Final major a feast, says Whitby pro

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I watched the final major of the golfing year, the USPGA Championship, while on holiday in Canada – and what a feast it was, writes Whitby Golf Club professional Tony Mason.

Rory McIlroy was tested severely and demonstrated his mettle and increased maturity, while Phil Mickleson showed how the majors seem to inspire him during an otherwise lacklustre year.

Surely Ricky Fowler will win a major soon, and I think Jason Day won’t be far behind.

Some truly great performances in the majors this year, they are always a treat to watch.

Apologies if the results are in brief, but there are a lot to get through to catch up.

Rabbits’ captain Colin Hood won the Midweek Stableford on July 30 with 40 points, beating Matthew Robinson over the back nine.

Dean Bennett, Brian Hurst, Graham Harper and Martin Shackleton had 39. Greg Cowie won Division One of the August Medal with 68, from Adam Lyth and Steve Purvis on 69. Chris Dixon won Division Two with 62 from Richard Young on 64 and Tom Havelock on 70.

Mike Coates won the Tigers section on Rabbits Captains Day with 38 points, beating James Morrison over the back nine. Garry Walker and Martin Shackleton had 37. Club captain John Wightman won the Rabbits section with 41 points, from Hugh Sherrard-Smith and Andy Lawler on 37.

In the Midweek Medal on August 6, Andrew Thompson scored 64 to win from Alex Wiggins on 65. Alex is now down to scratch.

Andrew Wood had 66, with Colin Upton and Steve Swales on 69. The experienced team of Mel Purvis, Steve Purvis, Billy Hardy and Colin Coates won the Yellowball Medal on August 9 with a total of 133, a five-stroke winning margin over Roger Davison, Martin Thistle, Ivan Ross and Kevan Little.

Steve Purvis maintained his good form, winning the Dunsley Cup with an excellent 7 up against the card.

Adrian Brown was 2 up, with Malcolm Eglon and Tam McConville on 1 up.

In the Midweek Stableford on August 13, Brian Hurst was the winner with 42 points, beating Garry Walker and Andy Lawler over the back nine holes. Steve Thornton, Chris Batchelor, Robin Sisson and Andy Smith had 40.

Peter C Brown won the Stableford on Saturday with 42 points, from Hugh Sherrard-Smith and Clive Lyth on 41 and Garry Walker taking the fourth prize with 39.

John and Janet Wightman, the men’s and ladies’ captains, had organised a social charity fourball on Sunday.

Kevin Barker and Chris Dixon won the men’s event with 46 points and the mixed event was won by Steve Thornton and his mother-in-law Sue Wessel with 43, with £66 raised for St Catherine’s Hospice.

In ladies’ events, Barbara Sleightholme won the Margaret Stalker Seniors with 75, beating Sue Bennison over the back nine.

Barbara Knaggs won the August Medal with 75 from Kath Walker on 76.

Kate Bradley won the Dorothy Walker spoons with 42 points from Karen Fellows on 40. Kate also won the Turnbull Cup with 70, with Barbara Knaggs in second place with 79. In the 200 Club draws, Steve Ellis won £100 on August 10 and Amanda Ing won £100 on August 17.