Sisson reduces handicap to five

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WITH the course drying out it’s taking a good score to win the competitions, and this week proved no exception.

Tony Orton won the Midweek Stableford with 42 points, pushing immediate past captain Terry Wilkinson into second place one point behind.

Mike Rothwell, Les Underwood and Colin Hood all had 40, with Greig Cowie and Robin Sisson on 39 and Harvey Richardson, Tam McConville and John Hartley on 38.

Saturday’s winning score was even better, with 6 handicapper Robin Sisson scoring 44 points to win, reducing his handicap to 5 into the bargain.

Steve Parkin, Peter C Brown and Paul Mendelsohn had 40, with Garry Walker, Jim Hall and Mike Young on 39. Paul Ventress, Mike Harper, Les Underwood, Richard Young, Mike Coates and Brian Jamieson all had 37 points.

Terry Wilkinson and Luke Asbury won Sunday’s Fourball Betterball with 60, two strokes clear of both men’s captain Richard Marshall and Andy Lawler and also Brian Jamieson and Kieran Noble.

There will be the usual Stableford on Saturday 9 March, Fourball Betterball on Sunday and Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

The penultimate event of the Scarborough & District Alliance season is the Ben Fell Trophy, played this year at Bridlington tomorrow (9 Mar).

In addition to being the climax of the season-long Pennant competition, all eight cards make up the club’s score in the Ben Fell Trophy.

Whitby’s team is: 10.08 Simon Walker & Adam Lyth; 10.16 James Jewell & Tam McConville; 10.24 Alex Wiggins & Alistair Lyth; 10.32 Sam Wiggins &

Bob Scott; 12.16 Kieran Noble & Richard Marshall; 12.24 Robin Sisson & Peter Easton; 12.32 Dean Bennett & Steve Ellis; 12.40 Martin Shackleton

& Dave Upton. Reserve Kevin Barker.

The final event is an Am-Am at Driffield on Saturday 23 March with a shotgun start at 9am.

The Whitby ladies had a successful trip to Kirkbymoorside on Friday 22 February where they won by three matches to two to progress to the

second round of the Mail on Sunday Team Classic.

The ladies March Medal, due to be played on Tuesday 5 March, was abandoned due to thick fog. It will now be played on Tuesday 12th March.

In the seniors’ Winter Eclectic competition, Colin Fenby leads the way with 52.5 ahead of Morris Crosland on 53.5 and Vic Wilson on 55.

The rabbits’ section has three entry sheets up on the board at the moment.

The Flamborough & District Alliance play for the Major and Jubilee Trophies on Thursday 21 March at South Cliff.

There is a match against Saltburn away on Friday 9 April, teeing off from 3pm. The first event in the North East Rabbits takes place at the KP Club near Pocklington on Sunday 21 April, teeing off from 11.30am.

Terry Boyes was this week’s winner of £100 in the 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip: this week G is for Ground. Forgetting the 18 tee shots in the round, the rest of the game is played from the ground.

When you are putting the idea is to roll the ball over the surface of the green, so the putter face is to all intents and purposes absolutely vertical. In all the other shots the intention is for the ball to become airborne, and the clubs which are used have all some degree of ‘loft’, and it is vital to remember that this is what gets the ball up into the air.

As long as this loft meets the lower half of the ball as it sits on the ground the ball will lift, so the aim is to swing the clubhead slightly downwards to the ball to give a clean strike.

If you try to get the clubhead below the ball to lift it up you will hit the ground first and duff the shot.