WELCOME TO ISLE OF MAN GOLF
With no wind to speak of and the talent that was playing, we were hoping for good scores.
Of the early starters, James Arneil must of been thinking he would be in with a shout after his recent run of form, plus his call up to represent the Island in the forthcoming Northern Counties. However, it wasn't to be his day. Dave Murray posted an early round of 70 out of the first six players out. This included an eagle on the 13th hole, along two birdies on the back nine.
But we didn't have to wait long for a player to break par, not one out of the group, but two.
Lee Morgan came in with a respectable 2 under 67, playing alongside the ever steady Mark Pugh, who had a round of 70 after having an out of ‘towner’ on the 2nd.
Tim Calladine, was also in this group, Tim hasn't been playing at his best in this Nedbank series, but he did on Sunday. Tim plays off a handicap of 6, but not after this round. His round started off steady with pars, then a bogey on the 5th. He then closed his front nine with 4 straight 3s. His back nine started very similar to the front, pars, all the way to 14. Then a chip in birdy from over the back of 14, followed up with a birdie on the 18th. That performance saw Tim come in with a round of 64 less 6 for a net round of 58.
Meanwhile out on the course, the Nedbank leader, Tom Harris had outward 9 of 32 blows, he then finished his back nine with three threes on the closing three holes. He must of thought he was in with a shout of winning with a fine score of 66.
Also producing some great golf on the day was Stuart Wallace, who had a front nine of 32, with two birdies on the front nine and no bogies.
The back nine opened up with bogey on the par 4 tenth. He got that back on the 16th with a birdie then another gain on the 18th. This finished Stuart with a great score of 65 gross. He too must of thought he was winning in the day.
Jeff Ward and Neil Caine both played the course well, oth returning with a pair of 67s.
Also on the day, it was nice to see Roy Norman come back to form with a solid 68 on the day.
So at the finish off this Nedbank round, congratulations goes to Tim Calladine, with the round of his golfing career, who won on the day. Followed by Stuart Wallace and then Tom Harris in third. Jeff Ward picking up the best senior on the day.
I’d like to thank Douglas Golf Club for hosting us on the day, the players for again entering and playing some great golf on the day.
We have one more round to go of the Nedbank series, which will take place at Ramsey on 2nd September.