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Breeze blamed for poor scoring at Mount Murray

The fifth and final rounds of the 2017 Nedbank Private Wealth Orders of Merit were played last Sunday at Mount Murray Golf Club where a brisk breeze was blamed for the difficulties most of the players found in putting together a good score, pushing the CSS up to 76. Full results can be found here.

In the Men’s event, only three players managed to play to their handicaps with Gary Hunter of Douglas taking top slot in the gross event with a 76. Ramsey’s Keith Ward has been showing great form of late and continued this trend to take second with 78, beating Peter Glover (Douglas) into third on countback. The countbacks continued with Mount Murray’s Marcus Avery and Ryan Maddox slotting into fourth and fifth, both also on 78, followed by Jon Corke (Castletown), Jack Gilbert (Rowany) and Daryl Callister (Mount Murray) all on 79. These 8 were the only players in the 46-strong men’s field to break 80 on the day.

As for the overall table for 2017, Paul Lowey was already confirmed the winner with an unreachable 63 points, and the fifth round results confirm Peter Glover second on 44 and Daryl Callister third with 38, narrowly beating Keith Ward’s 37. The full table can be viewed here.

The Senior Men’s event saw Keith’s 78 give him the win on the day and 15 points which leap-frogged him into the lead in the overall table. Second slot on Sunday went to Port St Mary’s Andrew Horne with 83 on countback from third placed local ‘lad’, Bob Love followed by Jeff Ward (Ramsey) and Roy Norman (Peel) both on 84 gross taking fourth and fifth on countback.

The resulting points allocation puts Jeff Ward third in the final table on 52, John McMullan second on 54 and, of course, Keith top of the tree on 64. Full table here.

As the wind increased, the ladies found scoring even more difficult with none playing to their handicap and only Peel’s Ana Dawson (handicap 1), managing to just break 80 with her 79 gross. There must have been something going on down south as Port St Mary took the next three places with Shirley Price shooting 90, Karen Faragher 93 and Anne Gundry 94. The ladies’ CSS was a welcome ‘reduction only’.

The final 2017 table is now complete with Junior Girls’ Champion, Kayleigh Dawson (Peel), at the top with 51 points, followed by Rowany’s Irene Waterhouse on 41 then a long gap to President Dee Lewis (KEB) in third on 29. Final table here.

Shirley took the Senior Ladies 15 points on the day with Anne Gundry second and Irene Waterhouse third, leaving the final Senior Ladies’ table showing Irene at the top on 55 points, Dee second on 42 and Shirley third on 30. For the full table, click here.

IOM Golf would like to record grateful thanks to generous sponsors, Nedbank Private Wealth, for their continued support of this series. The final overall trophies will be presented at the Annual Dinner which will be held at Mount Murray on the 6th October.

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