Grange makes winning return after illness

Making a welcome return after over two months’ absence due to illness, Brian Grange made an immediate impact at Whitby Golf Club, winning the Midweek Stableford with 37 points over 16 holes.

Gordon Mackenzie was second with 36 and Billy Hardy picked up third place with 35.

Saturday’s Stableford was won by Clive Lyth with 39 points over 16 holes.

This gave him a clear margin of victory, with Roger Davison, Richard Young and Billy Hardy scoring 36 points.

Mike Coates had a very successful Sunday, taking two of the three places in the Sunday Fourball.

Partnering Colin Rutland he scored 56 over 16 holes to win, beating John Carter and Bill Estill over the back nine.

With his other partner Denis Roper he scored 57 to come third.

There will be the usual Stableford on Saturday, Fourball Betterball on Sunday and Midweek Stableford on Wednesday. Members should note that the club is hosting the Scarborough and District Alliance on Sunday 26, meaning that the course will be closed until 1pm.

In the ladies’ section Mandy Coates won the January Medal with a score of 65 over 16 holes. Karen Fellows was second with 70 and Barbara Mahan third on 71.

Members please note that the Annual General Meeting will take place in the clubhouse on Wednesday, starting at 7.30pm.

The 200 Club draw winner of £100 was Andy Smith.

Tony’s Tip: have you ever stopped to think where you generate the putting stroke from? Is it your hands, your wrists, your arms or maybe your shoulders?

If you want to build a reliable stroke which works under pressure and is less susceptible to the dreaded ‘yips’ I would recommend that you make your swing from your shoulders.

Obviously the hands hold the putter, and it is important to get them in a position which helps to keep the putter face square, but if you use the small muscles of the hands and wrists to move the club and generate the required power, I feel you are asking for all sorts of problems.

Hold the putter with a firm, but not tight, grip. Similarly the arms should be firm but not tight. With your head nice and still use your shoulders to swing the club backwards and forwards and make certain that you don’t add anything with your hands during the stroke – they should remain firmly passive.