A good day for Whitby alliance golfers

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WHITBY’S team in the Scarborough and District Alliance had a good day at Malton on Saturday.

Paul Ventress and Bob Scott had 64 to finish in third place and the four-card aggregate of 265 was only beaten by the home club.

In the overall Pennant standings, Whitby are in fifth place on 537, behind Malton (518), North Cliff (526) and South Cliff (531).

Other Whitby scores: 67 Ian Wiggins and Peter Easton, Simon Walker and Richard Marshall, Colin Upton and Simon Grant; 68 Kevin Barker and Andy Pearson; 71 Alex Wiggins and Tam McConville; 74 Dave Upton and Steve Ellis.

The next round is at Flamborough Head on Saturday 29 October.

At home, Martin Shackleton won the Midweek Stableford on Wednesday with 40 points. Kieran Noble, Dave Upton and Andrew Wood had 37, Matt Brown and Mark Kerr 36 and Bob Scott, Dave Kirk, Chris Shardlow and Andy Smith had 34.

Brian Hurst won the Stableford on Saturday with 41 points, just one ahead of Mick Allen.

John Hartley and Eric Wilson had 39, Billy Hardy and Robin Sisson 38, with Lewis Wright and Tony Orton on 37.

The Fourball Betterball on Sunday was won by David Collett and Steve Ingleston with an excellent 62.

Their nearest challengers were Richard Appleton and Richard Marshall with 65, taking second place with a better back nine than Brian Jamieson and James Morrison.

The 36-hole President’s Putter Final was played on Sunday and despite trailing by one hole at lunch, Graham Wicking came from behind to beat Alex Wiggins.

There will be a Stableford on Saturday (22 October), a Fourball Betterball on Sunday 23 and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 26.

There was no 200 Club draw this week - there will be two prizes of £100 next Sunday instead.

Tony’s Tip:

ONE thing many people miss when playing little lofted pitch shots and bunker shots is that the body should still turn through impact.

If this doesn’t happen the wrists will tend to flick at impact, causing all sorts of mishits.

The best idea is to ‘open’ the feet slightly (a line across the toes should point a pace or two left of the flag) as this will help the trunk to keep turning when there is not a lot of power in the swing.

By the time you have completed the shot your body should be facing the hole.