Whitby golfers enjoy shotgun start for Open finale

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A WET and stormy Saturday saw the early starters with a distinct advantage in the Yellowball Medal.

The winners, Tom Havelock, Kevin Barker, Ian Cowie and Les Underwood, were the first team out with a score of 139.

Second were Steve Ingleston, Carl Bennett, Richard Marshall and Luke Asbury on 140 and the three-man team of Mark Kerr, Martin Shackleton and Bob Scott came third on 141.

To allow everyone to watch the climax of the Open at Royal St George’s, Sunday’s Fourball Betterball was played with a shotgun start at 8.45am.

Austin James and Graham Wicking were the winners with 62, with Dave Kirk and Kevin Barker taking second from Andrew Wood and James Jewell over the back nine holes after they had tied on 63.

Three pairs had 64 - Carl Bennett and Steve Ingleston, Mark McBurney and Eric Wilson, James Morrison and Neil Inglis.

There is a Stableford on Saturday 23, the Preston Cup for the adults on Sunday 24 while the juniors play for the Colonel Henry Youth Trophies and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 27.

Men’s Invitation Day takes place on Saturday 30 July - there are just a few spaces left, so if you would like to take part, get your name down on the starting sheet as soon as you can.

A forward notice for mixed golfers, the Simpson Cup Mixed Foursomes, takes place on Sunday 7 August.

Juniors and parents should note that there is no junior coaching on Sunday 24 July - coaching will resume on Sunday 31 July.

Alan Atkinson is the winner of this week’s £100 prize in the 200 Club weekly draw.

Tony’s Tip: another home winner of a major and this time the Open Championship, our own national event and the most international competition in the world of golf.

Traditional links golf - and there are few more traditional links than Royal St George’s - provide a test not only of skill in often challenging conditions, but also of a player’s mental strength, the ability to take the rough with the smooth.

Sometimes the bounce goes with you and sometimes not, and you just have to accept it and move on.

Darren Clarke was a model of controlled power, skill and above all, calm and patience.

His ability to play the controlled three-quarter shots, developed growing up on the great links of Northern Ireland, was invaluable in the weather conditions the players faced.

If you want to play this shot, keep the grip firm throughout, swing back well short of parallel with the ground, keep your hands ahead of the clubhead through impact and finish the follow-through at shoulder height.

The ball will climb less than usual and travel about one club’s distance less. The lower flight will let you keep control in the wind.