Whitby Golf Club make home advantage count

After a week’s postponement, Whitby Golf Club hosted the Scarborough District Alliance on Sunday, and the home team made home advantage count, returning the best four-card aggregate on the day and moving up three places in the Pennant table to lie 4th.

C Salt and P Dack of South Cliff had the best score on the day with 64, from P Draycott and J Titley of North Cliff and P Chatterton and A Crawford of Bridlington on 65. Whitby’s James Jewell and Bob Scott were fourth with 66, the same score as Simon Walker and Andy Lawler of Whitby, and Chris Halley and Ian Johnson of Malton and Norton.

South Cliff had the second-best aggregate of 269, with North Cliff third on 271 and Filey fourth with 272. The Pennant standings are 1868 North Cliff; 1884 South Cliff; 1886 Filey; 1907 Whitby.

Other Whitby scores:67 Tam McConville & Dean Bennett, Mike Coates & Peter Easton, Robin Sisson & Steve Thornton; 68 Mike Clarkson & John Hartley; 75 Martin Shackleton & Dave Upton; 76 Steve Ellis & Paul Ventress.

The next round is at South Cliff on Sunday and the Whitby team is: 9.04 Simon Walker & John Hartley; 9.12 Dean Bennett & Tam McConville; 9.20 James Jewell & Peter Easton; 9.28 Bob Scott & Steve Ellis; 11.04 Colin Upton & Dave Upton; 11.12 Mike Coates & John Wightman; 11.20 Martin Shackleton & Steve Thornton.

Whitby’s Rabbits had a great day out in the Flamborough Rabbits meeting at North Cliff finishing second team with a three-card total of 201.

In domestic competitions Bob Scott won the Midweek Stableford with 40 points with Martin Shackleton taking second place with 39. Paul Ventress took third place with 38, beating Brian Hurst and Brian Jamieson over the back nine.

Mel Purvis won Saturday’s Stableford with 43 points, beating Rabbits colleagues Colin Hood (42), John McMurran (41) and Jem Cockerill and Nigel Aspden (40).

As more players achieve ten cards returned in the Saturday Stablefords, positions change rapidly. The lead is held by Tam McConville with 377 with Steve Purvis now in second place with 374.

Robin Sisson is on 365, Jim Hall on 362 and Bob Scott 360.

Normal service resumes this week with a Stableford on Saturday (Feb 21), Fourball Betterball on Sunday and Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

Tony’s Tip

Putting is always a bit of a challenge at this time of year – even the head greenkeeper would agree that the ball doesn’t roll quite as well as it does during the summer months.

Knowing that the greens are a bit slower it is tempting to hit the ball harder using the same swing length as normal. This will make the stroke more of a ‘jab’, and the ball is likely to jump and bounce, making both line and length erratic.

Instead, lengthen your stroke to get the distance required and you won’t sacrifice accuracy.