Aspden a new name on trophy honours board

At last some gorgeous weather to match the superb condition of the golf course at Whitby!

Not before rain and fog wiped out two days golf on Wednesday and Thursday, so no Midweek Stableford to report. Richard and Karen Marshall, men’s and ladies’ captains, won the Silver Salver Mixed Greensome on Friday with an excellent score of 68.0, ahead of Kevin and Amanda Ing on 70.0. Steve Thornton and Mandy Coates took third place on 71.4.

Martin Shackleton won Division One of the June Medal with a nett 68 and his gross of 74 was also joint lowest with Neil Coates. Garry Walker and Dave Upton were second and third on 69.

In Division Two, Richard Barker was a clear winner with 68, with Chris Wood and Craig Thompson on 73.

The Centenary Trophy on Sunday saw a new name go on to the honours boards with Nigel Aspden winning with a nett 65 and reducing his handicap by two. Phil Mead and Robin Sisson had 67, Robin’s 73 being the best gross of the day.

Dave Batchelor had 68 and Colin Upton 70.

In a busy weekend, the first Seniors Open Day is today.

This is followed by an Am-Am on Saturday with the best two scores to count on each hole. The 1892 Medal is being played on Sunday and Whitby’s team plays Whitley Bay in the fifth round of the Mail on Sunday Classic, with the tee reserved from 11am until 12.15pm. There is a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday, and Raithwaite Hall Hotel is holding its Charity Golf Day on Thursday with a shotgun start at noon.

Janet Wightman and Sue Wessel won the Coronation Foursomes QR on 28 May with an exceptional score of 42 points in this challenging form of the game. Karen Fellows and Wendy Hurworth were second with 34 and Susan Bennison and Barbara Mahan third with 30.

Des Donnelly won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip:

T is for Turn – this is an essential aspect of solid and powerful ball striking, allowing the player to really swing the club through the back of the ball.

Particularly as players get older it is easy to reduce the turn and then lose both power and accuracy.

There are two things you can do to improve this. One is to stay as flexible as possible with some regular

twisting and stretching exercises; the other is make sure that your stance isn’t too wide, as this will inhibit your turn.

Do your best to turn your left shoulder level with the ball in the backswing and watch

your distance improve.