WELCOME TO ISLE OF MAN GOLF
There’d been ‘iffy’ weather forecasts for Friday all week, and the day dawned disappointingly drizzly, but were the 64 ladies entered in the Investasure-sponsored Kay Fox Greensomes put off by this? Not at all!
Douglas Golf Club’s Pro Shop dealt admirably with the onslaught soon after 9am as ladies crowded in to pay green fees, collect cards, stress about having to manage 6 drives each and still find time to try on something from the ‘sale rail’! Then it was the turn of the ‘Sandwich Ladies of the Locker Room’ taking orders and dispensing change followed by an eerie calm around the clubhouse as the 32 pairs spread out across the course to their allotted tees for the 10am shotgun start.
It was still a bit dull at first with a chilly breeze blowing away any lingering cobwebs, but conditions continued to improve as promised by the Met Office and the return back to base was accomplished in positively balmy weather.
After the battle on the course came the battle for seats and drinks leaving Competition Manager, Heather Beckett, the tricky task of deciphering and checking all the cards whilst a hastily press-ganged crew sold raffle tickets. Many thanks for your help ladies - £149 was raised for the Island Games Fund.
Lady Captain, Lindsey Tickell, welcomed all the players to Douglas and introduced IOM Golf President, Dee Lewis, who thanked the Club for hosting the event, praising the lovely condition of the course and thanking all the organisers.
Investasure was represented by Martin Corkish who commented how much he enjoyed coming to these events and meeting the ladies who were always so friendly and welcoming. He was also pleased to report that sponsoring the event was proving to be an effective method of communicating Investasure’s growing business and that he would be delighted to continue his support in 2018.
Thanks to Investasure’s generous sponsorship, it was possible to take prizes to the 5th place and this position was filled by home-club players, Lindsey Tickell and Liz Pidgeon with a nett 68.2. Coming in 4th were the Peel/Douglas combination of Christine Bean and Anne Bannan on 67 with Jill Hamilton-Turner and Cath Travers (Peel) taking 3rd on 66.4.
Just ahead in 2nd were Castletown’s Elizabeth Stirling and Maryann Dunn on 66 but way out in front were the northern pairing of Ruth Murdoch and Linda Webb who travelled down from Ramsey to score an amazing 63.2 nett and take the trophy.
Congratulations to all the prize-winners and, indeed, to the raffle winners who took home some lovely gifts donated by the clubs. Forthcoming events include the Dandara Junior Championships at Mount Murray on 9th July and the Grant Thornton Isle of Man Championships at Ramsey starting on 15th July.