Men’s main season starts at Whitby course

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THE men’s main season got under way at Whitby Golf Club with the Opening Stableford on Saturday and the Opening Bogey on Sunday.

Garry Walker won the Stableford with an excellent score of 46 points, giving him a six point margin over Mark Wilson in second place.

Chris Halley scored 39 from plus one and Roger Davision was the best of those on 38, taking fourth prize over the last nine holes. Alistair Lyth, Eric Wilson, Andy Pearson and Steve Swales were the unlucky ones who missed out. Clive Lyth had 37.

New member Tom Gale came in with 7 up against the card in Sunday’s Bogey, narrowly beating John Hartley into second after he had scored 6 up. Austin James and Jason Halley were 4 up, with Austin taking third over the back nine.

James Jewell, Michael McElhinney, Mike Coates and Graham Wicking had 3 up, with Andy Pearson, Harvey Richardson, Andrew Wood and Mark Kerr on 2 up.

Earlier in the week the winter season drew to a close with a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 21 March.

Robin Sisson was under par gross to score 45 points from 5 handicap. Malcolm Eglon had 42, with Paul Ventress, Dan Brown, Alex Wiggins, Martin Shackleton and Mike Storr on 41 and Dave Kirk on 40.

The Seniors finished the winter season with a Yellowball competition on Thursday 22 March and this was won by the team of John Owens, Keith Robinson and Peter D Davies with 124 points.

Runners- up were Peter Reynolds, Peter Burton and Jim White on 117. Prizes were given out afterwards for the Best 6 Cards, winner Peter R Davies, second Andrew Burbidge and third Peter Reynolds, and also the Winter Eclectic, winner Andrew Burbidge, second Peter Burton and third Peter R Davies.

The Coastal Ladies Alliance played a Mixed Fourball at South Cliff on Monday and Whitby pair Sue Wessel and Paul Ventress came in 5th place with 41 points, five behind L Cammish and D Bradshaw of Filey on 46 points.

Richard and Karen Marshall, the mens and ladies vice-captains at Whitby, came in 7th place with 39.

There will be a Texas Scramble on Saturday(31 Mar), an Am-Am on Sunday and a Midweek Medal from the white tees on Wednesday.

For the very low-handicappers, the prequalifying round for the Yorkshire 7th Division Scratch Team Championship is being played at Bedale on Tuesday 19 April. If you would like to be considered for selection please put your name down on the list in the men’s locker room.

The £200 monthly draw in the 200 Club was won by Mary Barker.

Tony’s Tip:

It is very tempting when you are standing in a bunker and need to get the ball up over the lip, to lean back and try to help the ball out.

Unfortunately all you will do is hit the sand much too far behind the ball, making a very poor contact which leaves the ball in the sand.

Trust the loft on the club, put a little weight on your front foot and try to splash the sand immediately below the ball.