Whitby fifth on day in winter alliance

Playing in the third leg of the Scarborough & District Winter Alliance at Kirkbymoorside on Sunday, Whitby’s team put in a much-improved performance to finish 5th on the day, leaving the club in 8th position in the Pennant.

Whitby’s leading pair were Ian Wiggins and Alistair Lyth with 64, just two strokes away from the best score. Driffield had the best four-card aggregate on the day with 256, Kirkbymoorside and South Cliff had 258 and Whitby had 263.

North Cliff lead the Pennant with 785 from Kirkbymoorside on 786 and Driffield on 789. Whitby is on 812.

Driffield had the best individual score with 62, and six pairs scored 63.

Other Whitby scores: 65 A Wiggins & S Walker; 67 N Coates & R Marshall, A Lyth & P Easton; 68 JS Morrison & C Noble; 69 D Bennett & T McConville; 71 M Coates & S Ellis.

The next round is at Malton on Saturday November 2.

Roger Turton won the Midweek Stableford with 42 points, ahead of Denis Roper on 41 and Greg Cowie on 38. Malcolm Eglon had 37, and John Carter, Terry Wilkinson, Mick Allen, Mike Rothwell, Geoff Cooling and Bill Estill all scored 36.

Saturday’s Stableford was won by Geoff Cooling with 41 points, taking first place from Brian Hurst and Richard Young over the back nine holes. Paul Warrilow had 40, and Bob Scott, Morris Crosland, Dean Dale, Martin Shackleton and Paul Mendelssohn all had 39.

The first of the Winter Fourballs on Sunday was won by Dave Collett and Adrian Brown with 65, from John Wightman and Mike Clarkson on 69. Brian Jamieson and Paul Ventress were in third place on 70.

In ladies’ competitions Karen Marshall won the October Stableford with 36 points, from Kath Walker on 33, and Sue Wessel and Sheena Hamilton on 31. Marjorie Mackenzie, Maureen Eglon, Barbara Sleightholme and Jennifer Ratcliffe had 29.

Any members in possession club trophies should return them to the Pro Shop as soon as possible for engraving before the presentation on November 15. This week’s winner of the 200 Club was Doreen Robinson.

Tony’s Tip: I wrote last week about the need to pitch the ball well up to the hole as conditions get softer; another point to consider is that as the air gets cooler and wetter the ball doesn’t fly as far, so you will need to adjust your club selection to take this into account, probably adding at least one club to your ‘usual’ choice.