Weather postpones ladies’ day at Whitby golf course

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WHITBY Golf Club had mixed fortunes with the major weekend of the year, the weather causing some problems as it has done all season so far.

With heavy rain on top of an already wet course the hard decision was taken to postpone Lady Captain’s Day until Friday 17 August.

The mixed event on Saturday was able to go ahead, with Sheila Smith and Tam McConville winning the greensome competition.

Luckily Sunday dawned bright and warm for Captain’s Day and the competitors enjoyed the day put on by men’s captain Terry Wilkinson.

Damon Craig was the overall winner with 42 stableford points, while in a good day for the young men Sam Wiggins took first prize in the other division with 41 points.

Full list of prize-winners, Division One: 41 Sam Wiggins, Howard Drake, 39 Jason Halley. Tam McConville and Bob Scott were on the same score but beaten over the back nine. Division Two: 42 Damon Craig; 39 Scott Major, Bernard Booth. Leading Junior 41 Michael Coates; Nearest the Line at 2nd hole Kevin Ing; Nearest the Pin in Two at hole 9 Kieran Noble; Nearest the Pin at hole 11 Damon Craig; Putting Michael Coates (20). The prize-giving followed an enjoyable barbecue and Richard Marshall, the vice-captain, thanked Terry for providing such a good day for everyone.

Earlier in the week, the Rabbits section had invited members of the Tigers to join them in a betterball stableford on Wednesday 11 July.

Rabbits captain Michael McElhinney partnered Michael Coates to victory with 42 points, closely followed by Billy Hardy with Kieran Noble and Byron Blessed with Robin Sisson, both on 41.

The re-fixed July Medal and Jim Cooke Qualifying Round takes place on Saturday 21 July. The course is closed on Sunday morning for the ‘Open Championship’ Fourball Betterball which has a shotgun start at 8.45am, allowing everyone to watch the climax of the Open Championship at Royal Lytham in the afternoon.

The ladies’ section plays the Jane White Foursomes on Tuesday 24, there is a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 25 and the seniors section has a Texas Scramble on Thursday 26.

Past-captain John Blackett won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip: I’m always impressed watching tournament golf by the distance control shown by the top players.

This is one big reason why they have so many birdie putts in 18 holes.

This becomes more of a challenge in the wind when the effect of the wind has to be factored into the mental calculations.

It is a huge help if you can control the flight of the ball, so I would recommend taking plenty of club to reach your target.

This allows you to swing smoothly without forcing, which in turn helps to avoid the ball climbing up into the worst of the wind.

Next time you play in the wind, try taking more club than usual and swinging easily.