A RARE break from the recent wintry weather saw near-perfect playing conditions in Onchan for Saturday’s open stableford at King Edward Bay.
Even though most members probably haven’t played too much over the past month, scoring was always going to be good, and so it proved.
Leading the charge was Jamie Tomlinson (12) with 40 points, helped nicely with two cheeky birdies on the 6th and 11th. Six further pars and nothing worse than a bogey on the card all added up to his four-under total and a well-deserved win.
The in-form Danny Kane (6) was just a single point off the pace after a blistering start which saw him make three birdies in the opening five holes. Now a five-handicapper, it promises to be a bountiful year ahead for the talented youth.
Completing the podium was two-times Island Champion Paul McMullan (1) who fired a gross 66 for 38 points. Macca made just one bogey all day but picked up shots on the 10th and 16th en route to an under-par total and another solid display.
The chasing pack of Peter Craig (20), Mark Harvey (8), Neil Caine (scr), Roy Corlett (15) and Mike Maddrell (19) all finished an agonising point short after another day of ‘if only’ mutterings as they left the course.
Hopefully we’ll see another weekend of fine weather and therefore a good turnout for Saturday’s open stableford followed by Sunday’s shotgun start and prize presentation for members.
Also, a reminder that next Wednesday, November 16, is the club’s AGM, all members are urged to attend.