What an amazing Ryder Cup!
Having watched the gap between the teams increase stage by stage and with history stacking the odds against the European team, I could see no prospect of victory going into the singles.
However it just goes to show that anything can happen if you can just hang in there, and (from the European point of view) we got the most exciting finish I can remember. So that is my tip this week - never, ever give up until the game is over.
Back home, the first Scarborough & District (Tigers) Alliance took place at Driffield on Saturday and home advantage told with Driffield having the best four-card aggregate on 260, one ahead of North Cliff and Kirkbymoorside third on 266.
Whitby lie in 8th place with 276. North Cliff had the two best individual cards of 62 and 63 with Bridlington third on 64.
Whitby’s best pair were James Jewell and Andy Pearson with 66.
Other Whitby scores: 69 Tam McConville and Dean Bennett; 70 Dave and Colin Upton; 71 Simon Walker and Eric Wilson; 73 Ian and Sam Wiggins; 74 Martin Shackleton and Bob Scott; 76 Kieran Noble and Peter Easton.
The next round is at Kirkbymoorside on Sunday (7 Oct) and the Whitby team hoping to improve their overall position is: 8:28 Austin James and Simon Grant; 8:35 Paul Ventress and Andy Pearson; 8:42 Ian Wiggins and Simon Walker; 8:49 Dean Bennett and Tam McConville; 10:20 Alex Wiggins and Howard Drake; 10:27 Sam Wiggins and Peter Easton; 10:34 Dave and Colin Upton. Reserves Robin Sisson and Mike Clarkson.
The Midweek Stableford last Wednesday was won by Richard Appleton with 44 points, giving him a two-point margin over Bob Scott. Steve Foster and Robin Sisson had 41, Andy Lawler 39 and Tam McConville 38.
Steve Purvis, Billy Hardy, Mel Purvis and Colin Coates won the Texas Scramble on Saturday with 61.6. Richard Young, Les Underwood, Ian Cowie and Peter C Brown were second with 63.8 and Graham Bedford, Robin Sisson, Simon Gibson and Richard Marshall were third with 64.2.
Sunday was Finals Day and Richard Brown beat Simon Walker in the 36 hole final of the President’s Putter, while James Jewell came from behind to beat Sam Wiggins in the final of the Jim Cooke Scratch Cup.
Earlier in the week, Ian Wiggins and Simon Walker had beaten Richard Brown and Steve Swales in the Milburn Foursomes final and Simon Walker beat Kevin Barker in the final of the Beckett Cup.
Other members not involved in finals played a Greensomes Medal and this was won by Denis Roper and John Hartley with 75.4. Austin James and Simon Grant were second on 77.2, Paul Ventress and Colin Rutland third on 77.8 and Howard Dean and Chris Noble fourth on 78.0.
The October Medal is on Saturday (6 Oct) and a Stableford on Sunday. Midweek Stablefords will continue being played over the winter season but without using starting sheets.
As the summer season concludes in the seniors section, Colin Fenby and Terry Hatton won a tight final against Vic Wilson and Morris Crosland, while Peter D Davies beat John Wightman in the final of the singles.
The Flamborough & District Rabbits Alliance plays its second fixture at Whitby on Monday (8 Oct), so the course will be closed for this event until 12.30pm. The Whitby team is: 8.00 John Wightman and Brian Jamieson; 8.32 Clive Lyth and Roger Turton; 9.12 Graham Robinson and John McMurran; 9.44 John Carter and Steve Ingleston; 10.24 Tony Orton and Gordon Muir;10.56 Billy Hardy and Mel Purvis.
John Blackett won the monthly draw for £200 in the 200 Club.