This week saw a marked contrast in the weather. Those venturing out on Tuesday were greeted with light winds and a quite mild day; this was probably the reason for the good turn out for the individual Stableford.
Taking the honours with a very solid 38 points was John (Cass) Cassidy, pipping both Peter Langridge (37 points) who is fast becoming the Tuesday specialist looking at past results and Rab Millar who will be ruing the blob on the 8th which led to 37 points and missing out on the star prize.
Saturday was the first big competition of the year in the form of the reduced 18 hole FBBB Championship and the day was a totally different beast from Tuesday, or a “Mini beast from the east” as weather men would have you believe, conditions were so cold we thought Garry Homer had frozen but it turned out that’s how quick he normally plays – sorry Garry!
Braving the elements 32 pairs took to the start line, however 6 pairs did not make the finish line due to the conditions, this left the door open for some fantastic scoring from the top 2 pairs, quite where these came from is beyond me but top marks.
Taking 3rd on the day with what they must have thought was the winning score were Michael Connor & Steven Hawley with a fine 64 but this was soundly beaten by Andy Compton & Peter Morris, with Andy starting two, two, they must have thought they had it in the bag with their 59, but no! Step forward Rob Turton & John Corran who both played very solidly and also manged to shoot a remarkable 59 and pick up much gold and the coverted title of FBBB Club Champs by virtue of a better back 9.
After the weather on Saturday, Sundays start sheet looked like the Leeds United back four – Blank, and at the time of writing I am led to believe 4 hardly souls returned scores (for that they all deserve a prize).
Finally, next Saturday is the Red Cross Salver & Sunday is can you believe it….another individual Stableford.
Finally, finally, the date for the Men’s dinner is 27th April and Sam is taking bookings for tables in the bar so get your names down early.
Until next week or when Grousebeater gets back from his world travels.
Douglas Golf Club. Golf Report.
This Week, I don`t know what was the bigger shock, The weather brought to us all by the “Beast of the East” or the fact that we were back on to normal Tees and Greens, No more easy 8 irons to the first and second, we all had to start to think about what to hit and it made things a lot tougher. This reflexed in the scores with 34 points being good enough to take first place on Saturday. Paddy Redmond beat off the challenge from the Former Top Referee Bobby Syme to take first spot. Paddy will be delighted as he also got £16 for his two, one off only two scored on the day.
Bobby Syme also featured in the top three in the Competition played on the Tuesday, but this time he had to settle for third spot, no doubt he will be feeling happy about his form at the moment before he heads off for sunnier climes. Another Golfer who will be happy with his golf will be Peter Langridge, once again he featured in the prizes, taking second spot behind Jonathon Birney. He topped the list with a score of 38 points, when you consider the conditions and the longer tees this was a fine round of Golf.
I mentioned in my last report that The Winter League had been decided so the Club held a Shotgun start 2 Man AM AM on Sunday with the main aim to Present the Winners with their prizes. It was nice to see that Emma Noon and Lee Hunt played their part in helping her brother and Dad take Second Place. The winners on the Day were the Team of Scott Wilson, Ivan Claque, our Captain Simon Colquitt as well as Martin Leivers. They took first place with 87 points, when you consider the conditions this was a very impressive score.
Martin Leivers presented the Prizes to the winners on behalf of Absolute Scaffolding and he also announced the Company will be continuing the support for the League Next Year.
Douglas Golf Club. Golf Report.
It nice to see the entries to all the competitions increasing as the Weather starts to improve, so there was a healthy turnout for Tuesdays Comp run by the Pro Shop. Karl Logan managed to take third spot over Andy Compton and it was nice to see Bobby Syme had something to shout about as he finished second, Just one point behind John Corran. John is playing very consistently now, so I am sure we will see his handicap go down once the Season starts in earnest.
If you play the Lotto you will notice there has been few rollovers recently, this happened in the Two sweep as well and it saw Tony Blundon receive a very tasty £80 for the only two scored that day, he will be able to buy a few Boomerangs with that whilst on his Holiday in Australia.
As I mentioned we are getting bigger entries now, this allowed the Club to award prize money for up to fourth place on Saturday. All four of the prize winners had 38 points so it was decided on the count back, Paul Bridson had to settle for fourth spot behind Steve Dawson in third. Neil Mackie secured second place with James Dooley taking the Honours due his better back six score. The reward for getting a two was not quite up there with Tuesdays but it was still a tidy £14 each.
Sunday saw the culmination of the Absolute Scaffolding Sponsored Winter League. James Forgie and Chris Clinton took the honours on the day with 43 points, but the main focus of the day was on who would finish at the top of the League. Both the father and Son pairing of Paul and Rob Noon and Karl Logan alongside Jimmy Reed finished the day on 24 Points, so it was decided by the accumulated score accrued over the 15 games. Paul and Rob had 454 against Karl and Jimmy`s 439, so it could not have been closer. I am sure everyone at the Club would wish to congratulate them on their victory. The Presentation for this will take place next Sunday the 4th of March. The Club has arranged an 8AM Shotgun Start Competition with a Carvery afterwards. The cost is only £10 and there is a sheet up on the Board. It would be great to have a great turnout for this, so it is not to late to get your name up. Finally, on behalf of everybody at the Club I would like to thank Absolute Scaffold for there continued support for the Winter League.
See you on Sunday.
Douglas Golf Club. Golf Report. 19/2/18
I mentioned in my last report, the song, things can only get better, and that proved to be the case as we were able to put on three completions during this week, Tuesday saw a Single Stableford Comp run by the Pro Shop in which Kenny Eves was the clear winner over Andy Compton by three points. After getting a recent Handicap reduction, John “Hop along“ Cassidy fell off his horse and trailed in third.
The weekend saw a 2 Man Thrash played on the Saturday and the penultimate round of the Absolute Scaffolding Winter League on the Sunday. I must admit I like my Pop Trivia, and I sometimes think what song a person might sing to themselves whilst on the course, for example, Bobby Syme might sing “Shout”, Garry Homer would probably go for something that reminds him of his beloved West Brom, “Big Yellow Taxi” might be apt at the moment. “I’m on Fire “would be a good one for Peter Langridge to be humming to himself as he seems to be in the prizes every week at the moment, he and John Fitzsimmons were the clear winners On Saturday, three points ahead of Craig Uren and Chris Clinton, coming in third was our own Captain Fantastic, Simon Colquitt and Ivan Clague. As both pairings had the same points it was decided on the back nine. There was £7 for the two`s. Jim Cairney would have hoped to have been rewarded with a better return after his monster putt on the eighth, his effort was described by his playing partners as a “Pinball wizard” it must have been easily 50 feet, or maybe even 60, it gets longer every time he mentions it.
We have just one more match to play in the Winter League and it could not be closer. After Sundays matches two teams are sitting on 21 points. The pairing R Noon and P Noon are neck and neck with K Logan and J Reed. The honours for Sunday went to Derek Neild and Scott Wilson who pushed the Noon`s into second with David Alsop and Graeme Cryer a few points back in third. Let hope it will be a case of “Bring me sunshine” next Sunday so we can finish things off in style.
Douglas Golf Club.
Golf Report- 12/2/18
Once again, the Weather had an influence on the Weekends Competitions at the course, heavy rain and strong winds early on Saturday morning meant that some parts of the greens were waterlogged, so the correct decision was made to call off that days Single Stableford. A further bout of bad weather on Sunday night put paid to the Winter League scheduled for then following day as well so it was a very frustrating weekend for everyone, at least it gave us an opportunity to go and get some Flowers and Chocolates for Valentines day. Last Tuesday saw a Club Completion put on by the Pro shop, Peter Langridge told the honours, with Tony Quayle coming in second. I wish I had more to report on, but I suppose we have just got to be philosophical about this type of thing at this time of year. I will leave you with the words from the song by the band D-ream,
“things can only get better”
Douglas Golf Club Golf Report.- 5/2/18
The weather behaved it`s self for a change Last Tuesday and that allowed the Pro Shop to put on a Stableford Completion. It was good to see that whilst there was four Grousebeaters away on Holiday, the one who was left behind stepped up to the challenge and took the honours, John Cassidy, or “Cass” as he is more commonly known returned a score of 38pts, 2 shots better than both Barry Scillicorn and John Corran, Barry took second spot due to a better back nine. A mention must also go to Mark Pidgeon, he also posted a score of 38pts but due to an error on his card saw him disqualified. I am sure his time will come soon. When Cass checks the credit in the Pro Shop for his win I am sure he will be delighted to hear he also got £19 for his two. One of only three scored on the day.
As we are talking about the Pro Shop, I am sure ever body at the Club would Like to congratulate Paul and Becky on the birth of their baby daughter. I am sure Paul will take it in his stride all those sleepless nights he will have before he has to get up to open the shop at 7AM.
The Conditions on Saturday were quite tough with a strong wind blowing for most of the day. This was reflected in the scores for that days Single Stableford completion. I am sure that if Grant Williamson had managed to work out the yardage a bit better on some of the Temporary Greens we have at the moment he might have managed another point that would have seen him over take Joe Spence for third place. Both the Edinburgh guys had 36pts but Joe just edged it on the back nine to take the bragging rites for this week at least. Peter Langridge came in second with 37pts but first past the post was James Reed, again both peter and James had identical scores but once again it was decided on the back nine. There was a healthy £12 for each two.
The Absolute Scaffolding Sponsored Winter League continued on Sunday. The format for this week was a 2 Man Texas Thrash. The pairing of lee Hunt and Stephen Broadbent just nudged Roy and Kevin Moore into fourth place. In Second spot was David Alsop and Phillip Knights, they combined nicely to return a score of 43pts. Once again, the final placing was decided by the back nine, with James Dooley and John Corran taking the honours. The leader board for this completion could not be tighter at the moment with only three points separating the top six teams. The teams of R Noon/P Noon, K Logan/J Reed, and C Bird/ L Cowin are all on 18 pts each so it is all to play for.
Regards, The Grousebeater
Douglas Golf Club Report 22/01/2018
By Si Colquitt
Well what a surprise, another weekend and another near washout, surely there can be nothing left up there to fall.
Saturday did see some play with an individual Stableford being played in damp, cold conditions, obviously everyone had seen Sunday’s forecast as over 70 hardy souls braved the conditions. Clearly these conditions were well suited to our Scottish contingent with 2 of the top 3 spots being occupied by our friends from formerly north of the border.
All of the top 3 returned impressive scores of 41 pts and losing out on the back 9 and picking up the voucher for 3rd was Rab Millar, losing out on the back 6 was Neil Wilson with 41 pts who had a very steady knock off his 5 handicap, with his voucher he can now afford to that squeaky Motorcaddy wheel fixed, however, the overall winner was Mr Robert ‘Bobby’ Symes with a very solid 22 out and 19 back.
Sunday’s Absolute Scaffolding Winter League was another washout which was a shame as there were some impressive top of the table clashes to be played, that being said, the previous weeks Winter League 2 Man scramble did ring the changes at the top of the table. The previously unbeaten and very formidable partnership of Karl Logan and Jimmy Reed were finally beaten by the vey solid pairing of Noon family who’s 36 pts not only bagged them the 3 pts it also secured second place in the competition. Following the defeat of the leaders, Colin Bird with stand in Tommy Fenlon (Liam Cowin was unavailable due to injury) bagged themselves a win to take over at the top of the table and picked up the voucher for 1st place.
The table is now bunching up behind the leaders with no fewer that 5 teams all within 3pts of the top spot, so despite the missed weeks its still all to play for.
A week last Saturday, in what were very poor conditions, we saw 23 teams line up for the Saturday FBBB, continuing his great form from over the last couple of competitions Derek Neild accompanying by David Parker took the honours with a fantastic 46 points, second place with 43 & what I thought was the winning score went to yours truly and Ivan Clague and the final podium place went to the very solid pairing of Philip Knights & Ian Moyer with 42 pts.
This week, weather permitting, is the ever popular 2 Man Scramble and Sunday is hopefully the continuation of the Absolute Scaffolding Winter League with the both scores to count format this is always a popular one with the members - not.
Hopefully Grousebeater will be back next week from his well deserved break in the sun.
Douglas Golf Club.
Golf Report. 7th January
Last Saturday saw the Club put on a 4 Man AM/AM Stableford Competition and this drew a healthy turn out with 19 teams taking part. I wonder if anybody in the team of Logan, Whipp, Reed and Hughes are superstitious and think that perhaps 13 is an unlucky number, I only ask this as it was on the stroke index 13 that they dropped their only shot of the round, and by dropping that shot they lost out on first place to the team of Eves, Williamson, Stewart and Cassidy. Karl Logan`s gang went out in a very impressive 49pts, including a score of 8pts on the 2nd hole but failed to capitalise on this with an inward nine of just 38pts. No doubt Karl went through the round with them when they got in to find out where they went wrong. It was nice to see that the wining quartet included a fellow Grousebeater in the team, John Cassidy, or "Cass" as he better known, helped drive the team to victory, he and fellow retired Bus Driver Kenny Eves dovetailed well with Willie and Grant from the Style Council to claim victory with a combined score of 88pts.
Saturday was quite a windy day, so I must assume that the normally tough 11th hole was not against the wind as it saw 3 of the 5 birdies scored on the day. The players who achieved them were rewarded with a very healthy £23 for their efforts.
The Absolute Scaffolding Winter league was due to resume on Sunday but, once again it had to be postponed, this time it was due to heavy frost. The decision was made to wait until 11am then hold a Single Stableford Competition run by the Pro Shop. Andy Gregory must have shown no ill effects from eating the bag of Twiglets he won on Boxing Day to claim second spot. In first place was Paul Noon. He managed to claim top spot by virtue of a better back nine.
Hopefully we are getting past the worst of the weather now and can start to look forward to getting on with the Winter League and the prospect more golf to come.
Douglas Golf Club – Golf report up 31st December + Captains Drive in
Last weekend saw the final two competitions of the year take place at the course, the weather on Saturday behaved itself and it meant we had a good turn out on the day.
With prizes being awarded for up to fourth place , Lesley Murray was able to put some credit on her account in the Pro Shop with the help of her 38pts, also on 38pts was Kevin Clarke, he secured third spot due to his better back nine. Colin Home must have thought he had cleaned up things with a fine score of 39pts only for the rug to be pulled from under his feet by Derek Neild who also scored 39pts, again the positions being decided by the scores recorded on the back nine.
Sunday saw a Competition run by the Pro Shop, The winner of this one is a bit like Manchester City at the moment, he just keeps on winning, Derek Neild once again took top slot, winning it by one point from our New Captain Simon Colquitt.
There was £8.25 for the Birdie sweep, this was slightly better than the £7.50 awarded on the Saturday.
This brought us into the New Year, and Monday saw the Official start of Simon`s year as Captain. It was great to see the club so full, it was especially nice to see so many Families there to add to the atmosphere. After Simon nailed his 275 Yard drive (I’ll have a nice class of wine thanks Simon) we all headed back in to the Clubhouse to enjoy the Afternoon and Evening. The Karaoke proved to be a great success and Colin Home`s version of Bohemian Rhapsody will stay with me for a long time. Mike Vipond did a brilliant impression of Frankie Valley, only problem was he was trying to sing Elvis. A great day was had by all and we managed to raise a substantial amount of money for Simon`s chosen Charity. This year he has opted for Gateway, they do a great job in providing help to the Disabled Community on the Island and are very Close to Simon and Larna`s heart. we would like to thank all the Staff for the great work done on the Day. We would also like to thank Roy Moore and Mike Kenna for sorting the markers for the Drive In.
Next week will see the Resumption of the Absolute Scaffolding Winter League as well as a competition on Saturday, we look forward to seeing you all there.
Regards, The Grousebeater.
Douglas Golf Club.
Golf Report 19th December 2017
Written by the Grousebeater.
Last Saturday saw the resumption of the Golf at Douglas after the recent bad weather, so it was good to see a very healthy turnout with 65 hardy souls taking part in a Single Stableford competition.
With prizes on offer for coming in fourth or better, John Cassidy will be disappointed to lose out on the back nine to Graeme Cryer, both guys returned a credible score of 39 points, but Graeme`s inward score of 19 made the difference. Another player also on 39 was Karl Logan, again it was his back nine that secured third spot due to him coming back in 20 points.
In second place was Brian Leece, His score of 41 points was helped with a very impressive back nine of 24 points. I am sure that whilst he will be delighted with that score he will be ruing the fact that he did not score anything on the par 5 ninth hole.
This week`s winner was Robert Hughes, he topped the list with an excellent score of 42 points. Rob played very steady and the reports are that he is in very good form at the moment so definitely one to watch in the future.
There were 11 two`s recorded this week, each one was worth £9.
Whilst the decent weather was with us on Saturday it did not last, so Sunday`s Winter League matches were postponed due to the rain. This will give me an opportunity to give an update on the state of play. With 4 games already played we have 2 pairings with 12 points. Colin bird and Liam Cowin are sitting in second place behind Karl Logan and Jimmy Reed. They are sitting on top of the table due to having scored slightly better in their matches. There are another 5 teams on 9 points so there is still lots to play for.
As we are approaching the Holiday period and we will have some free time on our hands I was wondering if everybody at the Club is aware that if they fancy a game of Golf during the week but have not been able to arrange to play with someone, they can turn up at 11 o`clock on any day of the week (Monday to Friday) and get a game. There are a group of guys who meet at that time and go out in four balls. It is a great way to get to know other members at the Club who you may not always get a chance to play with. If you want to know more then please give Paul a call on 661558. All are welcome.
I would like to wish everybody at the Club and their Families a Very Merry Christmas.
Douglas Golf Club.
Golf Report. 11th December 2017
Due to the inclement weather last Weekend I have nothing to report on regarding the Golf so I will take this opportunity to update every one about some things that are coming up at the Club. On Boxing Day we will be holding a Single Stableford Competition, It will be a 9AM Shotgun start so it will be a great way to work off all that Turkey you had for Christmas Dinner. This has a £10 entry fee and is including food. You can book on line or give Paul a call in the Pro Shop.
Although the Course is closed at the moment it is worth reminding everyone the Pro Shop is still open and is well stocked with loads of great Christmas presents so it is well worth a visit. If you don`t need anything new at the moment Paul can supply Gift Vouchers so why not ask the Family to get you them instead of socks or slippers again.
New Year`s Day will be the date for the Captain`s Drive in. Simon has been working hard to organise what I am sure will be a great day. The Fun starts at Midday then at 1PM he will start his Year off properly with the Traditional Drive. This will be followed by some Food then at 2PM we will have the Very talented singer Sean Crossley to entertain everyone until 4pm. After that we will draw the Raffle for the Electric Trolley, the festivities will then carry on into the Evening with the introduction of a Silent Orchestra, better known as Karaoke to you and me. Gary Homer has promised to sing a few numbers so that will be something to look forward to.
This is always a great Family Day and raises lots of Money for Charity so let`s all support it and start the Year off with a bang.
As I write this report it is raining so hopefully this will wash away the last of the remaining Snow and we will be able to resume the Golf at the weekend.
Regards, The Grousebeater
DOUGLAS GOLF CLUB.
WEEKLY GOLF REPORT BY JIM CAIRNEY
THE FIRST THING I WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THIS WEEK`S REPORT IS, ON BEHALF OF EVERYBODY AT DOUGLAS GOLF CLUB, GIVE A HUGE THANKS TO ROY MOORE WHO HAS DECIDED TO STEP BACK FROM DOING THE REPORTS FOR THE PAPER. ROY HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY OVER THE YEARS TO HELP THE CLUB AND ALL HIS EFFORTS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED BY EVERY ONE AT THE CLUB.
THIS SATURDAY SAW A 4 MAN AM/AM TAKE PLACE, TWO TEAMS RETURNED A SCORE OF 90 POINTS, WITH THE COMBINATION OF CRAWLEY, HUNTER, BIRD AND LINDSEY LOSING OUT ON THE BACK NINE TO TAKE THE TOP SPOT. SOMEONE IN THE TEAM OF QUAYLE, BURNS, LEECE AND McCOURT MUST HAVE WORKED THEIR MAGIC TO POST A BETTER SCORE ON THE INWARD SECTION TO TAKE FIRST PLACE.
IN THIRD PLACE, WAS THE TEAM OF REED, LOGAN, WHIPP AND HUGHES.
THERE WERE 12 TWO`S, EACH RECEIVING £8.50 FOR THEIR EFFORTS.
THE CLUB HELD IT`S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ON TUESDAY, STEPHEN MOORE, OUR OUT GOING CAPTAIN MADE A GREAT SPEECH THANKING EVERYONE WHO HAD HELPED HIM DURING THE YEAR, STEPHEN HAS BEEN AN EXCELLENT CAPTAIN AND WILL BE A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW. THIS HONOUR HAS PASSED TO SIMON COLQUITT, HE ALSO MADE A TERRIFIC SPEECH AND THANKED EVERYBODY FOR THEIR SUPPORT. HE HAS INVITED JIM CAIRNEY TO BE THE VICE CAPTAIN THIS YEAR.
OUR LADIES SECTION ALSO SAW LINDSEY TICKELL PASS THE HONOUR OF LADY CAPTAIN TO HELEN JONES. LINDSEY WORKED TIRELESSLY FOR ALL SECTIONS OF THE CLUB LAST YEAR SO I AM SURE SHE WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO A MORE RELAXED TIME TO ENJOY HER GOLF. NICKY VINCENT WAS INVITED TO BE VICE CAPTAIN. THE BOARD ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THEY HAVE MADE TWO OF OUR LADY PLAYERS INTO LIFE MEMBERS. ELAINE VINCENT AND KATH MAMMAN HAVE BEEN HUGELY INVOLVED IN THE LADIES SECTION FOR MORE YEARS THAN THEY WOULD PROBABLY CARE TO REMEMBER, BUT I AM SURE THEY MUST BE DELIGHTED WITH THIS RECOGNITION FOR ALL THEIR DEDICATION TO THE CLUB.
THE WINTER LEAGUE CONTINUED ON SUNDAY, PERHAPS THE FACT HE HAS BEEN PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN INSPIRED SIMON COLQUITT AS HE AND IVAN CLAQUE POSTED THE WINNING SCORE OF 73 POINTS. IN SECOND PLACE WAS ROBERT AND PAUL NOON WITH A RESPECTABLE 71 POINTS. ROY MOORE MAY HAVE STOPPED DOING THE PAPER BUT CONTINUES TO MAKE NEWS ON THE COURSE, COMING IN THIRD WITH KEVIN MOORE.
THERE WAS A BETTER REWARD FOR A TWO, EACH PERSON GETTING A RESPECTABLE £16.50 TO SPEND IN THE SHOP.
I WOULD LIKE REMIND EVERY ONE THAT WE ARE HOLDING A BOXING DAY COMPETITION, IT IS A 9AM SHOTGUN START, IT CAN BE BOOKED ON LINE OR YOU CAN CALL THE SHOP. ANOTHER NOTE FOR YOUR DIARY IS THE CAPTAINS DRIVE IN ON NEW YEARS DAY. THIS IS ALSO A GREAT FAMILY DAY AND I WILL UPDATE YOU AS WE LEARN WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING ON THE DAY.
REGARDS, THE GROUSEBEATER.
Weeks report 13th November to 19th November 2017
Nothing to report about last Tuesday at Douglas as the weather put off even the most enthusiastic of players with heavy rain for most of the day. On then to Saturday and again a very good entry of 93 players signed in at the Pro shop hoping for good things to happen. A memorable day for Peter Murray as he had a hole in one at the shortened second hole, but no financial gain I’m afraid on the day.
As is the norm these days you need a four in front of your score to stand a chance. This was the case on Saturday and it was Stephen Reilly who headed the field. Having to recover after a couple of 1 pointers at the third and fourth, from then on it was all two and three pointers and a final score of 41 points comprised of 20 out, and 21 for the inward trip. With no shots at all to play with the 29 gross on the short course left Stephen Skillicorn sitting pretty on 22 points. With a couple of dropped shots on the back nine it was just the 18 back and 40 points and the runner up spot for the used pallet provider at Edmundson Electrical. Despite not having played for a number of weeks, Andy Gregory responded well with 39 points which gave him third place.Whilst we have a real Bird man at Douglas with Colin, the flightless seagull always in and around the 16th hole for the past 4 years, and better known as ' Eddie the seagull', is always aware that when Gregory approaches food is on the menu.
Whilst light snacks are preferred I am told a Kit Kat does the job as witnessed the following day when in his company in the Winter League. A Manx nostalgia photo last week showed Tommy Reed’s barber shop on Bank Hill where no matter what style you wanted it was always short back and sides as the scissors took control. Part of that family is James Reed and he gave himself something for the weekend with a fourth place finish on 38 points, beating Phillip Knights also 38 on the back nine, and leaving Jim Cairney also 38 leaving with nothing.
It seemed unreal on Sunday in the Absolute Scaffolding sponsored Winter League to see ‘midges' out and about as well as the sun to make it a very pleasant morning for the 24 teams minus one who made it. Out first but not in the League, Steve Dawson and Ian Watt won the Two Man Thrash when returning 45 points, which related to 25 out and 20 back. This was 62 gross on the card with 6 drives each having to be used, and a handicap system of quarter of combined. Good scoring indeed by the two former Captains but it had to be as Stuart Wallace and Michael Moore finished the round with 44 points, no doubt reflecting on the dropped shot at the 17th hole. You will not find this paring in the League as they were standing in for Chris Wolfendale and M. French as subs, but the latter will get the points overall and the 3 points for the win, but I don’t think the vouchers will be heading their way!. In third place it was Paul and Robert Noon, who despite dropping a shot at the short 8th hole managed 43 points to take the voucher on offer. Remaining at the top of the League though it is still Karl Logan and James Reed from Colin Bird and Liam Cowin, though a sub for Cowin was required on Sunday after a football injury I believe obtained the previous evening at The Bowl.
Weeks report 6th November to 12th November 2017
Nothing happening last Sunday at Douglas Golf Club I was informed in sunny Valencia at the Moto Gp, as the heavy overnight rain had left its mark with a lot of standing water. All matches in the Absolute Scaffolding sponsored Winter League were abandoned without a shot being hit, and will not be re-played as per the rules of the competition. So given good conditions this coming Sunday will see a Texas Thrash played as the format.The previous day very nearly a hundred players were out and about playing a 4BBB and is the norm some impressive scoring was needed to get amongst the vouchers. Another good partnership came to the top of the page after being, by previous form, quite quiet off late . Again a balanced contribution from Dave Alsop and Philip Knights saw them the winners with 46 points. Whilst Alsop started with a 4 pointer at the first, it was the 4 pointer from Knights at the 17th which gave them the smallest of margins at the finish. The runners up Paul Moffitt and Steven green were 25 points over the front nine and looking good for victory, but they found the 17th playing a bit harder than the winners, and with only 1 point on this hole, victory was taken away from them as the best they could do was 45 points. The best of the two combinations who finished with 44 points were Dave Murray and Greg Rotheram and it was they who took the voucher on offer despite the best efforts of David Skillicorn and Ralph Lewthwaite also 44 which was as confirmed by the computer but thinking that they had signed for 45 on the day and finishing with nothing to show for a competitive round.
The Tuesday stableford saw 16 players with nothing better to do than pay their money and mark a card over 18 holes to see who would be best. It was James Dooley who did the business by some margin, as his 41 points was a clear five points ahead of the field on what some would say were in tough conditions. Another voucher then for the former Stephen Oates pit man who in real life is more at home being called Jimmy.
A level par performance from Peter Langridge with 36 points was good enough to take the runner up spot and the’ two’ others who made money on the day were John Corran and Tony Quayle who both reduced the 8th too 'two'' blows and shared the pot on offer.
The Absolute Scaffolding Winter League on Sunday so check your starting time and who you are playing. Certain that an event will be on the cards for Saturday, but as we are not on the pace due to a late arrival back on the sunny Isle of Man from sunny Valencia then look at Tee Book to confirm the format.