Partnership ends with stylish alliance win

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Dean Bennett and Tam McConville won the Scarborough & District Tigers Alliance at Flamborough on Saturday with an 8 under par 63, beating a Malton pair over the last nine holes.

This brings to an end their excellent run of scores in the alliances as the rules do not allow them to play together again this season.

James Jewell and Steve Ellis were only a shot behind on 64, but finished 5th on the countback.

Despite these two scores, Whitby finished 5th on the day, but the club improved its Pennant standing by one place.

Other Whitby scores: 68 Martin Shackleton & Alistair Lyth; 72 Simon Walker & Kevin Barker; 74 Bob Scott & Andy Pearson; 80 Kieran Noble & Steve Parkin. Club scores on the day: 260 Malton & Norton; 264 Filey, North Cliff (267 Whitby 5th).

Pennant standings: 1048 Kirkbymoorside; 1054 North Cliff; 1057 Filey. (1078 Whitby 7th).

The last round before Christmas is at Malton on Saturday 17 November.

Paul Ventress, the leader of the club’s hard-working green-keeping team, won the Midweek Stableford on 31 October with 40 points, bringing his handicap back down to 5.

Ian Cowie had 38 points, Eric Wilson 37, and Mike Rothwell, Dave Kirk and Adam Lyth 36. Alistair Lyth and Dave Upton had 35.

Saturday’s Stableford was won by Clive Lyth with 39 points, beating Andrew Thompson by two.

Eric Wilson and Steve Purvis had 36, with John Carter, Mick Allen, Mel Purvis, Simon Grant and Austin James on 35.

It is time to book your tables for the club’s annual dinner dance at Raithwaite Hall Hotel on Saturday 24 November.

Bookings should be in by this weekend.

Tony’s Tip:

MY office in the Pro Shop has a commanding view of the 18th green and I watch the great amjority of golfers coming up well short of the hole when playing their pitch to the green.

Try to keep in mind where the ball should land to allow a couple of bounces and a bit of roll to take the ball right up to the hole.

At this time of the year, the ball will always need to land on the putting surface - not short of it - and if the flag is towards the back of the green the ball will have to land halfway up the green.

Most of the time a bunker at the front of the green shouldn’t come into play as your ball should be landing well over it.