Ventress and Landers claim Stableford

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HEAVY showers over the weekend didn’t dampen spirits too much for Captain’s Weekend at Whitby Golf Club.

After the ladies had got pretty wet on Friday, Paul Ventress and Pat Landers renewed their successful partnership to win the Mixed Fourball Betterball Stableford on Saturday with an excellent 41 points.

A total of 118 competitors turned out for the mens Captain’s Day on Sunday and Richard Appleton’s great score of 64 gave him a three-stroke winning margin over the field.

Paul Sykes had 67 to come second and James Jewell had the best of the 68s to take the third prize.

Neil Coates took the best gross prize with a 2 under par 69. The prize for nearest the pin in two shots at the 9th hole was won by early starter John Hartley, while junior member Lewis Wright outhit everyone else to take the longest drive down the 2nd hole.

Lewis also won the junior prize from the white tees with 71, while George Husband’s 73 took the prize from the red tees. A big crowd came for the prizegiving and barbecue in the evening and enjoyed captain Tam McConville’s speech to wrap up the proceedings.

Earlier in the week, Simon Walker had produced a score of 7 up to win the King Edward V111 Coronation Cup on Wednesday 6 July. Richard Brown was one back on 6 up, with Tim Richardson, Eric Wilson and Andy Pearson on 5 up.

Howard Drake was 4 up, with Ian Wiggins, Bob Scott and Colin Rutland 3 up.

There will be a Yellowball Medal (teams of four) on Saturday 16 July. Sunday 17 is the final day of the Open Championship at Royal St Georges, so Sunday’s Fourball Betterball just takes place in the morning with an

8.45am shotgun start so that you can play your golf then get home to watch the climax of the golf at St George’s.

There are still some spaces available. July’s Midweek Medal takes place on Wednesday 20 July. The ‘Swindles’ continue on Friday evenings, teeing off from 4pm for nine or 11 holes.

Members should note that the club’s Open Days take place on Saturday 3 September (Men’s Four Man Team Stableford) and Saturday 10 September (Mixed Greensome Medal) and entries are being taken in the Pro Shop.

Members are eligible to play in these popular events.

The Rabbits’ section is playing a return fixture against Scarborough North Cliff on Tuesday 23 August at home, teeing off from 4pm. If you would like to get involved, please put your name on the sheet to be considered for selection.

The Seniors have two match sheets on the board, against Wilton at home on Thursday 21 July and against Saltburn away on Tuesday 26 July. There is also an entry sheet for the Texas Scramble on Thursday 28 July.

John Hartley won £100 in the 200 Club weekly draw.

Tony’s Tip: when you read this the Open Championship will be under way at Royal St George’s and it would be very surprising if the competition wasn’t played in quite windy conditions on the Kent coast.

Indeed, the best players will be hoping for some wind, because it certainly sorts out ‘the men from the boys’.

The secret of playing good golf in the wind is to keep your patience and don’t try to force shots. Keep your rhythm as smooth as possible and concentrate on making really good contact with the ball.