Better back nine gives Marjorie the trophy

Marjorie Mackenzie won the ladies Seaton Gray Trophy in a very close finish, her score of 74 the same as Barbara Knaggs and Kath Cooling but with a better back nine holes.

Ladies Invitation Day was won by Doreen Richardson and Kath Cooling with their guest Anne Farndale of Kirkbymoorside and Jean Jefferson of Hunley Hall with a score of 91 points. In second place with 84 points were Sheena Hamilton and Carol Ward with guests Kath Armstrong of Saltburn and Judith Glover of Middlesbrough, and Barbara Knaggs and June Halley with guests Eileen Lockerbie of Hunley Hall and Sue Holmes of Bishop Auckland were third with 83. Barbara Knaggs had the longest drive on the 4th hole and Marjorie Mackenzie was nearest to the pin on the 11th hole.

Martin Thistle won Division One of the September Medal with 69, beating Steve Purvis over the back nine. Alex Wiggins and Paul Warrilow had 70. In Division Two, Hugh Sherrard-Smith and Roger Davison had 70 with Jim Hall scoring 71. Alex Wiggins had the best gross with 70.

The September Medal was the final round of the Silver Dollar Salver with the winner having the best four-round aggregate from the first six Monthly Medals. This year’s clear winner is Steve Purvis with a total of 271, from Robin Sisson and Ian Wiggins on 284 and Colin Fenby and Richard Brown on 286.

Whitby made a quiet start to the new Scarborough District Alliance season, scoring an aggregate of 274 to sit in 6th position. Host club North Cliff have taken the lead with 261, from Filey on 266 and South Cliff on 267. In individual scores North Cliff had 62, with North Cliff, Malton, South Cliff and Filey on 65. Whitby scores: 68 Dean Bennett and Tam McConville, Mike Coates and Robin Sisson; 69 James Jewell and Steve Ellis, Colin Upton and Bob Scott; 70 Richard Brown and Mark Kerr; 72 Simon Walker and Byron Blessed (two gross scores recorded in the wrong column – see my tip below), Kieran Noble and John Wightman.

Entry sheets for the next two meetings are on the board in the locker room.

There will be a team Stableford tomorrow, with the best three cards from the team counting to give the team score. On Sunday it is Matchplay Finals Day for those not involved in a final there is a Greensomes Medal.

The October Midweek Medal is on Wednesday and the seniors play a Texas Scramble on Thursday.

Any 2013 trophy winners are asked to return their trophies to the Pro Shop as soon as possible. Mrs Barbara Baines was the winner of the 200 Club, winning £100.

Tony’s tip of the week

No matter how much you might improve your golf with the tips I give you each week, it will all be wasted if you make the basic mistake of failing to check your scorecard thoroughly before signing it and handing it in. Although your playing partner marks your card, it is your responsibility to make sure it is correct before you sign it. The gross scores must be correct, and if it is a betterball, they must be in the correct columns.

If you sign for a lower gross score on a hole than you actually scored you will be disqualified, and if it is higher then this higher score will stand. For you history buffs, look up the 1968 US Masters and see what happened to Roberto de Vicenzo!