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The wind was the winner!

37 lady golfers from all over the Island will certainly sleep well tonight after competing in the Autumn Meeting in a wild wind at Castletown. This fixture was re-arranged after dreadful weather forced postponement of the original event scheduled for play at Peel last month. With Peel being unable to accommodate the fixture during October, Castletown kindly stepped in with an offer to host and IOM Golf would like to thank them for their hospitality.

That hospitality extended to a delicious carvery in the 19th after play, and I can assure all golfers that a round of golf followed by a roast dinner with all the trimmings is a splendid way to spend a Sunday; especially when someone else has done the cooking!

The wind did play havoc with the scoring, blowing balls into bunkers and rough which were not, strictly speaking, in the way! Even putting becomes more difficult when standing upright is taking most of your concentration, but it takes more than a blustery breeze to stop our tenacious ladies from completing a round; though all were thankful that this event is a stableford and even more thankful that the scores meant that the CSS came up as 'reduction only'.

In 5th place with 29 points was Carole Sutherland on countback from fellow Peel member, Dot Simpson. Post St Mary’s Shirley Price took 4th with 30 points closely followed by club-mate, Heather McKenna in 3rd with 31. Heather was helped by a birdie two on the 13th where she also took the Nearest the Pin prize. A steady 32 points was a good enough score to give Castletown's Loni Evans the 2nd spot, but top slot went to IOM Golf President, Dee Lewis of KEB, with 33.

Full results can be viewed here.

The Bronze Medallion is given at the Autumn Meeting to the club with the best four scores on the day and, for the second year running, this accolade went to Peel Golf Club whose team of Carole Sutherland, Dot Simpson, Diana Gozney and Linda Keegan recorded scores totalling 113. This LGU County Coronation Medal was originally given to commemorate King George V's accession to the throne in 1911 and has been competed for on the Island since 1913.

Many thanks to Heather and Mair for organising this great day out for the final ladies' event of 2017. Roll on 2018.

The Top Five pictured with Castletown's Lady Captain, Jackie Fisher

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