Whitby golf captain issues charity challenge

WHITBY Rabbits’ golfers finished off the alliance’s team events at Flamborough last Friday.

Two Whitby pairs, Billy Hardy with Denis Roper and Brian Grange with Tony Orton, managed to score 70, while Mick Christie with Michael McElhinney and Richard Appleton with Dave Russell scored 73, and John Carter with Mark Wilson and Gordon Muir with Roger Turton scored 75.

The final Alliance fixture is at Driffield on 17 March and is an individual event for the Major and Jubilee Trophies.

New Rabbits captain Michael McElhinney and his vice-captain Mick Christie have issued a charity challenge to all-comers, with the losers putting £10 in the captain’s charity.

So if you think you can beat the two Michaels, put your name down on the list in the locker room.

Forward notice is also given for the Rabbits’ section Tigers Invitational to be played on Wednesday 13 July.

Michael is looking to get a really good entry from both Rabbits and Tigers this year, so if you would like to play put your name down on that list.

The Tigers played at Kirkbymoorside in the final event of the Pennant season tomorrow (Sat).

Filey had the best four-card aggregate on the day with 264, ahead of North Cliff, Kirkbymoorside and Malton & Norton on 269, but this didn’t stop North Cliff from winning the season-long Pennant with 1853, well ahead of South Cliff on 1885 and Kirkbymoorside on 1891.

Whitby finished seventh with 1918 after returning a fifth place 274 on the day.

Whitby scores were: 67 Ian Wiggins & Richard Marshall, James Jewell & Kevin Barker; 70 Howard Drake & Steve Ellis, Andy Pearson & Bob Scott; 71 Tam McConville & Steve Parkin; 73 Dean Bennett & Neil Inglis; 75 Colin Upton & Dave Upton, Martin Shackleton & Kevan Stuart.

The last Tigers’ Alliance competition is the Am-Am at Flamborough on Saturday 19 March. This is played with each club fielding three teams of four, with a shotgun start at 9am. Entries on the board please.

At Whitby, Kieran Noble continued his run of impressive results with a win in the Midweek Stableford last Wednesday with a score of 39 points, beating Mick Wilson over the back nine.

Jimmy Witt and Byron Blessed had 38 points, with Brian Jamieson, Simon Gibson and Andy Smith on 37.

Simon Walker won the Stableford on Saturday with 41 points, beating Graham Wicking into second place with his score of 40. David Brown, Glenn Pears and Kevan Little had 39, ahead of Simon Gibson, Ivan Ross, Kieran Noble, Eric Wilson, Billy Hardy and Steve Dosdale on 38.

With just two more rounds to go in the best 10 cards, Eric Wilson has a commanding lead with a total of 370.

His nearest challenger is regular playing partner Mark McBurney on 354, with Dave Upton on 352 and Kevan Little and Andy Smith on 344.

Sunday’s Fourball Betterball was a closely-fought affair, with John Hartley and James Morrison taking first place with 63, beating father and son combination of Dave and Sam Richardson over the back nine.

Simon Walker and Haydn harker were third on 64, beating Dean Bennett and Luke Asbury over the back nine.

Sunday’s scores leave Simon Walker leading the best six cards with a total of 375, with his nearest challengers, James Morrison, Andy Pearson and Paul Ventress, 9 behind on 384.

Simon also leads Division One of the Eclectic with 52. Kieran Noble is second on 53, with Tam McConville, Dean Bennett, Paul Ventress and James Morrison on 54. Mick Christie leads Division Two with 51, giving him a three-stroke cushion over Colin Rutland on 54.

Brian Jamieson is on 56 and Dave Russell is on 57. Next Sunday’s competition is the last one in the winter series.

There will be a Stableford tomorrow (please note there is a large visiting party going out between 10.15 and 11.45), the last winter Fourball Betterball on Sunday and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

A Team Stableford on Saturday 19 brings the Winter Stablefords to a close before the Opening Bogey of the main season on Sunday 20 (note there will be a starting sheet for this competition).

On the social side ,there will be a Domino Drive in the clubhouse on Friday 18 March starting at 7.30pm. All are welcome, and there will be a pie and peas supper available at £2.50.

Brian Robertson won £100 in this week’s craw in the 200 Club.

Tony’s Tip:

I assume that whenever you play golf you want to play as well as you can?

If the answer is yes, then it makes sense to manage your time to give yourself the best opportunity to do just that.

There are some players that I see regularly turning up almost spot on their starting time and rushing onto the tee out of breath. Is it any wonder that their score doesn’t do them justice?

I know we all have busy lives to lead, but if you try to fit in just one more job before leaving for the club, if you get held up just once on the way you will be anxious about making your starting time, and you will never play well like that.

Give yourself a chance, give yourself enough time, arrive relaxed and watch your scores improve.