‘Exceptional’ pair win Whitby Stableford

THE Fourball Betterball Stableford played on Saturday was won with an exceptional score of 47 points by Mike Rothwell and Peter C Brown.

Howard Drake played with Andy Pearson and amassed 45 points, taking second from Paul Ventress and Mark Wilson over the back nine holes. Four pairs had 44 points: Martyn Wilby with Gordon Muir, James Jewell with Dean Bennett, Ian Wiggins with Simon Walker and Brian Hurst with Jim Hall.

Sunday’s competition was called a Waltz because of the pattern of play.

In teams of three, the best nett score counted on hole one, the two best nett on hole two and all three on hole three.

This pattern of one, two, three then repeated over the rest of the round.

With a score of 129, fourteen under par, the team of Richard Jewell, James Jewell and Dean Bennett were clear winners. Andy Lawler, Mick Christie and Paul Ventress were second on 132 with Simon Grant, Austin James and Andy Brown third on 137.

Steve Purvis, Mel Purvis and Billy Hardy had 138 along with Geoff Cooling, Mick Allen and Colin Jefferson.

The weather turned cold and windy in the afternoon of the Pro’s Open Stableford on Bank Holiday Monday, but it didn’t deter the low-handicappers at all. Chris Halley (plus 1) and Neil Coates (2) both scored 41 points, Chris winning over the back nine. Checking their cards, Chris went round in 65 gross against Neil’s 68 gross! James Jewell, Phil Mead and Richard Jewell took the other mens prizes on 38 points.

Jean Jefferson was the leading lady with 31, Michael Coates was the best junior on 41 and Matthew Webster from had the best score of the visitors with 32 points. There will be another Pro’s Open on Monday (2 May) when any golfer with a current handicap can take part.

This week’s fixtures are a Yellowball Medal on Saturday (30 Apr), the qualifying round for the Milburn Foursomes on Sunday, the Pro’s Open Stableford on Monday and the Midweek Medal on Wednesday.

Members should note there will be an EGM on Monday 16 May to discuss purchasing new equipment for the course and also extending the new 18 to 29 membership into next year and beyond. Full details are on the noticeboard in the hall.

There is still time to get your name down for the Rabbits match away at North Cliff on Tuesday 10 May with a first tee-time of 4pm.

The Seniors have two match lists on the board; against Saltburn at home on Thursday and away to Hunley Hall on Thursday 12 May. The 200 Club draw was for the monthly prize of £200 and this was won by Terry Boyes.

Tony’s Tip: the beginning of the main playing season is a good time to ‘spring-clean’ your swing and get rid of bad habits that have crept in over the winter months.

One point worth thinking about is the relative length of your backswing and follow-through; try to keep your backswing with all clubs just short of parallel with the ground, then release the club fully in the follow-through so that the club finishes beyond parallel with the ground.

This will help to make sure that you don’t use too much effort in the backswing, but get plenty of acceleration through impact with the ball.