Whitby aim to progress up Pennant leaderboard

After a promising result at Driffield, Whitby Golf Club’s team in the Scarborough and District Alliance will try to progress up the Pennant leader board in the next round, to be played over Malton and Norton’s course on Saturday (2 Nov).

The team is: 8.24 James Jewell & Alistair Lyth; 8.32 Alex Wiggins & Simon Walker; 8.40 Adam Lyth & Peter Easton; 10.24 Neil Coates & Richard Marshall; 10.32 Bob Scott & Chris Noble; 10.40 Martin Shackleton & Mark Kerr. Reserves Dean Bennett & Mike Coates. At home, Mike Harper won the Midweek Stableford with 39 points, from Alex Wiggins on 38 and Tam McConville and Jim Hall on 37.

Richard Appleton was a convincing winner of the Stableford on Saturday with 42 points, three clear of Steve Foster and Jimmy Witt. Richard Brown, Mick Allen and Chris Eglon had 38 points.

Sunday’s Fourball was won by Howard Dean and Simon Walker with 67, beating Andy Lawler and Haydn Harker over the back nine holes.

Bill Estill and Denis Roper were third with 68.

The last outstanding matchplay competition, the Jim Cooke Scratch Cup, was decided on Friday as Neil Coates beat Alex Wiggins on the last green in a match of high quality, both players being under par. There will be a Stableford on Saturday November 2, a Fourball on Sunday and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

In the ladies’ section, the postponed September Medal was played on October 22 and the winner was Kath Cooling with 77, from Sue Wessel on 83 and Kath Walker on 84. In the nine-hole accumulator Sue Richardson scored 13 points.

There are entry sheets on the board for the next two Rabbits Alliance fixtures, at Kirkbymoorside on Wednesday November 6 and at Filey on Friday November 22.

Neil Clarkson won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip: as we move into the time of year when our bodies are colder and we are more cluttered up with clothing, it is always harder to make a complete swing, so a very useful thing to try is to give yourself just a little more time as you are changing from backswing to forward swing. You are more likely to make a full backswing, your rhythm will improve and you should retain your distance over the winter months.