February 20, 2017
The Thursday morning roll ups are continuing from 9am and with it being half term hopefully a few more will put in an appearance.
The Pepsi series continues this Saturday whilst Sunday’s competition is a 3 Man Am Am. This is a stableford event with the best score from three to count on the first six holes, best two from three on the next six, and all three to count on the last six. Tee times for this are available on the start sheet in the locker room.
Pepsi Winter Series
In last Saturday’s Pepsi Series Steve Gardner overcame the mist to fire an impressive 41 points to claim first, Brian Sneddon was second on 40, with Charlie Garside cementing his position at the top of the order of merit by claiming third on 37. The full order of merit can be found on master scoreboard but it does look like Charlie will be hard to catch.
Corbridge’s Winter League
The quarter finals of the Corbridge’s winter league were completed last Sunday with victories for Niall Keenan and Dave Wookey, 4&3 over Chris Darnill and Richard Bray, and Andy Kewley and Mike Christian, also 4&3, over Chris Mitchell and Martin Wilson. The two winning pairs now go on to meet each other in the semi finals in two weeks time. The other semi will see Captain Alex Carine and partner Dean Greenland take on Richard and Adam Creamore after they defeated Andy Horne and Mark Skelding, and Alastair and Chris Nash respectively earlier on in the week.
In the second round of the plate competition Chris Nicholson produced the goods again with his winning score of 41 points, followed closely by dad Andy in second with his score of 40. Third went to Dave Dancox also on 40 but missing out on a countback. Andy currently leads the plate competition after two rounds along with John Belcher, followed by Mike Pigott and Steve Giddins although just 2 points separates the four of them. Things will undoubtedly change though as don’t forget it is your best three scores from four to count.
January 30, 2017
Pepsi Winter Series
Sam Cannell produced an astonishing round in last Saturday’s Pepsi Series as he returned an incredible 50 points!!, which included a ‘blob’. 50 is a very rare score in a better ball so to do it in an individual comp takes some doing. I’m guessing that’s one handicap coming down a lot. Second went to junior Tom Cain who continues his rapid progress with a return of 43, whilst Steve Giddins’ run of form shows no signs of dropping off as he claimed third, also on 43.
Corbridge’s Winter League
It was a weekend of high drama and high scores last week as the Pepsi Winter Series continued and the Corbridge’s winter league reached it’s qualifying finale. In the winter league daily competition Richard and Adam Creamore secured their knockout place by winning with a best of the day 46 – 43 over Colin Halsall and Jon Carey. Phil Drowley and Steve Giddins also scored 46 in their win over Tony Collis and Brian Kelly (subbing for Tom Harris) to claim second on the day, however they just missed out on qualifying by the smallest of margins as Chris Mitchell and Martin Wilson took the final knockout spot, along with third on the day, as they beat John Callow and Don Crossley 45-41. Collis and Harris were already safely through before Sunday’s result whilst Callow and Crossley miss out. Paul and Emma Noon finished top of the league and earned the number one seeding after defeating Tim Calladine and Paul Carson, and will now play sixteenth seeds Mitchell and Wilson in the first knockout round. League runners up Chris and Alastair Nash are seeded two and take on the 15th seeds Bobby Quilliam and Bobby Kelly. Captain Alex Carine and partner Dean Greenland are seeded third and will now take on Dave and Freddie Dancox whose 41 point win on Sunday was just enough to see them through in 14th. A draw on Sunday was enough for Richard Bray and Chris Darnill to earn a first round match against Marcus Avery and Neil Dunwell who went through despite losing to Niall Keenan and Dave Wookey, who in turn earned themselves a match against fifth seeds Charlie Garside and Stuart Mason. Andy Horne and Mark Skelding (6th seeds) take on Ryan Maddox and Dave Wilkinson (11), after the latter came out on top in the winner take all clash on Sunday against Andy Nicholson and Steve Smith. In the remaining first round ties for the knockout Jono Evans and Jason Cubbon (7) take on the Creamore’s (10), with Collis and Harris (8) playing Andy Kewley and Mike Christian (9).
January 22, 2017
The Pepsi continues on Saturday whilst the Corbridge’s winter league resumes on Sunday with the final qualifying round. The draw for the knockout stages will be made immediately afterwards with the top sixteen teams being seeded according to their league positions. Anyone inside the top ten should be pretty safe barring some freakish results, but everyone in the top 23 can still qualify.
Pepsi winter series
Saturday’s Pepsi winter series was played in slightly chillier conditions with a breeze that gradually picked up throughout the day keeping the scores lower. It needed a countback to separate the top two as President Niall Keenan and Dave Dancox respectively fired 39′s. Steve Gardner claimed third with his return of 38. Keenan and Dancox both move into the top six of the Pepsi order of merit although Charlie Garside still enjoys a comfortable lead despite not playing at the weekend.
Pro Fab winter eclectic
It turned out to be a real birdie fest at Mount Murray last Sunday in the Pro Fab Welding sponsored winter eclectic, with Jason Cubbon and Daryl Callister leading the way with six a piece. It was Cubbon who came out on top though as he amassed a best of the day 43 points to secure a narrow one point victory over Matthew Oasgood (42) with Callister one further back on 41. It’s the gross scores that make impressive reading though as Callister returned a 65 having covered the back nine in just 30 shots, whilst Cubbon’s 68 saw him return in 31. Steve Giddins finished just off the podium by virtue of a countback with Ryan Maddox rounding of the top five as he topped a group of three who finished on 40. The up dated eclectic standings can be seen on master scoreboard.
January 9, 2017
Alex Carine, Captain 2017
As you will have seen in an earlier report Alex had his drive in last week and it was great to see so many there to see him get his year off to a fine start. There is no doubt Alex will be a great captain and I’m sure we all wish him a very successful and happy tenure.
Pepsi Winter Series
After Andy’s win the previous week, Sharon Nicholson’s motivational techniques used on her boys certainly paid off as number one son Chris cleaned up in Saturday’s Pepsi winter series with a fine 44 points. There’s still a little more work to with Matt though as he mustered just 39 points to finish down in eighth!! Second in the Pepsi went to Marcus Avery on 42 with Alastair Nash, Charlie Garside and Peter Wood respectively rounding off the top five with 41’s. The Pepsi Order of Merit in full is on master scoreboard.
Corbridge’s Winter League
There were some fantastic scores recorded in last Sunday’s sixth round of the Corbridge’s sponsored winter league, with one team, Tom Harris and Tony Collis, already guaranteeing their place in the knockout stages. But before the competition got under way new captain Alex Carine got the year off to its official start with his drive in and ‘spanked’ the ball long(ish) and straight(ish) off the first tee. It was Tony Collis who got his day off to a good start by being closest with his guess for the distance the ball travelled. Best score on the day went to Marcus Avery and Neil Dunwell who fired a mighty impressive 48 points in securing victory over Charlie Garside and Stuart Mason (40). Second went to the new captain and partner Dean Greenland who beat Tim Calladine and Paul Carson 47-40, whilst young Tom Cain came good as he helped partner Daryl Callister to a 46-43 win over Mike Christian and Andy Kewley which saw them claim third on the day. Tom and Tone secured their knockout place after they moved to the top of the league by beating previous league leaders Adam and Richard Creamore 44-38, a defeat that sees them slip to fourth. Marcus and Neil lie in second whilst Jason Cubbon and Jono Evans sit in third despite suffering a rare defeat at the hands of Niall Keenan and Dave Wookey who look comfortable in seventh. The family pairings of the Noon’s and the Nash’s lie in fifth and sixth respectively after the Noon’s drew and the Nash’s won. It would be a real surprise if the current top seven didn’t all qualify for the knockout stages now. There were also wins on the day for Tom Gandy and Tom Doyle, Steve Smith and Andy Nicholson, John Callow and Don Crossley, John Belcher and Jason Clarke, Ryan Maddox and Dave Wilkinson, Mike Pigott and Chris Nicholson, and Andy Horne and Mark Skelding.
January 2, 2017
This weekend sees the Pepsi Series resume on Saturday whilst new captain Alex Carine ‘drives in’ on Sunday before the sixth round of the Corbridge’s winter league. Mr Captain will be teeing off on the first at 8.30am with a drive in the region of 300yds expected, apparently!!! I know we all wish Alex a very successful and enjoyable year as captain.
Many at the club were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Peel’s Golfing legend Godfrey Kelly over Christmas and send our heartfelt condolences to Godfrey’s family and many friends. He will be missed enormously by the Isle of Man golfing community.
Christmas / New Year Comps
A busy festive period saw some good, and some not so good, golf played at Mount Murray during the three official competitions that ran over the holidays. Christmas Eve’s competition saw a fairly small field take part in the stableford event which was won by Joe Raeside on his return home for Christmas. Joe’s 40 points was two ahead of Lee Latus (38) with Brian Kelly taking third on 37 after a five way countback from Paul Sheffield, Ian Harrison, Stuart Mason and Marcus Avery. Although some hardy souls took to the course for a Boxing Day Roll up, we had to wait until New Years Eve for the next competition and final Pepsi Winter Series of 2016. It was another 40 points which took the honours as Peter Dixon ended the year on a high with a two shot victory over a field led by Marcus Avery (38), Tony Mansell (38), and Alastair Nash (38). As we head into 2017 Charlie Garside still holds a comfortable lead at the top of the Pepsi order of merit with Ben Locking, Mark Skelding and Jason Cubbon currently vying for second third and fourth. The first competition of 2017 was on Bank Holiday Monday and was played in glorious spring like weather. Andy Nicholson got his year off to a flyer by claiming first place with his return of 41. Dave Dancox took second on 40 but only on a countback from Stuie Douglas.
December 12, 2016
Pepsi Series / This weekend
In last weeks Pepsi Series Ben Locking and Charlie Garside both came in with excellent scores of 43 points with Ben’s birdie on the seventeenth proving pivotal for the countback. It’s the other way round in the order of merit though as Charlie sits at the top with Ben in second. The Pepsi continues this Saturday whilst Sunday’s ‘Christmas’ competition will be a red tee stableford. It’s an 8.30 shotgun start and all those taking part are asked to bring a prize to win a prize. The entry fee will go to the captain’s charity.
Corbridge’s Winter league
Having had the week off last week, Richard Bray and Chris Darnill returned to the fray on Sunday and pretty much as expected shot another score of 47 points to take the honours on the day and secure a Corbridge’s winter league win over Marcus Avery and Neil Dunwell, who themselves had a good score of 42 points which would have won most other match ups. Darnill and Bray move into the top ten as we head into the Christmas break, whilst Marcus and Neil slip to fifth. Second on the day, and sitting just outside the top ten, are Andy James and Rob McIver who overcame Matt James and Dan Jones 45-35, a defeat that sees them drop out of the top sixteen. Bobby Kelly and Alastair Crossley (subbing for Bob Quilliam) claimed third in the daily competition following their 44-42 win over Dean Greenland and Steve Ryder-Clague (subbing for Alex Carine), a result which has the ‘Bobby’s’ moving into a qualifying positon of fifteenth, just behind Dean and Alex. Richard and Adam Creamore currently sit at the top of the league after a 44-39 triumph over Tim Calladine and Paul Carson, whilst Tom Harris and Tony Collis are very close behind in second place following their narrow 41-40 win over Paul and Emma Noon who drop to fourth. Jono Evans and Jason Cubbon lie in third despite going down 39-42 to Andy Kewley and Mike Christian who find themselves well inside the top ten as a result. Charlie Garside and Stuey Mason (43-38 winners over Daryl Callister and Tom Cain), and Alastair and Chris Nash (40-37 winners over Mike Pigott and Joe Raeside) also sit comfortably in the top ten, as do Niall Keenan and Dave Wookey who beat Captain Iain Laing and Ben Locking 41-39. There were also wins on the day for Andy Horne and Neil Moore (subbing for Mark Skelding), John Callow and Don Crossley, and Colin Halsall and Jon Carey, whilst Dave and Freddie Dancox tied with Dave Wilkinson and Ryan Maddox.
The winter league takes a bit of a break over Christmas and will resume on the 8th January 2017.
December 5, 2016
Weekend Round up
It was a little chilly to say the least last Sunday for round four of the Corbridge’s sponsored Winter League, and although the scores were decent they were down on previous week’s efforts.
Leading the way were Tom Harris and Martin Cairney (subbing for Tony Collis) who secured a comfortable 42-32 win over Mike Pigott and Chris Nicholson moving them up to second in the league table in the process. Matching the high score of 42 were Jono Evans and Jason Cubbon, who came second on the day by virtue of a countback, although their victory over Marcus Avery and Neil Dunwell took them to the top of the league with the latter dropping to fifth. Third on the day went to Brian Kelly and Joe Raeside on 41 points although their performance doesn’t affect the league positions as they were only playing in the daily competition.
Adam and Richard Creamore sit third in the table after a 37-32 victory over Daryl Callister and Tom Cain, whilst the Noon’s, Paul and Emma, slip to fourth following a defeat playing blind against Evans and Cubbon. Captain elect Alex Carine and partner ‘Dangerous’ Dean Greenland made big strides up the table with a 40-33 win over Phil Drowley and Sam Cannell (subbing for Steve Giddins). There were also good wins for Charlie Garside and Stuart Mason 41-39 over Jason Clarke and John Belcher, Matt James and Dan Jones 40-38 over Dave and Freddie Dancox, Ryan Maddox and Ian Perry (subbing for Dave Wilkinson) 37-36 over Andy Kewley and Mike Christian, Tim Calladine and Paul Carson 39-38 v Andy Horne and Mark Skelding, Niall Keenan / Dave Wookey 40-38 v Colin Halsall / John Carey, Andy Nicholson / Steve Smith 34-31 v Chris and Alistair Nash, and Andy James and Rob McIver 38-33 over John Callow and Don Crossley. Just one other match to mention which was a 40-40 tie between Captain Iain Laing and Ben Locking and Tom’s Gandy and Doyle.
In Saturday’s Pepsi Winter Series Mark Skelding came out on top after a countback with 41 points from Charlie Garside. Third on the day went to junior Freddie Dancox on 39, again on a countback from Ryan Maddox. Charlie’s second place gives him clear daylight at the top of the order of merit with Mark moving into second by the narrowest of margins from Jason Cubbon.
November 28, 2016
The Pepsi Series continues this Saturday whilst its round four of the Winter League on Sunday. Even if you are not in the league still turn up and play in the daily comp if you fancy it. 8.15 draw for an 8.30 shotgun start. Quite a few are now starting to turn up for a bit of a social on Wednesday evenings. The plan has been to get on the range from about 6.30 / 7, then in the bar for a drink.
Haldane Fisher Mount Murray Cup
Before play got underway last Sunday Jason Cubbon was presented with the Haldane Fisher sponsored Mount Murray Cup. Jason won the trophy back in the summer after a couple of delays and Sunday was good opportunity to present the cup in front of a packed club house. Many thanks to John Belcher of Haldane Fisher for his unstinting support of the club over many years and long may it continue.
Last Saturday’s Pepsi Series was a chilly affair for the early starters but sunny still conditions certainly made up for the cold. Regular Saturday player Dave Braide took the honours on the day with a return of 39 points, just enough to get the better of Rob Hill on a countback. Bobby Quilliam claimed third with 38 points from Ben Locking, Freddie Dancox, and Jason Cubbon respectively on 36.
Corbridge’s Winter League
Having dominated the first two rounds of the Corbridge’s Winter League, Chris Darnill and Richard Bray found themselves on the receiving end on Sunday as they succumbed to a devastating 49-42 defeat at the hands of an inspired Ryan Maddox and Dave Wilkinson. Clearly 49 points was enough to claim the daily prize but it could have been even better as they both missed putts on the last to reach the magical 50. Richard and Adam Creamore took second on the day with another good win as they overcame Chris and Alastair Nash 46-42, with Jono Evans and Jason Cubbon claiming third after their 45-39 win over John Callow and Don Crossley. Paul and Emma Noon currently sit at the top of the league as the only team with maximum points after they secured another victory on Sunday. Their 40-32 win (with Rob subbing for Paul) over Niall Keenan and Dave Wookey consigned the latter to their third straight defeat. Evans and Cubbon sit in second in the table whilst Marcus Avery and Neil Dunwell move up to third following a 44-36 win over Matt James and Dan Jones. Last week’s leaders, Darnill and Bray, drop to fourth as the Creamore’s move into the top five. Chris Mitchell and Martin Wilson move up to sixth after a 42-40 triumph over Andy Horne and Mark Skelding, whilst Tom Harris and Ian Harrison (subbing for Tony Collis) occupy seventh after a 43-41 win over Jason Clarke and John Belcher. There were also wins for Andy Kewley and Mike Christian, Dave and Freddie Dancox, Bobbies Quilliam and Kelly, Phil Drowley and Steve Giddins, and Daryl Callister and Tom Cain. It was great to see our three very promising juniors all winning on Sunday with all three playing a major part in their team’s scores. Well done Tom, Emma and Freddie.
November 21, 2016
Corbridge’s Winter League
Although bitterly cold at Mount Murray last Sunday it remained dry and bright for the second round of the Corbridge’s sponsored winter league which saw a full field take to the course and if the weather wasn’t hot the scoring certainly was. For the second week running Chris Darnill and Richard Bray fired a best of the day 47 points in their hard earned victory over the luckless Tom Doyle and stand in partner Martin Cairney, whose 45 points would have won just about every other game. Some consolation for team Doyle was their third place on the day, but to be winless after two scores of 45 must be a little hard to take. Second on the day went to Chris Mitchell and Martin Wilson who returned a fine 46 points in beating Ben Locking and his stand in partner Bob Love. Just missing out on the prizes in fourth were Phil Drowley and Steve Giddins who secured a 43-39 win over Dave and Freddie Dancox, whilst Bobby Kelly and Allister Crossley took fifth on the day by beating Tony Collis and Tom Harris 43-37. Not surprisingly Chris and Richard sit at the top of the league with their maximum points and bonuses, with the only other team on maximum points, Paul and Emma Noon, lying in second after they defeated, playing blind, Alex Carine and Brian Kelly 40-39. Marcus Avery and Neil Dunwell, 39-33 victors over Daryl Callister and Tom Cain, sit in third place overall whilst Jono Evans and Jason Cubbon look threatening in fourth following their 40-39 win over the Vice Captain. Other results were; Callow/Crossley 41-40 Latus/Hill, Horne/Skelding 42-40 Pigott/Nicholson, Creamore/Creamore 39-37 Wilkinson/Perry, Calladine/Carson 40-39 Halsall/Carey, James/Jones 40-38 Clarke/Belcher, Nash/Nash 37-33 Robinson/Turner, Nicholson/Smith 37-35 Keenan/Wookey, and Kewley/Christian 40-39 Garside/Ryder-Clague. The full league table can be found on the notice board.
Club Captain Iain Laing hosted the annual dinner at the club house last week which was fantastically well supported by members and guests alike, a tribute to the popularity of the captain. A great night was had by all and many thanks to all those who made it possible. I’m sure we all agree that Iain (Old Man Laing to his friends), as been a great ambassador for the club this year and will be a tough act to follow.
Last weeks Pepsi Winter Series saw Lee Latus claim a deserved win with his return of 41 points with Steve Smith taking second on 40. Steve Giddins got his weekend off to a fine start by claiming third place with a score of 39 points which was just good enough to beat Andy Horne on a countback. Charlie Garside finished in the points again and moves clear at the top of the order of merit from Niall Keenan and Jason Cubbon, whilst Lee’s win sees him move up into the top five.
November 14, 2016
Corbridge’s Winter League
Sunday’s opening round of the popular Corbridge’s sponsored Winter League opened up with a good field of old a new members alike.
The calm conditions and receptive greens made for some excellent scoring on the day including a gross 61 from Tom Gandy and Tom Doyle, although this still wasn’t good enough to claim a win in their opening match.
Top performers on the day were Richard Bray and Chris Darnill who fired a great 47 points on their way to securing a ‘blind’ win, whilst Charlie Garside and Stu Mason also shot 47 in their victory over Dan Jones and Matt James (39). It was Chris Nicholson and Alex Wilson (subbing for Mike Pigott) who put the block on the ‘Toms’ as they shot 45 points to tie their match, and even then it needed a birdie on the last from Tom Gandy to secure the draw. Chris and Alex took third in the daily comp by virtue of a countback with Tom and Tom finishing fifth overall as Dave and Freddie Dancox took fourth with their 45 points as they beat Simon Robinson and Richard Turner. Other results were Halsall/Carey 44-38 Wilson/Love, Nash/Nash 43-38 Capt/Locking, Nicholson/Smith 43-42 Skelding/Horne, James/McIver 42-40 Hill/Latus, Noon/Noon 42-39 Kewley/Christian, Avery/Dunwell 42-40 Quilliam/Kelly, Clarke/Belcher 42-38 Callister/Cain, Harris/Collis 42-37 Wilkinson/Maddox, Keenan/Wookey 41-36 Carson/Calladine, Greenland/Carine 40-39 Crossley/Callow, and one more drawn match between Creamore/Creamore and Evans/Cubbon on 41.
Pepsi Open Series
In Saturday’s Pepsi Open Series Stewart Stevenson came out on top with a score of 41 points, a total matched by Nick Haxby who just missed out on a countback. Third on the day went to Dave Dancox on 39, with Mark Skelding, Jono Evans, and Lee Latus respectively rounding off the top six with their 38’s. Dave, Jono and Lee were the main movers on the day as all three climbed into the top ten in the order of merit which is still lead by Niall Keenan, Jason Cubbon and Charlie Garside who are all tied at the top.
November 8, 2016
The Eclectic takes a bit of a break now as the Corbridge’s Winter League takes centre stage for the next few weeks. Entries for this popular event are already good with more expected to sign up this weekend. The competition gets underway this Sunday with an 8.30 shotgun start with competitors asked to sign in by 8.10 for the draw.
This year’s winter league will follow the same format as in previous years. FBBB stableford matchplay with a draw for opponents made on the day. (3pts for a win, 2pts for a tie, 1pt for a loss ) no pairing to playing each other more than once in the qualifying rounds. In keeping with congu regulations , the handicap allowance will be 90% from the opening round.
There will be eight qualifying rounds with the best seven scores and points to count. The top sixteen teams after round eight will be seeded according to position finished in the league and will qualify for the knockout stages and will play as follows; 1 v 16, 2 v 15, 3 v 14 etc. (the number of qualifying teams is dependent on the number of entries and may be amended to 12, in which case the top four seeds will receive a bye in the first knockout round, or even just eight qualifiers. The number of qualifying places will be finalised prior to the first round commencing).
The plate competiton, for those who do not make the knockout stages, will be an individual stableford with the best three from four scores added together to determine the winner.
Substitutes will be allowed in the qualifying rounds but must be drawn from players who are not already in a team entered into the winter league. Teams may use two subs at the same time if they wish. Substitutes may be used in the knockout stages and can be drawn from players who have previously entered the winter league but they must not have qualified for the knockout stages, ie outside the top 16.
The knockout rounds must be completed on the stipulated date, however there may be some leeway given with the consent of both teams and with the approval of the competition committee. In any case the match must be completed prior to the following round commencing
The Pepsi Series continues this Saturday with tee times available through the pro shop.
The club dinner takes place next Friday (18th) and a limited number of tickets are still available. Please contact Bob Love if you are interested.
Finally, the AGM is on Wednesday 23rd Nov at the clubhouse, commencing 7pm.
Pepsi Series / Winter Eclectic
A very blustery weekend made for some tough scoring conditions on both days with just two players bettering par over the entire weekend.
In Saturday’s Pepsi open there was a new name to the winner’s enclosure as John Shaw came home with a mighty impressive 37 points to secure a one point victory over the consistent Chris Mitchell whose birdie birdie finish shot him up the leaderboard. Jason Cubbon claimed third on the day with his return of 35 with Sam Cannell fourth on 34 and Niall Keenan fifth with 33.
There was no let-up in the wind on Sunday either, in fact it was probably a little stronger, for the fourth round of the Winter Eclectic. Jason Cubbon again showed what a solid player he is as he returned a fine 38 points to claim a two shot win from Tim Calladine (36) and Mike Christian (34). Stuart Mason and Daryl Callister respectively rounded off the top five with their scores of 33.
No surprise then to hear that Jason currently sits at the top of the Eclectic standings on net 62 followed by Bob Love and Chris Nicholson on 63, and a chasing pack of nine players two shots further back on 65.
October 31, 2016
Yellow tee medal
Last Sunday’s yellow tee medal saw the cream rise to the top as Daryl Callister returned an excellent 66+1=67, which included birdies on his first four holes, to claim a one shot victory over Marcus Avery 71-3=68. Captain elect Alex Carine took third with his score of 89-20=69, just getting the better of Chris Darnill 84-15=69 on a countback.
Pepsi Winter Series
It was another busy weekend with both Saturday’s and Sunday’s competitions well supported. Saturday’s Pepsi open stableford produced a clear winner in Ben Locking who fired a mighty impressive 42 points, four ahead of second placed Ryan Maddox (38). Although a little damp and misty at times the conditions were generally good with receptive and true greens, albeit a little slow. Ben certainly had no problems on the greens with just 24 putts being a major factor in his score. Roy Wilson, Mike Pigott and Jason Cubbon respectively rounded off the top five with their returns of 37. Charlie Garside’s sixth on the day saw him increase his lead at the top of the order of merit from Niall Keenan with Jason, Ben and Mike moving into the top five.
October 24, 2016
The Pepsi Series continues this Saturday with Sunday’s Halloween bash being an individual medal played off yellow tees. We are also starting to run a Thursday ‘roll up’ competition. If you fancy it just turn up from 9am.
Pepsi Winter Series
Saturday’s Pepsi Winter Series was won by Charlie Garside with his 40 points securing a one shot victory over Brian Sneddon and Lee Latus respectively. Chris Nicholson, Alastair Nash, Keith Brown and Daryl Callister, who shot a 68 gross, all finished in the points with returns of 38. Saturday’s win sees Charlie move to the top of the order of merit from Niall Keenan, whilst Sneddon moved up to third. The Pepsi continues this Saturday and this ‘open’ event is proving very popular. Tee times are going quick so make sure you book with the Pro shop in plenty of time.
Pro Fab Welding Winter Eclectic
A much better spell of weather saw a full two days of competition take place last weekend and well over 100 golfers out on the course. Sunday’s individual stableford, and Pro Fab sponsored eclectic third round, produced a wide range of scores with most people struggling in the breeze, although the receptive and true greens did help. Only two of the strong field managed to better par on the day with Gareth Maguire leading the way home after his very impressive 42 points. Jono Evans finished one shot back in second place with his return of 41 with the next best score being the 36 points of Stuart Mason and Ryan Maddox respectively. Overall in the eclectic series it’s Chris Nicholson who leads the way on 63 followed by Jason Cubbon and Bob Love on 64, with Stuey and Ryan rounding off the top five on 65.
October 16, 2016
The weather played a major part in proceedings last weekend with Sunday being a complete wash out and Saturday being damp to say the least, especially for those who played in the morning. Just a mere 24 hardy souls took to the course for the Pepsi Winter Series with Chris Mitchell coming out on top as he scored 39 points. Second went to Jason Cubbon on 37 who just got the better of Niall Keenan on a countback. Niall and Jason respectively head the winter order of merit after three rounds, but with the series set to continue weekly until next April it’s way too early to predict who will be up there at the end.
Some dates for your diaries, the AGM has been moved to Wednesday 23rd November, and the annual dinner is on Friday 18th November.
October 11, 2016
The Course – LOOK AFTER IT
I’m sure most, if not all, will agree the course has been in great nick all year and will have seen the tremendous amount of hard work being put in by Gary and his staff.
So why on earth do some, and it is only a small minority, insist on doing their utmost to ruin all the good work being put in!! The number of un-repaired pitch marks on greens is becoming a real issue, as are the number of un-replaced divots. It takes a matter of seconds to repair a pitch mark and you must know whether or not you have landed on a green. As for the divots, before we hear the ‘it’s the seagulls’ it’s NOT. The seagulls don’t go out and hit twenty wedges from the same spot on the fairway leaving behind a small crater!
If you know of, or see any of the culprits then please advise a committee member so that appropriate action can be taken to remedy the problem.
Pepsi Winter Series
Lat Saturday’s Pepsi winter series stableford produced some excellent scores with Colin Russell taking first place on 43 points, just on a countback from the captain Iain Laing who must be ruing his double bogey on the 17th. Mike Pigott claimed third with his score of 41, with Eddie Clague (40) and Dave Wilkinson (39) completing the top five.
Capt V Pres.
The annual match up between the Captains select, led by Iain, and the Presidents select, led by Niall, took place last Sunday and although the score was close, the Presidents team came out on top yet again by a score of 5.5 to 4.5. There were some outstanding scores in the FBBB format with Colin Halsall and Jason Clarke, playing for team Niall, firing a best of the day 48 points to claim the individual prize. Second on the day went to Daryl Callister and Ryan Maddox who shot 45 points for the Captains team. No doubt Niall will be hoping for three in row next year so lets hope Alex’ army can stop the rot.
October 4, 2016
The club annual dinner takes place on Friday 18th November at the club house. This is a mixed ‘do’ remember so please bring wives, girlfriends, partners or even the whole family to this popular night. Speak to Bob Love or any committee member to book your ticket.
This weekend sees the Pepsi Winter series continue on Saturday with Sunday’s comp being the annual Captain v Presidents match. This is as 8.30 shotgun so just turn up for 8 for the draw for teams and tees.
Storytime Nursery Club Night
The Storytime Nursery sponsored club nights also drew to a close last week, although not in the manner we had hoped for as the bad weather caused the final round to be cancelled, meaning the winner of the order of merit stayed as the previous week with Chris Nicholson taking the honours followed by Niall Keenan, and Mike Pigott in third. Many thanks to Lisa and all at Storytime for their support this year.
IOM Bank Medal Final
The IOM Bank medals reached there climax last Sunday with the Medal final taking place on a lovely autumn morning at Mount Murray.
36 players qualified for the final with the remainder of the field competing in a separate event.
Leading the way home in the medal final was Stuart Mason with an excellent score of 80-10=70 which secured a two shot victory over Jason Cubbon 76-4=72, who in turn was a further shot clear of Marcus Avery 76-3=73. Andy Halsall 78-5=73, and Bob Love 79-5=74 rounded off the top five respectively.
In the non qualifiers event Dave Wilkinson came out on top with his return of 86-15=71, followed by vice captain Alex Carine 95-20=75, with Adam Creamore 99-23=76 in third, and Freddie Dancox 107-28=79 finishing in fourth.
Daryl Callister claimed two of the spot prizes for longest drives on the 8th and 15th, whilst Ben Locking took longest drive down the first. Ian Perry (4th), Marcus Avery (11th) and Matt Nicholson (14th) claimed the nearest the pins.
In the Medal Order of Merit, Charlie Garsides 11th place on Sunday was just enough to give him a one point victory over Jason Cubbon.
Many Thanks to Ian Perry and The IOM Bank for their support of the medals throughout the year and for the fantastic prizes on offer, a thought reiterated by all the winners at the presentation afterwards.
September 26, 2016
Matchplay / other news
The final of the club matchplay took place on Sunday between Andy Horne and Colin Halsall. Despite having to give away a lot of shots Andy managed to push Colin all the way to the 18th but Colin just did enough to hang on and claim the title 1up.
This Sunday sees the IOM Bank medal final take place with an 8.30 shotgun start followed by presentation. The full list of qualifiers can be found on this website below or on the notice board. There is a separate category for those that didn’t qualify during the summer.
Club Nights conclude this week with the title going to either Chris Nicholson or Niall Keenan. Also on club night this week Roy Moore will be presenting a nostalgia evening which should be a good laugh.
The second round of the winter eclectic took place on Sunday in conditions that were in stark contrast to the previous day. Chris Nicholson continued his run of form to take the honours with a score of 41 points, despite a finish of three double bogeys in the last three holes. Richard Creamore claimed second with a return of 40 points, followed by Jason Cubbon and Steve Ryder-Clague respectively on 39. Bob Love leads the eclectic after two rounds with a net 64, followed by Jason and Steve on net 66’s.
Pepsi Summer Series Finale
The final round of the Pepsi Summer series took place last Saturday in far from ideal conditions. In fact the weather was so poor that only those with any real chance in the league ventured out to try and secure the vital extra points needed.
The top five in the order of merit going into Saturday’s final round were so close that none of them could afford not to play but ultimately it was Ryan Maddox who topped the order of merit after claiming the victory on Saturday with a hard earned 31 points. Marcus Avery secured a top five order of merit place after claiming second on the day with 30, whilst Jason Cubbon took fourth overall following his third place on Saturday also with a score of 30. Jono Evans’ fourth place on the day saw him slip from OoM leader to second overall, whilst Charlie Garside secured third overall with fifth place on the day. The Pepsi Series has proved to be extremely popular with well over 100 members and visitors taking part throughout the summer. The Pepsi winter series gets under way this week with the same format and will continue to be ‘open’.
September 19, 2016
News up date
The Pepsi continues this Saturday, as does the winter eclectic on Sunday, before the IOM Bank Medal final rounds off the summer season the following week. The medal final is an 8.30 shotgun start followed by presentation. The qualifiers for the medal final are;
Dan Jones, Chris Nash, Jason Clarke, Matt Nicholson, Mike Pigott, Jason Cubbon, Brian Williams, Daryl Callister, Charlie Garside, Ian Perry, Stuart Mason, Andy Nicholson, Ben Locking, Neil Harris, Ryan Maddox, Tim Calladine, Richard Creamore, Dave Dancox, Bob Love, Tom Doyle, Connor Duggua, Marcus Avery, Neil Dunwell, Andy Kewley, Mark Skelding, Andy Halsall, Jono Evans, Richard Bray, Peter Skelton, Bobby Kelly, Steve Ryder- Clague, Alastair Nash, Dean Greenland, Nick Maybin, Colin Halsall, and Peter Smith.
The IOM GU are holding their annual dinner at Mount Murray on Friday 7th October, its a mixed dinner and tickets cost £30 a head. Anyone wanting to go have a word with Bob Love or any committee member.
Winter League will be starting mid November so get your partner sorted and enter in the pro shop for this popular winter event.
Storytime Nursery Club Nights
It’s so close in the Storytime Nursery sponsored club night order of merit with Chris Nicholson and Niall Keenan locked together at the top with just two rounds remaining. The winner is going to come from one of these two as they hold an unassailable lead over third placed Mike Pigott. In last weeks club night it was Chris who drew level with Niall at the top of the order of merit with his fourth placed finish, behind Jason Clarke, Jono Evans and Ben Locking. The final club night is on Wednesday 28th when their will be a nostalgia evening at the club hosted by Roy Moore, as well as a number of presentations.
Pepsi Summer Series
The Pepsi Summer Series is drawing to a close with just five points separating the top five. In last Saturday’s round Tom Doyle came out on top with his score of 41 points but it was second placed Jono Evans (40) who really benefitted as the result saw him move to the top of the order of merit. Andy Horne claimed third on the day with 37, a score matched by Daryl Callister in fourth. Check out the Order of Merit on master scoreboard to see the full list.
Winter Eclectic 1st Round
With the summer competitions coming to a close it’s time to get the winter ones under way. This was the case last Sunday with the opening round of the winter eclectic getting off to a fine start in what were certainly not winter conditions.
Steve Ryder Clague continued his rich vein of form as he took the honours with 41 points and earning another handicap reduction in the process. That’s a three shot chop in three weeks for Steve, although that wont go down well with his winter league partner!!
Chris Nicholson also returned with 41 points despite having three ‘blobs’, whilst Jason Clarke and Ryan Maddox both fired 40’s to claim third and fourth respectively.
September 13, 2016
Changes to fixtures
This week sees the Pepsi Series continue on Saturday, whilst Sunday sees a change to the fixture list with the first round of the winter eclectic getting under way. The eclectic will continue the following week before the re-scheduled medal final takes place on Sunday 2nd October. The Capts v Presidents match remains the same, taking place on Sunday 9th October, before the re-scheduled NK Construction comp slots in after that in place of the winter eclectic which was moved forward.
Stoytime Nursery Club Night
Last weeks Storytime Nursery sponsored club night was won by Andy Halsall with a fine 27 points for eleven holes. Niall Keenan and Jason Clarke were close behind on 25. The result saw Niall increase his lead in the club night order of merit to seven points with just three rounds remaining, but anyone can still snatch the title from him.
In last Saturday’s Pepsi Summer Series Jamie Tomlinson stormed to the win with a great 43 points followed by Antony Collis on 42, a score that would’ve won most other weeks. Marcus Avery rounded off the top three on 39, although once again securing best gross. The result sees Jamie join Charlie Garside at the top of the Pepsi Order of Merit with Jason Cubbon, Peter Wood and Ryan Maddox hot on their heels.
IOM Bank Medal
Last Sunday saw the final IOM Bank monthly medal of the year and last chance to qualify for the medal final next month. Leading the way home with an excellent 78-10=68 was Steve Ryder-Clague who secured a two shot victory over Bob Love 76-6=70, with Marcus Avery a further shot back on 74-3=71, although Marcus did claim best gross. Daryl Callister continues to lead the medal eclectic, despite not playing on Sunday, with a net 60, whilst Bob Love moved up to second on net 62, along with Mike Christian and Jono Evans on the same score. Meanwhile it’s Charlie Garside who leads the Sunday order of merit from Marcus and Jono, with Jason Cubbon in fourth.
August 21, 2016
Storytime Club Night / This weekend
In last weeks Storytime Nursery sponsored club night, President Niall Keenan came out on top with an excellent 30 points from 12 holes. Peter Skelton claimed 2nd with 27 points with Dave Braide third on 26. Niall now tops the club night league and with just six rounds remaining it is looking like his to lose. We will be hoping for better weather this weekend for Saturday’s Pepsi Series, and for Sunday’s IOM bank sponsored monthly medal.
Ricky Jupp Trophies
Unfortunately last Saturday’s Pepsi Series fell foul of the weather leaving Sunday’s Ricky Jupp Trophies the only competitions of the weekend. The popular Jupp trophies are split into two, with a club only stableford for members, and an open under 23′s stableford. Although no longer playing, Ricky is still a regular in the clubhouse and was on hand to greet everyone before the 8.30 shotgun start, and was still there to meet to everyone afterwards and do the prize presentation. Leading the way home in the club competition was Neil Dunwell with a fine score of 39 points given the testing, blustery, conditions. Jason Clarke finished in second on 38, ahead of Daryl Callister, Joe Raeside, Tim Calladine, Chris Nash, Mike Pigott, and Richard Creamore respectively on 37. Raeside claimed the under 23′s trophy with his 37, followed by Freddie Dancox on 36, just pipping Ben Locking on a countback. The six nearest pins went to, in order, John Belcher, Emma Noon, Jono Evans, Andy Nicholson, Joe Raeside, and Jono again. As you would expect the prizes put up by Ricky were fantastic and even though he doesn’t play nowadays it is always a pleasure to see him at the club.
August 16, 2016
News up date / Scratch League
The Pepsi Summer Series continues this Saturday, whilst the very popular Ricky Jupp Trophies takes centre stage on Sunday with the men’s and under 23’s competitions being run.
Dave Wilkinson put in a sterling performance down at Rowany last week to win the under 55′s section of the IOM Seniors Champs with a score of 37 points.
Our Scratch league team fell just short last with a final game of the season defeat by Douglas. It was a fantastic effort by Daryl’s boys who went down narrowly 2-3 to a very strong Douglas team who pipped us to the league title in the process. Capt. Daryl got us off to a flyer with a 5&4 win over Stuart Wallace before Alex lost narrowly to Liam Cowin on the 18th. Marcus secured a good win over Gary Hunter 3&2 before Douglas closed out the match with the incredibly strong pairing of Peter Glover and Kev Moore defeating Jason and Joe on the 17th, and Mark Curphey and Gary Ashe beating Doyler and Pye also on the 18th. A great effort by our boys and well played Douglas, it was an exciting evenings golf played in the right spirit and oh so close in the end.
Pepsi Series / Storytime Club Night
Saturday’s Pepsi Series Open went to Derek Young on 42 points, followed by the in form Neil Atkinson on 41 and Adam Creamore and Dave Dancox respectively on 40. Last weeks Storytime Nursery sponsored club night was played in pretty awful conditions, but that didn’t stop Charlie Garside from scoring an excellent 26 points for 11 holes to win by a clear 3 shots from Peter Skelton. Peter was the only one to make any significant in roads onto the club night leaderboard as he moves up to fourth overall, but Chris Nicholson continues to lead the way from Niall Keenan and Mike Pigott.
IOM Bank Monthly Medal
It was the re-scheduled IOM Bank Monthly Medal for April at Mount Murray last Sunday and despite a number of ‘older’ members being absent there was still a decent turnout for the white tee medal competition.
Leading the way home with a very respectable 83-15=68 was Brian Williams who has certainly been missing from the top of the podium for too long. Daryl Callister came home in second after his fine 69 gross which equated to a net 70, with Charlie Garside third following his return of 76-5=71. Ian Perry, Jason Cubbon and Stuart Mason respectively rounded off the top six with net 72’s.
August 9, 2016
There was a great team effort in last nights scratch league fixture away at Peel as we secured a 4 1/2 to 1/2 win. There were great wins in the singles for Daryl and Jason, whilst Tom Doyle pulled off a great 1/2 against IOM Champs semi finalist Lee Morgan. There were also two comfortable wins in the foresomes from Jono and Joe, and Tim and Matt.
With Douglas pulling off a 5 – 0 demolition of a rather poor Castletown team they sit at the top of the league with just one fixture remaining. But that doesn’t tell the story, they lie just two points ahead of us and that final fixture is Mount Murray at the Mount next Monday.
We have a real chance of securing our first scratch league title to go with our first Sandison Cup but we need your help. Lets get as many supporters there as possible to cheer on the boys next Monday from 5pm and turn over that two point deficit.
August 8, 2016
Storytime Nursery Club Night
In last week’s Storytime Nursery sponsored club night Chris Mitchell triumphed with 27 points from Bob Love (25), Andy Horne (25) and Niall Keenan (24). Chris Nicholson still heads the club night league but finds his lead cut to just two points by Niall following last week’s results.
Sunday’s Allyn Laing sponsored stableford was played in near gale force winds but that didn’t stop Neil Atkinson returning a fantastic 40 points to take the honours. Second went to Alastair Nash on 38 whilst Neil’s playing partner Charlie Garside finished third on 36 following a countback from Jono Evans, John Carey and Dave Wilkinson.
Haldane Fisher Mount Murray Cup
The much postponed Haldane Fisher sponsored Mount Murray cup finally concluded last Saturday with the completion of round two. Jason Cubbon went into the final round with a two shot cushion over his nearest challenger and another great round of net 68 saw him to a very comfortable seven shot victory with a total net score of 134. Jason’s 68 was matched by Marcus Avery who moved into second overall on 141, the same as Bob Love who fired 70 in his second round. Charlie Garside’s two rounds of 71 saw him claim fourth overall on 142 whilst Daryl Callister took fifth on 143 which was also the best overall gross. Best gross on the day went to Tom Gandy on 67. Many thanks must go to John Belcher at Haldane Fisher for their continued support of the event.
August 3, 2016
Following a couple of queries recently we can confirm that Buggies are permitted to be used during club competitions.
August 1, 2016
Antony Collis Flooring Club Championship
Last weekend saw the two round, Antony Collis Flooring sponsored club championship take centre stage on Saturday and Sunday with over 65 members playing in the 36 hole medal Although in immaculate condition it wasn’t easy and anyone straying too far off line was going to be punished by a course set up as it should be for a club champs, tough but fair. Leading the way after the first round was one of the favourites, and Island Boys Champion, Alex McAuley with a level par 71, two ahead of Mark Sutton (73) who in turn was a further two ahead of third placed Colin Russell (75). Tim Calladine, Marcus Avery and Chris Kneen lead the chasing pack as they all closed with rounds of 76. Russell lead the way in the net section with 66 followed by McAuley (70) and Calladine (71).The second round saw a slight improvement in the scoring with Chris Kneen recording a best of the weekend 69, whilst Daryl Callister returned a level par 71, a score matched by Tim Calladine who was probably the standout performer of the weekend. First round leaders Alex McAuley and Mark Sutton both slipped to 75′s whilst Marcus Avery improved to a 74. Calladine secured best net in the second round with 66 followed by Kneen (69) and Joe Raeside, Charlie Garside, and Jono Evans respectively all on 70. All this means that just 5 shots covered the top six with Chris Kneen coming out on top with his total of 145 securing the 2016 Mount Murray Club Championship. Second place went to Alex McAuley on 146 with Tim Calladine third on 147, Mark Sutton (148) fourth and Daryl Callister fifth on 149. Calladine easily claimed best overall net on 137 followed by Kneen, Garside and Avery respectively on 144. So it’s congratulations to Chris on claiming the Mount Murray club championship. Many thanks to sponsors Tony and Helen of Antony Collis Flooring for their support of the club championship which is very much appreciated by all the members.
July 25, 2016
This weekend sees the Antony Collis flooring sponsored club championship take place on Saturday and Sunday. Tee times for Saturday morning are available on the start sheet in the locker room, or for times after 10.30 through the pro shop. It’s the normal tee time arrangements for Sunday’s 2nd round. It’s difficult to see past the big three for a favourite with Daryl, Alex and Rob all sure to feature strongly, however, there is sure to be a real challenge from Island qualifier Jason Cubbon and the ever consistent Marcus Avery.
Pepsi Summer Series / Storytime Nursery Club Night
In last Saturday’s Pepsi Summer Series Rob Hill had the weekends first hole in one as he aced the 6th on his way to a winning score of 44 points. Second on the day went to Ryan Maddox with 41 followed by Connor Duggua and Marcus Avery respectively on 40. Connor had a good week as he also claimed last weeks Storytime Nursery Club Night on 34 from Niall Keenan (32) and Chris Nicholson (30).
Despite the best efforts of the weather last Sunday, President Niall Keenan hosted a very successful President’s Day, as over 50 members endured the fog and rain to compete in the individual stableford, with the strategically placed refreshments on the course helping to keep everyone going to the end. Leading the way on the day was Tom Doyle with a fine return of 41 points followed by Steve Heap on 40. Don Crossley, Neil Dunwell and Jason Cubbon respectively rounded off the top five on 39 points. Jason, along with Adam Creamore claimed the nearest the pin prizes on the 6th and 14th, although Adam was outdone by dad Richard who had a hole in one on the 11th. Longest drive down the 12th went to Jono Evans. Many thanks to our excellent President Niall for a great day which also raised over £400 for his chosen Alzheimer’s charity, which takes the total raised by the members this year for charity to well over £1,000.
July 18, 2016
There were some great performances from our boys in the Island Champs at the weekend. Rob Noon was the stand out player with rounds of 66 & 70 to qualify in second place behind Kev Moore. Alex Mac finished fifth in qualifying with 72 & 70, whilst Jason Cubbon set up a first round knockout match with Kev after qualifying in 11th place with rounds of 73 & 71. Our fourth qualifier was Daryl in 14th place after rounds of 72 & 72 which will see him and Alex go head to head in the first round.
Clearly after four such great performances we were going to be in with a chance of a maiden Sandison Cup Triumph, and we sure did, securing an 11 shot victory over second placed Castletown.
Well done to all who took part and the best of luck to Rob, Alex, Jason and Daryl this week.
Storytime Club Night
Last weeks Storytime Nursery sponsored club night went to Dave Wilkinson with his fine score of 34 followed by Ryan Maddox (32) and Chris Nicholson and Andy Kewley on 31. Chris currently has a comfortable lead at the top of the club night order of merit with his closest challenger, Niall Keenan, some 20 points behind.
Last Weekends Comps
There was another good turnout last Sunday for the club stableford despite many regulars being away competing in the Island Championships.
Paul Carson made the most of the day with his winning score of 40 points, a total matched by Greg Harrison who missed out on top spot by virtue of a countback. Steve Heap claimed third on the day with his return of 39 followed by Chris Nicholson, Alex Carine, Andy Kewley, Connor Duggua and Chris Darnill respectively, all of whom scored 38.
There was also a slightly smaller field out on Saturday for the Pepsi Series which saw Mike Pigott come out on top with 39 points, followed by Stuart Mason, Peter Wood and Brian Sneddon respectively all on 38. The win sees Mike move to within 5 points of the top of the order of merit which is still headed by Jason Cubbon followed by Jono Evans, Chris Nash, and then Mike.
July 11, 2016
IOM Bank Medal / This weekend
Sunday’s IOM Bank monthly medal did survive the weather and Bob Love continued his run of form as he triumphed with a score of 75-6=69. Second went to Daryl Callister with an excellent 68+1=69, with Jason Cubbon in third on 76-5=71.
The Pepsi Summer series returns this Saturday, whilst Sunday’s comp will be a club stableford. Tee times through the pro shop or on the notice board for Sunday.
Juniors / news up date
Unfortunately the re-scheduled second round of the Mount Murray Cup fell victim to the weather again last Saturday as Mannanan’s cloak descended onto the mount rendering the course unplayable. The new date for the second and final round will be Saturday 6th August. Well done to all our juniors who did so well in last weeks Junior Championship, with Alex McAuley Boy’s Champion for the second year running, and Gregg Watson under 14’s runner up, doing particularly well. Alex and Gregg, along with Joe Raeside have also just returned from representing the island at Junior Counties last week. All three’s conduct being exemplary and doing Mount Murray proud. Gregg was the youngest member of the squad and will have gained enormously from the experience, whilst Alex and Joe were the top performers for the team, Alex finishing a very creditable 13th overall. We have twenty representatives in the IOM Champs this weekend some of who must be in with a very realistic chance of qualifying. Good luck to all taking part.
Storytime Club Night / Tynwald Day
The club ran a Tynwald Day competition last week which once again had Niall Keenan in the prizes with 42 points followed by Tom Doyle (41) and Alyn Williams (40). The following day was the Stroytime Nursery sponsored club night which had Bob Love return to the winners circle on 32 points, just on a countback from Chris Mitchell, whilst that man Keenan was there again in third on 31. Chris Nicholson continues at the top of the club night order of merit but his lead has been cut by Niall, with Mike Pigott currently holding on to third. The full leaderboard can be found on master scoreboard.
Club Captain Iain Laing recently held his captains day at Mount Murray where an excellent turn out of members enjoyed Iain’s hospitality and some even managed to enjoy their golf! It was two stalwarts (another word for oldies) who made the most of the day as Andy Nicholson and Niall Keenan topped the leaderboard with returns of 42 points, Andy’s stronger back nine just giving him the edge on a countback. Also in the prizes on the day were Jono Evans (41) in third, Bobby Kelly (40) in fourth, and Don Crossley (38) in fifth. The Captain also raised over £300 for his chosen charity of the MacMillan Nurses. Many thanks to Iain and his team of family helpers for a great day and for keeping all those involved very well refreshed, particularly Nico jnr. and Nico jnr. jnr.
June 30, 2016
Captain Iain Laing will host his day this Sunday (3rd July) with an individual stableford off the the yellow tees. We get underway at 7.45am with breakfast bap courtesy of the captain, before an 8.30 (ish) shotgun start.
Tees and playing partners will be allocated in the pro shop on the morning, and a presentation will follow the mornings golf. The forecast for Sunday morning is looking good so lets have a great turnout to support our captain.
Mount Murray Juniors
Congratulations to Alex McAuley, Joe Raeside and Greg Watson who have been selected to represent the IOM at the Junior Northern Counties next week. The three of them form part of the seven man squad which will compete against some of the best under 18′s in the country at Lindrick in South Yorkshire. Well done guy’s and the very best of luck to all the boys.
June 20, 2016
Mount Murray’s golf week fizzled out somewhat last Sunday with the cancellation of the second round of the Mount Murray Cup due to the poor weather, however that still doesn’t detract from what was a great week up to that point.
As reported last week the opening event, the NFU Mutual sponsored stableford, went to Paul Carson with a formidable 46 points from Richard Ellis (44), Ian Perry (42), and Sarah Shaw with 40, whilst Matt Nicholson and Adam Menton took Tuesday’s 2 person scramble sponsored by Britvic with a score of 58.7 from Ian Perry and Julian Brindle on 60.7.
Wednesday’s Buchanan BMW sponsored stableford had Ian Perry returning to the winners circle again as he claimed the honours on 43 points from Daryl Callister and Richard Groenewald respectively who both finished with 42. Rob Noon claimed fourth on 41 with Mike Pigott fifth on 39. Callister and Noon shot matching 65’s in compiling their totals, the lowest gross rounds of the week.
Friday’s offing was the Allyn Laing Golf Sponsored FBBB which went to the pairing of Mark Harvey and Jamie Tomlinson with their return of 43, followed by a chasing group of Dave Braide and Colin Russell, Brian Sneddon and Brian Downey, Steve Gardner and Ian Harrison, and Charlie Garside and Chris Nicholson respectively who all finished on 42 and needing a countback to separate them.
As things turned out last Saturday’s Eva Rose Bowl was the final event of the week with a large field turning out to support the ‘Eva Roses Garden’ charity. The winner on the day was Tony Mansell on 44 points, followed by defending champ Don Crossley on 42, with Tim Calladine in third also on 42. Many thanks to those who contributed on the day with well over £450 raised.
The second and final round of the Mount Murray cup will now take place on Saturday 9th July with tee times available soon.
At the well supported presentation night on Sunday all prize winners and the Captain Iain Laing thanked all the sponsors for their excellent support which undoubtedly made golf week the success that it was, as well as thanking other sponsors who presentations took place on the night. Again thanks to, Charles Garside at Dean Wood, Ian Corbridge, Jason from TE Cubbon, Dave Wilkinson at NFU Mutual, John Belcher at Haldane Fisher, IOM Breweries, Donald and Margaret Buchanan from Buchanan BMW, Allyn Laing, and Jon and Julie Crossley,
May 27, 2016
The draw for the club matchplay has been made and is on master scoreboard and printed out on the notice board in the men’s locker room.
Due to a slight administrative error the master scoreboard version is not exact and where it shows Allyn Laing with a bye in the prelim it should read Jack Marinan v Fraser Dorling, the winner of that match will go on to play Andy Horne.
The two prelim matches and the first round proper should be completed by the 12th June although some leeway may be possible in certain circumstances. It’s a white tee comp (unless you both specifically want to play off yellows) with a full handicap allowance. The onus is on both players to make contact and agree a day to play, but the choices must include a club night and/or weekend. Any disputes will sorted by the comps committee who will try and be as accommodating and fair as possible.
May 25, 2016
Golf week will soon be upon us and gets underway on Saturday 11th June with the NFU stableford. The Mount Murray cup sponsored by Haldane Fisher follows over the next two Sunday’s whilst sandwiched between will be; Tuesday 14th the Britvic Texas, Wednesday 15th the Buchanan BMW stableford, Friday 17th the Allyn Laing Golf FBBB, and Saturday 18th The Eva Rose Bowl stableford with proceeds to Eva Rose’s garden at Rebecca House. Lets make an effort to make this years golf week as good as, if not better than, last years.
Golf Union Nedbank / Junior OoM / Scratch Lge
It was a fantastic day for the Mount last Sunday as we dominated the Nedbank run by the Golf Union. In the net section five of the top six places went to our guys with Tom Doyle securing first on 67. Jason Cubbon finished second on 68 with Charlie Garside third on 69. Marcus Avery and Matt Nicholson finished 5th and 6th respectively on 70. Although no one made the top three gross there were great performances from 5th Rob Noon (73), 6th Doyler (73), 7th Daryl (73), 8th Marcus (74), 10th Jason Cubbon (74) and 11th Charlie (74).
There was one other amazing performance on Sunday, Junior Captain Greg Watson dominating the under 14’s again with an 84 gross (net 61). In April this year Greg was playing off a handicap of 33, after Sunday’s showing he is down to 19!!
Daryl’s scratch boys continue to challenge for the clubs first league title with a comprehensive win away at Ramsey on Monday. Singles victories for Daryl, Rob and Alex put us 0-3 up before Ramsey got one back in the foursomes. The final match was nip and tuck before Jono and Marcus took a one hole lead with a superb birdie on the 17th. A par on the last was good enough to seal a great 1-4 win to sit second in the league behind Douglas.
Last weeks Pepsi Series was the main club competition of the weekend with the Golf Union hosting their comp on Sunday. Nick Maybin came out on top with a fine score of 41 points but it needed a countback to get the better of Chris Mitchell and Andy Kewley who both returned the same score. Mark Skelding claimed fourth on 40 with Mike Pigott rounding off the top five on 38. Mark’s fourth place was enough for him to move up to second in the Pepsi Order of Merit which is still led by Chris Nash.
May 17, 2016
Latest club news
There was another good win for the scratch league team last night as they beat Castletown 3-2. There were good wins for Marcus in the singles over Island player John Corke, whilst Matt and Doyler beat Gary Gilbert Gilbert and Kenny Chesterton. Daryl and Rob both got halves against Chris Kneen and JJ Moore respectively.
This weekend sees the Golf Union host the Nedbank order of merit on Sunday morning with the junior order of merit taking place in the afternoon.
The draw for the club matchplay will take place at club night tomorrow, if you want to play get those entries in thru Pro Shop.
Pepsi Summer Series / Storytime Club Night
There was a new name in the winners circle on Saturday as Neil Crowe triumphed with 42 points in the Pepsi Summer series stableford. Second place, and showing a bit of a return to form, went to Jono Evans on 40 points whilst Steve Smith claimed third on 39. There is still no real change in the Pepsi Order of Merit with Chris Nash continuing at the top from Jamie Tomlinson.
Last weeks Storytime nursery sponsored club night saw another good turnout from the members with Brian Sneddon and Captain Iain Laing respectively leading the way on 28 points and Conor Duggua third on 26. No surprises to hear that Chris Nicholson leads the club night order of merit with a ten point cushion over Niall Keenan, Ryan Maddox and the Captain.
TE Cubbon Bogey
It was another busy weekend on the course at Mount Murray with two very different competitions being run over the two days. In Sunday’s TE Cubbon sponsored white tee ‘bogey’ it was that man again Chris Nicholson who dominated with a winning return of +6. Who knows what handicap he will achieve by the end of the season but if he keeps going like this don’t be surprised to see it in the low teens. Second on the day went to another star in the making as junior captain Greg Watson shot a very impressive +5. Greg’s recent performances have seen his handicap cut by a phenomenal 11 shots in less than 5 weeks. Tom Doyle completed the top three on +3 and is another enjoying a rich vein of form.
Many thanks to Jason of TE Cubbon Monumental Mason’s for his support of the day and congratulations to him on his remarkable two on the very tough second hole.
May 13, 2016
Winter Rules / Course care
Winter rules have ceased from this week so no lift, clean and place.
There have been a few instances recently of very poor etiquette in relation to looking after your course. Please replace divots, rake bunkers (properly), and repair pitch marks.
May 10, 2016
Entries are still being taken in the pro shop for this years individual matchplay. Numbers are down this year with few entries received so far, so please enter as soon as if you want to play in it. We plan on doing the draw in the next couple of weeks.
May 9, 2016
This weekend has the Pepsi Series continuing on Saturday with the TE Cubbon sponsored bogey on Sunday.
The Golf Union will be holding the next round of the Nedbank Series on Sunday 22nd May at Mount Murray. They will have the course from first thing in the morning until about 11.30am. The juniors will have the course from 1.30pm. Hopefully we will get a good turnout of Mount Murray members playing in the Nedbank (handicap limit is 18 but the GU generally accommodate higher). Otherwise there is the two hour window between 11.30 and 1.30 when we will be running a club comp.
The Pro shop currently sends out a weekly email with up to date information for the members, if you want the latest news then contact Allyn or Lewis and give them your email details.
Pepsi Series / FBBB / Club Night
The build up to last weekend saw glorious summer weather on the Thursday and Friday which continued to a very warm Sunday afternoon, unfortunately when we really didn’t need it, the weather turned to wet and windy for the competitions on Saturday and Sunday morning. Saturday’s Pepsi series was pretty damp and dismal throughout and the use of the white tees certainly didn’t help with the scores as none of the 40 plus field managed a score of par. Best on the day went to the quickly improving Chris Nicholson on 35 points who managed to hang on to a score over a difficult back nine. Second went to Ryan Maddox on 34, a score matched by Charlie Garside but Ryan’s stronger back nine gave him the nod. In the overall series standings Chris Nash continues at the top of the table followed very closely by Jamie Tomlinson, Mark Skelding, Tony Mansell and Chris Nicholson respectively.
There was a slight change in Sunday’s advertised competition with the NK Construction FBBB being rescheduled for later in the year, so there was a club FBBB instead. Chris Nicholson continued his weekend of dominance as together with the Captain Ian Laing they stormed to 47 points to take the honours. Second place went to another having a good weekend, Charlie Garside, and partner Peter Skelton with 45 points, just, on a countback, from Jason Clarke and Don Crossley.
Last weeks Storytime Nursery sponsored club night saw President Niall Keenan win with 28 points followed by Paul Carson on 27 and that man again Chris Nicholson also on 27. Chris currently heads the overall standings in the club night league on 32, followed by the President and Ryan Maddox on 22.
May 3, 2016
Scratch League / This week
There was another hard fought win for the scratch league team last night as they overcame Port St Mary 2-3 thanks to good singles wins for Rob Noon, Marcus and Matty. It’s always a good win down at the Port and we currently sit top of the league level on points with Castletown.
This week sees the Pepsi continue on Saturday whilst Sunday’s competition is the NK Construction sponsored FBBB which gets underway with an 8.30 shotgun start. Club nights keep going on Wednesday and should be up to 14 holes either this week or next.
Pro’s Comp / Storytime club night
Monday’s Pro’s comp proved to be successful for the Nicholson family with dad Andy leading the way with his score of 37 points, a total that was matched by son Chris and Chris Mitchell, although Chris Mitchell did managed to separate the father and son duo on the countback.
There was more success for Nicholson junior in last week’s Storytime Nursery Sponsored club night where he finished top of the pile on 28 points, not a great score you might say, until you realise that was for 11 holes with just three clubs allowed!!
Pepsi Series / IOM Bank Medal
With last Sunday’s IOM Bank sponsored monthly medal falling victim to the foul weather, the members just had the Pepsi Series stableford prize to compete for on the Saturday .
There was another excellent turnout for the Pepsi with 60 plus taking part with the top four having a real good scrap for the honours. Leading the way home with an impressive 41 points was Ben Locking who just got the better of Bobby Kelly on a count back thanks to his level par back nine. It was equally tight for third as Tom Doyle and Dan Jones also needed a count back to split them as they both returned 40 point totals with ‘Doyler’ getting the nod despite a double bogey on the 17th.
April 25, 2016
Scratch league gets underway tonight with a home fixture against Rowany. There are high hopes for the league this year after coming so close last time around. New captain Daryl Callister has picked a strong team for the opening match and is confident his side will do well. The team does appreciate the backing it gets from the ‘supporters club’ so lets keep it going and get along to cheer the boys on.
Club night this week will be a break from the norm with a 3 club (plus putter) challenge.
The Pepsi Series continues as normal this week with Sunday’s Competition heading back to the white tees for the IOM Bank monthly medal.
Pepsi Summer Series / Storytime Club Night
There was a bit of a surprise winner in last Saturday’s Pepsi Summer series as Peter Dixon, clearly having lessons from brother Phil!!!, stormed to a marvellous 41 points to claim the honours. Second place, after having the same lessons, went to Jamie Tomlinson on 39, whilst Captain Iain Laing claimed third on 37.
Last weeks club night saw one of the best turnouts for a club night with over 50 taking part in the 11 hole stableford. First on the night went to the Captain Iain Laing on 27, followed by grandson Greg Watson on 26.
Joe Raeside continues to lead the Storytime Nursery sponsored club night order of merit from Roy Wilson, Chris Nicholson and The Captain, with Peter Skelton rounding off the top five.
It was another dry, although breezy, weekend at Mount Murray which saw over 100 competitors take to the course over the two days, with some great, and some not so great, scores being returned. In last Sundays Dangerous Golf Sponsored individual stableford Ben Locking came out on top with a fine round of 40 points thanks mainly to a very good level par front nine. Second went to Tim Calladine on 39, whilst Mike Christian, Chris Nicholson, Chris Nash and Chris Mitchell respectively rounded off the top six on 38 and needing a countback to split them, Chris Mitchell being the unlucky one to miss out on a prize. Charlie Garside claimed nearest the pin on the 17th whilst Stuey Mason did likewise on the 6th when he put his tee shot to within 18 inches for a nailed on two, you would think!!!!
Sponsor Dean Greenland was on hand to present the fantastic prizes afterwards and it is so good to hear that Dangerous Golf is on the up. They have a superb range of clothing on offer so just check out their website.
April 18, 2016
Ricky Jupp / Juniors
Some disappointing news from the club this week as founder member, past captain and president, and all round good guy Ricky Jupp announced his retirement from playing golf as he is struggling with his hands. Ricky has represented Mount Murray, and Island golf, superbly over the years regularly turning out for the scratch league, being President of the Golf Union and the Captain of Captain’s. Although his company will be sorely missed on the course, almost as much as Deb’s pork pies, Ricky will still be about in the clubhouse from time to time for a ‘catch up’ with his ‘buddies’.
Last Sunday saw a number of our juniors taking part in the Golf Union junior event at KEB. There were great performances in the U14′s order of merit and in the nine hole comp. In the U14′s, which was a white tee medal, Greg Watson and Freddie Dancox dominated with Greg coming out on top with a net 62, and Freddie in second on net 67. (scores that would have secured 1st and 2nd in the under 18′s) They also both played off less than their full handicaps as there was a 28 limit for the comp. In the nine holer Emma Noon claimed first on 16 points as she continues impress. Well done you three, and to all our juniors who acquitted themselves very well.
Pepsi Series / Storytime Club Night
In Saturday’s Pepsi Summer Series Stuart Mason found himself back in the winner’s circle as he stormed to 41 points followed by Jamie Tomlinson, clearly getting to grips with his new course, on 39. Chris Nash finished third on 38.
In last week’s Storytime Nursery sponsored club night Joe Raeside fired a superb 23 points for nine holes to claim first, with Roy Wilson 21, and Andy Horne 20 rounding off the top three. We should be moving up to 11 holes this week for club night before 14 holes early next month.
IOM Bank Monthly Medal
With the white tees in operation for the first monthly medal of the season on Sunday scoring was expected to be difficult, and whereas many did find it tough Dan Jones had no such issues as he fired a very impressive 76-10=66 to take first on the day. ‘Dewey’ is currently showing a rich vein of form which has seen his handicap drop significantly so expect to see him feature more often. Second on the day went to Chris Nash 81-14=67, with Jason Clarke third after his return of 79-11=68. Alex McAuley managed to get out late on after a day’s studying and shot a best gross of level par 71.
March 15, 2016
It was a case of contrasts at Mount Murray last weekend with Saturday’s almost zero visibility giving way to a lovely spring morning on Sunday for the third round of the Corbridges’s Winter League plate and first semi final.
In the plate competition Captain Iain Laing turned in a great performance to claim the honours with his return of 42 points, a win that also sees him move to the top of the plate standings with one round to go. Second on the day went to Nick Maybin who shot a fine 39 points, followed closely by Ryan Maddox and Jamie Tomlinson respectively who needed a count back to split them as they both returned 38’s. It was Nick and Jamie’s first appearance in the plate so they don’t feature on leaderboard, but Ryan moved in to second overall just one point behind the captain. The final round takes place this Sunday and with one score to be dropped it is still anyone’s to win. In the first semi final of the knockout Dean Greenland and Alex Carine beat Andy Kewley and Mike Christian to set up a final against the winners of the Jono Evans / Jason Cubbon v Richard Bray / Chris Darnill clash.
In Saturday’s Pepsi Series Chris Nash came out on top with his score of 39 points, just one ahead of second placed Keith Brown. Phil Drowley played ‘my best round ever’ to claim third on 37 points, just beating Tom Doyle on a countback.
March 8, 2016
Corbridge Winter League / Pepsi Series
After another fine couple of days at Mount Murray last weekend it was all change at the top of the Pepsi Winter Series and the semi final line up of the Corbridge’s winter league was determined. In the Winter League Quarter finals Richard Bray and Chris Darnill continued their impressive form with a comfortable victory over Charlie Garside and Peter Skelton (subbing for Stuart Mason), although Charlie was carrying a bit of an injury which no doubt hampered him. Bray and Darnill will now meet Jason Cubbon and Jono Evans in the semi’s after the latter overcame Chris Mitchell and Martin Wilson. The second semi final will see Andy Kewley and Mike Christian take on reigning winter league champions Dean Greenland and Alex Carine after respective wins over Andy Nicholson and Steve Smith, and Paul and Rob Noon. In the plate competition Ryan Maddox moved into the top three with a best of the day 39 points, but only just on a countback from John Belcher who was playing his first round in the plate so sits in mid table. Bobby Kelly lies in second overall after finishing in third on the day, whilst Jon Carey leads the plate after finishing fourth on the day.
There was another good turnout for Saturday’s Pepsi Winter Series which saw Rob Hill claim first place on 40 points followed closely by Ben Locking on 38, a result which sees Locking move to the top of the Pepsi leaderboard.
It’s same again this weekend, the Pepsi takes place on Saturday and with the numbers of competitors increasing each week it is advisable to contact the pro shop and book your tee time. Sunday’s winter league plate and semi finals will be a shotgun start at 8.30am.
February 24, 2016
This Sunday’s shotgun
Following this Sunday’s winter league there will be chance to meet and hear from the new owner, John Bentley. Let’s make every effort to stay for a while and I’m sure we will make him most welcome.
February 15, 2016
Pepsi Series / Next weekend
In last Saturday’s Pepsi Series Jeffrey More came out on top with his return of 38 points, just getting the better of Marcus Avery on a countback. Chris Mitchell took third on 36, but again only on a countback from Ryan Maddox and new member Jamie Tomlinson.
This weekend sees the Pepsi continue on Saturday, whilst Sunday has the final round of the Pro Fab Welding winter eclectic.
Corbridge Winter League
Finally a dry couple of days last weekend, which saw two good turnouts for the respective competitions. It was all to play for in Sunday’s final qualifying round of the Corbridge’s Winter League which saw Charlie Garside and Stuart Mason claim the number one seeding following their 40-36 victory over Dave Dancox and John Callow, a defeat that saw the latter drop out of a qualifying spot as Bob Love and Tom Doyle moved above them with a 41-37 win over the Captain, Iain Laing and Chris Nicholson. Bob and Tom also secured second on the day with their score. Third on the day went to Alex Carine and Dean Greenland who beat Andy Kewley and Mike Christian 40-36, a win that gave them second place in the league and the second seeding. Best score of the day went to Daryl Callister and Tony Collis who fired an impressive 44 points in their victory over Rob and Paul Noon, although it was too little too late for Daryl and Tony who failed to qualify for the knockout stages. The Noon’s had already made it safely through. The top four teams in the league all receive bye’s in the first knockout round and the draw gained by Andy Nicholson and Steve Smith with Richard Bray and Richard Creamore meant the former claimed third, with the latter also scraping into the knockout stages in the final qualifying place. Chris Mitchell and Martin Wilson are the last seeded team as Chris and sub, Don Crossley, beat John Belcher and Jason Clarke.
The first knockout round takes place in two weeks with the draw as follows;
Garside/Mason bye, Darnill/Bray v Pigott/Locking, Belcher/Clarke v Evans/Cubbon, Mitchell/Wilson bye, Smith/Nicholson bye, Kewley/Christian v Skelding Horne, Doyle/Love v Noon/Noon, Carine/Greenland bye.