Poor day leaves Whitby languishing in alliance

Whitby Golf Club professional, Tony Mason
Whitby Golf Club professional, Tony Mason

WHITBY Golf Club’s team had a poor day in the Scarborough and District Alliance at Bridlington on Saturday, finishing joint 8th with a four-card total of 276.

North Cliff were the clear winners on the day with 258, ahead of Kirkbymoorside on 263 and Malton & Norton on 269.

This leaves North Cliff well in the lead in the Pennant aggregate with 1584.

South Cliff are second on 1608 and Whitby lie in 7th place with 1644.

Whitby scores: 67 Dean Bennett & Neil Inglis, Ian Wiggins & Peter Easton; 69 Dave Upton & Andy Pearson; 70 Alex Wiggins & Richard Marshall, Martin Shackleton & Steve Parkin; 72 Mike Clarkson & Bob Scott; 74 Howard Drake & Steve Ellis.

The next Alliance fixture is at Driffield on Saturday 19 February and there is still time to get your name down to be considered for selection.

Andy Smith won the Midweek Stableford with 39 points, giving him a two-point winning margin over Brian Hurst. Dave Jewell was third on 35, with Dave Weatherill, Richard Hutton and Harvey Richardson scoring 34.

John Hartley stopped Andy Smith from making it two in a row on Saturday with a winning score of 41 points. John McMurran, Kevin Barker and Andy Smith all had 40 points, with Steve Purvis on 39 and Brian Jamieson, Eric Wilson, Mike Harper, Jim Hall and Alan Atkinson on 38.

Three pairs scored 64 in the Fourball Betterball on Sunday morning.

The places were sorted out over the back nine holes and the winners were Paul Ventress and Andy Pearson. Dave Weatherill and Simon Walker came second and new club captain Tam McConville was third with his partner Mark Greasby.

Simon Walker has the lead in the best six cards on Sundays with 379, ahead of Andy Pearson on 386 and Kieran Noble on 391.

Kieran heads Division One of the eclectic with 53, the same score as Simon Walker. Tam McConville is on 55.

Division Two is led by Mick Christie on 51 with Colin Rutland on 55 and Dave Russell on 57.

There will be a Stableford tomorrow (Sat 12), a Fourball Betterball on Sunday morning and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

Club caterer Bob Scott is putting on an early Valentine’s Banquet tomorrow.

Anyone who would like to treat their loved one to a sumptuous spread should contact Bob as soon as possible to book a table.

Brian Gent won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip:

ONE of the most destructive things to do is to dwell on a bad shot.

If you’re still angry or upset about the poor stroke you have just played when approaching the next one it is very likely you will not be in the right frame of mind to make a good shot.

One of the most important skills to learn is to be able to dismiss a poor shot immediately and approach the next one with a ‘clean slate’.

Remember everyone plays bad shots - the critical thing is how you follow it up.