National success for Whitby golfers

Whitby Golf Clubs Janet McGeehin, Bob Scott, Mike Coates and Siew Choon Tan with their England Golf Club Team Championship trophy. Picture: Leaderboard Photography
Whitby Golf Clubs Janet McGeehin, Bob Scott, Mike Coates and Siew Choon Tan with their England Golf Club Team Championship trophy. Picture: Leaderboard Photography

A quartet of Whitby Golf Club members this week became the England Golf Club Team Champions, at the second attempt.

“Last year we were abysmal,” said Bob Scott, who teamed up with his partner, Janet McGeehin, and their friends Siew Choon Tan and Mike Coates to win the prestigious national title.

“We weren’t going to let that lie, so we came back to show that we can play well.”

This year, the team grabbed their second chance, hit top form, scored 87 points on the Blue Course at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire – and flew the flag for their club on their way to victory.

“This is a very big deal, it will raise our club’s profile,” an ecstatic Tan added.

The Whitby foursome reached the 26-team national final, having won their regional final at Lancaster last month.

They finished one point ahead of the team from Downes Crediton Golf Club in Devon.

The championship was the first event in England Golf Week, which brings over 500 competitors to Frilford Heath to take part in a series of finals during the five-day celebration of handicap golf.

The event was played in breezy sunshine, which was no problem for the Whitby team with their experience of coastal golf.

Scott plays off seven, while Coates is an eight-handicapper, Tan plays off 18 and McGeehin off 33.

“It was a good team effort,” said McGeehin.

“When one of us got into trouble, someone else stepped in.

“It was absolutely fantastic (to win) . I never, ever, thought I would do anything like this.”

All four enjoyed the event’s mixed format, with the best two stableford scores counting on each hole.

And the victorious quartet are already hoping to make their third appearance at Golf Week to defend their title next year.