Gibson is triumphant in 1892 Medal

Whitby Golf Club professional, Tony Mason
Whitby Golf Club professional, Tony Mason

The trophy up for grabs at Whitby Golf Club this past week was the 1892 Medal, played on Sunday.

This was won by Simon Gibson with 66, from Richard Schofield, Steve Purvis and Mike Coates on 69.

Alex Wiggins had the best gross score with 71.

Earlier in the week, Ian Cowie won the Midweek Medal with 66, from playing partner Peter Brown on 67.

Dean Bennett had 68, with Andy Smith and Nigel Aspden on 69. Saturday’s competition was a Stableford with the proceeds going towards men’s captain Byron Blessed’s charity.

Peter Brown was the mens winner with 41 points, from Chris Pennock and Colin Coates on 40.

John Hartley had 39. Janet McGeehin was the leading lady with 30, from vice-captain Karen Fellows on 27.

Liam Kirkbride took the juniors prize with 27.

In the ladies’ competitions, Barbara Mahan and Janet McGeehin won the Jane White Foursomes with 72 ½.

Barbara Sleightholme and Sue Wessel had 74 and Doreen Richardson and Maureen Eglon were third with 76 ½.

It is Men’s Invitation Day tomorrow (Sat), but there is a lot of space available for casual play; please ring the Pro Shop to find out when you can play.

Sunday’s competition is the Rover Cup, and the ladies play for the Silver Vase on Tuesday. The King Edward V11 Coronation Cup is on Wednesday and the ladies have the Mel James Trophy on Thursday.

Ian Landers was this week’s winner of £100 in the 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip of the Week

When you have to play from the rough, you must be aware of the potential for the long grass to ‘grab’ the clubhead, wrapping around the heel of the club and making the clubface close, resulting in your escape shot diving to the left.

To try to avoid this, grip the club a little more firmly with your left hand through impact.

If it is obvious that your club will catch thick grass, it can be worth opening the clubface a little at address.