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10 players from the Isle of Man Senior squad recently travelled to Ormskirk Golf Club in Lancashire to compete in the Northern Counties Senior Championship, a 36 hole competition played over 2 days.
Ormskirk Golf course is the work of well known designer Harold Hilton and is a 6533 yard par 70 heathland course with tree lined fairways and superb greens which are well protected by many bunkers. Until recently it reportedly had the longest front nine holes of any course in England.
Richard Norton with scores of 70 and 73 (3 over par) successfully retained the title he won last year at Ulverston Golf Club in Cumbria.
This in some way showed the difficulty of the Ormskirk course as he won last year at Ulverston with scores off 64 and 70, total 134 (8 under par)
Notable performances from the Island players were from Mark Pugh and David Kinrade.
Mark battled well on the first day to return a score of 79, this placed him well up in the field of 134 players. On day two Mark played his usual steady golf returning a very impressive score of 75 for a total of 154.
David Kinrade who was making his debut for the Squad had a difficult start to his first round dropping a few shots, but then produced some fine golf to return a score of 81. On day two, despite a poor finish Dave still improved on his first round, with a score of 78, leaving him on a total off 159. Dave was very impressed with the Northern Counties organisation of the competition and Is really looking forward to his next outing.
The remainder of the squad didn’t have their best days but really enjoyed the experience.
The Squad then made there way down to Morecambe Golf Club to compete in the Irish Sea challenge against Lancashire Super Seniors. The name came from Geoff Skillicorn who also provided a glass trophy the shape of a sailing boat which would be presented to the winning team. Last years competition unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the Lancashire team being unable to travel due to a motorway accident. We were made very welcome by the team Captain and players on our arrival.
Roy Moore and Andrew Horne travelled over for the day to make the team up to 12 players who then played 6, fourball better ball matches. Unfortunately this time the competition had to be shortened as the weather closed in after 9 holes due to rain and thunder storms.
The result stood after 9 holes with the Isle of Man coming out on top winning 5 games to 1.
Following the match we were provided with a nice meal followed by a presentation, with team Captain John McMullan receiving the Irish Sea Challenge Trophy from the the Lancashire team Captain and the Morecambe Club Captain.
A good golfing week was had by all.