Mail on Sunday drama for Whitby golfers

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WHITBY Golf Club’s team in the Mail on Sunday Team Classic had an exciting away win against Hunley Hall in brutal conditions on Saturday.

Despite the wind and driving rain, and giving away home advantage, the team finished the regulation 18 hole matches tied at 21/2 points each, and Steve Purvis (5) beat Steve Fox (1) on the third hole of sudden death to decide the tie and take Whitby into the third round.

Match results: Mike Coates beat J Hodgson; Paul Ventress lost to C Passmore; Dave Kirk lost to G Cook; Mel Purvis halved with D Barker; Steve Purvis beat Steve Fox.

Elsewhere the Scarborough & District Alliance fixture at Bridlington was postponed after heavy overnight rain had left the course waterlogged.

This will now take place on Saturday (16 Mar) with the same starting times. On Saturday 23 March the final Alliance fixture is the Am-Am at Driffield with a shotgun start at 9am. Please get your names up for the team of 12 as soon as you can.

Earlier in the week, Peter C Brown won the Midweek Stableford with 42 points, pushing Roger Davison into second place over the last nine holes.

Garry Walker had 41 points, Ian Cowie and Roger Turton 40, Robin Sisson and Denis Roper 39 and Mike Harper and Les Underwood 38.

No competition took place last Saturday due to the persistent rain.

The Fourball Betterball on Sunday was won by Michael McElhinney and Mike Coates with 65.

Terry Wilkinson and Tam McConville were second with 68 with Dave Kirk and Adrian Brown third on 69. Dean Bennett leads the best six cards with 319, with captain Richard Marshall and Mike Coates on 322. Mike Coates and Kieran Noble lead Division One of the eclectic with 56 and Tam McConville is one behind.

Terry Wilkinson leads Division Two with 56, and John Hartley and Luke Asbury are one behind.

Saturday’s competition brings the series of Stablefords played over the winter months to an end.

In addition to the individual scores counting towards the best 10 cards, the best three cards from each team of four players make up the team’s score for the aggregate trophy.

There is the penultimate Fourball Betterball on Sunday and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

Barbara Baines won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip: this week, H is for Hands. Your only connection with the club, the only way of exerting any control over what the club is doing.

All power generated passes through the hands. The hands transmit ‘feel’.

Placing the hands to the left or the right affects where the clubface looks at impact; where the grip sits across the base of the palm and into the fingers affects the way the wrists hinge during the swing; how tightly or loosely you hold the club also affects the way the wrists hinge and your control.

All in all, your contact with the club could not be more important, but it’s exact position needs tailoring to you, so get it checked by your pro.