Upton edges Stableford after tie

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DAVE Upton and Ian Cowie tied for the Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 19 October with 38 points, first place going to Dave with the better back nine holes.

Steve Swales and Malcolm Eglon had 37, Richard Thomson 36 and 10 players finished bunched together on 35.

Saturday’s Stableford was won by Mark Kerr with 39 points, beating Ian Marsay over the back nine. Glenn Pears, Matt Brown, Billy Hardy, Tam McConville and Simon Walker had 38, with Steve Purvis, Colin Fenby, Les Spedding and Mark McBurney on 37.

Dave Weatherill and Bob Scott combined well to score 65 in the Betterball on Sunday morning. Simon Grant and Paul Ventress were second with 66, Rabbits captain Michael McElhinney and John Hartley were third on 67 and experience and youth dovetailed to give Mel Purvis and Mike Coates fourth place on 68.

Whitby’s team for the next Scarbrough & District Alliance at Flamborough on Saturday (29 Oct) is: 9.36 Dean Bennett & Tam McConville; 9.44 Ian Wiggins & Peter Easton; 9.52 Colin Upton & Simon Grant; 10.00 Simon Walker & Richard Marshall; 11.28 Kevin Barker & Andy Pearson; 11.36 Paul Ventress & Bob Scott; 11.44 Martin Shackleton & Eric Wilson. Reserves: Mike Clarkson, Adrian Brown, Dave Upton and Mark Kerr.

The next Alliance competition is at Whitby on Sunday 13 November.

The Rabbits’ section have two alliance meetings coming up and there is still time to put your name down for selection.

They are Wednesday 2 November at Kirkbymoorside and Friday 18 November at Filey.

There will be a pre-Bonfire Night quiz at the club on Friday 4 November. There will be a buffet based on jacket potatoes and the questions start around 8pm.

This week there were two £100 draws in the 200 Club.

The first winner was Mrs O Jefferson and the second was Mr J Blackett.

Tony’s Tip: As those of you who have read this article over the years will know, I am a great fan of Luke Donald.

It was a huge thrill for me to see his outstanding final round under great pressure to win the Disney Classic and finish top money-winner in the US this season.

As far as I can see, he is the first British player to achieve this; even when Nick Faldo was world number one he didn’t top the US money list.

I just hope he hangs on to win in Europe as well - what a record that would be!

It just goes to show that you don’t have to hit the ball further than everyone else to win, and this applies at club level too.

Swing smoothly with balance to achieve consistency with your long shots, practise with the short irons to improve around the greens and spend

regular time on the practice putting green so that you hole your fair share of crucial putts.

The secret of good golf.