Schofield scores emphatic victory in Stableford

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Richard Schofield scored an emphatic victory in the Midweek Stableford last Wednesday, his score of 41 points giving him a four-point margin over Alistair Lyth. Martin Shackleton had 36 points to come third.

Saturday’s Stableford was still played over 16 holes and was won by Mike Coates with 38 points. Chris Shardlow made a welcome return and proved he hadn’t forgotten what to do, scoring 37 points, and Ernie Hallett came in third with 36.

The field for the Fourball Betterball on Sunday was very small due to conflicting fixtures, but the players enjoyed returning to the full 18 holes on a dry day but with a playful breeze. Vice captain Byron Blessed and his partner Steve Parkin won the first prize with 69, beating Colin Rutland and Howard Dean over the back nine holes. Whitby played Hunley Hall in the Mail on Sunday Team Classic on Sunday.

In a tight match, both Paul Ventress and Mike Coates halved their matches. Richard Marshall was beaten 3 & 2 before Alistair Lyth squared the match with a 4 & 3 win.

With everything resting on the last game, Colin Upton couldn’t quite back on level terms with Hunley’s Steve Fox, himself an ex-Whitby member, the match finishing in Hunley’s favour by 2 holes.

The ladies played their February Stableford on Thursday and Karen Fellows took first place after a tie with Sue Dryden on 25 points over 16 holes. Sheena Hamilton and Janet Wightman had 24.

In the Accumulator, Sue Richardson had 14 points.

Two names were drawn in the 200 Club this week to correct a mistake in last week’s draw, and the winners were Brian Gent and Ian Harrison, both winning £100.

Tony’s Tip: when playing a chip and run you have to become intimately familiar with how much the ball will run after the first bounce.

This is determined by the club you play the shot with – the lower the loft the more the ball will run.

The only way to do this is to play shots with 6, 7 and 8 irons and watch carefully to see how the ball performs; with that information in your brain you can work out where to land the ball so that it will run the rest of the way to the hole.