Washouts make it a quiet week at Whitby

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THE weather made sure that it was a quiet week at Whitby Golf Club, with competitions washed out both on Wednesday and Sunday.

However Saturday’s Stableford was able to be played and Greig Cowie made the most of the opportunity, winning the competition with 43 points and reducing his handicap to 14.

Peter C Brown was in second place with 41, Brian Jamieson had 40 and Colin Fenby and Mike Harper had 39. Seven players tied on 37, Paul Mendelsohn, Paul Ventress, David Portwine, Ivan Ross, Les Underwood, Eric Wilson and Andy Pearson.

There will be the usual Stableford on Saturday 1 December, a Fourball Betterball on Sunday 2 and the first Whisky Stableford on Wednesday 5.

Members should note that Whitby is hosting the East Coast Ladies Winter Alliance on Monday 3 December and the course will be closed until noon.

In the 200 Club monthly draw, Colin Rutland won the prize of £200.

Tony’s Tip:

LOOKING out of my Pro Shop at a large temporary lake in front of the 5th tee, it reminds me how important it is to know the Rules of Golf and how they affect you.

In the case of ‘casual water’ first of all look up the definition in the front of the rule book and be clear about what constitutes ‘casual water’.

If water is visible when taking your stance (jumping up and down to make water show does not count) and affecting the lie of the ball, your stance or your intended arc of swing then you are entitled to relief without penalty.

You must take the ball to the nearest point which avoids interference, and from that point you may drop the ball one club length further away.

The nearest point might take you from rough to the fairway or vice versa, but that is just the luck of the draw.