Barbara wins ladies championship for the 10th time

Whitby Golf Club ladies section held its 36-hole Club Championship last Tuesday and Barbara Knaggs won for the 10th time with a score of 180.

Kath Cooling was second on 183 and Doreen Richardson third on 191. Mandy Coates had the best nett 36 hole total of 148, with Marjorie Mackenzie on 150 and Sue Wessel on 152.

In the nine-hole accumulator played on the same day, Sue Richardson had the best score of 17 points, ahead of Susie Sykes on 14 and Chris Robinson on 13.

Brian Hurst scored an excellent 45 points to win the Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 31 July. Andy Smith was his nearest challenger on 42, with Richard Brown and Geoff Cooling on 41. Richard Appleton and Chris Batchelor had 40 points.

On a windy day which made scoring difficult Peter C Brown won division one of the August Medal with 67, ahead of James Jewell on 69.

James’s 73 was the best gross score of the day. Colin Upton, Steve Purvis and Richard Brown all had nett 72 with Bob Scott and Neil Coates on 73. Mick Allen won division two with 70, three ahead of Brian Grange. Clive Lyth and Keith Robinson had 74, with Richard Young, Ian Cowie and Brian Hurst on 77.

The Elliot Cup on Sunday was won by Steve Swales with 65, four clear of Colin Rutland, Martin Shackleton, Richard Brown, Kieran Noble and Bob Scott. Graham Wicking and Dave Upton had 70, with Paul Ventress, Colin Upton, Kevin Barker and Steve Dosdale 71.

The competition tomorrow is a Betterball Medal. On Sunday, a Whitby team travels to Strensall near York to play against York Golf Club.

The team is the Captain and the Professional; M Brown & M Coates; S Ellis & R Scott; M Kilpatrick & M Clarkson; B Blessed & PR Brown; P Mead & P Ventress; J Hartley & S Wiggins; M Kerr & S Purvis. Reserves: J Witt, R Appleton.

The first tee time is noon. There is a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

This week’s 200 Club draw was won by Jimmy Witt.

Tony’s Tip: it can be extremely useful to be able to play shots with a lower ball flight on windy days.

The easiest way to do this is to take a longer club than usual, grip down a little and swing a little shorter. Practise by hitting some full wedges, then change to a 9 iron and using the method above, try to hit shots the same distance as the wedges. Then change to an 8 and still try to hit the same distance; then a 7.