Walker Cup useful for picking out stars of future

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As you read this report, the biennial Walker Cup match between the amateurs of Great Britain & Ireland and the USA will just be starting in America, with GB & I the holders.

While it is always much harder to win away from home on a course very different from what the GB & I players are used to, they will take great heart from having the US Amateur champion and Open Championship Silver Medal winner Matthew Fitzpatrick on their team, as well as many other highly-ranked players.

It is always worth watching this match and trying to pick out the stars of the future in the professional game.

Whitby Golf Club seniors held a successful Open Day last Friday with 54 pairs from all around the region playing over the Whitby course.

A Court & G Robinson (Bedale) were the winners with 42 points. Three pairs scored 41 and places were decided over the back nine holes; T Havelock (Whitby) & B McNiven (Newcastle) were second, M Huitson (Hesketh) & M Welch (Eaglescliffe) were third and M Gristwood & W Britton (Cleveland) came fourth.

M Goodman & R Purvis (Hunley Hall) scored 40 to come fifth, from M Waterworth & K Maguire (Fulford) on the same score. T Close (Cleveland) had the longest drive on the 2nd hole and M Waterworth (Fulford) was nearest the pin on the 11th.

After halving the first leg of the match against York Golf Club two weeks ago at Strensall, the Whitby team gave York a bit of a drubbing at Whitby on Saturday, winning by 7 games to 1.

Malcolm and Kath Walker won the Simpson Cup Mixed Foursomes on Sunday with 73 ½. Scoring was a little on the high side in this more demanding form of golf than the usual greensome, and John and Janet Wightman took second place on 75.

Captains Richard and Karen Marshall were third on 76 ½, the same score as Bob Scott and Janet McGeehin.

John Littleton won the Midweek Stableford with 42 points from Dave Collett, Peter C Brown, Mick Allen and Les Underwood on 41. Richard Brown and Richard Schofield had 40. Saturday’s Stableford was won by Richard Appleton with 42 points, five clear of Billy Hardy, Colin Hood and Brian Grange. Mike Harper, Steve Dosdale, Mike Rothwell and Clive Lyth had 36.

The Betterball Medal on Sunday was won by Simon Walker and Ian Wiggins with 62. Richard Brown and Richard Thomson took second on 67, and Harvey Richardson and Andy Lawler were third with the same score.

The club’s Open Mixed Greensome takes place tomorrow (Sat 7) with the tee reserved from 9am to 2pm.

On Sunday, the course is closed until 1pm for the Open Four Man Stableford. The Midweek Medal is on Wednesday 11.

Kath Walker won the ladies RNLI Medal with a nett 70, five clear of Susan Bennison and Barbara Mahan, with Amanda Ing, June Halley and Barbara Knaggs on 76. Ian Landers was this week’s winner of £100 in the 200 Club weekly draw.