New Zealander Scott already proving to be a major success

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NOT content with making a century playing for Staithes Cricket Club, New Zealander Scott Major scored 43 points to win the Midweek Stableford at Whitby Golf Club on 9 May.

He was pushed hard by rapidly-improving junior Lewis Wright with 42, and Luke Asbury, Dave Collett and Kieran Noble also scored well with 40 points.

Howard Drake, Graham Bedford and Chris Batchelor had 39 with Roger Davison and Alex Wiggins on 38.

Alex was in the prizes again on Saturday as part of the winning team in the Texas Scramble.

His partners were Chris Shardlow, Andrew Wood and Simon Walker and their winning score was 56.4. In second place on 58.9 were Mark McBurney, Eric Wilson, Martin Wilby and Dave Collett, with Graham Robinson, Colin Jefferson, Mick Allen and Geoff Cooling coming third with 59.5.

The first trophy of the season, the Grouse Foursomes, was won by seasoned campaigners Mel Purvis and Billy Hardy with a 1 under par 70, the only score under par on a difficult, windy day. Paul Ventress and John Carter came close with a level par 71, just ahead of Tam McConville and Neil Clarkson on 71.5.

Mark McBurney and Eric Wilson had 73.5 and last year’s winners, Chris Shardlow and Andrew Wood made a brave defence on 74.5. Regular good performers in foursomes Colin and Dave Upton had 75.5.

There is a Stableford tomorrow, the WG Robinson Cup on Sunday and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

In the ladies’ section Doreen Richardson won the Aislaby Cup on Tuesday 8 May with 77, pipping Janet Wightman by one. Rachel Coxon and Sue Dryden had 80, with Sue Wessel, Wendy Hurworth and Jean Jefferson 81.

The scratch team match against Alwoodley Golf Club on Friday had to be abandoned due to a flooded course after heavy rain.

Gentlemen should note that the last date for matches in the Milburn Foursome is Monday 21 May.

Other dates to note are the Captain’s trip to Blackwell Grange on Friday 25 May; the first Seniors Open on Friday 1 June and the Rabbits Open on Friday 15 June – places for all of these can be booked in the Pro Shop.

Dave Upton won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip:

TO finish off sloping lies, a lie when the ground slopes downwards towards the hole makes the ball fly lower, a little to the right and further than normal and an upslope makes the ball fly higher, left and shorter.

Try to stand level with the slope and adjust your club selection and aim to allow for the different flight.