‘Fantastic effort’ from Mandy in Grand Medal Final

Mandy Coates, who has won a lot of trophies''w130714b''Picture: Ceri Oakes
Mandy Coates, who has won a lot of trophies''w130714b''Picture: Ceri Oakes

Playing in the England Golf’s Grand Medal Final at Northants Golf Club on Saturday, Whitby Golf Club’s Mandy Coates had a great try at winning this prestigious competition.

Having played really well through 17 holes and possibly distracted by the crowds and scoreboard surrounding the last green, Mandy shanked into some bushes and took eight. Her score of 75, one under par, put her in sixth place overall out of the 60 players who had qualified for the Grand Final.

She had come through the Regional Final at Eaton GC in second place after qualifying at Whitby. This was a fantastic effort from Mandy, and one of the best results in a national competition by a Whitby lady.

At home, lady captain Karen Marshall won the Pyman Cup with a one under par 72, beating Barbara Knaggs into second place with 73.

Mandy Coates had 74 and Rachel Coxon 75. The men played the Club Championship over last weekend and Neil Coates won the competition with 147 (72 & 75), beating Ian Wiggins by one stroke (73 & 75).

Simon Walker won the nett championship with 139 (69 & 70), beating the consistent Phil Mead by one (70 & 70).

Andy Smith had the best nett score (66) in the first round and Geoff Cooling’s 68 was the best in the second round. Other gross scores were: 149 Simon Walker; 151 James Jewell, Richard Brown.

Mike Coates is the junior club champion with 156 (78 &78), retaining the title he won last year.

Les Underwood won the Midweek Stableford with 43 points, beating Robin Sisson, Luke Asbury and Andrew Thompson who had 42.

Frazer Seaton and Chris Batchelor had 40 points.

This Saturday is the July Medal and qualifying round for the Jim Cooke Scratch Cup, with the top 16 gross scores progressing through to the matchplay stages.

Sunday’s competition is the Boynton Trophy and on Wednesday it is the King Edward Coronation Cup. All players should be aware of Captain’s Weekend the following weekend, with Lady Captains’ Day on Friday 12th, Mens Captain’s Day on Saturday and the Captains Mixed Competition on Sunday.

Also the Rabbits invite the Tigers to join them in the Invitation Fourball on Wednesday 17th, teeing off between 4pm and 6pm, with a draw for partners. There won’t be any other competition that day.

John Coxon won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip: this week W is for Width. A wide swing is more powerful than a narrow one – fact!

To make the most of your potential width, make sure you stand fairly tall with your back straight and your arms

straight without being rigid.

Although the wrists should hinge when you swing to give the swing leverage, maintain your height and keep the

left arm well extended for as long as you can – it will have to fold going into the follow through.