Carter continues topsy-turvy winter season

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John Carter continued his topsy-turvy winter season with a win in Saturday’s Stableford at Whitby Golf Club, scoring an excellent 38 points over the 16 holes in play.

Head greenkeeper Paul Ventress was second with 37 including an eagle three at the second hole. Chris Batchelor took third place on 36 pts, having a better back nine than Tam McConville or Dave Jewell.

The Sunday Fourball was won by Howard Dean and Mike Coates with 58 over 16 holes. Brian Jamieson and Alistair Lyth had the same score but were beaten over the back nine to take second place, and John Carter and Bill Estill were third with 59.

Paul Ventress leads the way in the best six cards in the Sunday Fourballs with an aggregate of 405. Bill Estill is second with 417 and Haydn Harker and Howard Dean have 425. Mike Coates and Simon Walker head Division One of the eclectic with 58, ahead of Mike Clarkson on 59. Haydn Harker leads Division Two with 58, with Brian Jamieson on 59 and Chris Noble on 61.

Dropping back into the normal routine after the Christmas festivities, there will be a Stableford on Saturday, a fourball betterball on Sunday morning and a midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

The ladies’ section has its AGM on Tuesday beginning at 2pm. The full club AGM will be held on Wednesday January 22 at 7.30 pm.

The Scarborough and District Alliance restarts after the Christmas break with the next meeting at Whitby on Sunday January 26. Please get your names up on the board if you wish to be considered for selection.

Entry sheets for the Rabbits Alliance’s next four meeting are on the notice board, with events at Bridlington on Thursday January 23, North Cliff on Wednesday February 5, Malton & Norton on Wednesday February 19 and Flamborough on Friday March 7.

Keith Wick is in the lead in the seniors best six cards with an aggregate of 216 points, from Vic Wilson with 215 and Malcolm Walker with 213.

This week’s 200 Club winner of £100 was Mick Allen.

Tony’s Tip:

The aim of this series of tips is to help you to score better when you play.

Without any shadow of doubt, the area where this can be most effectively achieved is on and around the greens, so for the next few weeks I am going to focus on the short game.

Quite a lot of what is looked at can be practiced indoors, so it is an ideal topic for the dark winter months.

I will look at one aspect of putting next week.