Host club dominates in first Open Day of season

Although bad weather early in the day put off all the regular morning players at Whitby Golf Club, a small afternoon field still produced quality golf from the winners.

Bob Scott won with a very worthy 65, beating Alex Wiggins who scored gross 69, nett 67. Richard Brown had 71, with Chris Batchelor and Steve Swales on 72.

The seniors section held their first Open Day of the year on Friday, and the good field was dominated by teams from the host club.

Geoff Cooling and Mick Allen came first with 43 points, ahead of Robin Sisson and Mark Kerr on 41, beating Neil Hardisty and Ray Quinn of Fulford over the back nine. Kevin Barker and Dave Parry were fourth with 40, with seniors vice-captain Peter Reynolds and brother-in-law R Allen in fifth on 39.

Steve Purvis won Division One of the June Medal with 68.

His gross 72 was also the lowest gross of the day.

Mike Coates had 70, Tam McConville 71 and Martin Shackleton 72. In Division Two, Andrew Coomber delivered on earlier promising rounds with a nett 66, reducing his handicap from 15 to 13.

Mick Allen had 70, Ian Cowie 73 and Clive Lyth 74.

Another consistent winner on the club scene, Ian Wiggins, produced a fine 71 nett 68 to win the 1892 Medal on Sunday.

Mike Coates was second with 69, Colin Upton had 70 and Roger Davison, Steve Purvis, Sam Wiggins, Dave Upton and Mike Storr all had 71.

With the course playing its length and the rough quite thick, high scores were to be expected in the ladies’ June Medal on Tuesday, but Mandy Coates made light of the conditions with her winning score of 71. Jennifer Ratcliffe had 81, Sue Bennison 82 and Karen Fellows 83.

Tomorrow’s competition is a Betterball Stableford. The Rover Cup is on Sunday, the ladies have a Ping Fourball competition on Tuesday and the first midweek trophy, the King George V1 Trophy, is on Wednesday. The Rabbits Open Day is on Friday afternoon.

The winner of £100 in the 200 Club draw is Gordon Mackenzie.

Tony’s Tip

People often talk about keeping the left arm straight during the swing as though it is the panacea for all golfing ills.

Certainly keeping the left arm straight gives an action with one less moving part and the potential for greater consistency, but if trying to achieve this makes you very stiff and brings tension into the swing you will do more harm than good.

Try to keep the left arm well-extended while remaining relaxed, allowing the wrists to hinge.

If there is a little ‘give’ at the left elbow it is not fatal. Just have a look at YouTube images of Seve Ballesteros or Nick Faldo and you will see what I mean.