Robinson Cup win lands Byron with a problem

Whitby Golf Club Rabbits vice-captain Byron Blessed won the silverware at the weekend and potentially gave himself a problem at the same time.

His score of 66 won the WG Robinson Cup by two clear shots, reducing his handicap to 15, which would take him out of Rabbits competitions, as they have a lower handicap limit of 16. Such is life.

Scott Major, Mike Coates and Simon Gibson had 68, with Kieran Noble and Alex Wiggins on 69. Alex’s 71 gross was the lowest gross on the day. Dave Collett, Jason Halley, Colin Upton, Bob Scott and Mark Greasby had 71.

In other competitions at the club this week, Dan Brown had a better back nine than Luke Asbury to win the Midweek Stableford after they had tied on 41 points. Dave Collett and James Jewell had 40, then there was a huge log-jam on 39 points, with Mike Coates, Colin Upton, Brian Jamieson, Andrew Thompson, Simon Grant, Scott Major, Matty Brown, Alex Wiggins and Malcolm Eglon all on the same score.

Saturday’s Stableford was plagued by horrible weather in the morning, putting many players off from going out.

It improved a little in the afternoon and a small field completed the competition with Jason Halley winning with 38 points from Martin Shackleton on 37. Sam Wiggins and Andy Smith had 36, Mark Kerr 35, Les Spedding and Paul Ventress 33 and Dean Bennett and Mike Coates 32.

The Captain’s reciprocal with Blackwell Grange takes place on Friday 25th. There is a Greensomes Stableford on Saturday and the Des Burton Fourball on Sunday, alongside the juniors Stableford Trophy.

There is a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 30th May.

In the ladies’ section Amanda Ing won the Smales Cup on Tuesday 15 May, beating Karen Fellows over the back nine after they had tied on 82. Doreen Richardson and Kath Cooling had 84, with Marjorie Mackenzie on 85.

The Bogey Cup was played in conjunction with the May Par, and Wendy Hurworth retained her trophy with a score of 4 down in a six-way tie with Karen Fellows, Karen Marshall, Doreen Richardson, Marjorie Mackenzie and Amanda Ing.

In the coming week the ladies have the Coronation Foursomes on Tuesday 29th May.

The seniors were due to play for the Memorial Trophy on Tuesday 15 May but the competition was called off due to the awful weather and will be re-scheduled. The Silver Salver was played on Thursday 17 May and Bill Nicol came out on top with 42 points from Malcolm Walker on 41.

Vic Wilson had 39 to come third, with Doug Brown on 38 and Peter Reynolds and Peter Davies on 34.

Neil Clarkson won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip:

SO many short shots are spoiled by poor contact with the ball, sometimes topping the shot and sometimes catching the ground before the ball.

All these shots, in common with all shots played from the ground, should be struck with the club descending slightly as it hits the ball.

To help achieve this start with your weight spread evenly between your feet; during the backswing keep the weight central; in the forward swing turn the weight forwards onto the left foot as the club swings through.