Purvis and guest sparkle at Men’s Invitation Day

Men’s Invitation Day gave Whitby members the opportunity to invite a guest from another club, and they enjoyed playing the course bathed in sunshine.

Mel Purvis and his guest S George scored a betterball 64 to finish top of the pile, one better than Les Spedding and T Spedding. James Jewell and P Kitson took third prize with 66.

Ian Wiggins showed the young bucks how to do it as he slammed a huge drive over 300 yards at the 18th, and Bob Scott was nearest to the pin in two strokes at the fourth.

Captain of the Rabbits’ section Byron Blessed hosted everyone in his Captain’s Day on Sunday. Prizes were in two sections: Mike Storr won the Rabbits’ section with 36 points, beating Howard Dean over the back nine holes.

Terry Wilkinson took third place on 35. Chris Batchelor won the Tigers’ section with 38 points from Martin Shackleton and Steve Purvis, all decided over the back nine.

Leading junior was Chris Portwine with 38 points. Steve Ingleston was nearest the line at the second hole, Richard Brown was nearest the pin at the 11th and Bob Scott was nearest to the 13th in two.

Earlier in the week, Paul Mendelsohn won the Midweek Stableford with 43 points, just ahead of Steve Foster, Paul Ventress and John McMurran on 42. Terry Wilkinson had 41, with Robin Sisson, Steve Swales, Peter C Brown, Chris Pennock and Brian Hurst on 40.

Those members still involved in the Jim Cooke Scratch Matchplay should note that the closing date for first round matches is Monday. Colin Upton won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip: continuing the yardage theme from a couple of weeks ago, knowing how far you can carry the ball through the air with each club allows you to be flexible as the playing conditions change during the year. The softer the ground, the nearer to the hole you will need to land the ball, and in dry summer conditions you will have to land the ball much shorter to allow for bounce and run. Getting an average carry will require someone to help you mark where the balls are landing so that you can get an accurate yardage.