Captain wins fourball to bring winter to an end

Whitby Golf Club professional and Whitby Gazette golf columnist, Tony Mason'w110412
Whitby Golf Club professional and Whitby Gazette golf columnist, Tony Mason'w110412

Saturday was the Opening Stableford of the new season, but it began windy and very cold.

Brian Grange did well to get round scoring 36 points, closely followed by Simon Gibson and Steve Purvis on 35, with Mel Purvis and John Carter on 32. The Fourball on Sunday brought the winter season to a close, and was won by mens captain Richard Marshall and Paul Ventress with 70.

Mike Coates and Mike Clarkson were second on 73 with Luke Asbury and Andy Pearson taking third with 75. Richard Marshall won the best six cards over winter with a total of 318. Dean Bennett was close behind on 319 with Mike Coates on 320.

Luke Asbury had 324, John Hartley 326 and Kieran Noble 328. In Division One of the eclectic Kieran Noble topped the pile with 55, one ahead of Mike Coates and Tam McConville, with Richard Marshall on 57.

In Division Two, Terry Wilkinson and Luke Asbury had 54, John Hartley 56 and Chris Noble 58. Martin Shackleton won the Midweek Stableford with 39 points ahead of Bill Estill and Garry Walker on 38. John Hartley had 37 and Mike Coates, John Carter and Paul Ventress 36. There will be an Am-Am (teams of four, best two scores on each hole to count) on Saturday, the Opening Bogey on Sunday, the Pro’s Open Stableford on Easter Monday and a Midweek Medal on Wednesday.

The Scarborough & District Winter Alliance closed its season with an Am-Am at Driffield on Saturday. North Cliff completed their excellent season

with another win with a three-card total of 4190. Filey were second with 418 and Driffield third on 419. Whitby were in eighth with 437.

In the ladies’ 18 hole March Stableford, Marjorie Mackenzie and Sue Wessel had 25 ahead of Wendy Hurworth on 24. Sally Harker won the nine-

hole Stableford with 12 points, ahead of Barbara Sleightholme on 11. In the seniors’ best six cards over winter Vic Wilson came first, Colin

Fenby second, Doug Brown third and Morris Crosland fourth. Colin Fenby won the eclectic with Morris Crosland second, Vic Wilson third and

Malcolm Walker fourth. Trevor Stuart won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip:

This week J is for Jerky. This is the last thing you want to be on any shot in the game.

Smooth application of power is what we are aiming for. Think of the way you would push a small child on a swing or alternatively look at Ernie Els on Youtube - either one is a good model.