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.