Whitby golfer does better with his specs off

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THE Rabbits section of Whitby Golf Club, under their new captain Michael McElhinney, have issued a challenge to the Tigers of Whitby to a match on Thursday 5 May, teeing off at 3.30pm.

The format of the game is fourball betterball matchplay and there is a trophy for the winning team to be presented at the meal afterwards.

If you would like to be involved in this new fixture please put your name down on the list in the locker room.

Alistair Lyth made a welcome return to the winners enclosure last Wednesday, winning the Midweek Stableford with 40 points. Richard Marshall, Ian Cowie, Dave Richardson, Peter C Brown and Michael McElhinney all had 39 points, with Kevin Barker, John Littleton and Brian Grange on 38.

Malcolm Eglon found the secret to his putting last Saturday - leaving his glasses off! Putts went in from all over the greens and his score of 45 points was a clear winner in the Opening Stableford.

Phil Mead was second on 42 ahead of Roger Turton on 41. Kevan Little, Keith Robinson, Martin Thistle and Billy Hardy had 40 points, with Peter Scholey and Les Underwood on 39.

Sunday’s Texas Scramble was won by the team of Martin Shackleton, Paul Ventress, Bob Scott and Kevan Stuart with a score of 56.1, just ahead of Simon Walker, Ian Wiggins, James Morrison and Neil Inglis on 56.4.

Austin James, Graham Wicking, Steve Purvis and Simon Grant were third on 57.6 and Jimmy Witt, Mike Atack, Mike Young and Des Donnelly were fourth on 58.3.

The competition on Saturday (2 April) is the April Medal and there is a Greensome Medal on Sunday (both players drive, then select the best drive and play the hole out with that ball hitting alternate shots).

The first Midweek Medal of the season is on Wednesday.

Don’t miss the qualifying rounds for the knockout competitions as they are your only chance to get involved.

The qualifying round for the President’s Putter, won last year by Ian Wiggins, is on Sunday 10 April; the Beckett Cup qualifying round is on Sunday 1h April with Dean Bennett defending, while Colin and Dave Upton will start their defence of the Milburn Foursomes by trying to qualify on Sunday 1 May.

The seniors section has entry sheets for both the singles and doubles knockouts on the board, along with entry sheets for the match at home to Hunley Hall on Tuesday 12 April, away at Kirkbymoorside on Thursday 21 April and at home against Middlesbrough Municipal on Thursday 28 April.

The ladies’ section is holding a fashion show in the clubhouse on Monday at 10am for 10.30am when fashions by Spantons will be presented. Entry costs £3.50.

The winner of the monthly draw of £200 in the 200 Club was Mrs L Kilpatrick.

Tony’s Tip: to try to get the swing in balance with acceleration and maximum clubhead speed coming in the right place in the swing, feel that the backswing travels a shorter arc than the followthrough.

A very simple way to get this idea is to think ‘short’ going back, and ‘long’ going through.