Foursomes trophy for new Whitby golfers

ANDREW Wood and Chris Shardlow, new members recruited under the 18 to 29-year-old scheme, won the first trophy of the year with a nett 68 in the Grouse Foursomes.

Let’s hope this is the first of many for them.

Bob Scott and Kevan Stuart were second with 69, just half a stroke ahead of Richard Brown and Steve Swales, last week’s leading qualifiers in the Milburn Foursomes - they must like this form of golf.

Neil Coates and Mike Kilpatrick had 70.5 and Dean Bennett and Alex Wiggins had 71.

In the week’s other competitions, greenkeeper Gordon Muir rattled round in just 64 strokes to win the Midweek Medal.

Glen Pears was second with 67, John Hartley third on 69 and Brian Grange fourth on 70. Dean Bennett, Simon Gibson, Kieran Noble, Gary Walker, Bob Scott and Richard Barker all had 71.

Two of the club’s juniors excelled themselves in the Monthly Medal on Saturday. Sam Richardson won Division One with nett 61, ahead of Ian Wiggins on nett 63. Ian’s gross score of 67 tied the course record and reduced his handicap back down to three. Austin James had 66 with Dave Upton and Peter Scholey on 67.

In Division Two, Lewis Wright also had 61, with Paul Mendelsohn on 65, and Mark Greasby, Richard Jewell and Mike Harper on 66.

There will be a Texas Scramble tomorrow, the WG Robinson Cup on Sunday and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday. The Friday Swindles will continue with a 4pm start.

The entry list is up on the board for the Seniors Silver Salver, now being played on Thursday.

In the Best Six Cards, Ian Harrison leads the way with 202 ahead of Ernie Hallett on 194 and Vic Wilson 193.

Ian also leads the Eclectic with 58.0 with Bill Stark in second on 58.75 and Ernie Hallett third on 60.75.

After last week’s qualifying round and draw leading qualifiers Richard Brown and his partner Steve Swales have a bye into the second round. Everyone else has to complete their first round match by 23 May, so you are advised to arrange your matches at the earliest opportunity.

Junior coaching begins again on Sunday at the practice area near the Love Lane junction. All juniors are welcome for the session which starts at 9.30am and costs £1 each.

A final reminder that the club has an EGM on Monday at 7.30pm in the clubhouse.

Dave Batchelor won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip of the Week: the biggest priority in golf is the relationship between the club and the ball, so start as you mean to go on.

The very first thing you should do in hitting the ball is to place the clubhead behind the ball facing where you want the ball to go; then take your grip, follow this by positioning your body and last of all, position your feet.

If you follow this sequence religiously you give yourself the best start to your swing.