New Florida scramble proves a winner

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Whitby Golf Club celebrated the year’s prizewinners in a new format which proved most successful.

The day started at 9.30 with a Florida Scramble. 18 teams of three filled the course on a very pleasant day. The winning team was Doreen Richardson, seniors captain Andrew Burbidge and James Jewell with 59.4.

Second place went to Alex Wiggins, Richard Appleton and Ian Wiggins with 60.2 and third to Denis Roper, Mike Coates and Andrew Dent with 61.6. Once all the players were in and refreshed, the trophies which had been won during 2013 were presented by the captains, Richard and Karen Marshall. The two President’s Prizes were presented by club president Harvey Richardson.

Earlier in the week Peter C Brown won the Midweek Stableford with 38 points over 16 holes, with Mike Coates second and Brian Jamieson third on 37 points.

Saturday’s Stableford was played over the full course and was won by the mens captain Richard Marshall with 43 points.

Jim Hall took second place on the back nine holes from Des Donnelly after they had both returned scores of 40 points. At this very early stage of the winter season, Simon Walker leads Division One of the Eclectic with 60, from Mike Clarkson on 61 and Richard Marshall on 62. Brian Jamieson leads with 60 in Division Two, with Haydn Harker on 61 and John Wightman on 65. Paul Ventress heads the best six cards, with Haydn Harker in second place and Bill Estill third.

All seniors should note that entry sheets are on the board for the Christmas Spirit Texas Scramble on December 12 and the Christmas Dinner Scramble on December 19.

Tony’s Tip: it is an accepted fact that the top players hit the ball considerably further than just a generation ago. Part of this is due to improvements in equipment, but swing technique has also improved, allowing the players to develop greater power.

One element of this is to create torsion between the turn of the shoulders and the resistance of the lower body.

A way to feel this is to sit on the edge of a table, then turn your shoulders as far as you can – the table will prevent your lower body from turning and will give you the feeling of resistance. Unless you are very supple, to begin with you won’t be able to turn very far, but this will increase as you practice. Remember the bigger the difference between the shoulders and the hips the more power you will generate.