Whitby Stableford team hit 19.5 below par

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THE seniors took centre stage at Whitby Golf Club on Sunday, playing for the JW Bass Trophy for those aged 55 and over.

Dave Jewell finished top of the pile with 44 Stableford points to give him a two-point cushion over Robin Sisson.

Steve Swales and Kevin Barker scored 40 with Steve taking third place over the back nine. Malcolm Eglon had 39 and Brian Jamieson 38.

The younger men also played a Stableford with Andy Pearson winning with 40.

He was chased home by a pack on 38 points, comprising Tam McConville, Byron Blessed, Steve Foster, Mark Greasby, Paul Garbutt and Steve Ingleston.

To complete the range, the junior section played for the Medal Trophy, with George Husband having an emphatic win with a nett 63.

Kieran Noble had 68, Luke Asbury 71, Mike Coates and Matt Brown 72 and Lewis Wright 74.

In other competitions over the last week, Paul Ventress won the Midweek Stableford on Wednesday with 43 points, beating Dave Upton and James Jewell over the back nine. Mike Coates had 42 and Matt Brown, Brian Hurst and Dean Bennett had 41.

There was an astonishing score returned in the Texas Scramble on Saturday. The very low handicap team of Chris Halley, Neil Coates, Alex Wiggins and Mike Kilpatrick had a 53, nett 51.5, an amazing 19.5 under par.

Colin Rutland, Mark Wilson, Paul Ventress and Kieran Noble were a distant second on 57.6, with Byron Blessed, Chris Booth, Steve Ingleston and Richard Marshall third on 58.2.

The knockout competitions have reached the semi-final stages with just five weeks to go before Finals Day.

Graham Wicking plays James Jewell in the President’s Putter, with the winner playing either Matthew Thompson or Alex Wiggins.

In the Beckett Cup, one semi-final sees Howard Drake playing Peter Scholey, while Austin James meets Colin Upton in the other.

Richard Brown and Steve Swales play James Jewell and Dean Bennett in the Milburn Foursomes. The other match is between Neil Coates and Dave Upton and their opponents Peter Scholey and Paul Mendelsohn.

In the Jim Cooke (scratch) Cup Neil Coates plays Simon Walker in the top half of the draw and Alex Wiggins plays Paul Ventress at the bottom.

There will be a Betterball Stableford on Saturday (27 Aug), the Stein Trophy and Junior Stein Trophy on Sunday, the Pro’s Open Stableford on Bank Holiday Monday and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday, the same day as the Eaglescliffe reciprocal.

David J Brown won this week’s £100 prize in the 200 Club.

Tony’s Tip: the change of direction from backswing to downswing is probably the most difficult moment in the swing.

So often I see the swing plane shift to a nearly vertical attack on the ball, accentuating any spin.

The player should try to begin the downswing a fraction below the plane of the backswing. This was famously illustrated by Ben Hogan years ago, with the clubhead swinging below a sheet of glass.