Allen beats Walker to Stableford prize over back nine

Mick Allen won the Midweek Spirits Stableford with 40 points, beating Garry Walker into second place over the back nine. Mel Purvis, Alistair Lyth and Dave Upton had 39 points, and Tony Orton took the last prize with 38 points.

Saturday’s competition was a Turkey Trot. The winning score was 39 points from Neil Coates on a difficult day.

The other prizewinners were Billy Hardy and Mick Allen on 37 and Steve Purvis and Bob Scott on 36 points.

The Spirits Stableford on Sunday was won by Mike Harper with 40 points with a better back nine holes than Kevin Barker. Mike Kilpatrick had 39, Howard Dean and Simon Walker 38 and John Hartley 37. All prizes and vouchers for the festive competitions can be collected from the Pro Shop. There will be the usual Stableford tomorrow and Fourball Betterball on Sunday.

On Boxing Day, there will be a Betterball to blow away the excesses of Christmas Day, teeing off at 8.30.

Entries must be in by 1pm on Christmas Eve, when the draw for partners will take place. The entry fee for this competition is by a wrapped prize to the value of £5.

On Saturday afternoon, the club welcomed a dozen youngsters from West Cliff School to play a few holes and sample what golf is all about.

Despite a strong and chilly wind they all enjoyed themselves and thanks go to all the members who came along to help in any way, particularly James Jewell, Dean Bennett and Andrew Wood.

The 200 Club held their Grand Draw at the club’s Christmas Draw last Friday. The club’s Rabbits Section was the winning ticket in the draw for £1,000. Pat Coakley won £500, Barbara Baines £200 and Mr Lucas £100.

Tony’s Tip: How tightly you hold the club has a tremendous bearing on the way the wrists work during the swing. If you make a fist you will feel the increase in tension in your wrist and forearm the more tightly you grip. This tension is your enemy. While the fingers remain wrapped around the club at all times, the wrists and forearms should remain flexible throughout the swing. Try to feel this flexibility the next time you play.