Strong support for Foundation
Photo: Toto Mazzone, Fergus Murdoch, Paula Lunt, Craig Dalton, Mark Moran and Paul Healey
Ramsey Golf Club are proud to support the Craig Heartstrong Foundation, a Manx charity set up in the wake of the tragic death of Craig, an excellent young footballer, from a rare heart defect. The focus of the Foundation is to raise the necessary funding to enable heart screening of men and women between the ages of 14 and 35 in the Isle of Man in order to screen for and detect of, Hypertrophic and Dilated Cardiomyopathy and prevent Sudden Death Syndrome. The foundation provides lifesaving defibrillator machines within Schools, Sports Clubs and offices across the Island and are now providing Public Access defibrillators Island wide. The members of Ramsey Golf Club raised over £1,700 in support following a fashion show promoted by Lesley Gregory from Dolce Vita with support from Jan Sentence followed by an AM-AM charity golf competition kindly sponsored by Fergus Murdoch.
The golf took place on a drizzly Sunday morning, a full turn-out was no surprise. There was a three-way tie on 84 points with Dan Arneil, Ben Locking, Tilly Davies and Marc Clarke just edged out Frank Craig, John Quayle, Glenn Charnock with a marginally better back six hole score to take fourth place. A place higher, again on 84 points, with a superior back nine of 44 points was John Rotheroe, David Gaines, Malcolm Callow and Tony Kennish. Runners-up on 86 points were Dave Dancox, Dean Greenland, Alex Carine and Dave Wilkinson however the winners on the day and not unfamiliar to making winning speeches, were Mark Moran, Paul Hinstridge, Claudio Mazzone and the lynchpin of the team Craig Dalton. It was a fun morning, despite the weather, raising funds for an excellent and worthwhile local charity.
The Annual Men’s Midwood Matchplay has come to an end and with just 20 players entering this year it meant the competition could be completed in good time. Any player having a good run of form for just two or three matches had a good chance of getting into the final.
In the top half of the draw and with a bye in the first round, one of the best Ramsey Pro Shop golfers David Dancox, talked Frank Feeney out of it in the second round before edging past the big hitting Andrew Walker to reach the semis. The other half of the draw saw the best Ramsey Pro Shop golfer, Dave’s son, Freddie, with a bye in the first round before overcoming tough opponents Stuart Douglas and Tim Pressley to reach the other semi with the prospect of a father and son final a real possibility. In the bottom half of the draw Glen Charnock had a determined run to beat Scratch League golfer Danny Foulis in the first round followed with a win over Tim Eyre in the second round. He then met his match in the quarter-final where he lost to Club Captain, Salvatore Mazzone, who had overcome Club Vice Captain, Steve Taylor, in the second round. The veteran winter golf matchplay expert, Ray MacElhinney, was quietly going about his business after a bye in the first round and reached the semis with good solid wins against Marc Clarke and Paul Hinstridge. The first semi-final saw Dancox senior overcome the Club Captain 5+4. Was it going to be the Dancox final or did McElhinney have other ideas? In the second match, he certainly had other ideas and overcame Dancox the younger 3+1 to reach the final for a match against Senior. With Ray’s matchplay experience and playing steady golf he utilised his extra shots and ran out a comfortable winner 5+4 to become 2021’s Midwood Trophy Champion.
The Club wish to thank Isle of Man Newspapers for putting on an excellent Charity Golf event with a very tricky AM-AM format played in challenging windy conditions. The beneficiary was “Isle Listen” who are an excellent local charity providing mental health and well-being support in the community.
The prizes were well received, especially by Mark Moran’s team who won the day and Mark Moran who cleaned up with the best individual score. There was a Pro-Shop stableford competition on Saturday and surprisingly only nine players were par or better. On 36 points were Stu Douglas and Ben Locking . Stu Douglas birdied the fourth and 14th however a shot on the penultimate hole was disappointing. Ben Locking had a very consistent round with a run of pars from the fourth through to fourteen before dropping shots on the 15th and 16th . There was three-way tie on 37 points and it was that man again, Mark Moran, who came in fifth place after a birdie on nine and an excellent par finish on the last three holes just ahead of Tony Kelly and Peter McMurrie on countback . Kelly’s birdie on the 12th was outdone by a dropped shot on the 17th and Peter McMurrie lost the momentum with a double bogey on the 14th. Paul Senior came in with 38 points for fourth place with Patrick O’Connell coming in with an excellent 41 points although his failure to score on the 16th cost him first prize. Craig Thomson also struggled on the 16th and again on the 17th however 42 points and second place was a good result. Ashley Horsley secured a narrow win also with 42 points his birdie on the 17th was enough to give him the win with the better back nine holes.
The Autumn AM-AM weather conditions played havoc, a few teams calling it a day part way round. John Simpson teamed up with Ray Jopson, Bob Griffiths and Kerry Hiblen for 78 points and fifth place. Ashley Horsley continued his good form to secure fourth place with 80 points playing alongside Tony Wood, Dan Arneil and Gordon Clarke. Linda Webb put in a team with Jill Power, Ruth Murdoch and Diana Cowley to take third spot with 81 points just losing out for runner-up on countback to Ian Craine, John Shields, Derek Parker and Paul Bevan. Winners on the day and with perfect timing to avoid the bad weather were Tony Grant, John Ball, Trevor Boyles and Natasha Moore who managed 83 points for a very autumnal AM-AM win.