Wightman elected new seniors’ captain

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The qualifying round for the 2013 Daily Mail Foursomes was played on Sunday - and was the last competition of the members’ season to be played from the medal (white) tees.

The tried and tested foursomes combination of Steve Purvis and Billy Hardy came out on top with a 69 1/2, well clear of Kevin Barker and Robin Sisson on 73. Paul Ventress and John Carter were third on 75 1/2, and last year’s qualifiers, Colin Coates and Mel Purvis were fourth on 76.

Earlier in the week Howard Drake had posted 43 points late in the day to deny Kevin Barker victory in the Midweek Stableford after his 42 had led for most of the day. Jimmy Witt had 41, Paul Ventress, Andy Lawler and Robin Sisson 39, John Carter and Les Underwood 38 and Richard Young, Paul Mendelsohn, Terry Wilkinson, Simon Grant and Tam McConville 37.

The winter series of Stableford competitions began on Saturday, and Martin Thistle was the winner with 40 points, beating Kieran Noble and James Morrison over the back nine. Colin Fenby had 39, Mike Storr 38 and Martin Shackleton, Dave Kirk, Richard Barker, Richard Brown and Jim Hall 37.

The next round of the Scarborough & District Alliance is to be played at Whitby this Sunday (21 Oct). Whitby’s team for this round is: 8:00 Austin James & Bob Scott; 8:07 Dean Bennett & Tam McConville; 8:14 Alex Wiggins & Simon Walker; 8:21 Ian Wiggins & Howard Drake; 9:52 Kieran Noble & Steve Parkin; 11:23 Eric Wilson & Peter Easton; 11:30 James Jewell & Dave Parry; 11:37 Robin Sisson & Mark Kerr. Reserves: Sam Wiggins, Paul Ventress, Mike Clarkson, Kevin Barker. All players are reminded of the need to keep a brisk pace of play to allow all the teams to complete their rounds in daylight.

There is a Stableford on Saturday (20 Oct). The course is closed until 12.30pm for the Alliance on Sunday and there is a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

The ladies’ section also played their qualifying round for the 2013 Daily Mail Foursomes and in a very close finish Sue Dryden and Sandra Bastiman were the winners over the back nine from Sheena Hamilton and Kath Walker after both pairs had scored 80 1/2.

Jean Jefferson and Kath Cooling had 81 1/2 and Karen Fellows and Mandy Coates 82 1/2.

The seniors section held their AGM after a Texas Scramble on Thursday and John Wightman was elected Captain, taking over from John Owens who retired after 4 1/2 years in office. The season’s prize-winners were presented with their trophies.

Singles Knockout Peter D Davies; Doubles Knockout Terry Hatton and Colin Fenby; Bes Six Cards Vic Wilson; Best Six Cards (27 or 28 handicap) John Dixon; Eclectic Vic Wilson; Steve Stevenson Trophy Best Nett Barry Tyzack, best gross Bill Nicol; Peter Mothersdale Trophy Bill Nicol and Ernie Hallett; Silver Salver Bill Nicol; Captain’s Trophy Dave Armstrong; Memorial Trophy Best Nett Richard Braithwaite, best gross Brian Gent.

John Hartley won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip: when considering winter play, it is miserable and difficult to play well if you are cold, so make sure that you are not caught out.

Modern ‘body armour’ is an ideal, thin and lightweight way of keeping out the chill without having too much bulk to swing, and mitts and a woolly cap will keep the extremities warm.

If you wear several thin layers it gives you the flexibility to take something off if you get too warm.