Rain makes scores higher than normal

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AND still it rains! Whitby Golf Course is playing its full length without much run on the ball and the rough is thick and penalising, so the scores are a little higher than usual.

Dave Richardson, Luke Asbury and James Jewell made light of the difficulties in the Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 20 June, all scoring 43 points with Dave winning over the back nine holes.

Paul Ventress, Steve Foster, Martin Shackleton and Scott Major had 40, and Sam Russell, Jim Hall, Tony Orton, Richard Brown and Austin James had 39. Jimmy Witt and Matty Brown had 38.

Saturday’s competition was in Bogey format, where the player’s nett score is matched against the par of the hole and either wins, halves or loses. Geoff Cooling and Clive Lyth were the only players in the field who managed to beat par, finishing one up against the card, Geoff winning over the back nine.

Dave Upton, Martyn Wilby, Alex Wiggins and Richard Marshall were all square, and Kevan Little and Richard Young were one down. On two down were Scott Major, Dean Bennett, Andy Smith and Mick Allen, with Peter C Brown, Mike Coates, Mark McBurney, Bob Scott, Tam McConville and Luke Asbury on three down.

Steve Dosdale, Martin Shackleton, Bob Scott and Mark Kerr won the Texas Scramble on Sunday to win the trophy and get their names on the honours boards, scoring 57.5. It was the narrowest possible winning margin however, with Mike Kilpatrick, Phil Mead, Peter R Brown and Neil Coates just 0.1 behind!

Dan Brown, Matty Brown, Mark Parkin and Jordan Purvis were third on 59.1.

The competition this weekend is the Club Championship, both for the adults and the juniors, gross and nett. The first round on Saturday is with the usual starting sheet, but those playing the second round on Sunday will go out in reverse gross score order from 9am, leading to the climax of the competition around 2pm.

On Wednesday (4 July) the competition is the King Edward V111 Coronation Cup.

Looking a little further ahead, the Rabbits section invites all Tigers to play in the Invitation Betterball on Wednesday 11 July, teeing off between 4pm and 6pm. Those wishing to play should put their names on the list in the locker room and partners will be drawn nearer the time.

Captain’s Day is on Sunday 15 July and the starting sheet is already on the board for that.

Newly-posted is the entry sheet for Men’s Invitation Day on Saturday 28 July, so here is an ideal time to invite a guest who is a member at another club and showcase our course in a day’s friendly competition.

In the ladies’ section Sue Wessel won the Silver Vase with 76, beating Mandy Coates over the back nine holes.

Wendy Hurworth had 77, Jennifer Ratcliffe and Jean Jefferson 78 and Marjorie Mackenzie 79.

Mrs Mary Barker won £200 in this month’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip: most of us don’t really think in too much detail about the fingers in the grip, but it is worthwhile to do so.

The strong index finger and thumb of each hand tend to take over and it is worth gripping a little more firmly with all the other fingers while keeping the index fingers and thumbs more relaxed to give a more balanced grip.