Ian regains Whitby club title from son

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IN one of the main weekends of the season at Whitby Golf Club, Ian Wiggins took the club championship back from his son Alex, last year’s winner.

Two fine rounds of 71 and 74 rolled back the years to see Ian win the trophy for the second time, having previously won in 2003.

With the course in superb condition, scoring was expected to be good and no-one was disappointed by the close finish.

After a first round of 76, Neil Coates chased Ian hard with a one-under-par 70 on Sunday to finish a stroke behind, with Alex Wiggins in third place after 74 and 73.

Previous winners Steve Purvis (72 and 77) and James Jewell (76 and 74) occupied the next two places.

Hugh Sherrard won the 36-hole nett championship by a distance with the best nett score on each day (66 and 63) giving him a total of 129. Martin Shackleton took second with 68 and 71, with last year’s winner Mark Wilson putting up a spirited defence with 74 and 67 to finish third.

The juniors played their championships on the same day and favourite Kieran Noble won with 77 and 84, although he was pushed hard by Lewis Wright.

Lewis’s nett scores of 71 and 68 made him a clear winner of the nett championship.

Two players who have recently rejoined the club tasted success in the Midweek Stableford last Wednesday, with Carl Bennett taking first place over the back nine holes from David Collett, after they had tied on 44 points.

Peter Easton and Bob Scott had 43 points, with Glenn Pears, Andrew Wood and Steve Swales on 42.

The July Medal and Jim Cooke Qualifying Round takes place on Saturday (2 July) with the Boynton Trophy on Sunday 3rd. The juniors play for the James Cup on the same Sunday.

The King Edward V111 Coronation Cup is on Wednesday 6 July.

Gentlemen are reminded the latest round of the President’s Putter must be played by 18 July 18; the Beckett Cup by 25 July and the Milburn Foursomes by 8 August.

In the seniors’ section, Vic Wilson has a grip on both summer competitions. He leads the best six cards with 215, ahead of Alan Scott on 208 and Ian Harrison on 202. He leads the eclectic with 56.0, with Ernie Hallett and Bill Stark on 57.75.

Billy Hardy won the last draw of the 200 Club in June, winning £200.

Tony’s Tip: with the recent rain the rough has got thicker and is more challenging to play from. S

ensible club choice is vital, making sure that the worse the lie is, the more loft you should use to extract the ball.

Emphasise a steep angle of attack, swinging the clubhead firmly down into the back of the ball. Hang on firmly with your left hand, helping to prevent the club face from closing. Above all take the shortest route back to the short grass.