Whitby prepare to get team classic event under way

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Having had to postpone due to waterlogged conditions, Whitby begins its 2014 campaign in the Mail on Sunday Team Classic by taking on Hunley Hall at Whitby on Sunday February 23.

The team did really well last year, so is hoping to go even further this year.

The team is Mike Coates, Paul Ventress (team captain), Richard Marshall, Alistair Lyth and Colin Upton.

Awful weather conditions meant that no-one played in the Midweek Stableford nor the Saturday Stableford.

Sunday however was a glorious day for the Fourball Betterball. Bill Estill and Graham Bedford were the winners with a 55 over 16 holes.

They were chased home by Mike Clarkson and Dave Kirk on 56.

Tony Orton was this week’s winner in the 200 Club draw, and will receive a cheque for £100.

Tony’s Tip:

Having spent the last few weeks looking at putting,

I would like to turn to the chip and run.

If the surface conditions just off the green don’t make putting a reliable option, then playing a chip and run with a club like a 6, 7 or 8 iron is the next shot to choose.

The essential feel of this shot is to just brush the ball forwards – there must be no attempt to lift the ball into the air (the loft of the club does that).

The setup will help

this: the weight should favour the front foot, and the hands should be slightly ahead of the ball.

When making your swing (do this with your arms, keeping the wrists fairly firm) guard against transferring weight back to the right foot – it should stay forward.

In the forward swing, the weight should a little further forward as the arms brush the ball away.

A really good sensation is that the breast bone should move slightly forwards as the ball is being struck.