Whitby golf team in English finals

Whitby Golf Club professional and Whitby Gazette golf columnist, Tony Mason'w110412
Whitby Golf Club professional and Whitby Gazette golf columnist, Tony Mason'w110412

Kate Bradley, Janet McGeehin, Michael Coates and Bob Scott played in the Regional Qualifying Round of the inaugural England Golf Club Team Championships at Fulford.

In a format of the best two scores Stableford from the four on each hole, they amassed 85 points to come joint 2nd and qualify for the final to be played at Frilford Heath (Oxfordshire) on August 14. Striking a blow for the more experienced golfers, Mike Rothwell won the King George VI Trophy with a score of 67. Peter Easton was close behind on 68, with Matt Robinson, Alan Atkinson and Simon Walker on 69.

Ian Wiggins had the best gross score with 73. Jamie Wassall won the first trophy of his club career, shooting 65 to win the Centenary Trophy on Sunday.

Colin Upton, attempting to defend the trophy he won last year, was just one stroke behind with 66, with John Hartley taking third place with 67.

Richard Brown and Steve Purvis had 68. Colin Upton took the gross prize with 71 on the back nine from Steve Purvis. The Stableford on Saturday was won by John McMurran with 43 points from Mel Purvis on 42.

Martin Thistle, Richard Barker and Les Spedding had 41. Karen Fellows and Wendy Hurworth had a very good win by 5&4 in the fourth round of the Daily Mail Foursomes, played away at Saltburn.

Their fifth round match is at home to a pair from Catterick. There was good scoring in great conditions for the ladies PING qualifier with Kate Bradley and Barbara Mahan winning with 41 points; runners up were Maureen Eglon and Doreen Richardson with 39.

The ladies A team got its revenge against Fulford in the return match at home with a 5-2 win. Good luck to the ladies B team who have a tough away fixture at Moortown.

In a change to the published list, the Longest Day Challenge on Saturday has been replaced by a Stableford open to men and women.

Times can be booked on the list in the mens locker room or online.

This Sunday’s competition is the 1892 Medal, and on Monday (June 22) the ladies play a friendly match against Saltburn.

The seniors play for the Captain’s Trophy on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the ladies have a lunchtime match against Catterick while the men play in the Rabbits/Tigers Invitation Betterball at teatime.

The ladies have the next summer aggregate next Thursday.

Mrs Kath Cooling won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip:

It is a good idea to fit your approach to playing the game to your physical capabilities.

Speaking generally, if you have a lot of power, it is worth hitting the ball hard from the tee; the loss of accuracy will be offset by the ability to get the ball out of the rough with the shorter irons.

If you do not have that power you will be better off playing for straightness from the tee so that you can hit your bigger clubs from the short grass.