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Callister Best of Isle of Man Squad
Sunday saw the Isle of Man Men’s golf squad compete in the Penwortham Rosebowl near Preston. This was the second of four trips organised by Team Captain Kevin Moore as part of their preparations for the Northern Counties at The Wynyard (Durham) in August. The ‘team’ of six players on the official Golf Union trip consisted of Daryl Callister, Lee Morgan, Jamie Arniel, Rob Noon along with the junior pairing of Jack Gilbert and Tommy Fenlon who were also joined by Jon Corke, Joe Reaside and Kevin Moore who made their own way there to join the other Manxies.
With none of the squad having played the Par 69 parkland course previously it was always going to be difficult to get in the prizes, especially with the course playing longer than usual due to the very wet winter. Additional local rules needed to be established for plugged balls in the rough and a lift clean and drop for any ‘mud’ ball off the fairway.
Rob Noon set the early pace in round one with a two over par 71 which was only one shot off the half way tournament leader. Having had a good first round at West Lancs two weeks earlier he would be hoping to add a similar second round to compete for the overall prizes. Daryl Callister was his usual steady self and finished with a 74 as did Peel golfer Lee Morgan. Jamie Arneil followed close behind with 75 two shots better than what Jon Corke produced coming in with a 77.
The Island Team Captain is wanting these tournaments to improve the players 36-hole tournament play however he did not fare too well and finished on 78 strokes which was matched by Junior player Jack Gilbert, making his first senior representation. Joe Reaside having had a successful weekend at Mount Murray a few weeks earlier finished with an 82 with the current Isle of Man Junior Champion Tommy Fenlon finishing on 87.
The second round saw the cold wind increase slightly but with the players now knowing the course layout they would be hoping to better their first-round scores. In the first group out, Kevin Moore added a 74 to his first round 78 to finish on 152 and just outside the top 20 on the day and one shot behind Jon Corke who also added a 74 to his first round 77 and a top 20 finish. The only other player to beat their first-round score was Tommy Fenlon who improved by 7 shots for an 80 and finish on 167. The other two younger players could not better their first-round scores with Jack Gilbert shooting an 82 for 160 and Joe Reaside adding a second 82 to his first-round score for 162.
Scoring on the day was not as low as expected, anyone shooting under 75 in the first round could be in contention with a good second round score. Rob Noon could not find his first-round form and added a 78 to his 71 for 149 and 13th place finish. Lee Morgan unfortunately had a bad finish to close with a 76 and 150 for a top 16 finish and Jamie Arneil played some steady golf to add a second 75 to also finish on 150 with the better back 18 holes pushing him up to 14th place.
Mr consistent Daryl Callister won the title of the best Manx man, adding a second round score of 74 to his first round 74 to finish on 148 and claim a top 10 finish in 9th place. With three automatic spots for the Northern Counties team up for grabs based on points allocated to all squad members competing in UK 36-hole events and the Isle of Man Nedbank series Team Captain Kevin Moore hopes this will encourage players to compete off island more regularly than in previous years. Although not picking up any prizes the trip was especially useful for the more junior members of the squad who will now focus their practice for the other events they will be playing later in the year.