New Whitby golfer wins first competition

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New Whitby Golf Club member Andrew Coomber won his first competition at Whitby on Wednesday with 41 points in the Midweek Stableford.

Dave Kirk and Richard Brown scored 39 points, Andrew Dent 38 and Alistair Lyth and Brian Hurst 37.

Saturday’s competition was in Greensomes format, where both players of the pairing drive, then select the best and play alternate shots into the hole. The winners were Tam McConville and Gordon Mackenzie with 67.6, ahead of two pairs on 69.2, John Carter and Colin Hood, and Colin Rutland and Fraser Seaton.

Low-handicap pairing Alex Wiggins and Dean Bennett had 69.6, the same score as Brian Grange and Mike Harper. The qualifying round for the Beckett Cup was won by Richard Brown with a gross 73 nett 68 from the medal tees.

Mike Clarkson had 70, Simon Walker 72, and Tam McConville and Dave Upton 73. Alistair Lyth, James Jewell, Dave Clarkson and Robin Sisson scored 74.

The draw for the knockout stages is in the locker room.

There will be a Stableford on Saturday, the qualifying round for the Milburn Foursomes on Sunday and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 23.

Vice-captain Byron Blessed is running a draw for free membership in 2015.

This is open to members and non-members alike, so if you fancy a flutter to try to win free golf next year, tickets are priced at £10 each and can be bought in the Pro Shop or from Byron. Howard Dean won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Comment: What an interesting Masters! I found it fascinating that despite the changes to the course in the last few years making it very long even by today’s standards, the older golfers had their best year for ages.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, Bernard Langer, Fred Couples and Larry Mize were all very competitive, which says to me that positional play and coursecraft were more important than sheer length off the tee.

There is no question that

Augusta, more than most courses, suits some golfers more than others,and the same names rise to the top year after year.

Bubba Watson appears to make a mockery of everything that golf pros teach, but with

incredible feel and flair gets the ball round in brilliant style. And a new name to watch in Jordan Spieth – a real rising star.

He didn’t look quite ready to win a major yet, but he looked to have the talent to do so in the future.