Lawler starts new year in explosive form

After a rather quiet 2013, Andy Lawler started the New Year with a bang, producing an amazing score of 43 points from 16 holes to win the Midweek Stableford.

Even allowing for a shortened course this was a remarkable effort. Alan Atkinson was second with 38 and Richard Appleton took third with 37.

Saturday’s Stableford was won by Bob Scott with 41 points. Neil Coates was second with 36 and Jim Hall was third with 35.

The Fourball Betterball on Sunday was won by Bill Estill and Howard Dean with an astonishing 49 over 16 holes.

John Hartley and Byron Blessed were second with 54, beating Chris Noble and Colin Hood over the back nine.

Paul Ventress has maintained his substantial lead in the best six cards with a total of 405.

Bill Estill is his nearest challenger on 417, and Haydn Harker and Howard Dean are tied third on 425. Mike Coates leads Division One of the eclectic with 55, with Bill Estill on 57 and Simon Walker on 58. Haydn Harker is in front in Division Two with 57.

Brian Jamieson, Chris Noble and Terry Wilkinson all have 59.

There will be a Stableford on Saturday. Everyone please note that the Scarborough & District Alliance is being played at Whitby on Sunday and the course will be closed until 1 pm. There will be a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

Whitby’s team for the Alliance on Sunday is: 8.00 D Bennett & T McConville; 8.08 M Coates & S Ellis; 8.16 S Walker & R Marshall; 8.24 A Wiggins & C Noble; 10.08 C Upton & J Hartley; 11.52 A Lyth & P Easton; 12.00 J Jewell & DA Lyth; 12.08 I Wiggins & R Scott. Reserves M Shackleton, M Clarkson.

The club has a home draw in the mens Mail On Sunday Team Classic, and will play against Hunley Hall on Sunday 16 February, teeing off at 9.30 am. The format is five singles matches, with the winning club progressing to the next round. Last year the team had a very good run, and hopefully this can be repeated this year.

To be considered for selection put your name on the list in the locker room.

Mandy Coates and Karen Fellows continued their close competition of the last few months, both scoring 35 points from 16 holes in the ladies January Stableford. Mandy took first place with a better back nine. Sue Bennison scored 34 and Barbara Mahan 33. Janet McGeehin scored 14 points in the 9 hole Accumulator. The 200 Club weekly draw for £100 was won by Don Stanley.

Tony’s Tip:

Use the length of your putting stroke to control how far you roll the ball.

Many people swing the same length irrespective of the distance of the putt required, just being very gentle for the short ones and quite aggressive for the long ones.

I feel this is a very difficult and erratic way to control distance, and instead would recommend beginning with a very short, slow stroke to hit a short putt, then increasing the swing length AND swing speed gradually to send the ball further. This is in exactly the same way as a child on a swing gradually increases the distance AND speed as they kick more and more.