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 (centre, picture right) 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 (picture right, left) ably assisted by Stan Ryzak (third left, Captain, Toto Mazzone, right). 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