Four under Kate wins lady captain’s day

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

Richard and Karen Marshall held their Captain’s Weekend at Whitby Golf Club and it took place with the course bathed in glorious sunshine.

All the competitors found the course in magnificent condition, and huge credit should be given to the club’s three greens staff who have worked so hard to achieve this.

The weekend began with Lady Captain’s Day on Friday, and saw Kate Bradley score a four-under-par 69 to win by one stroke from Karen Fellows and Sheena Hamilton.

Maureen Eglon was fourth on 71. Kath Cooling had the best gross of 85 and June Halley won the putting competition with 22. Sue Dryden was nearest to the line on the second hole, and Kath Walker nearest to the pin on the 11th.

James Jewell equalled the course record on Saturday to win the Captain’s Prize with a gross 66, net 62. Simon Walker took the prize for best gross with a two-under-par 69. Kevan Little scored 64 to win division one, with Matty Brown in second with 65, and Dave Upton edging out Steve Swales for third after they had tied on 66.

Vice captain John Wightman won division two with 64, with Malcolm Eglon taking second with 66 and Richard Schofield taking third place on 68 by virtue of a better back nine than Hugh Sherrard.

Ian Schofield had the best score by a guest with 38 points.

David Portwine recorded the longest drive on the 18th hole and Steve Foster was nearest to the pin on the 11th.

Sunday’s event was a mixed greensome and Kate Bradley was a winner again partnering Kevin Barker to 63.2.

Marjorie and Gordon Mackenzie were second on 68, with Sally and Haydn Harker taking third on the back nine from Harvey and Doreen Richardson after tying on 69.

Jeremy and Jo Mason had 70.4 and Sue Dryden and Colin Rutland 71.2.

Earlier in the week, Paul Warrilow had produced an excellent score of 8 up against the card to win the King Edward VIII Trophy by one from David Portwine. Paul Ventress and Andrew Dent scored 5 up, Steve Foster was 4 up, and Richard Barker, Byron Blessed, Peter Easton, Chris Shardlow and Kevin Barker all were 3 up.

In the ladies’ section Maureen Eglon won the Smales Cup with a 71, from Karen Fellows on 73, Amanda Ing on 74, and Karen Marshall on 75. Sue Bennison and Wendy Hurworth had 78.

On Saturday (20 July), the WG Robinson is being played, having been fogged off on its original date.

Sunday’s competition is the Preston Cup for the adults and the Colonel Henry Trophies for the juniors.

There will be a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 24 and the men should note that it is Men’s Invitation Day on Saturday 27th.

Terry Boyes was a popular winner of the 200 Club draw for £100.

Tony’s Tip: as we approach the end of the alphabet, this week Y is for yards.

With GPS gadgets giving accurate measurements from everywhere on the course, this information is only any use if you know how far you hit the ball with each of your clubs.

You need to have a session hitting balls and getting an accurate average yardage (average, not your best!) and then use this as the basis, being prepared to take playing conditions into account.