Golf column: Jewell shines in Preston Cup success

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

James Jewell won the Preston Cup competition in the tightest of finishes.

Five players ended up tied on 69 and the places had15-09 to be sorted out over the back nine and six holes.

Jamie Wassall came second, Norman Tennant third and Martin Shackleton fourth. Neil Coates was the unlucky fifth, placed out of the nett prizes, but was able to take consolation from winning the voucher for best gross with 71.

The Colonel Henry Junior Trophy was played the same day, with Liam Kirkbride the winner with an excellent score of five-up against the course in bogey format.

The Captain’s Betterball Medal was won by Wassall and Steve Thornton with an 11-under-par 61. Close behind were Mike Coates and Matty Brown with 62, taking second from Corey Coates, also partnered by Mike Coates.

Ernie Hallett won the Captain’s Charity Stableford on his 80th birthday with a solid 42 points, giving him a two-point winning margin over Alan Atkinson and Paul Mendelsohn. Dean Dale, Colin Coates and Mike Atack all scored 39.

The Ladies August Medal was won by Karen Marshall with 74, beating Sue Wessel over the back nine holes.

Janet McGeehin was third with 76. The concurrent stableford was won by Diana Upton with 22 points.

Saturday’s competition is a Bogey from the Yellow Tees. The Elliott Cup is on Sunday, and the juniors can play for the Medal Trophy at the same time. On Tuesday the ladies play for the Pyman Cup, before the men play the Midweek Medal on Wednesday.

The seniors entertain Middlesbrough Golf Club on Thursday morning before the ladies play the August Par.

There are still places available in the last three Open competitions at Whitby GC; the Seniors Open on Friday August 28, the mens Four Man Team Stableford on September 5 and the mixed Open Greensome on September 12.

If you would like to play in any of these, please see me in the shop or book online.

Tony’s Tip: an old adage in golf is beware the injured golfer, as a seemingly inordinate number of golfers win competitions when they not fully fit.

It is down tothe fact that you usually score better when you swing within yourself, not trying to thrash the cover off the ball, something which you can’t do if you’re not fit.

It will be very interesting to see how Rory McIlroy fares at Whistling Straights in the USPGA Championship, as it seems to me very unlikely that he will be able to swing flat out.

I have a sneaking feeling that he’ll do well – maybe Tiger Woods should try swinging that way too.