Busy week at Whitby course, despite weather

DESPITE indifferent summer weather, it was another busy week at Whitby Golf Club, writes Whitby Golf Club pro Tony Mason.

Mark Kerr and Garry Walker tied for the Midweek Medal with excellent 64s, with Mark taking first place over the back nine. Mike Harper had 65, with Chris Shardlow, Les Underwood, Scott Major, Steve Parkin and Matt Brown on 66.

With regular deluges during the afternoon, most of the good scores in Saturday’s Monthly Medal came from the morning tee times, but Jimmy Witt battled through the rain to return a 63 to win Division One.

Kevin Barker, Richard Young and Les Underwood had 66 with Roger Davision on 67. In Division Two, Tony Orton went one better with a 62.

Graham Robinson was second on 67, with John Carter on 70 and Malcolm Eglon, Mel Purvis and Mike Rothwell on 71.

Andy Smith won The Dunsley Cup outright with a 5 up on Sunday.

There was a tie for second, third and fourth between Austin James, Dean Bennett, Richard Thomson, Neil Coates and Dave Collett, which had to be sorted out by a countback.

Seven players tied on 2 up, just one hole behind.

The junior section played for the Dunsley Trophy in the same format and the winner was Matt Brown with a great score of 8 up.

Mickey Coates had 3 up, Lewis Wright was all square, Jack Scholey and Luke Asbury were 3 down and George Husband was 9 down.

The Simpson Cup Mixed Foursome was also played on Sunday and Geoff and Kath Cooling were the winners with 70.5.

Colin and Jean Jefferson were second with 71.5, beating Malcolm and Maureen Eglon on a countback. Tam McConville and Sheila Smith had 73.0 and Kevin and Amanda Ing had 73.5.

The competition on Saturday (13 Aug) is a Patsome. For those not familiar with this game, enter in pairs; the first six holes are played as fourball betterball; the next six holes are in greensome format; the last six holes are foursomes. This was played for the first time last year and much enjoyed. Rabbits Captain’s Day is on Sunday (14 Aug) and there will be a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday (17 Aug).

Gentlemen still involved in the knockouts should take note the closing date of the next round of the President’s Putter, the Beckett Cup and the Jim Cooke is Monday 22 August.

Ken Butler won this week’s draw for £100 in the 200 Club.

In a change from the last few years the end of season dinner dance is to be separated from the prize presentation, and will be held at the new Raithwaite Hall Country Hotel.

Full details are available in the clubhouse, and as numbers are limited tables can be reserved with a deposit from now. A lot of interest is anticipated with the exciting new venue, so get your booking in early to avoid disappointment.

Tony’s Tip: one of the most frustrating things which can happen when you are putting is to catch the ground just as or just before the putter strikes the ball.

The result is to finish well short of the hole, and almost inevitable three-putt.

A good way to practise your putting stroke to make sure this doesn’t happen is to drop a 10 pence coin on the green behind the ball and practise putting with the clubhead swinging just above the coin.