Shortened course denies Upton record

POOR Richard Appleton must have been absolutely gutted on Wednesday 18th January.

He returned a terrific score of 45 points, only to find it beaten within a few minutes as 6-handicap Colin Upton handed in 47 points from an amazing 66 gross.

In summer conditions, from the medal tees this would have been a new course record, but on a shortened course with preferred lies this doesn’t count. Nonetheless a fantastic achievement.

Mark Kerr was third with 43, ahead of Brian Grange on 42 and Andrew Wood, Richard Brown and Andy Lawler on 40.

Jim Hall, Alistair Lyth, Jimmy Witt, John Carter and Billy Hardy had 39.

Ivan Ross made light of the windy conditions on Saturday to win the Stableford with 43 points, a winning margin of three points.

Bob Scott, Mark McBurney, Andy Smith and Tam McConville all had 40, with Andy Pearson and Kevin Barker on 39.

Peter C Brown and Dave Batchelor had 38, ahead of Mike Rothwell, Simon Walker, Paul Ventress and Kevan Little with 37.

Tam McConville leads the best ten cards on Saturdays with a total of 394. Ivan Ross is his nearest challenger with 371, Billy Hardy has 370, Alistair Lyth and Mike Rothwell 368 and Andy Smith has 366. Kevan Little and Mark Kerr have 365.

In the absence of the Tigers Alliance players, Sunday’s Fourball Betterball was won by Dave Weatherill and Graham Wicking with a 68 on a very difficult morning. Kieran Noble and new member Mario Spagnuolo had 71, Kevin Barker and Colin Rutland 72 and Howard Dean and Dave Kirk took the last prize with 74.

Whitby had quite a good day in the wind at Filey in the Scarborough & District Alliance on Sunday 22 January.

Their four-card aggregate of 283 was fourth on the day behind Filey (279), South Cliff (281) and Kirkbymoorside (283) and this leaves the club in joint fourth place with Filey in the Pennant table with a total of 1637.

Malton & Norton lead the way with 1626, North Cliff have 1629 and South Cliff 1631. Whitby had two pairs in the prizes, both scoring 69.

Whitby scores: 69 Dean Bennett and Tam McConville, Richard Brown and Eric Wilson; 70 Colin Upton and Mark Kerr; 75 Simon Walker and Simon Grant, Paul Ventress and Bob Scott; 76 Howard Drake and Andy Pearson; 78 I Wiggins and Peter Easton.

The next round of the Alliance will be at North Cliff on Saturday 4 February.

Peter Burton and Peter R Davies lead the Seniors eclectic with 53.25, ahead of Colin Fenby on 54.25. Peter R Davies also leads the best six cards with 242, ahead of Andrew Burbidge on 235 and Peter Reynolds on 229.

John Proctor won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip: IF you’ve followed these tips for some time you will know that turning the shoulders during the swing is an important source of power. Hopefully you’ve got them loosened up before you go out to play, but you will defeat the object if you lift your shoulders at address, tensing them as you do. Let the shoulders relax and drop (it will feel as though your neck gets longer) and you will turn more easily.