Whitby move up a place in alliance

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WHITBY Golf Club made some progress in the Scarborough & District Alliance at Malton on Saturday, finishing fourth on the day to move up a place in the season-long Pennant to lie in sixth place.

Tam McConville, deprived of his regular partner Dean Bennett by winning the last Alliance, found an equally good one in Howard Drake, and they shot a 63 to be fourth best pair on the day.

Other Whitby scores: 67 Martin Shackleton & Alistair Lyth; 69 Dean Bennett & Richard Marshall; 70 Colin Upton & Eric Wilson; 71 Alex Wiggins & Peter Easton; 79 James Jewell & Steve Ellis. Leading clubs on the day: 262 Malton & Norton; 267 Kirkbymoorside; 268 South Cliff.

Leading Pennant scores: 1315 Kirkbymoorside; 1325 Malton & Norton, North Cliff; (1347 Whitby in 6th). The next round of the Alliance is at South Cliff on Sunday 27 January.

At home, Brian Grange had a very good back nine holes to come out on top after four players had tied on 42 points in the Midweek Stableford on Wednesday. Colin Upton finished second, Jim Hall third and John Carter fourth. Martin Shackleton had 41, John Hartley, Les Underwood and Alistair Lyth 39 and Denis Roper 38.

Saturday’s Stableford was won by Craig Thompson with 44 points, which brings his handicap down to 19. Ivan Ross had 40, with Richard Young, Greg Cowie, John Hartley, Steve Purvis and Peter C Brown on 39. Les Underwood and Jim Hall had 38, with Andrew Thompson on 37.

Kieran Noble and Richard Marshall had a two-stroke victory in Sunday’s Fourball Betterball, shooting a 63. James Morrison and Kevin Barker were second with 65, and Dean Bennett and Brian Jamieson were the best of the 67s to take third place.

There will be the usual Stableford on Saturday, Fourball Betterball on Sunday and Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

The ladies section played their November Stableford on Thursday and Sheena Hamilton scored 36 points to win.

Wendy Hurworth was second with 34, ahead of Karen Marshall on 32, Doreen Richardson on 30, Marjorie Mackenzie on 29 and Karen Fellows on 25.

Simon Grant was this week’s winner in the 200 Club, receiving £100.

Tony’s Tip:

WHILE it is often very appealing to try to attack the pin with every shot to the green, it actually makes more sense and will improve your score to play rather more percentage golf than this most of the time.

When sizing up your approach shot, take aim a pace or two to the larger side of the green; so if the flag is left of centre, aim midway between the flag and the right side of the green, and vice versa if the flag is on the right.

This will have the effect of increasing the number of greens that you hit with your approach shots, and usually give you a better shot with a little more room if you do happen to miss the green.