McKenzie win wraps up Whitby’s winter season

The Scarborough District Alliance finished its winter season with the Millennium Cup played at Kirkbymoorside on Sunday.

This is played in Am-Am format with the best two scores of the four players counting on each hole. Each club has three teams with the scores added together to give the club’s total.

Kirkbymoorside made home advantage count, and their total of 394 gave them a victory margin of eight shots over Whitby in second place.

Whitby scores: 133 Colin Upton, Mike Coates, Paul Ventress, Alistair Lyth; 134 James Jewell, Dean Bennett, Tam McConville, John Hartley; 135 Ian Wiggins, Simon Walker, Peter Easton, Steve Ellis.

At home the winter season wrapped up on Wednesday with a win for Gordon Mackenzie in the Midweek Stableford with an outstanding score of 44 points.

Paul Mendelsohn was a distant second with 37 and Richard Appleton took third with 36.

Play moved on to the proper tees for the Opening Stableford on Saturday, and with the course in outstanding condition for the time of year there was a very close finish with a three-way tie on 39 points.

Martin Shackleton took first place, Simon Walker second and Alistair Lyth third on the countback. Mike Storr took the final prize on 37 points after a tie with John McMurran.

The last winter fourball was played on Sunday, and was won by Colin Rutland and Kevin Barker with 69 after a tie with Andy Lawler and Luke Asbury. Three pairs tied for third on 71 and the prize was won by Terry Wilkinson and Richard Marshall.

The competition was followed by the traditional driving-in ceremony for the new men’s captain John Wightman. He produced the best drive from a new captain that anyone could remember, hitting the ball 267 yards into the middle of the first green – happily there was no-one on it at the time.

Mandy Coates won the ladies’ March Stableford with 34 points after a tie with Marjorie Mackenzie. Wendy Hurworth scored 31 and Karen Fellows 30. There will be an Am-Am tomorrow, the Opening Bogey on Sunday and then the

Midweek Medal on April 2nd moves onto the white tees. Members please

note that there will not be any starting sheets for the Wednesday competitions this year. If you want to book a starting time you can either do this online or by ringing the Pro Shop. Alan Landers was this week’s winner of £100 in the 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip:

Many people have the impression that playing lofted pitch shots requires a large amount of wrist action, then get themselves into a real mess trying to flick the ball into the air.

While going to the other extreme and staying stiff is not what we want either, the answer is just a small degree of wrist break appropriate to the small swing used for this short shot.

The wrists unhinge into the ball in the downswing, releasing the clubhead down through the ball – not flicking it upwards.