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Nedbank Private Wealth
It was a blustery day at Douglas for the fourth round of the 2017 Nedbank Private Wealth Order of Merit and, with the course in very good condition, a field of 79 battled for position.
The members of Douglas Golf Club were very supportive of the event with a good number of entries so many thanks to them, as well as to the Club and all those who looked after the players in the Meadows Pavillion.
We were also delighted to welcome Gareth Jenkins, the Talent Development Manager for England Golf who was on the island for a visit, mainly to look at our juniors who were playing later in the day, and to discuss how best we, together with Isle of Man Sport, develop our junior programmes going forward.
Gareth was certainly impressed, as we all were with Paul Lowey’s score of 63 gross, 64 nett which blitzed the field and was 6 shots clear of the next best score of 69 from Rob Noon. 70 was recorded by both Richard Skillicorn and Kevin Moore, both course specialists, and 71 by Daryl Callister and Dave Murray. 72 from Tommy Fenlon and Paul Mackie were very good scores on a tricky day.
In the Senior Order of Merit, Keith Ward’s 73 was good enough to beat Mark Pugh’s 74 into second place, with Andrew Horne also shooting 74 and Keith’s brother, Jeff, close behind on 75.
These scores leave Paul Lowey leading the Men’s Nedbank Private Wealth Order of Merit table by a long way and, in the Seniors, John McMullan looks as if he will hold onto his lead, though others are now catching him as we move into the final round which takes place at Mount Murray on 17 September.
The Ladies’ event followed with Kayleigh Dawson shooting a steady 80 to take top slot the worsening conditions and consolidating her lead in the table. Port St Mary’s Karen Faragher was hot on her heels with an 81 to take second, but others struggled in the wind with third place going to Island Champion, Breeshey Jansen, whose 89 just pipped Irene Waterhouse into fourth on countback. However, that score was enough to give Irene top billing in the Senior event followed by Gail Corrin second and Dee Lewis third.
Going into the final event next month, Kayleigh’s 51 points is now unbeatable in the Ladies' table, but the battle is on for second spot with a mathematical possibility of 5 players having a chance. The Senior table is a little more volatile with second-placed Dee the only one able to catch Irene, but 4 others able to catch our President and 8 able to take third. All to play for at Mount Murray on 17th September so get your entries in here.
Many thanks again to Ant Crawley for reviewing and posting all the scores, and to the sponsor and all the players for their much appreciated support of these events.
Dandara Junior Order of Merit
Despite many of the regular players being away on holiday, 28 young hopefuls enjoyed a great day at Douglas for the fourth round of the Dandara Junior Order of Merit on Sunday and there was some fantastic scoring even though the wind caused a few problems.
The event was attended by Gareth Jenkins, England Golf’s Talent Development and AASE Manager. (AASE stands for Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence and is a sports performance programme that has been developed with national governing bodies).
Local knowledge of the course helped the recently crowned Under 18 Boys’ Champion, Tommy Fenlon, take first place in the U18 section with a round of 72 gross, 68 nett from Peel’s Kayleigh Dawson 80 gross, 73 adjusted nett. (The girls’ scores are adjusted to account for the difference in male and female standard scratch). Under 18 table.
In the Under 14 event, again it was newly-crowned Girls’ Champion, Emma Noon, with a great round of gross 94, adj. nett 69, who pipped up-and-coming Matthew Bell from Ramsey, who shot 93 gross, 73 nett. Under 14 table.
It was Dean Bettridge from Peel who took the honours in the 9 hole competition with 17 points with local player, Owen Dooley, taking second on 15 points.
In the 6 hole competition, it was two Mount Murray players who shared the honours. Callum Hunter, who started this year in the Flag Competition, is now showing promise at the next level taking first place with 14 points from Nathaniel Denton whose 12 points earned him second spot.
The Flag Competition was held on the new Douglas 4-hole Mini Course which saw two King Edward Bay players take first and second. Ben Ramsey made it to the 8th fairway to take top slot with Kesha Dooley coming in second by reaching the 6th.
At the presentation, Isle of Man Golf President, Dee Lewis, remarked that she had played in the adult event earlier in the day and noted that her score had been well beaten by several of the junior competitors.
Gareth Jenkins handed out the prizes and was impressed to see how the young players were progressing through the levels of the Order of Merit, praising the commitment to the future of the game of the sponsors, organisers and clubs.
The fifth and final round of the 2017 Dandara Junior Order of Merit will be held at Mount Murray on Sunday 17th September.