Feeling like summer at Whitby course

WHAT a change to the golf course in a matter of a few days.

It was starting to feel like summer with firm fairways and run on the ball, and all of a sudden the ball is stopping where it lands and each hole is playing 20 yards longer.

The main thing is to play to the conditions in front of you and not get caught out.

Jordan Purvis and Dan Brown did just that on Saturday 28 April, scoring 45 points in the Betterball Stableford and winning by a clear four points.

Bob Scott and Mark Kerr were second, beating Steve Ellis and Howard Drake into third and Martin Shackleton and Steve Dosdale into fourth over the last nine holes.

Peter R Brown and Chris Halley had 40, with Steve Ingleston and Paul Ventress on 39, the same score as Mark McBurney and Eric Wilson.

Earlier in the week Brian Grange won the Midweek Stableford with 40 points. Andy Smith and John Carter had 37, Roger Davison and Dave Kirk 36 and Brian Hurst and Paul Warrilow 35.

Sunday’s Waltz competition didn’t take place due to the horrendous weather, which left the course looking more like a boating lake than a golf course.

The May Medal takes place tomorrow, with a Betterball Medal on Sunday and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

The first mixed competition of the year, the Mary Richardson Mixed Greensome, is also on Sunday with times from 1.30pm to 3pm.

In team matches the Ladies B team lost away to Hunley Hall and the match against South Cliff was cancelled due to the Scarborough course being closed.

In the Ping Fourball on Tuesday 24 April, Kath Cooling and Jean Jefferson were the winners with 31, with Barbara Sleightholme and Sandra Bastiman second on 30, beating June Halley and Sheila Smith over the back nine.

The seniors play for the Memorial Trophy on Tuesday 15 May and the Silver Salver on Thursday 17 May – there is still time to get your name down if you haven’t already done so. Junior coaching starts again on Sunday 13 May at 9.30am on the Love Lane practice area.

All juniors are very welcome – they don’t have to members of the club – and parents can stay and watch.

Austin James won the monthly draw for £200 in the 200 Club.

Tony’s Tip:

IT’S all well and good practising from perfect lies, but when you are playing any course you will sometimes be standing the the ball above your feet or below.

This week think about a sidehill lie with the ball a couple of inches above your feet; in this situation you will need to grip down on the club slightly and realise that the ball will fly to the left of where you are aiming.

Don’t fight this – simply aim to the right of the target and let the slope do its work.

The greater the slope the greater the effect and the further right you will have to aim.