Golf coulmn: Easton claims over-55s trophy

Whitby Golf Club's professional, Tony Mason
Whitby Golf Club's professional, Tony Mason

Peter Easton won the JW Bass Trophy - a competition for those in their 55th year and above - at his first attempt.

He scored 40 points and took first place over the back nine holes after a tie with Robin Sisson and Colin Hood. Kevin Barker and Jem Cockerill had 39.

At the other end of the spectrum and despite being the only competitor, Chris Portwine produced the performance of the week with 45 points to win the Junior Stableford Trophy. His handicap has taken a big leap down to 21.

Those under 55 played for a Stableford on the same day, and this was won by Steve Thornton with 36 points from Mike Kilpatrick on 35.

Earlier in the week, Andrew Thompson won the Midweek Stableford with 41 points. Richard Brown had 40 with Alan Atkinson and James Jewell on 38.

Division One of Saturday’s August Medal was won by Simon Gibson with 67, from James Morrison on 68 and Kevin Barker on 69. James Morrison’s gross 74 was the best gross of the day.

Jem Cockerill won Division Two with a sparkling 64, from Matt Robinson on 66 and Colin Rutland and Paul Mendelsohn on 68.

In the ladies section Karen Fellows and Wendy Hurworth’s terrific run in the Daily Mail Foursomes came to an end at Brancepeth Castle, beaten in the sixth round.

At home Mandy Coates had the best score in the Knockout Medal with 72, from Janet Wightman on 75 and Doreen Richardson and Sue Wessel on 76.

This coming Saturday sees the Captain’s Charity Stableford with some of the proceeds going to the Make A Wish Foundation.

The Preston Cup and the Col. Henry Junior Cup are on Sunday, the ladies have a reciprocal exchange with Mid-Yorkshire GC on Tuesday, the men have a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday, and the ladies play for the Dorothy Walker Cancer Trophy on Thursday.

All but one of the mens’ knockouts have reached the semi-final stage with some interesting matches to come.

In the Beckett Cup Steve Swales plays Simon Walker in one semi, while Martin Shackleton faces Bill Estill in the other.

Kevin Barker plays mens’ captain Byron Blessed in one President’s Putter semi, withChris Noble matched against James Morrison in the other half of the draw.

In the Milburn Foursomes semis, Simon Gibson and vice-captain Colin Rutland meet James Jewell and Dean Bennett, and Simon Walker and Ian Wiggins play Tam McConville and John Hartley.

Tony’s Tip: I really enjoyed watching the Ladies British Open from Turnberry.

I have been watching womens professional golf for about 30 years now, and the scoring is so much better than it used to be.

I can clearly remember the delight when 70 was bettered once or twice in a tournament, but it is commonplace now. The major difference is that

the level of the short game has improved so much.

It really is the secret of successful golf at any level by men, women and juniors: a tidy long game added to a good short game equals good scores – end of

story!