WELCOME TO ISLE OF MAN GOLF
It was a wet start for the early competitors in the W.A.Kirkpatrick Trophy at Rowany Golf Club, on Saturday morning. Put that with a stiff breeze, scoring was going to tough. But the weather was getting the better of the early starters as they found the greens were not taking the rain and beginning to flood. Play was suspended for a 30 minutes and a check was made on the condition of all the greens. By 8.30am all the greens had water on them and were unplayable. The decision was made to cancel the first round.
A plan was quickly put into place to play the competition over one round in the afternoon and have a shot gun start. This would take place at two o’clock, time to give the greens a chance to recover.
By eleven o’clock the rain stopped and the greenkeepers and club volunteers went to work on the greens, pushing the standing water away from the playing surfaces. Their efforts cannot be commended enough and when everyone ready to tee off, the course and weather was in total contrast from the morning, sunshine all round and the greens free of water..
Scoring wasn’t easy with the breeze blowing. The early cards returned were around level par and in the playing conditions, could win the trophy on the day.
Keith Ward returned a card with three birdies on it, and a double bogey to return a level par 69, which with less 3 was good enough for the best nett on the day from Alex Watson both Net 66, Keith winning on the back 9. Daryl Callister came third with a 71 in the gross prizes, just pipping Mark Sutton, Keith Ward getting second with his 69. But the winner on the day was Johnathon Corke with a steady 68, Which included an eagle 2 on the 17th along with a couple of birdies mixed in.
Prize Winners W.A.Kirkpatrick Trophy, Rowany Golf Club Saturday 16th June 2018
L-R Albie Stoddard (Captain, Rowany GC). Daryl Callister 3rd. Jonathon Corke 1st. Jenny Clucas (W.A.K. Trust). Keith Ward 2nd. Roy Clague, (President IOMG)
I would like to thank Rowany's green staff staff for the work they did to get the course ready. For the entrants that came back in the afternoon to take part.
Anton Crawley, Tournament Chairman