Strong showing in club’s mixed open

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WHITBY Golf Club had two open days either side of the Scarborough Golf Festival competitions.

In the Men’s Team Stableford on 3 September, three local teams took the honours, with Richard Appleton (39), Kevin Barker (40), Bob Scott (33) and Mark Kerr (39) producing a winning three-card total of 118.

One point behind were Simon Walker (36), Ian Wiggins (39), John Hartley (42) and Neil Butler (27).

Winning third place on the strength of their fourth card were John McMurran (37), Dave Weatherill (41), Richard Barker (36) and Garry Walker (32). David Newsome from York was the individual winner with 45 points, with Ian Whitehead second on 43 and John Hartley third on 42.

J Milne was nearest the pin in two at hole four and P Dooley had the longest drive at the 18th.

Whitby players also did very well in the Mixed Open on Saturday with Scott Major and Sue Wessel winning the nett with 67.2.

Club captain Tam McConville and Edna Stead were second on 68.6, and Bob Scott and Sandra Bastiman took third place on 70.6 by virtue of their back nine holes. Geoff and Kath Cooling had the best gross score with 80.

Brian Hurst beat Paul Ventress over the back nine after they had tied on 41 points in the Midweek Stableford on 31 August. Jim Hall, Scott Major and Mike Rothwell had 40 points, with Richard Thomson, Luke Asbury and Roger Davison on 39.

In a medal played from the yellow tees on 4 September, Richard Appleton won the competition with 63, from Howard Dean on 64, Richard Marshall on 65, Robin Sisson on 66 and Luke Asbury and Brian Jamieson on 67.

Ian Wiggins played an exceptional round of 69 gross 66 nett in blustery conditions to win the RNLI Medal on Sunday. Steve Foster and Simon Gibson had 68, Richard Jewell 70 and Adrian Brown and Mel Purvis 71.

The September Medal takes place on Saturday (17 Sep) and this is the final event counting in the Silver Dollar Trophy and the juniors’ Monthly Medal Shield. Sunday’s competition is a Texas Scramble for the men and the mixed RNLI Greensome.

There will be a Midweek Stableford on 21 September. The course will be closed until noon on Monday 26 September for a ladies’ alliance fixture.

Ernie Hallett leads the seniors eclectic competition with a score of 55.75. Malcolm Walker is in second place on 56.25 and Vic Wilson is third with 56.75.

Vic leads the best six cards with 228, four clear of Peter Davies on 224 with Ernie Hallett third on 217. Seniors should note the annual seniors and ladies greensome is coming up on Thursday 29 September with coffee at 8.30am and a 9am start.

The Rabbits’ section has its first Alliance meeting at South Cliff on Monday 26 September while the Tigers play at Kirkbymoorside on Saturday 1

October.

In the 200 Club, Colin Upton won £100 on Sunday 4 September and Dave Batchelor won £100 on Sunday just gone.

There will be a quiz nNight on Friday 23 September in the clubhouse starting at about 8pm with the usual happy hour at the bar and refreshments from the caterer.

Tony’s Tip: as the season-long knockout competitions approach the final rounds it is very easy for the players left in the competitions to beat themselves by losing control of their thinking.

Whenever you play a match it is vital to remember that you should play your own game, and not to allow yourself to be affected by your

opponent’s reputation, handicap or their ability to hit the ball further than you.

This is what the handicap system is all about and if you play around your handicap you will win more matches than you will lose.