WELCOME TO ISLE OF MAN GOLF
After the excitement and sheer brilliance of Jamie Arniel in the Isle of Man Golf Mens Championship and Lynda Simpson in the Isle of Man Ladies Championship a couple of weeks ago, it was the turn of the potential future stars of manx golf, last weekend.
Sunday 21st July saw a cold and blustery start to the day at Kind Edward Bay GC and that’s before the six young men that were competing in the main 2019 Isle of Man Boys Championship had got their rounds underway. With 36 holes in the one day, Freddie Dancox, Tom Cain, Sam Crawford, Greg Watson and brothers Anthony and Joe Saunders teed off in two three balls just after 09.30hrs, an hour and half later the wind speed picked up and the intricate “angles” into holes became a little more tricky and just negotiating their way around the course with the same golf ball was an achievement.
First Group in Freddie Dancox, not yet 16, posted an excellent 78 Gross given the conditions, this would stand as the best score for round one, with all players returning a score. The equally talented, Tom Cain, two shots back on 80 was in hot pursuit of his club mate. Setting the tone for not quite “the dual in the sun” but more apt to “perform before the storm” all six youngsters went out for their final 18 holes; I can certainly remember the KEB 1988 Boys Championship with half the field NRing after the first round in similar conditions, so hats off to these young men!
Freddie Dancox, added a very good 82 to his mornings 78 for 160 Gross total, which was best from his three ball. This paved the way for Tom Cain to match or better, so that he could be crowned 2019 Boys Champion, adding his name to a serious talent pool of young golfers that have won the championship and have gone on to feature in Island Championships with several in recent decades, Kevin Moore, Tom Harris, Tom Gandy and Herman Loubser, playing for England even. Well the young man from Mount Murray just managed to pip his club mate by a single shot for 159 Gross total and the title, grandfather Cain must be very proud! Freddie Dancox had the consolation of taking the IOM Boys under 16s Champion title and trophy, just ahead of club mate, Sam Crawford who was Runner Up.
In the under 14s Island Boys Championship, contested over 18 holes Anthony Saunders returned a very creditable 76 Net for Runners Up spot , which left Ramseys Matthew Bell as Under 14s Island Boys Champion after a Fabulous Net 70, which was the best net score from any of the competitors on the day!
The junior island girls Championship was decided over 18 holes in the worst of the conditions whilst the boys were playing their second round. Emma Noon took the spoils, landing the Isle of Man Junior Girls Champion title and perhaps the best golfer in the Noon household for the time being, with an excellent 88 less 11 for 77 Net.
Another Promising Mount Murray golfer, Jenna Crawford, made sure she wasn’t outdone on the trophy front by brother Sam with an 81 Net sealing the under 14s Island Girls Championship.
King Edward Bay is a very hard course to negotiate at the best of times, but full respect to all of the participents, with their determined attitudes in “getting it round” in those conditions, well done all!
Both Tom and Emma now go forward in representing the island in the English County Champions event later in September this year, I strongly suspect that both will do the island proud and we will once again be reporting excellent golf from them both.
A very big thank you must go to Nick, Gary and Roy for preparing the course in their usual fine manner. To Wendy, Neil and staff at Mint for keeping the juniors fed and watered. To Dandara for their continued support in Manx Junior Golf, not just the Island Junior Championships but Junior Golf in general, it is grately appreciated by all concerned. Last but not at all least, Andrew Horne, Vicky Noon, Past IOMGU President Roy Clague and IOMGU President Elect Gordon Pairman for assisting throughout the day.