Local men’s team win Sunday Stableford event

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After a busy week hosting Scarborough Golf Festival competitions, Whitby Golf Club held a weekend of Open competitions, with a Mixed Greensome on Saturday and a Four Man Team Stableford on Sunday.

Friday night’s torrential rain had taken a little of the fire out of the course, which was in great condition for all the competitors.

In the Mixed Greensome Ian Steward and Edith Robinson of Seaton Carew had the best gross score of 82.

K & S Blackwell of Elland and Bradley Park had the best nett of 66.4, with Stuart and Jean Richardson of Halifax insecond place with 67.2.

Peter and Judith McLane of Bamburgh Castle took the third prize with 69.

Local teams won the men’s event on Sunday, with Simon Walker, Ian Wiggins, Alex Wiggins and Dean Bennett coming first with an aggregate of 116 from the best three cards. Bill Estill, Howard Dean, Chris Noble and James Morrison were second on 113.

Simon Walker had the best individual score of 42 points, with Mark Rabjohn of Hillsbrough second with 41.

Steve Manley of Hillsbrough won the longest drive and Phil Dooley , also from Hillsbrough, was nearest to the pin in two at the 4th hole. Many thanks to all the members who have helped over this last week, starting, manning the desk and helping with car parking.

Things return to normal at the club with the September Medal tomorrow, the RNLI Medal on Sunday and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday. The September Medal also sees the conclusion of the Silver Dollar, which goes to the player with the best four-card aggregate from the first six medals of the year.

Entry sheets are on the relevant notice boards for the first Tigers Alliance at Bridlington on Saturday September 21 as well as the Rabbits’ Alliance meetings up to Christmas, starting with South Cliff on Thursday September 26. The Rabbits also play in a NERGA meeting at Bedale tomorrow.

Brian Robertson won £100 in the 200 Club draw this week.

Tony’s Tip: when playing out of bunkers with a reasonable amount of sand in them, it is vital to use the sand iron in the way it was designed; the pronounced flange on the sole helps the club head to bounce in the sand, keeping moving and splashing the ball and sand out onto the green.

If you hold the club slightly open at address it encourages this action. However if you close the face the club head will dig in and stop, and the ball will remain in the bunker!