Sykes has plenty to rabbit on about

THE Rabbits section at Whitby Golf Club held their Captain’s Day on Sunday and section captain Michael McElhinney enjoyed himself greatly, welcoming all the golfers who took part.

Paul Sykes was the leading player from the Rabbits (16 to 28 handicap) with a score of 41 points.

This was tied by Dave Collett, but Paul had the better back nine holes.

Graham Robinson was third on 40 points. Adrian Brown won the other division (scratch to 15 handicap) with 43 points, with Richard Brown and Mark McBurney on 42 points.

Lewis Wright was the leading junior with an excellent 46 points, reducing his handicap to 12. Matt Brown had 40 points with Luke Asbury one behind.

In other competitions this week, Steve Swales won the Midweek Stableford on Wednesday with 39 points, ahead of Dave Kirk, John Hartley and Simon Gibson on 36. Richard Barker, Chris Booth, Glen Pears and Tam McConville had 35.

Saturday’s rather different competition was a Patsome.

This is played in pairs; the first six holes in fourball betterball format, the next six in greensomes and the last six in foursomes.

Dean Bennett and Richard Jewell were the clear winners with an excellent score of 60. Les Spedding and Chris Wood were second with 62.5, and Alex and Ian Wiggins had 64, the same score as Kevin Barker and Peter C Brown.

There will be a Texas Scramble on Saturday 20 August.

On Sunday, there is the JW Bass for those aged 55 or over, while everyone else plays an ordinary Stableford.

Everyone enters on the same starting sheet. There will be a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 24 August.

The seniors should note that the ladies play their 36 hole championship on Tuesday 23 August, occupying the tee from early in the morning.

Accordingly the seniors cannot play before the ladies but have priority on the tee between 10 and 11 am.

With the Eaglescliffe, reciprocal fast approaching on Wednesday 31 August, members who played at Billingham were automatically entered for Eaglescliffe. Please check whether your name has been entered and if you are not able to go, please cross off as soon as possible.

Dave Kirk won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Tony’s Tip: when players come for lessons and I ask what the problem is, the commonest reply is ‘inconsistency.’

Obviously, the better the player’s technique the more consistent they will be, but the biggest factor is rhythm.

If the rhythm of the swing repeats, so will the shot, so even if there is a fault, it will be a consistent one and you can plan for it.

Try to find a rhythm pattern which you are familiar with and which fits your swing - I like the rhythm of pushing a child on a swing - then do your best to swing in that rhythm on every swing no matter what the situation.