Whitby runners-up on day in final Pennant match

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The Scarborough & District Alliance completed the Pennant Trophy and the Ben Fell Trophy at North Cliff on Saturday on an extremely windy, difficult day.

North Cliff made home advantage tell, winning the Ben Fell Trophy (all eight scores to count) and the season-long Pennant.

They also had the individual best score of 66. Whitby finished second on the day with a four-card aggregate of 282, and were third in the Ben Fell with 586.

In the Pennant, Whitby finished the season in 6th place on 2195, well behind the winners North Cliff on 2150.

Colin Upton and Alistair Lyth finished 6th with 69, the same as Ian Wiggins and Steve Ellis but with a better back nine holes.

Other Whitby scores: 71 James Jewell & Adam Lyth; 73 Martin Shackleton & Dave Upton; 75 Robin Sisson & Bob Scott; 76 Mike Coates & Kevin Barker, Dean Bennett & Tam McConville; 87 Simon Walker & Chris Noble.

The final event in the Alliance season is the Am-Am on Sunday March 23 at Kirkbymoorside, with a shotgun start for all teams at 9am.

At Whitby, Tony Orton won the Midweek Stableford with 41 points, beating Alan Atkinson and Dave Upton over the back nine. Chris Eglon, Andrew Coomber and John Carter had 40.

Saturday’s Stableford was won by Geoff Cooling with 41 points, from Paul Sykes on 40 and Peter C Brown and Mike Rothwell on 39. Dave Kirk had 38, with John McMurran and Ian Cowie on 37.

With just one round remaining Jim Hall leads the best 10 cards with an aggregate of 374, from Billy Hardy on 367, Martin Shackleton on 365 and Robin Sisson on 361.

Bill Estill and Mike Coates won the Fourball Betterball on Sunday morning with 64.

Andy Lawler and Howard Dean took second place with 65, beating Luke Asbury and Kevin Barker over the back nine holes.

The Stableford on Saturday is a team competition, with the best three cards of the team of four counting towards the trophy. All four players do not have to play together.

Please be aware of a tee booking from 9.40 to 11.10. There is a Fourball Betterball on Sunday morning and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

The ladies’ section played the March Medal on Tuesday, and this was won by Sue Wessel with 74, beating Wendy Hurworth over the back nine. Sheena Hamilton was third with 75. Sue Richardson scored 11

points in the nine-hole accumulator.

Tony’s Tip: when the situation which faces you makes you take the aerial route to the hole, select a lofted

club (pitching wedge, sand wedge or lob wedge) and then rely on the club’s loft to get the ball into the air. Your job is to swing the club down through the bottom of the ball, steadily moving your weight onto

your front foot as you do.

If you leave your weight on your back foot in an attempt to scoop the ball into the air the result will be a

disaster.