Birdie gives Whitby putter prize to Sissons

In a closely-fought match at Whitby Golf Club, Robin Sisson won the 36-hole final of the President’s Putter with a birdie on the first extra hole after he had tied with Simon Walker at the end of regulation play.

In the other finals played over the weekend, Mike Coates beat Chris Noble by 5 & 4 to win the Beckett Cup, Richard Brown and partner Steve Swales won the Milburn Foursomes by beating Chris Shardlow and Andrew Wood by 2 holes, and Peter D Davies beat club captain John Wightman by 3 & 2 to win the seniors singles knockout.

The final of the Jim Cooke Scratch Cup between Ian Wiggins and Neil Coates will take place this weekend.

Dave Upton won the Midweek Stableford with 39 points, beating Chris Eglon over the back nine holes.

John Carter had 37, Richard Brown and Bob Scott 36 and Andy Smith had 35.

Saturday’s competition was a team Stableford with the best three cards of the team of four players giving the team total and the fourth card only being used in case of a tie. With an aggregate of 111 the winning team was Martin Shackleton (42), Mike Coates (39), Andy Smith (30) and Steve Dosdale (29).

In second place on 110 were Mel Purvis (37), Billy Hardy (37), Steve Purvis (36) and Colin Coates (28).

Also on 110, Alex Wiggins (39), Dave Kirk (37), Sam Wiggins (34) and Chris Pennock (nil return) lost on the fourth card. In the seniors’ section Jem Cockerill produced an excellent 65 to win the Steve Stevenson Trophy from Malcolm Walker on 66, Bill Nicol on 69, and Keith Robinson and Mick Allen on 70.

Barbara Knaggs won the ladies Flag competition with 71, the flag ending up by the first green. Marjorie Mackenzie had 75 and Barbara Mahan 76.

The October Medal is on Saturday with the re-arranged Boynton Trophy on Sunday.

The ladies’ October Medal is on Tuesday, followed bythe Midweek Stableford on Wednesday. The ladies have the re-arranged September Par on Thursday, and the course is closed until 1pm on Friday for the Flamborough & District Rabbits Alliance.

Whitby’s team for the Tigers Alliance at Bridlington tomorrow is: 10:08 Simon Walker & Peter Easton; 10:16 James Jewell & Kevin Barker; 10:24 Dean Bennett & Tam McConville; 10:32 Byron Blessed & John Wightman; 11:52 Mike Coates & Robin Sisson; 12:00 Colin Upton & Dave Upton; 12:08 Martin Shackleton & Mark Kerr. For the third time in four weeks the winner of the 200 Club draw for £100 was Mrs Barbara Baines.

Comment of the week:

Another great Ryder Cup from the European perspective!

As someone who started following golf in the 60s, the European success in recent years is a constant amazement to me, and a balm to my golfing soul.

So what can we learn from that? Certainly that success in a team format is more than just being a good player – you have to be a real team player as well.

The remarkable captain who seemed to include everyone in the team-building, the players, their wives and caddies, even bringing in inspirational figures like Sir Alex Ferguson to speak to the team, was a massive part of the European team success.

So any time you play in any form of team golf at your club, do your best to work together to achieve your best results.