Michael clear winner in Stableford

MICHAEL Coates had another tremendous round in the Stableford on Saturday, scoring 46 points for a clear win.

Eric Wilson had 41 points, with Steve Swales and Steve Ingleston on 38, Billy Hardy, Chris Wood and Kevan Little on 37 and Dave Batchelor,

Paul Ventress and Steve Dosdale on 36. With one round to go Tam McConville still leads in the Best 10 Cards with 404, but Michael has him in his sights now on 400 and is still counting a low score in his best 10.

Alistair Lyth is third on 383, Ivan Ross is on 380 and Mike Rothwell and Billy Hardy on 376.

Earlier in the week, Tam McConville won the Midweek Stableford with 43 points, with Les Underwood second on 41. Dave Kirk and Matthew Thompson had 40, with Steve Foster, Steve Bircham, Brian Grange, Paul Warrilow and Mike Rothwell on 39.

Kieran Noble partnered Tam McConville to victory in the Fourball Betterball on Sunday 11 March scoring 61. This gave them a one-shot margin over Michael McElhinney and Bob Scott.

Andy Lawler and Colin Rutland took third place with 64, beating Andy Pearson and Steve Ingleston over the back nine.

The latest figures in the Sunday competitions sees Simon Walker leading the Best 6 Cards with 368, ahead of Tam McConville on 377, Dave Kirk on 378 and Paul Ventress on 383.

Kieran Noble leads Division One of the Eclectic with 50 with Simon Walker one behind and Tam McConville a stroke behind that. In Division Two Andrew Wood is in front on 52 with Dave Weatherill, Terry Wilkinson and Chris Noble on 53.

Saturday’s competition is the Team Stableford which closes the Winter Stablefords, and is the last chance to improve your 10 card total.

The best three cards of the team give the total, with the fourth card used in case of a tie. Players do not necessarily have to play with their team as long as the shop knows who the four players are.

On Sunday (18 Mar), it is the last of the Winter Fourballs, so again the last chance to improve your totals. There will be a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday (21 Mar). Please note that from Saturday 24 March, starting sheets will be in use for all the competitions.

Karen Fellows is starting to make her presence felt in only her second season on the course and she won the March Medal with a score of 71.

June Halley and Wendy Hurworth had 76, Maureen Eglon 77 and Marjorie Mackenzie 79.

The ladies Mail on Sunday team managed to beat Saltburn in the first round of this knockout competition by three matches to two. They will now travel to Brass Castle to take on the ladies from Middlesbrough Golf Club in the second round.

Ian Landers won this week’s draw for £100 in the 200 Club. If anyone would like a number, or have a second number, there are still some available if you speak to me in the shop, or contact Simon Walker or Billy Hardy.

Tony’s Tip:

PLAYERS often wonder about whether they should pitch to the green, throwing the ball up high, or chip and run with a low trajectory.

Obviously there are some situations like when there is a bunker in the way when the decision is taken for you, but when you can do either it rather depends on how much confidence you have in your own ability.

Taking the lofted route is actually more precise, as flying the ball most of the way to the pin takes away the vagaries of the bounce.

However if this shot goes wrong the result is usually pretty awful!

Playing a 7 iron much nearer the ground is much safer, but a little harder to judge. Be honest with yourself and play the percentages.