Golf club captain wins RNLI Medal

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With the course largely taken up by competitions in the Scarborough Golf Festival there hasn’t been a lot of competitive golf for the members of Whitby Golf Club this last week.

The exception to this was the RNLI Medal played on Sunday and everyone was delighted to see mens captain Terry Wilkinson come in with 67 to win by one shot from Sam Wiggins.

Simon Gibson was third with 70, Eric Wilson, Robin Sisson, Mel Purvis, Mike Coates and Graham Wicking had 71, Howard Drake, Malcolm Eglon and Simon Grant 72, and Brian Grange, Billy Hardy and Mark McBurney 73.

The Seniors Open Day preceded Golf Week and was won by S Miller and J Hartley of Fulford with 46 stableford points.

Whitby members Geoff Cooling and Mick Allen had 43 to come second.In third place was C Pickard and J Thompson of Kirkbymoorside with 42, beating C Brown and J Marchant of Dinsdale Spa over the back nine. J Stringer and J Newsome of Wakefield had 41, and D Wright and T Conlan of Billingham took 6th place with 40. K Thornton of Fulford was nearest to the pin on the 11th hole, and T Conlan of Billingham hit the longest drive on the 2nd.

The club’s Open Mixed Greensome was played on Saturday. Mr & Mrs Ralph of Ravensworth had the best gross score of 80 to win one of the Heartbeat Trophies. The other, for the best nett score, was won by Mr & Mrs Adkin of Charnwood Forest with 69.8.

John and Janet Wightman of Whitby were second with 70, and M Webster and Mrs J Phillips of Gotts Park were third on 70.6.

The September Medal is tomorrow (sat 15) with a Texas Scramble on Sunday. There is also the RNLI Mixed Greensomes between 1pm and 2.30pm on Sunday.

There is a Midweek Stableford on Wednesda.

Advance notices have gone up about both the Rabbits and Tigers Alliances.

In the Rabbits’ section the entry sheets are up for the first fixture at South Cliff on Thursday 20 September and the second at Whitby on Monday 8 October (nb; a change from the fixture diary).

There is also a North East Rabbits fixture at Whitby on Sunday 7 October. In the Tigers’ Alliance the fixtures are Saturday 29 September, Driffield; Sunday 7th October, Kirkbymoorside; Sunday 21 October, Whitby; Saturday 3 November, Flamborough; Saturday 17 November, Malton; Sunday 27 January, South Cliff; Sunday 10 February, Filey; Saturday 23 February, North Cliff; Saturday 9 March, Bridlington; Saturday 23 March, Driffield.

The entry list for the first fixture at Driffield is on the board.

David Ellis won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip: seeing Andy Murray’s gutsy win the the US Open tennis after losing four Grand Slam finals made me think about how important, and yet how difficult it is to remain positive when carrying some negative history into a competition.

Even in a friendly game, if you have just missed the last half-doxen short putts, you still have to approach the next one in a confident frame of mind, visualising the ball rolling along your chosen line into the centre of the hole.

Just because you have been drawn against the club’s lowest handicap player doesn’t mean that you are certain to lose - play to your handicap and you have a good chance, so stay positive.