Last chance for Alliance team to improve position

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WHITBY’S Alliance team travels to Driffield tomorrow to try to improve their final position in the season-long pennant.

Currently fourth, a really good team performance is needed to catch North Cliff who are eight shots ahead in third.

Whitby’s team is: 9.36 C Upton & M Kerr; 9.44 D Bennett & T McConville; 9.52 S Walker & K Barker; 10.00 A Wiggins & D Upton; 11.44 R Brown & D Richardson; 11.52 I Wiggins & S Grant; 12.00 J Jewell & AS Pearson; 12.08 M Shackleton & E Wilson. Reserves: R Sisson, R Scott.

All eight scores count towards the Ben Fell Trophy awarded to the club with the best aggregate on the day.

A team of Whitby players travelled to Brass Castle on Saturday to take on Middlesbrough Golf Club in the first round of the Mail on Sunday competition. Kieran Noble and Howard Drake won their matches, but Paul Ventress, Andy Pearson and Dean Bennett lost, so Middlesbrough won 3 matches to 2.

At home, Tam McConville was the only player to score more than 30 points on a day of gale force wind in the Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 22 February. His total of 34 points gave him a five-point victory over Gordon Mackenzie, with Richard Young and Les Underwood on 26, Mike Rothwell, Jim Hall, Peter C Brown and Tom Havelock on 25 and Brian Grange on 24.

Brian Grange went from last to first on Saturday 25 February, winning the Stableford with 42 points over the back nine from Tam McConville.

Andy Pearson had 41 and Dave Jewell took the last prize on 40 from Dave Batchelor.

Steve Ellis, Richard Young, Michael Coates and Richard Schofield had 39, just one point better than Kevan Little, Dave Weatherill, Simon Gibson, Steve Parkin, Les Underwood, Ian Cowie, Paul Sykes and Glen Pears.

This latest good score gives Tam McConville a ten-card aggregate of 404 in the Best Ten Cards. Alistair Lyth is second on 379, with Ivan Ross on 375, Dave Batchelor and Kevan Little on 373, Billy Hardy on 370 and Andy Smith on 369.

Sunday’s Fourball Betterball saw some tremendous golf, with Simon Walker and Dave Richardson winning with a 59. James Morrison and Michael Coates had 61, and Dave Collett and Brian Jamieson took third from Steve Parkin and Dave Kirk after they had tied on 62.

There will be a Stableford on Saturday 3 March, a Fourball Betterball on Sunday 4 and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 7.

Mike Kilpatrick won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip:

Question: how do you get a golf ball into the air? Answer: let the loft of the club do it!

It is why we have a bag full of clubs with different lofts, so that the golfer doesn’t have do scoop the ball into the air - something which is virtually impossible with the ball lying on the ground.

Try to get your head around the fact that you need the swing the clubhead to brush the bottom of the ball. If you do that, the ball will lift into the air at a trajectory determined by the loft of the club in your hand.