Shackleton and Dosdale win foursomes in final

Martin Shackleton and Steve Dosdale won the Milburn Foursomes at Whitby Golf Club, beating Richard Brown and Steve Swales in a closely-fought final.

Dean Bennett was on fire in the Beckett Cup final, scoring two birdies and an eagle in the front nine holes to beat Bill Estill. Terry Wilkinson won the Midweek Stableford on October 9 with 40 points.

There was a log-jam on 38 points, and positions were sorted out over the last nine holes. Mike Rothwell was second and John Carter third, with Les Underwood, Roger Davision and Denis Roper finishing out of the prizes.

The first of the Winter Stablefords was won by mens captain Richard Marshall with an excellent 43 points, four clear of John Carter in second.

Steve Foster and Tam McConville had 37, with Simon Gibson, Mike Storr, Clive Lyth and Mike Harper scoring 36.

The pair to represent Whitby men in the Daily Mail Foursomes in 2014 will be Robin Sisson and Bob Scott, who shot 70 ½ in the Qualifying Round on Sunday. James Jewell and Dean Bennett had 71 ½ with Howard Dean and Bill Estill third on 77.

The team to represent Whitby in the Scarborough & District Alliance meeting at Kirkbymoorside on Sunday is: 8:32 I Wiggins & DA Lyth; 8:40 JS Morrison & C Noble; 8:48 A Wiggins & S Walker; 8:56 D Bennett & T McConville; 10:40 N Coates & R Marshall; 10:48 A Lyth & P Easton; 10:56 M Coates & S Ellis. Reserves: S Wiggins, J Jewell, P Mead, A Dent.

The ladies also played the qualifying round for the 2014 Daily Mail Foursomes this week, and the pair to represent the club will be Sue Wessel and Janet Wightman, who scored 76 ½. Kath Cooling & Barbara Knaggs had 82 ½ and Doreen Richardson and June Halley 83.

The presentation dinner dance will take place on Friday November 15 at Dunsley Hall Hotel. Tickets can be booked through the Pro Shop.

The 200 Club winner of £100 was Harry Dyson.

Tony’s Tip:

Playing conditions will gradually change as winter approaches, and the ground gets softer.

While we all appreciate this, it never fails to amaze me how many players are caught out, leaving their approach shots well short of the hole when the ball doesn’t bounce and run, then often three-putting from long range when they could have had a chance at a one-putt from close to the hole. Make a resolution the next time you go out to pitch the ball well up to the hole and give yourself some short putts.