A COMBINATION of last-minute shopping and the threat of unpleasant weather kept numbers down for the individual stableford at Douglas Golf Club on Christmas Eve.
Not that property developer Peter Peniata (9) will be overly concerned about the non-starters. He got his Xmas celebrations off to an early start after carding a best-of-the-day 37 points which represented a more than decent return in tricky winds which seemed to be gusting to gale force at times.
Despite four single-pointers he got to the turn in a respectable 17 points and it was his 20 points coming back that won him the day.
That inward half proved decisive in a card play-off with Tynwald Court messenger Garry Homer (18) who was also able to sign for 37 points but with only 17 coming home, one pointers on the 15th and 16th holes being fatal.
But he will be happy enough to have picked up the second of the two vouchers on offer leaving Anthony Crawley (8) and Kevin Madin (13), who both returned 36-point cards, to reflect on where they may have thrown their prize prospects away. A two on the day gets another £11 in the shop kitty.
Boxing Day’s traditional FBBB stableford with a draw for partners is one in which the object is not so much to win, because there are prizes for everyone, but to avoid being last for which the reward is a packet of Twiglets.
The rain held off for the 9am shotgun start but the restless wind presented a stiff enough challenge all morning and it was somewhat surprising to say the least that the 35-point card of Stephen Broadbent (10), who took the title in last summer’s Tuesday night Shoprite League, and partner Neil Keatings (9) doomed the pair to the Twiglet zone entry to which is usually courtesy of something much worse.
Indeed there were three pairs who came off thinking their 37-point returns would leave them comfortably placed but whose collective heart skipped a beat or two as the results were read out top down at the presentation ceremony which followed the excellent lunch provided by Kevin and the kitchen crew.
Able to pick up the day’s star prizes were Stuart Wallace (10) and Les Hulme (18) whose first-time partnership produced an eye-popping 48 points which gave them a four-point victory margin over Stuart McBurnie (10) in company with Neil Smith (16).
The 2012 captain John Slattery will stage his drive-in on New Year’s Day and it is hoped that as many members and families as possible will be down at the clubhouse for the usual festive fun. An individual stableford will be on offer on New Year’s Eve.