Alliance team suffer a dismal day

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WHITBY’S team in the Scarborough & District Alliance had a pretty dismal day at North Cliff on Saturday, their four-card aggregate of 279 finishing 8th out of the nine clubs.

Best of the bunch for Whitby were Simon Walker and Adam Lyth with 67, four behind the winning score of 63 from North Cliff’s D Ellard & A Trousdale.

Leading club on the day were North Cliff making full use of home advantage to score 260.

Filey were second with 268 and Driffield third with 270. This gives North Cliff the lead in the Pennant with just one event to go with a score of 1851.

Filey are just four behind with Kirkbymoorside another four behind them.

Whitby lie in 7th place on 1910.

Other Whitby scores: 69 Kieran Noble & Eric Wilson, Dean Bennett & Bob Scott; 70 Martin Shackleton & Dave Upton; 71 Tam McConville & Alistair Lyth; 73 James Jewell & Steve Ellis; 75 Robin Sisson & Kevin Barker. The next event is at Bridlington on Saturday 9 March and incorporates the Ben Fell Trophy with all eight pairs counting. Back at home, Dave Kirk won the Midweek Stableford with 34 points over 15 holes, pushing Bob Scott into second over the back nine.

Richard Young had 33 points, Peter C Brown 32, with John Hartley, Robin Sisson, Brian Grange and Ian Cowie on 31. With all 18 holes open on Saturday, Garry Walker was a clear winner with 41 points, ahead of Ivan Ross and Mike Coates on 39.

Craig Thompson had 38, Kevan Little and Tom Gale 36 and Simon Grant 33.

New men’s captain Richard Marshall started his year in office in fine style, winning the Fourball Betterball with a 65 in partnership with Kieran Noble and then hit a solid (if slightly wide) drive from the first tee in the traditional, nerve-wracking driving-in ceremony.

Denis Roper and John Hartley were second with 68 and Mike Clarkson and Terry Wilkinson were third with 70. Terry had further celebrations when his number was drawn out in the 200 Club’s monthly draw for £200! There will be the usual Stableford on Saturday, Fourball Betterball on Sunday and Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

Susan Bennison won the ladies’ February Stableford with 29 points over 15 holes on Thursday 21 February. Karen Fellows had 28, Janet Wightman 26, Sue Wessel 25, Sandra Bastiman 22 and Barbara Sleightholme 21.

Tony’s Tip:

This week F is for Flat - flat, neutral and upright are descriptions of the plane of the swing.

When a swing is described as flat the club moves very much around the body in the manner of a baseball player. This can be quite powerful and be quite effective off a tee peg, but is prone to directional problems and makes it difficult to strike the ball well from lies on the fairway. If this is your problem try to imagine that you are standing with your back close to a wall, so you have to swing the club in front of it.