Whitby medal produces impressive cards

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THE final monthly medal of the season was played in glorious weather and with the course in excellent condition it was no surprise that the scoring was excellent too.

Matt Brown won Division One with nett 67 with Mark McBurney on 68 and Peter C Brown and Richard Young on 69.

Chris Wood produced an amazing 63 to win Division Two, leaving Paul Sykes to take second with 65, and Chris Booth and Gary Veazey on 68.

Earlier in the week, Alan Atkinson won the Midweek Stableford with 40 points, beating Howard Drake over the back nine holes.

Dave Kirk, Andy Lawler, Andy Smith Terry Wilkinson and John Carter all had 39, with Tam McConville and Kieran Noble on 38.

The qualifying round for next year’s Daily Mail Foursomes was played on Sunday and the winners were Mel Purvis and Colin Coates with 63.5, an excellent score in the challenging foursomes format.

They will go forward to represent the club in the 2012 matchplay stages. Simon Walker and Ian Wiggins had 69, the same score as Paul Ventress and Mark Wilson but with a better back nine to take second place. Kevin Barker and Eric Wilson had 70.

Away from home, the Scarborough and District Alliance began its winter season with a fixture at Kirkbymoorside on Saturday.

A home pair, I Brown and S Jackson, had an outstanding 58, with A Richardson and J Blenkinsop from North Cliff second with 61.

North Cliff had the best four-card aggregate with 255, Kirkbymoorside were second with 257 and Whitby finished sixth with 272.

Whitby scores: 68 A Wiggins & T McConville, P Ventress & R Scott, K Barker & AS Pearson, I Wiggins & P Easton; 69 S Walker & R Marshall; 71 D Bennett & E Wilson; 74 R Sisson & M Kerr. The next round is at Malton & Norton on Saturday 15 October.

The winter competitions begin this coming weekend with a Stableford on Saturday 8 October (NB no starting sheets).

There is a Fourball on Sunday morning - remember to enter your name on the sheet before the draw for partners at 4pm on Saturday afternoon.

Stablefords continue on Wednesdays, again without a starting sheet. A second reminder that there will be night golf on Thursday 13 October, starting at about 6.30pm. Places are limited to the first 32 names on the sheet, so don’t miss your chance.

Ernie Hallett won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip: a very common (and often missed) cause of inconsistency is to let go of the club with the left hand as the swing changes direction at the top.

The hands are under a lot of stress at this point and the generally-weaker left hand often opens slightly.

The grip musn’t become vice-like in the attempt to stop this - instead just focus your attention on the little finger of the left hand at address and squeeze a little more firmly with this while maintaining only a moderate pressure with the other fingers.

You’ll be more consistent, and stop wearing holes in your gloves as well.