Godfrey Kelly Senior champion for fifth time

Senior island champion Godfrey Kelly (centre) with Gary Homer (left) and Douglas Golf Club captain Colin Home

Senior island champion Godfrey Kelly (centre) with Gary Homer (left) and Douglas Golf Club captain Colin Home

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Senior island golf championships

The Island Senior Championship is decided on the best gross on the day by a player who is 55 and over.

Many and varied are the age categories for which a stableford system is in place.

Douglas Golf Course was the chosen venue for this year’s event and an entry of 80 players competed on the day on a course, which has been confirmed by many of the older players, as being in its best ever condition and is a credit to all involved.

Godfrey Kelly has won the TABS Trophy presented by Peter Skelton on no fewer than four occasions since 2009.

The thing about senior golf though is that everyone is getting older and now eligible to compete are many stars who have had to admit that they are fast approaching that magic age of 55.

As a result this will be very competitive for years to come and we should now be able to select some very good sides for the Senior Northern Counties team event.

At the end of play Isle of Man Golf Union competition secretary Paul Daniels revealed the results and it was ’come on Peel’ again as, with an excellent 69 gross from the white tees, Godfrey Kelly not only won the TABS Trophy for a fifth time, but also the Three Score Cup as his score gave him 38 points. This was just one better than John McMullan, himself a past champion, who recorded 37 points.

A new recruit to the senior ranks is past island champion Mike Rae who won his title at Douglas in 2007.

Rae proved that he has not gone downhill yet and posted a very respectable 72 gross to finish runner-up to Kelly in the gross section.

This section is included for those not quite up to it (or past it!) being for 50 to 55 year olds. It was Keith Ward who won this with 38 points, Ward just managing to hold of the challenge of Peter Easthope (37 points).

It took a best on the day 38 points to win the 55 to 59 category, and while playing as a Douglas member, the prize headed west as well in the care of Empire Garage magnet Paul Craine, with Chris Mitchell runner-up on that very popular score of 37.

Only one category left now to report on and while the winner plays his golf out west he is a real ‘Pully’ man at heart having been brought up on the estate at the back of the old 16th, now the 14th.

Many and humorous are the stories Peter Cubbon can recall about times at Douglas, all well worth a listen at any time.

For Cubbon his 35 points beat on a last-nine countback the 35 returned by home player or should I say ‘Homer’ player, Gary Homer, who at that moment in time was harbouring thoughts that West Brom could beat City in their first Premier League match of the season.

The captain of Douglas Golf Club, Colin Home, made the presentations to bring to an end the paddypower.com Senior Championships. Many thanks to competition secretary Paul Daniels who once again produced all the final figures and scores with total commitment as usual.

ROY MOORE

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