Dream day for Mazzones
Captain’s Day is a special event in any club’s calendar and last Saturday Club President Martin Webb on behalf of Ramsey Golf Club honoured Club Captain Salvatore “Toto” Mazzone.
The course was in excellent condition and the scoring impressive. The Greens Staff did an excellent job preparing the course with greens running true and slick with some challenging pin positions. A shotgun start for the afternoon players and the sunny conditions meant that Toto’s hospitality with a bar at the back of the 18th was both generous and thirst quenching as players plotted their way around the course. By the end of play five players had tied on 36 points with Baker’s dozen ahead of them. Geoff Hunt and Darren Ideson managed to beat par but the outward nine holes of Steve Moorhouse of 37 shots gave him the advantage and a comfortable back nine meant he tied with Jim McDonough and Andy Nicholson on 38. Into the top 10 on 39 were David Gaines, Nigel Kermode and Freddie Dancox coming in with a gross 71. His opening nine had just one bogey on the fifth. The back nine saw another dropped shot on 12th with Freddie making it up with a birdie on 14. An excellent round of golf from the always cheerful Freddie Dancox. Dave Littler played some steady golf, picking up points as and when and by the last had amassed 40 points to take fifth place.
The still up and coming Dave Heesom produced a magical round of golf right from the off with a birdie on the opener following it up by taking three shots on each of 4, 5, 6, and 10 standing five under gross on the 12th tee. A couple of dropped shots followed before getting one back on 14 following pars on the final three holes all resulting in a gross 67, a commendable score to say the least. Still, his 40 points didn’t make the top three.
Just ahead was the ever-improving Fergus Murdoch in third place on 41 points managing birdies on the 6, 7,10 and 13. Dave Simpson was one of the morning players and his 42 points resulted in second place. An outward 36 shots was very satisfying after a dropped shot on the opening hole but his bogey free back nine of 33 shots with birdies on the 10 and 17 was pure magic and would normally result in a best gross prize but for Dave’s score. It is well known that Toto Mazzone has a large and loving family behind him so it came as no surprise that Claudio Mazzone would produce his best golf to keep the prizes in the family. With birdie twos on 9, where he was nearest the pin and 12 he accumulated a very pleasing 43 points accepting the Captain’s Day prize from a smiling and proud dad.
On Sunday Tim Pressley generously sponsored the Corkill & Callow medal. His 72 wasn’t quite enough however who would want to win their own competition anyway? Another big turnout saw Dave Heesom produce yet another excellent round with a gross 73 although Paul Allison took the gross prize with an error free par finish on the closing holes and a better back nine. Twenty-one players were par or better and seven of them tied on 69. With pars on the last three holes being the order of the day, Andy Cowin was the pick of the bunch and his back nine of 36, after a birdie on 14 meant he took sixth place ahead of Simon Callow, Paul Allison, Duncan McLeod, Conor Grant, Derek Parker and Johannes Van Der Heever all on 69. Mark Woodhouse came in fifth with a 68 after a steady round and in fourth Ian Liddle just did enough to keep his cool on the closing holes to post a 67. Stan Ryzak and Dave Morgan were both a shot ahead on 66 surprisingly. Stan’s run of 5 pars on the back 9 wasn’t quite enough to take second place from Dave Morgan. Clear winner on the day was Ray Rowley after an excellent start on the front nine with birdies on 2 and 6. His back nine suffered on 15 however he had been picking up shots all the way and a 63 was the best of the day, a clear winner.
Dropped shots grant win to Dean
As the popular Wednesday Club Day reached episode 17 the weather wasn’t quite up to the description of “summer”, despite that 38 players turned out although only the top four managed 36 points or more.
Stuck in the 35s were Andrew Cowin after a nice birdie three on 6, Steve Moorhouse who, after a disappointing five on 12, stormed in with an excellent 4,3,3 on the final three holes. Just getting ahead on a narrow countback after a birdie on 4 was Malcolm Callow and to be honest 35 points wasn’t a bad score on the day at all.
The Club Captain, Toto Mazzone, must have played more golf recently than he thought possible and to keep churning out consistent golf when you are Captain is a task in itself. A birdie three on 16 and 36 points for fourth place was impressive so who would deny him a little tired lapse on the last.
Tony Kennish seems to keep his best golf for the midweek outing and his 37 points was a rollercoaster ride if ever there was one. Two bogeys and two pars on the opening four holes was steady enough but an eagle two on 5 put him right up at the head of the bunch. More steady stuff followed and an outward 9 of 37 shots meant he was leading at the turn. Pars on the 10 and 11cemented his position but it was on 12 where it started to unravel just a tad. Double bogeys on the 12 and 13 were in stark contrast to the very welcome birdie on 14 but the errors continued on the 15 and 16 as the momentum faded. The ship was calmed somewhat on the closing holes and 37 points was an excellent score but just think what it could have been.
The top two places saw a close match between David Dean and Tony Grant. Grant started steady enough and was two shots ahead of Tony Kennish taking second place after a birdie on 11. Grant was in position with three holes to play to pose a real threat to Dean who had gone out one over par and played two steady halves of golf, a timely birdie on 14 helping to post 40 points and take the lead in the clubhouse. Grant had the opportunity to take the day but dropped shots on the last two holes meant Dean’s 40 points was the premier score of the day.
A disappointing result in 2020 for Danny Foulis which saw him losing out to the excellent James Arneil who held onto his title again, this year was to prove extra special for Danny Foulis. A magnificent win and the title of 2021 Ramsey Golf Club Champion, this year kindly sponsored by NFU Mutual.
Round one was in glorious sunshine with the course long and the greens perfect. Andrew Hudgeon and Darren Ideson started well with gross 74s however making an early move was David Kinrade posting a 71 after a flawless back 9 of 33. James Arneil began his defence without any major issue to stand at one over by the tenth tee. However, on the thirteenth a wild drive landing by the eleventh green saw him take a stance with one foot on the green to play his second shot. All credit to Arneil as he declared the foul and took a two shot penalty. In a tight competition this was crucial and he finished the day four over par. Danny Foulis picked up three birdies on the outward lap although giving two away by dropping shots on the third and ninth to be one under par at the turn and second on the leader board. His back 9 saw another par three disaster with a double bogey on 12 . He recovered well with birdies on 15 and 16 before coasting home in par to finish the day one under par and Championship leader with Kinrade two shots behind and Arneil a further four shots adrift. Danny was pleased with his round though knew full well that Arneil would not give up his title easily.
Round two was a backdrop of mist and, at best, persistent heavy drizzle as a number of players failed to complete their round. Kinrade struggled along with many in the wet conditions and his challenge was washed away by the water for this year. Defeating the conditions was Stu Douglas and his 71 was excellent golf after a back 9 of 34. Martin Callister and Darren Ideson also had good rounds of 73. Taking an early tee and the wet weather was also Foulis and the third hole looked to be his undoing again dropping two shots on this par three. Birdies on 4, 6 and 7 repaired the damage only to be undone again with three shots dropped on 8 and 9. He was two over par but still leader and a birdie on 10 put pressure on Arneil. A bogey on 11 did not deter him and Fouls followed that up with six pars wrapped it up with a birdie on the last to end the round with a 72 and still leader at one over par. Out on the course, which was now dry, was the defending Champion knowing he had to shoot a 66 or better to keep his crown. It all began well then a disaster on the fourth saw him dropping four shots, ending with a disappointing four over for the day. It was an impossible ask and despite coming back in an impressive 32 shots the title was lost for this year. Arneil will come back stronger there’s no doubt. Playing the second round so well in the wet weather gives great credit to Club Champion Danny Foulis.
He had a good day in the nett competition as well. In round one, Darren Ideson’s nett 69 put him on the leaderboard although some three shots behind Glen Charnock and Foulis. On 64 was Jonathan Carey and Tom Wollin with Tom taking the day prize by one shot after a countback on the back 9. On the rainy second day scores did not match round one, Martyn Callister’s 69 tied with Danny Foulis. Ideson improved on the second day with a 68 but just pipped for second place by Stu Douglas on a back 9 countback. With a four shot gap Darren Colquitt had an excellent 64 to win the day two after birdies on 4 and 10. Overall it was that man again Foulis who cleared up the overall nett prize on four under par just ahead of Colquitt and Ideson in third.
Presentation was made by Captain Toto Mazzone and sponsor representative Dave Wilkinson.
Ramsey Seniors visited Castletown recently for the final round in the Combined Seniors League - what a change round it proved to be. At the start of the day Ramsey was in joint top place and had high hopes of claiming the inaugural Combined Seniors Trophy. Unfortunately, despite a gallant effort, Ramsey lost all their matches to finish bottom in the group just three points behind the inaugural winner Rowany. Perhaps the writing was on the wall when Bob Baggaley arrived at the club with his wife’s trolley and had to hire one from the pro shop. Obviously unnerved by this, he and his partner Mick Loughrey lost the opening four holes eventually losing 5&4. Club Captain Toto Mazzone and Chris Hinchliffe played some great golf and although scoring several birdies couldn’t quite match their opponents from Castletown who had their high handicap player playing like a single handicapper losing 2&1. Andrew Walker and Tony Kennish played well but as Andrew told me as he left the final hole ‘just not as well as them’ after losing 3&1. A gallant last stand effort came from Dave Boswell and Malcolm Jermy as they managed to stay in their match up to the final and deciding hole which they narrowly lost. A disaster in the scheme of things, Rowany taking the league title with Ramsey finishing bottom such was the closeness of all the teams. Great Fun and Ramsey are already planning for next season.
Five shot win for Mark and Darren
Ramsey Golf Club send their congratulations to Ana Dawson and Kevin Moore on becoming the 2021 Island Golf Champions after a very successful week’s golf at Mount Murray. After a bit of a competition hiatus during the Island Championships with many of the members visiting Mount Murray to support the Championships and Ramsey Clubs players, the competitive golfing thirst was quenched with the Wednesday Club Days.
Club Day 14 witnessed some top notch golf from Gareth Hooson-Owen, Mark Skelding, Freddie Dancox and Ben Locking amongst others. Gareth Hooson-Owen came in fourth after a steady round although a rocky first hole and a mid-round blip on 14 meant he just fell short of the prizes. Freddie Dancox and Mark Skelding tied on 37 points. A seven on 14 for Mark spelled danger however he followed it up with a birdie three on the next although that was enough damage to lose out on a back 9 countback. Freddie Dancox’s gross 72 included birdies on 7 and 15 and the last to earn second place but still two shots behind Ben Locking who managed birdies on 4, 19 and the last for a back 9 of 34 to take the top prize.
Club Day 15 was another closely contested affair with eight players on 36 points and better. Martin Webb and Malcolm Callow tied on 36, a blob on 14 costly for the President. Just ahead on 37 was John Newbold and Andrew Walker, a birdie 3 on 13. Clive Pemberton came in with 39 after a birdie on 6. The top three places were decided by one shot. Martyn Callister ‘s gross 71, birdies on the 3, 13 and 14, was excellent golf however dropped shots on the 8 and 16 knocked him off top spot. Andy Cowin and David Dean came with 41 points after matching birdies on the sixth and it was all square at the turn. The birdie on the tenth for David Dean made the difference with a better back 9 giving him the edge and win on the day.
Saturday saw the very popular Famous Plough 4BBB with players taking advantage of good weather despite the forecast. Thirty-four teams managed better than par and 44 points did not make the top three. Having an excellent round was Ruth Murdoch and Linda Webb returning 45 points, as did Steve Westcott and Tony Grant, their marginally better back 9 though giving them second place although it was somewhat a shock for them all to discover they were five points off the pace. Finishing off with a staggering 50 points was Mark Moran and Darren Ideson. A memorable score to say the least and worthy of more than a few down at the Plough to celebrate.
Jan and Bob top in Spoons
With water safety very much in the national news and the work of the RNLI in Ramsey very much appreciated, it was time for the annual RNLI Silver Spoons stableford. Seventeen players managed par or better on another glorious summer’s day with the greens lightly watered and playing at their very best.
In the ladies’ section, Wendy Hogan on 38 points secured third place. Joy Platt managed to fill second spot, her 40 points losing to Jan Sentence’s superior back nine score in a countback.
Meanwhile the Men saw Calvin Quayle post 36 points as did Martin Kinrade, Adam Greenwood, Andrew Cowin, Duncan McLeod, Dave Wilkinson and Tony Kennish to tie for eighth place with Chris Nicholson and Paul Allison two shots better on 38 points, his gross 73 was impressive. A two-way tie on 39 points and one, Colin Higgins, would have been very frustrated at not adding to that score, a disastrous final hole before a well-earned pint at the bar gifting Andrew Hudgeon fourth, birdie twos on 17 and 18 for a satisfying gross 71 being good enough. It was very tight at the top with the three places going to 40 points. The final three holes at Ramsey are historically tough and inevitably this was the case in the Silver Spoons. Peter Robinson started his round well with birdies on 3 and 4, continuing to pick up points throughout the round to lead at the turn. Bob Griffiths and Charlie Cormode took up the challenge however Cormode dropped shots on 15 which proved crucial. They were still going well but just behind Robinson at the 16th tee. A double bogey six for Robinson on the hole meant he lost the upper hand as Griffiths and Cormode picked up points with pars. All three secured valuable pars on 17 and teeing up on 18 Griffiths was leading narrowly. Robinson needed a birdie to win, his par wasn’t enough. This left Cormode needing a par to win however his bogey meant third place, with Robinson second and Griffiths just a whisker ahead to win the day and the Silver Spoons.
Wednesday, Club Day 13, the sun continued to shine. Four players returned 36 points, of these Martin Kinrade had an excellent front 9 with birdies on 1, 4 and 8 however the second performance did not live up to the promising start resulting in 36 points and eighth place. Marc Clarke, Stan Ryzak and Ashley Horsley also on 36 points with Clarke taking fifth place on countback. Steve Porter and John Quayle battled it out for third place scoring 38 points. The advantage of Quayle’s birdie on the fourth was lost with a double on 15 while Porter took full advantage and third place after birdies on the 2 and 4. Neil Atkinson enjoyed some mid-week success with 41 points although double bogeys on 15 and 16 proved very costly. Atkinson took second place behind Andrew Nicholson who shot his round of the season with a magnificent 43 points, 75 gross after a solid par start for the opening eight holes.
Championship success for Tilly Davies, splendid performance to get so far in the last eight and James Arneil through to the final on Sunday.
Tony signs off with par
The heat of Wednesday, the twelfth Club Day of the season, saw playing conditions not as benign as you may have expected. Only a dozen managed par or better, of these Dave Heesom’s birdie start ended up with a gross 71, giving him a mere 36 points in a round containing four birdies and eighth place. In that group also were Duncan Macleod, Dave Dancox, Pete O’Donnell, Martin Kinrade and Jonathan Davidson. Excellent scoring by all however Stu Douglas was one shot ahead tied with Martin Callister. On 38 points and in third place was Daniel Arneil, no stranger to producing the goods in hot conditions. He started off with a disaster though quickly turned it around with birdies on the 2, 8 and again on 13. A battle between two seasoned Club Day players, Dave Boswell and Tony Kennish for the top spot. One point split the two with both bagging two birdies on the front nine to turn neck and neck. The closing holes were to prove the key to success. Dave dropped a shot on 15 with both parring the 16th. Dave Boswell dropped another on the penultimate hole, getting it back with a much needed two on the last. Tony kept his nerve and parred the last three, always a good sign and on this occasion earned him that extra point and top place of the day on 40 points.
Saturday it was even warmer for the Deemster Cowley Cup medal where we witnessed two excellent rounds in the nett section. Only seven players managed par or better and Bob Baggaley’s form continued tying on 70 with Harley Christian and Jonathan Carey. Fourth place on 69 was Andrew Carey after birdies on 6 and 17. Just ahead was Steve Smith with 68 after a bit of a roller coaster front nine but steady 38 coming home gave him third place. The top two places were streets ahead, both coming in with a nett 63. Gary Uren and Eric Corkish played at their very best and both went out in gross 40 shots making the back nine score crucial. Eric had a birdied 12 although had to play steady. Gary Uren had a three shot handicap advantage but could not afford any slip-ups on the closing holes. The long par four, 15, proved to be crucial with Gary sacrificing those three shots on that hole and unable to regain the momentum as Eric played to his handicap rolling up to the Clubhouse to win on countback. The gross prize was a quite different affair. Dave Heesom carded a 73 after birdies on 2 and 5 while Stu Douglas posted a 74 after birdies on the 6 and 13. Unfortunately for both, James Arneil was out on the course and after an eagle start on the first hole the result was never really in any doubt. Just for good measure he followed it up with a birdies on 3 ,14 and 17 with the only blip on 11 but that’s easily forgotten in what was another excellent round from James and he’s certainly looking in good shape for the IOM Championships. The Club sends its best wishes to all taking part.
No pain ... just Gaines
Thrilling day out at Peel for Ramsey Seniors in the Combined Seniors League, played in glorious sunshine on an excellent course readied for the Peel Town Cup. All four matches were close with Tim Eyre/Gordon Clarke having an excellent 3 & 2 win over Rowany. Toto Mazzone/Colin Higgins played some great golf and secured their win over Mount Murray on the last hole. Roger Butler/Dave Boswell had an extremely close match with Peel and with never more than one hole in it for either side, Ramsey just lost out on the 18th going 1 down. Paul Mercer/Richard Lings stayed close to their opponents from Castletown, eventually losing their match 2 & 1. The overall standings, with one match left to play at Castletown, are close, just 1 ½ points separating top from bottom with Ramsey in third place, Mount Murray leaders and Rowany in second.
Ramsey Golf Week in full swing, glorious weather and a very playable course for members and welcome visitors alike last week. Wednesday saw the individual stableford benefit from valued sponsorship from Mark Corrin of Isle of Man Copiers. Dave Heesom continued his rich run of milestone golfing events, recording a hole-in-one on the 9th with a sweetly struck rescue club, unforgettable. Just a dozen players managed to score 36 points or more with Derek Parker, Michael Morrison, Chris Hinchliffe and Duncan Macleod playing to par. Oliver Steriopulos, after birdies on 2 and 13, and Michael McDonald with a good run of pars on the back 9, were impressive on 37 points. In fifth place on 38 was Phil Drowley, an excellent finish with birdies on the last two holes. David Kinrade showed some form with an opening 9 holes in 33 shots after birdies on 4, 5 and 8, ending up with 39 points after a two on the last. Bob Arneil and Clive Pemberton also tied on 39 points and it was Bob’s 4,3,3 par finish that gave him second place on a countback. Mark Skelding took the honours of the day on 41 after a steady start and a birdie on 4. He kept his cool on the back 9 with an impressive 37 shots with the only cause for concern being a bogey on the penultimate hole.
On Thursday the Canaccord Trophies medal was the big event with the nett and gross prizes closely fought out with excellent scoring. The top dozen or so managed to break par and with a nett 69 Toto Mazzone tied with the in-form Bob Baggaley, Gareth Hooson-Owen and Graham Garrett. A birdie on the last gave the Azzurri the edge over the others and ninth place overall. Bob Beattie just had the edge over David Chambers both carding a solid nett 68. On the same score was Dave Heesom whose consistent golf throughout was impressive with 35 shots both out and back to the Clubhouse after birdies on 2 and 16. Charles Garside and Craig Dalton shot nett 67 with the former taking third place on a countback. Birdies on 6 and last from Craig Dalton just wasn’t enough to improve on the crazy round of Charles who recorded six birdies in a roller coaster round of golf. Tony Kelly preferred a more steady approach, picking up shots all the way and a birdie on the last was enough to give him a nett 66 and runner-up position. The gross competition saw Charles Garside and Dave Heesom shoot 70s to be in the running. With an outward 9 of 34 Stu Douglas made an early move after a birdie on 3 and 4 but he was never in the lead for the gross prize. James Arneil made it clear what his intention was by playing some sizzling golf in the heat and an opening 9 of 33 shots after birdies on 1, 3, 5 and 7 left it in no doubt. Further birdie success followed on 13 and 14 to compete a brilliant round of 67 shots, winner of the gross prize. Stu had fought all the way and a birdie on 16 brought him close but not close enough to take the best gross but what a satisfying day all the same with a nett 65 to give him the overall nett prize.
Manx Telecom and Liz Greenhill sponsored the Jim Greenhill Memorial Am-Am with the 160 players having an excellent day of sunny golf. The team of John Simson, Ray Jopson, Bob Griffiths and Kerry Hiblen made an early start of it and were the early leaders on 89 points. Dave Heesom, Martin Webb, Geoff Hunt and Tilly Davies look promising although their 87 though wasn’t quite enough to get in the prizes. Dave Dancox, taking a welcome break from the Pro Shop, with Ben Locking, Alex Carine and John Quayle equalled the Simpson morning score on 89 but some way ahead in third place was the team of Brown, McMurrie, Wagstaff and Drummond on 92 points. Taking second place on countback was Dave Simpson with Steve Smith, Gary Uren and Andy Cowin. Clear winners on the day and always looking dangerous, were Am-Am past masters, Brian Reid, John Rotheroe, Jane and David Gaines who carded an unassailable 95. The day ended with a presentation for the very welcome sponsors and prize winners for the week’s golf followed by a curry, a few drinks and excellent entertainment from Mike Jelski and his band.
Normality and some welcome rain to follow before next weekend.
Tony's Town Cup Triumph
With the course in pristine condition thanks to the hard work of the greens staff and a timely downpour, what better way to start Ramsey Golf Week than with the NFU sponsored 4BBB on Saturday. Bob Baggaley started the week off well with Ray Rowley their 46 points tied with Dan Arneil/Glen Charnock and Andrew Cowin/Steve Smith just taking 3rd place on countback. On 48 points was Tom Wollin/Lee Vowles, giving them second place behind a dynamic duo of Wendy Hogan and Natasha Moore with a match winning 50 points
The Ramsey Town Cup, very kindly sponsored by Peter and Kathy Clucas, is always the event of the week, if not the season. With familiar tempting but potentially destructive pin positions the field was set for an exciting day’s golf in the sun and the result was in doubt almost to the last. Club President, Martin Webb was the round one starter as players looking to post great scores teed up in this two- round golfing marathon. Tim Pressley, Jason Orr, Bob Baggaley and Dave Simpson all shot an opening 69 and came in for lunch with great expectations for the afternoon. Jim McDonagh continued his good form with Steve Westcott and the pre-match favourite for some, Marc Clarke, starting well with nett 68s. Clarke’s back 9 of 39 looked augured well for the second lap. Tony Grant was another on 68 after a birdie four on the 11th and some steady golf all round. The best nett score of the morning came from Brian Kelly with a 65 following a birdie three on the 13 and with the pin well defended by the left hand-side bunker, an excellent two on the 17th this put Kelly at the top of the leader board with the Grant group three shots down tied for second place. Just one shot behind on 69 was Baggaley and three others, so it was all to play for on a hot afternoon.
Putting in a second good lap is the toughest test and Bob Baggaley put himself leader in the clubhouse with another 69 with pars on 17th and 18th for a nett 138. Stu Douglas also consistent and his 70+70=140 par score was also in contention. With many still out on the course anything could happen. Danny Foulis improved on his morning score of 72 hitting birdies on the second and fifth - his score looked even better after an eagle two on the 10th which put him in contention at one stage, although a bogey on the tricky 17th for a 69 wasn’t to be quite good enough. Tony Kennish improved on his morning score of 73 with an excellent 68. His birdie, par, par finish was enough to get him the best second round score. As the players out on the course began to finish their round and retire for a well-earned refreshment on the patio, the excitement mounted as players arrived on the 18th green. Ian Craine’s excellent putt for a two raised a telling laugh as it was the only highlight in 36 holes. James Arneil (above, left) behind with another excellent two for a gross 68, an overall gross 138 and clear favourite for the Critchley Cup. Brian Kelly’s game suffered in the heat of the afternoon, he came in with a nett 77 for a 142, slipping down the order. In the same group was Tony Grant and his strategy of playing to his handicap for both rounds was paying off. Birdies on 6 and 16 meant he was under par on the 18th tee. It’s a long day and a tired tee shot missing the 18th put the strategy under pressure however a chip to the green to under 10 feet meant a par was in his grasp, but would a four be enough? It was just too close to call. Spectators realised this putt was crucial. Bob Baggaley looked on nervously as Grant lined up the putt and although it could not have been closer, it missed. A tap in four gave him a nett 68 for an overall 137, winning the Ramsey Town Cup by one shot from Baggaley.
More from Ramsey Golf Week in next week’s view from the patio.
Family fortunes for the Jermys
Wednesday’s Club night was a close call with two points separating the top seven players. Paul Allison took fourth place on 39 points ahead of Stan Ryzak, Dean Morris and Andrew Nicholson. Paul Hinstridge in third after a countback, lost out to Pete O’Donnell, second place after a countback by a narrow margin. The winner on the day, playing well, was Dave Wilkinson with a very creditable 40 points.
The weekend was a ‘major’ competition at Ramsey with the two-day Centenary Cup, again very kindly sponsored by Tony White. With the course and weather giving the players a headstart for a wonderful weekend’s golf it was no surprise that there was some excellent scoring both in the nett and gross categories.
Paul Allison continued in form from Wednesday with a gross 73 putting him well placed for the overall gross prize and 10th in the nett category by Saturday evening. Frank Feeney, Darren Ideson and Tony Kelly shot nett 69s to also get top 10 placings and into contention for Sunday. Darren Colquitt’s back nine of 38 put him in fifth on 68 tie with David Chambers and Malcolm Jermy. Malcolm Jermy’s front nine of 39 shots was excellent golf and he looked good for Sunday if he could maintain that level. Stan Ryzak also continued his mid-week form and put in a 67 along with Paul Mercer to tie for second place by the end of play. By far and away the cream on the top of a pint of the dark stuff was John Shields who came in with a superb 64 to lead by three shots.
The gross prize was looking like it was going to be a tightly contested affair with some fancied runners electing to play together in the final Sunday group. James Arneil led the way by one shot on 72, just ahead of Dave Heesom, Dan Arneil and Paul Allison all on 73 with Steve Barbour, a previous winner, Danny Foulis, Andrew Hudgeon and Martin Kinrade close behind and certainly in contention.
Sunday saw a repeat of playing conditions with nett 69s from Colin Higgins, Chris Starkey and Andrew Hudgeon all getting into the top 10. Andrew Hudgeon’s back nine of 36 was solid golf indeed. Richard Power’s front nine looked like a welcome return to form but a nine on the 10th put an end to that thought although a 68 for the round was relief in itself. Tim Pressley, Dennis McGurgan and Martin Webb were also on 68 with some impressive scoring but John Shields kept up Saturday’s form to take the overall lead after another excellent round of nett 67, nine under par overall. Derek Parker’s Sunday 66 was enough to make his day as well.
Out on the course were the gross prize chasers and of course Malcolm Jermy, just four shots behind John Shields in the nett section. Birdies on 2 and 3 provided the impetus to make a charge for the lead. Another birdie on 4 and Malcolm Jermy was only one shot behind John Shields with holes still to play. Keeping it steady and taking a birdie opportunity on 16 meant he now had the lead, a back nine of 39 giving a round nett 60, a total 12 under par score for the weekend, clear winner of the Centenary Cup. Another big prize for the Jermy household – Penny lifting the President’s Prize last week. What’s good for the goose…
The gross prize was still to be decided, the last group though just could not make up the lead on the board Paul Allison had. James Arneil came closest with 149 overall but Paul Allison’s second lap of 74 for a total of 147 was good enough for a win by two.
Big home win for Ramsey
Second leg of the Combined Seniors teams meeting at Ramsey saw a strong Ramsey team manage to take full advantage of home ground winning all four of their matches. Jim McDonough and John Rotheroe had sub-par rounds and a comfortable win 5 and 4 against Castletown’s Wayne Egerton and Peter Thomas. Club Captain, Toto Mazzone, and Colin Higgins ran out 3 and 2 winners against Mount Murray’s Bob Love and Gareth Rowlands. Paul Mercer and Richard Lings combined well to score an excellent 4 and 3 win over Rowany’s Richard Miller and George Quale. There was a thrilling finish for Bob Baggaley and Roger Butler who had a much tougher match against Peel’s John Matthews and Colin Halsall with the match being settled by the last putt of the last hole in favour of Ramsey. With four of the 10 available points taken by Ramsey it left the other teams playing catchup with Mount Murray claiming two points having a couple of good wins, 4 and 3 and 1-up against Rowany and Peel respectively. Castletown and Peel both managed 1½. points each with Castletown 1-up against Mount Murray to share the spoils with Peel who also managed an excellent 5 and 4 win against Rowany who, in turn, managed just one point with a 2 and 1 win against Castletown. With two matches played Ramsey now head the League with 5½ points.
Wednesday’s Clubday saw a good turnout with 13 players par or better. The star round of the day and the season so far, came from James Arneil who shot a 67 gross - an inward 9 of just 31 shots. Following a birdie on 8 James made his way onto the back 9 and took it apart with an eagle three on 14 followed up with birdies on 16, 17 and 18 to end an impressive round with surprisingly just 38 points and fifth place. On 39 was Dave Boswell who also managed birdies on the last two holes to take fourth place. In third place for the second week running was Tilly Davies with an improving 40 points, pars on the last three holes delivering the goods. The top two placed played out together and it was a battle between familiar foes, Brian Kelly and Basil Beilich. Brian started off with a birdie and another on 5 to be in contention at the turn. Basil Beilich responded with a birdie on 10 and a nice two on 12 to turn the screw on his playing partner. Brian Kelly fought back with a birdie on 14 making it all down to the final two holes and really a question of who would hold their nerve. It was frantic with Brian dropping shots on the penultimate hole and finishing with 40 points leaving Basil the winner on 42 points.
Saturday saw 26 teams compete for the Midsummer Am-Am. While this competition does not quite have the same kudos as in previous years when it was the highlight of early summer, the competition was fierce with three teams tied on 125. In sixth place Toto Mazzone, Bob Baggaley, Tony Grant and Colin Higgins just lost out on countback to a team led by Stu Douglas with Graham Garrett, Brian Kelly and Neil Atkinson who had a successful Sunday winning the Pro Shop competition. Fourth place went to Michael Choo’s team of Tim Manning, Robbie Radcliffe and Fergus Murdoch, though they were three shots behind what looked on paper to be a “Dream Team” of in-form players Dan Arneil, Andrew Hudgeon, Marc Clarke and Tilly Davies who came in on 122 a shot behind Matthew and Kevin Bell, Nigel Kermode and Mike Doherty who took second place. Winning by a shot on 121 was Dave and Hazel Boswell, Mike MacDonald and Steve Westcott.
A special mention must go out to Mark Pons Bert, Mark Moran, Claudio Mazzone and Tim Pressley who teed off at 4am on the longest day and four rounds later walked into the Clubhouse around 10pm and making a valuable contribution in sponsorship for MacMillan Cancer Information and Support Service, a very well done to four tired golfers.
Penny posts top score
Club Day was a warm-up for President’s weekend, fitting then that Club President Martin Webb should put in a solid round for 36 points, that is, a solid round of 16 holes and a little rest on the last two! There is a win in the making. Also on 36 was Graham Garrett who started the round paring the first six holes to finish tied with Charlie Cormode. Both dropped shots on the last which cost them both a potential third place. Taking that spot was Tilly Davies on 37 after birdies on the fourth and 15. David Chamber’s retirement seems to be paying golfing dividends and hopefully his coming Parish Walk experience will match this week’s Club Day performance. Birdies on the 11 and 13 resulted in a very pleasing 37 points and second place. Winner on the day with 38 points was Martyn Callister, an excellent front 9 of 34 shots followed by a birdie on 12 to lay an excellent foundation for the winning round.
On sunny Saturday it was President’s Day, an individual stableford with the added bonus put on by Martin Webb (pictured above, right) of a complimentary bar alongside the 18th green followed by a buffet in the Clubhouse. A drink at the end of the round is nothing unusual but this was a shotgun start so a swift pint mid-round might just have improved scores for some of the 100+ players! As it turned out it was a day when the women impressed the President by outscoring the men. With excellent playing conditions 20 players posted scores of 36 or more so you had to play well to get in the prizes. John Rotheroe continued his return to form with 36 and tied with Alan Gelling and six other players. Just ahead on 37 was Sean Cunningham but on 38 points in a three-way tie was Phil Halsall, Rosemarie Sinclair and Duncan McLeod There was another multiple tie on 39 points with Dave Boswell just edging it into sixth place on countback from Ben Locking and an excellent round from Jan Sentence. Bob (never been in the rough) Beattie put in another solid round and a birdie on 16 put him in contention however a dropped shot on the last resulted in fifth place with an excellent 40 points. Club Captain Toto Mazzone (above, left), glowing after Italy’s opening victory in the European Championships, took inspiration from the Azzurri and after a birdie on 6 he finished it off with a three hole par finish and 40 points, surely in the prizes? Stu Douglas (second right) had other ideas, an impressive gross 71 with four birdies resulted in 40 points for the best men’s score, third place overall with Toto slotting into fourth and a semi-final place for the Azzurri. Two shots ahead it was turn of the Ramsey women to shine with the top two places keenly fought out between Pam Teasdale (third from right) and Penny Jermy (centre). With point scoring pars essential Pam Teasdale started well picking up points on the third and fourth. With another bonus on 15, 42 points looked like a winner. However, playing solidly all the way, never falling behind was Penny Jermy who just needed to keep her cool after a difficult back 9. Picking up points from 12 to the 14 meant it was going to be close and it just took a bogey five on 16 to get that extra shot on a back 9 play-off to win the President’s Trophy by the smallest of margins. A big thanks to Martin Webb for ensuring the players were well fortified for the day. (Also pictured Barbara Monk, women’s best gross, second left and Freddie Dancox’s, best junior).
Berry - pick of the bunch
in Smurfit Cup
The re-arranged Smurfit Memorial Cup took place on a sunny Sunday with scores suggesting excellent playing conditions with 16 players posting 36 points or more. Andrew Walker was the pick of the bunch on 37 points just ahead of Alan Cook, Steve Porter and Ray McElhinney. Andrew’s birdie on 15 being the deciding hole in that group to take 10th place. Four players tied on 38 points - Ray Jopson managing two birdies in a steady round. Steve Mitchell had another impressive lap with a front 9 of 35 shots but Darren Colquitt matched him all the way, a birdie on the last earning him seventh place losing out on countback to Harley Christian whose par on the last was enough to ensure he was best of the group on 38 points, although still not in the prizes. The improving form of Dave Dancox was evident and a gross 73 was the best of the day and fifth place overall. Ben Locking continued his steady development and pars from 15 in for 39 points gave him a creditable fourth place. The Captain, Toto Mazzone, having an excellent season so far shot 40 in and 40 out, curiously enough ending up with 40 points for third place. Second place went to Conor Grant on 41 points after a good opening 9 holes. By far and away the winner with a staggering 45 points was Kevin Berry. The front 9 of 36 shots laid a strong foundation for a good score and he followed it up with back 9 birdies on 10, 16 and 17 for what looked like a win with plenty of clear daylight from the rest, a superb score from Kevin.
Dave checks in with Hydro win
Wednesday’s Club Day was the Groves Cup and 11 players managed 36 points and better. Stu Douglas tied with Tilly Davies, Brian Kelly and Pete O’Donnell on 36 with Ray Jopson, Steve Taylor, John Quayle and Jim McDonough just missing out on the prizes with 37 points. Ian Craine managed 38 points after a strong par finish from 15 onwards but that six on 10 meant Craig Dalton just pipped him to second place after a back 9 countback. The winner on the day by a clear five points was Michael Loughrey on 43 points with three birdies on 9, 11 and 15 to record an excellent Club Day win and the Groves Cup winner.
On Sunday the sun was still shining for the Grand Island Scratch Bowl and Hydro Trophy medal. The competition was very kindly sponsored by the Park Hotel, an excellent place for your staycation in Ramsey right next to Mooragh Park. With overnight stays and evening meals as part of the prizes the competition was fierce with over 100 players competing. Scoring was tough and only three shots separating the first 9 places. Playing to par in a medal is not the easiest of feats however 10 players tied for 10th place on 70. Mark Skelding’s front 9 of 38 shots laid the foundation for a decent score and he added birdies on 12 and last for a 69 and into a tie with Martin Kinrade and Malcolm Callow. There were five players on 68, Matthew Bell played an impressive round with 39 shots on both the inward and outward 9s although his four on the last proved to be very costly indeed. Steve Barbour, out in a flawless 35 after birdies on 6 and 7 was certainly in contention after another birdie on the 10th and his 71 would certainly be hard to beat for the best gross. Andrew Hudgeon was fighting hard for that prize as well with an outward 9 of 38 leaving him some work to do and although back in par, on the day just not quite enough with that gross prize going to Steve by two shots. For the nett prize, Bob Baggaley shot a 68 to capture third spot. After a steady front 9, bogeys on the 13, 14 and 15 meant he had it all to do on the final holes and a par finish when needed was impressive golf. You had to match that at least to take second place and Jim McDonough did, continuing his rich run of form. He delivered and matched Bob Baggaley’s par finish for a 68, snatching the runner-up spot on countback. After an impressive run of fours on the front 9 David Gaines wasn’t really thinking of an overnight stay at the Park Hotel. His playing partners, Brian Reid and John Rotheroe were all playing well and as David Gaines’ back 9 progressed he realised he just might be in with a shout. After bogeys on the 14 and 15, a par on 16 steadied the ship leaving him to make par on the last for a 67. A steady iron to the green and two putts delivered for an impressive win by one shot. A great victory for David and a treat in store at the Park Hotel to come.
Happy memories for Charlie
During a week of improving weather Wednesday’s Clubday saw Andrew Cowin make a blistering start with birdies on the first two holes and again on 10 however a double bogey on the par five 11th followed by another dropped shot on 17 meant 36 points was probably a bit disappointing. His 36 points tied with another consistent round from Tilly Davies but just ahead of them were Gordon Clarke, Paul Hinstridge and Dave Dancox all tied on 37 points. It was all down to how you faired on the 18th and on this occasion Dave Dancox just edged it to take third spot. Dave Wilkinson’s birdies on 4 and 8 together with pars on the final three holes put him in contention on 39 points and maybe a win but a par on 17 was just enough to give John Newbold that extra point for an excellent Clubday win.
On Saturday it was the first “major” of the season with the Millennium Trophy at stake, the course in excellent condition. The morning group probably had the best conditions, the afternoon was clearly more breezy with the wind constantly changing direction. One of the early starters was Andrew Nicholson and a birdie on the last resulted in 36 points and no doubt a pleasing lunch for 10th place. Steve Barbour was another early starter and he, along with Duncan McLeod, tied on 37 points, both struggling on the 16th. Steve Barbour rectified the situation with a two on 17, taking seventh place on countback. Both Jim McDonagh and Dave Heesom are certainly in-form players and again managed to beat par, Dave starting impressively with an opening birdie followed by another on 5 but the inward nine holes did not quite live up to the promise of the front nine. Dropped shots on 15 and 16 let Jim McDonagh just into sixth place, again on countback. Equally 38 points was the ever-impressive Steve Mitchell and an outward 9 of 37 shots put him in contention which was not the case after successive bogeys on 12 and 13 so he had to settle for fifth place on 38 points. Lee Vowles and Tom Wollin came in on 39 points, Tom taking third place despite bogeying the last.
The top two saw a fabulous round of near perfect golf from David Kinrade. An outward nine holes of 33 gross followed by back nine of 35 for a gross 68, normally a sure fired winner. Five birdies were just undone, if that’s what you would say, by unusual dropped shots on 12 and 15. An excellent round of golf in anyone’s book, the 40 points gave him the runner’s up prize. The winner by one shot on 41 points was Paul Hinstridge. His front nine laid the foundations for a good score after birdies on 3 and 4 to be nearly undone with no points on the 7th. A steady homeward nine was just enough to take the Millennium Trophy, his name onto the Honours Board and into the history of Ramsey Golf Club.
Sunday was the celebration of the ever-popular Colin Aldridge Memorial Trophy and as usual the sun shone for Colin. Thirteen players finished on par or better with 8 players tied on 36 points. Andrew Nicholson took the roller-coaster tricky route with birdies on 3, 6 and 11 putting him in a strong position, scored no points on 8 and 16 capping it off with a dropped shot on the last. His day will come. Ray McElhinney was close to capitalising on a steady round finishing with pars on 16and 17 only to drop a shot on the last for 36 points. Ray Jopson did it a different way with a nice birdie two on the last and also on 36. Glen Charnock won the 36point countback mini-comp but pushed his luck with dropped shots on the last two holes. On 37 points were three players, Martin Webb, Colin Higgins and Pete O’Donnell. The luck of the Irish won the day and third place went to Pete after he birdied 10 and 11 while Martin had an unfortunate run of bogeys from 14 through to the 17. Kevin Bell just edged ahead of them on 38 points despite a nervy last three holes losing out to the winner by two points, Charlie Cormode, 42, with his pars on 3, 11 and 12, the crucial scores for him.
Charnock - leader of the pack
Wednesday’s Club Day saw just a couple of shots separate the top eight players with Bob Arneil posting 36 points, another steady round on or around par until the last. Darren Ideson’s 38 shots in and 38 out was another steady performance with a nice birdie two on the last. Showing steady improvement so far this season is Tilly Davies and her 36 points was very satisfying off the red tees. Charlie Cormode was just ahead on 37 ,however the double bogey on the last must have been very frustrating as a par would have earned him a podium spot . It was not to be this time. Graham Garrett’s outward 34 shots was impressive and his 38 points probably felt better than the score turned out to be. Martin Webb started well with a birdie on the fourth but dropped shots on the last two holes meant that 38 points was perhaps a disappointing fourth place. Just ahead on countback was Martin Kinrade. Birdies on 4, 5 and 17, only to lose momentum with a bogey on the last costing him runner-up place. Just ahead by a whisker was Dean Greenland after a birdie on 13 had put him very much in the driving seat. He was living dangerously though and the wheel fell off on 14 and the last hole, however second place on 38 was a good result. The stand-out round of the day came from Andrew Hudgeon with 41 points after birdies on 2, 3 and 11. His 34 strokes out and 36 in was an excellent performance and well worthy of a Club Day win.
On Saturday the Richdale Cup took place in good weather, just before Sunday’s storm. Martin Kinrade had another steady round of 36 points after an outward half of 36 shots to take seventh place. Tony Kelly also came in with the same 36 points as did Chris Starkey in a topsy-turvy round that had more than its fair share of double bogeys which gave him an overall pleasing fifth place. Matthew Bell continues his development and with pars on the last two holes his 37 points resulted in fourth place. There was just two points separating the top three places. Jason Orr and Gary Brown both recorded 38 points. Jason had the opportunity to win the day, dropped shots on 16 and 18 dented his score though, while Gary Brown’s par on the last was enough for him to take second place. The winner on the day was Glen Charnock just one point ahead of the pack. As always at Ramsey, anyone who can par the last three holes is in with a chance and Glen Charnock delivered. His 39 points was just enough to end the day with a smile
The Roy Cain Cup was the feature of Wednesday’s Club day competition. Stu Douglas came in sixth with 37 points just ahead of Bob Arneil after a countback despite Bob putting the pressure on with a front 9 of 38 shots. Stu had an inconsistent back 9 with bogeys on 16 and 17 losing out on fifth place to Steve Mitchell who started very well, an opening 9 of 37 shots after birdies on holes 2, 5 and 9. On 38 points, a three-way tie. Pete O’Donnell’s bogeys on 16 and 17 meant his back 9 was not enough to overtake Brian Reid. His usual excellent putting and a par on the last, was enough for third prize. Runner-up was John Newbold also on 38 points after a precious par on the 14th. The winner on the day was Malcolm Jermy who was ever so grateful for the winning spot after pars on the final two holes to get that extra point which was just enough.
While many players from Ramsey were thinking of the Haven Homes IOMGU 72-hole stroke play on Sunday there was the issue of the Frank Dalgleish Medal on Saturday which saw just six players managing to break a net par 70. The best gross of the day went to the very much in-form Dave Heesom with a gross 73, net 70. His back 9 was a simple but very impressive straight 9 pars and the title of Mr Consistency. Mark Moran also managed a 70 but just ahead of him after a little pre-game putting practice was Darren Ideson on 69 with his outward 9 total of 35 consisting of birdies on six and seven a par on the last enough to get fourth place. Gary Uren also birdied the sixth and that helped to put him into third place on 69. Dave Simpson took a well-earned second spot with a 68. His opening 9 of 36 gave him an excellent start and he would have won it but for dropped shots on 16 and 17. There’s always a wise old owl around that does have its day and Alan Cook was that man. A run of pars from 15 through to 18 did the trick and a 68 with a better back 9 enough for a memorable win for Alan.
On Sunday with Ramsey players competing in the IOMGU Haven Homes stroke play the Rowany players took advantage of Ramsey hospitality and a course playing in excellent sunny conditions. The welcome arrival of Allyn Laing as Club Pro meant the return of the Pro-Shop competition and the Rowany players took full advantage by filling almost half the top 10 places on the day. Toby Neal and Jack Snidal came in with 37 points for a top 10 finish as did Tim Pressley. Tim’s front 9 of 36 strokes was after an eight on the first. He recovered with birdies on 2, 3 and 8 and with a par on the last he must have been pretty pleased with fifth place. Andrew Cowin’s bogeys on the last three holes still resulted in 38 points and earned him a frustrating fourth place. Enjoying the sunny conditions was Gary Uren with 39 points and that was after disasters on 6 and 14 for two weekend podium finishes. He just managed to take second place from George Powell, also on 39. The wise old owl was still around on Sunday and it was Alan Cook’s turn again to take the top prize and dominate the weekend with 40 points after a birdie on the second. Congratulations to Alan Cook but also to the Ramsey players who made the trip to Rowany and produced some very good performances. The stand-out result was for the Men’s prize with James Arneil taking the best gross and looking good for the rest of the season.
Clarke's a shoo-in again
After a bit of rain on the Monday everything was bright and dry again in time for the 3rd Club Day now played off the full 18 holes. Marc Clarke enjoyed another win following his previous victories in last week’s Club Day and the Alan Gott medal. He certainly did not chicken out of the full 18 holes and a much reduced handicap presented him with no problem at all. His 45 points was the result of excellent golf and an outward gross score of a very pleasing 39. The leading woman of the day was Jill Power on 36 points. Jill Power drove well throughout the round but a few loose short game shots towards the end took the shine off an excellent round of golf. Paul Morris and Bob Beattie also came in on 36 but they were all one shot behind Paul Hinstridge, Steve Mitchell and Martin Webb on 37. Both Martin Webb and Steve Mitchell both had back 9’s of 38 shots and could have made a podium finish but for a bogey 4 on the 18th although Martin Webb did manage 4th on countback after a birdie 2 on the 17th. Pete O’Donnell played a steady round and a birdie on the 16th was enough to give him that extra point and 3rd place with 38 points. The stand-out round of the day came from James Arneil. His front 9 was par in 35 shots but his inward 9 of 31 was exciting golf and possibly the best 9 holes of golf by anyone at the club for some time. Birdies on the 11th, 14th, 15th and a two on the last resulted in a 66 gross and 39 points. Superb golf from James which bodes well for the IOMGU event at the weekend and the coming season
Strong man Harry carries dad and Jamie
The best conditions over the weekend were on Friday when the club held its first social golf competition which was a 9 hole yellow ball for teams of 3 players. The course was the first 9 holes and it was played in excellent sunny conditions. 20 teams competed and the pick of the best came from Harry Hooson-Owen (playing in his first “senior” competition ably assisted by Dad, Gareth and James Arneil. Their guidance only occasionally came into play and Harry carried the team all the way back to the clubhouse with 42 points and 3rd place to gain his first golf prize! Just ahead of them on 43 points were Peter and Cathy Clucas ably assisted by Stan Ryzak. The winners were Ray Jopson, John Corfield and Jim McDonough who had been out in the morning and just scraped it by a whisker on 44 points. It was excellent golf all round followed by a tasty burger and chips, prepared by Sam Quayle. There was a full clubhouse for the presentation and with a few drinks on a lovely sunny evening, what more could you really want? You’ll have to wait until Friday 25th June for the next Golf/Burger day, a date not to be missed.
Graham cracks the Easter Egg
It was a bit of a Groundhog Day at Ramsey Golf Club last weekend, the start delayed through lockdown as last year. After seemingly months of rain the course has suddenly sprung into life. A considerable amount of work on drainage and new tees has been completed by head Greenkeeper Ollie Webster and his excellent team. Defined striped fairways and the gorse in bloom set a stunning scene for the opening competitions.
The Wednesday Club Day was a 14-hole stableford affair so 28 points was par for the day. The dry conditions meant only seven players managed to beat par. The 2021 Captain, Toto Mazzone, came in fifth place on 29 points after birdies on the fourth and final hole which bodes well for an excellent season for Mr Captain. Eric Llewellyn managed fourth on 30 points, one behind Ray Jopson who strolled into third place. The top two places saw one point separate Ray McElhinney and Paul Hinstridge. A birdie two on the 9th from Ray McElhinney meant that Paul Hinstridge had to do some work to stay ahead but seven pars out of 14 holes produced the goods and a three on the last gave him the opening Club Day win for the season.
On Saturday it was the only slightly delayed Bottomley Easter Egg Cup. Ernest Bottomley would never have dreamt that he and his friends would not be able visit the Isle of Man to play golf but such are the times that we live in. The Par/Bogey format is perhaps the most challenging one of them all, especially early in the season, so it was not surprising that only 9 players ended up on the plus side. The playing conditions were excellent, although the dry spell meant the greens were unforgivingly hard and with some very tricky front and back pins scoring a plus only resulted from smart play. Stu Douglas was 9th on +1 just behind Tom Wollin, Jim McDonagh and John Rotheroe on +2. John Rotheroe certainly had the chance to double his score on the final two holes however errant drives didn’t help his cause. Andrew Walker and John Shields came in +3 with Johnny Shields probably thinking there were chances out there that he should have taken. An early start saw Bob Baggaley in the newly re-furbished clubhouse at lunchtime as an early leader on +4. His outward gross of 35 was impressive with birdies on the third and 9th par threes. The high pin position on the third proved no problem for him. Marc Clarke managed to match him on +4 with a fairly steady round of golf as did Graham Garrett. Ten pars saw Graham Garrett with +3 after the 17th. A birdie on the last moved him into contention on +4 for a three-way tie. Once the calculations had been done Graham Garrett’s better back 9 was just enough for him to take first in the Bottomley Cup from Marc Clark and Bob Baggaley in 3rd. Next Saturday is the Powell Brown Stableford and Sunday is the Alan Gott Medal so why not pay a visit for an excellent day’s golf. RP 27.04