoyingly short with plenty of work still to do. Andrew had to make the putt to have a chance of a half but just missed so Dave needed a five-footer to square the game and he, thankfully, obliged. The match was tied with the short third the next on the menu. After a whole year of playing the Winter League in all sorts of conditions this really was the worst of days, no-one else was on the course. As true friends, the four of them looked each other in the eye deciding enough was enough and halved the match with the honours shared. With the little earlier than expected wet walk back to the clubhouse to dry off and grab a warm drink there was a chance to ponder what could have been but they were all winners. With the Club Dinner on Friday and the start of the Winter League that weekend it all keeps on rolling along. This year’s Winter League will follow a familiar format and is very kindly sponsored by Glyn Hooson-Owen at Dean Wood Estate Agents in Ramsey. Douglas tops Ramsey league Today you should be reading a report on the Winter League Final of Tony Kennish and Dave Simpson versus Daniel Arneil and Andrew Hudgeon however the wild storm on Saturday morning made the decision to play next week a bit of a no-brainer. This compacted season has still seen most of the planned competitions take place, much to the credit of the Competition Committee. A consequence of this is the Golfer of the Year standings being keenly contested. The League table shows Club Captain Dave Boswell came in with 16 points, which isn’t a bad performance given that the curse of the Captaincy usually means a year of indifferent golf. The early season form of Andrew Hudgeon did not really turn into a major win and he might be a little disappointed to end up with a mid-table 17 points though with such a smooth swing perhaps he will get his reward in the Winter League final. Competition Secretary, Dave Simpson will of course take a different view in the final no doubt. He finished in 10th place on 29 points which was an excellent result given the amount of work he and his team put in to get the competitions up and running. James Arneil was just ahead on 30 points with a large chunk of that coming from an excellent performance to retain the Club Championship. Dave Heesom’s performance over the season has been quietly impressive, putting in some consistently low scores and a fine performance to win the Autumn Shield. David Kinrade is, along with others, a great supporter of Club Night who picked up points regularly and captured the Roy Cain Cup back in June. His 36 points put him seventh in the standings. The performance of Garth Hooson-Owen 41 points over the season has been commendable, his sixth place could have been so much better given just a minor change in luck. A number of podium finishes and losing out on countback more than once will have been disappointing but he has managed to improve his game and knock a large slice of his handicap without much difficulty. Martin Kinrade had another season when he was always there or thereabouts picking up points midweek with some regularity. Another Mr Steady was Daniel Arneil with a year-end total of 44 points following a few top 10 finishes and of course a ‘Major’ win in the Millennium Trophy. Last year’s winner, Steve Barbour may feel a little unlucky not to retain his title after that stella win in the Town Cup but unfortunately that competition does not offer points towards Golfer of the Year. His 46 points came from some excellent scores and a trophy-laden summer which led to a good handicap reduction over the season and of course that memorable Centenary Cup win as well. The fight to be the Golfer of Year went on all season between Danny Foulis and Stu Douglas. Surprisingly neither of them had added any silverware to their trophy rooms although both picked up good points in the Club Championship and the Centenary Cup. Topping the league was Stu Douglas with 67 points just overtaking Danny Foulis’ 63 after Stu managed an excellent second place in the Alan Kelly Cup late September. An excellent performance by both players and Stu commented that it shows you don’t need to hit it a mile to play consistently good golf or to be one of the younger generation which I suppose is a message (and a ray of hope) to all of us. Just keep it on the short stuff and putt well. Next Sunday sees the start of the 2020-21 Winter League, just a day after the 19-20 final! Master Gary in by three The season finale is always the Ramsey Masters and Rabbits stableford and very satisfying to have such a large field given the compacted summer season. It’s always a guess as to whether it will be one of the select ‘Masters’ who have won an individual competition during the year or one of the not quite so successful but equally keen ‘Rabbits’ who will make the best score of the day. The beautiful autumnal colouring of the trees set the scene although the course played long in slightly damp conditions. A midday downpour didn’t help making it all the more difficult for both morning and afternoon players. Eleven players managed to beat par including Malcolm Callow who, with a 3-3 finish came in with 37 points and 11th place. He was one of a colony of five Rabbits on 37 including Graham Garrett, Kerry Hiblen, Nigel Bolt and John Quayle. Kerry birdied the par four sixth and played a steady back 9 in 40 whilst Nigel Bolt earned his eighth place with a two on the 12th whilst John Quayle ended the day in seventh place with a two on the last. The first of the Masters to appear on the leaderboard was Dave Littler who in July had shot a 64 to win the Alan Gott Memorial. He started the day in fine form with a front 9 of 39 after a run of pars from the third through to the seventh had given him the foundation for a good score. He came in with 38 points to take sixth place which was very satisfying for this treasured ‘Old Master’. Tony Kennish has been honing his game recently and with the 2019-20 Winter League final due next week he wanted to post a good score but not too good to see a major handicap reduction. His Winter League playing partner, Dave Simpson, will have been somewhat relieved but pleased to see Tony score an excellent 38 points after playing the par threes very well and take fifth place overall and second in the Rabbits competition. The best Rabbit of the day was Martyn Callister, also in with 38 points after an excellent back nine, two over par. The top three scores were all ‘Masters’ and in third spot was the 2020 Millennium Trophy winner, Daniel Arneil, on 40 points. His eagle two on the fourth followed by a birdie on the fifth meant he was one under at the turn. It was only a double bogey five on the last that spoiled the day. Runner-up was Darren Ideson, also on 40 points with a better back nine than Daniel. The Frank Dalgleish Cup winner started with a nervy double bogey but edged back into contention after a birdie on the sixth. A run of pars from the 9th through to the 14th laid the foundation for a potential winning score and he capped it off with a two on the last and a back 9 of 35 which was excellent golf from Darren. Last June Gary Uren landed the Grand Island with an excellent 66 and he kept that form up with an electrifying opening 40 shot front nine to take the lead. Into the back nine it was really his to lose and although there were a few bumps and scrapes along the way, pars on the 16th and 17th steadied the ship putting daylight between himself and Darren by the 18th. A bit of a nervy finish didn’t matter in the end, a 43 point score and the ‘Masters’ title for 2020 meant it was smiles all round. Ramsey members benefit from having a dedicated competition committee whose work is invaluable in getting the seasons competitions up and running, so a big thanks to them from everyone. Club note - thanks to Richard for his excellent reports each week - much appreciated by all. Sun shines on Captain's Day Ramsey Golf Club Captain 2020, Dave Boswell, has had a quite unexpected year, as have we all. We should not forget how lucky we are to be able to play golf in such beautiful and safe surroundings. With the Club closed during lockdown, the competition season has since been unrelenting with no rest for the Captain who, like a lot of players, you would have thought would be ‘golfed out’ but it’s clearly not the case given the number of players on the impressive Ramsey course. The new greens mower has seen a visible extending of the summer season as the greens remain in excellent condition even after the quite frequent recent downpours. Captain’s Day is usually a mid-season event but on this occasion the delay to the end of the summer seemed just right with a fun Am-Am just about concluding the summer season. The complimentary bar just off the 18th green was a welcome stop for all with Hazel Boswell serving and the Captain running the Charity Putting competition in front of the clubhouse. St Christopher’s were the charity to benefit and later Ann Seed gave a short presentation to the Club on the valuable and often unseen, work they do in protecting and developing vulnerable young people on the Island. Of course the putting competition was not quite what it seemed and a donation allowed the players to perhaps try putters that were not quite as technically developed as the current designs. Brian Monk was the only player to master the museum piece putter and the keep the ball on the £10 note! The shotgun start was perfectly timed for a sunny afternoon. A superb 90 points won the day and that was quite an achievement given that the previous day’s rain and hail storm meant the course played long. It was a bottle of champagne for the nearest the pin winners on the par threes. The nearest for the third was Joy Platt, Dean Morris was nearest on the ninth, Bob Baggaley on the 12th, Barbara Monk was nearest on the 17th with Craig Dalton getting nearest on the 18th, a champagne moment for them all. For the Am-Am third place overall was the team of Ray McElhinney, Robbie Moore, Tim Eyre and Derek Parker, with just in front of them in second place team of Tony White, Bob Beattie, Stu Douglas and Robbie Radcliffe.