Mail on Sunday team knock out South Cliff

Whitby Golf Club's Mail on Sunday team, who have reached the fifth round, from left: JH Richardson (president), M Purvis, M Coates, D Kirk, P Ventress, S Purvis, W Hardy, R Marshall (captain).
Whitby Golf Club's Mail on Sunday team, who have reached the fifth round, from left: JH Richardson (president), M Purvis, M Coates, D Kirk, P Ventress, S Purvis, W Hardy, R Marshall (captain).

Whitby’s Mail On Sunday team had a great win in round four of this tournament, winning against South Cliff away from home on Saturday.

Mike Coates beat N Bruce by two holes, playing the Deepdale course for the first time. Billy Hardy was beaten on the last by G Thirkell.

Paul Ventress halved his match with D Hall. Mel Purvis had a fantastic half in his match with scratch player Shaun Smith, coming back from five down with six to play.

Steve Purvis brought the team in with a victory over S Pottage by 3 up with 2 to play. As yet the team doesn’t know who their opponents will be in round five, or whether the match will be at home or away.

At home, with the course playing fast and firm, Steve Swales won the Midweek Medal with a score of 65, a four-stroke margin over Chris Batchelor in second. Sam Wiggins, Simon Grant and Denis Roper had 70, and Andrew Thompson, Simon Gibson, Jim Hall, Paul Warrilow, Peter Easton, Richard Appleton, Terry Wilkinson and Colin Rutland had 72.

Division One of the May Medal was won by Peter R Brown with 66, ahead of Alex Wiggins with 67, Richard Brown with 69 and James Jewell with 71. Mike Atack won Division Two with 71, with Paul Mendelsohn on 72, and Mick Allen and Tom Havelock on 74.

Dave Clarkson and men’s captain Richard Marshall were the winners of the Betterball Medal on Sunday, scoring 62. Richard Brown and Steve Foster came close to equalling that with 63, and Phil Allan and Ian Marsay were third with 65.

Both Steve Purvis and Billy Hardy, and Mike Clarkson and Adrian Brown had 66, and Simon Walker with Dean Bennett and John Hartley with Tam McConville had 67.

On a glorious day Tom Gale made hay with 43 points to win the Pro’s Open Stableford on Bank Holiday Monday. Mark Kerr was second with 41, and Craig Thompson, Ian Wiggins and Adam Lyth had 40.

John Wightman and Steve Parkin had 39, Darren Woods and Dave Batchelor 37, and Graham Wicking and Simon Gibson had 36. There will be a Texas Scramble tomorrow, the Grouse Foursomes on Sunday and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

Mandy Coates had a good win in the Aislaby Cup on Tuesday 30 April, scoring 72 to beat Karen Fellows by two strokes. Sue Wessel had 75, Barbara Knaggs 79 and Barbara Sleightholme 81.

The Rabbits section urgently needs players for the away match at Scarborough North Cliff on Tuesday 14 May.

If you can play, teeing off from 4pm, please get your name down on the list as soon as you can. Entry sheets are also up for the next two NERGA fixtures, at Whitby on Sunday 16 June and at Forest Park (York) on Sunday 30 June.

Brian Jamieson won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip of the Week

P is for Patience. Just about the worst thing you can do in the middle of a round of golf is to lose your patience. It is understandably frustrating when you play several good holes, hitting good drives and accurate approach shots, only to miss the putts.

You mustn’t react by losing control, trying to drive further and hit the irons even nearer - this extra pressure will make your game collapse.

Instead keep plugging away and try to believe that the birdies will come.

Equally when things do go wrong, try to step back and take a few deep breaths, approaching the next shot calmly.