TONY MASON: Andy nets midweek stableford success

Andy Lawler, who was the winner of the Midweek Stableford on Wednesday
Andy Lawler, who was the winner of the Midweek Stableford on Wednesday

Wet ground conditions restricted play in Whitby Golf Club's Midweek Stableford to 15 holes, but Andy Lawler still scored 36 points to come first.

Alan Atkinson had 35, Robin Sisson 34, and Colin Coates and Adam Lyth 32.

Back to the full course at the weekend, Andrew Dent amassed 45 points to win Saturday’s Stableford.

Richard Brown and Steve Swales had 43, with Tam McConville on 40 and Kevan Little on 38.

The competition for the best 10 cards on Saturdays still has a few weeks left to run, but Roger Davison leads the way at this stage with 381 from Robin Sisson and Steve Swales, both on 375.

Sunday’s Fourball Betterball was won by Howard Dean and Mike Clarkson with 62, beating Paul Mendelsohn and Jem Cockerill over the back nine.

Adrian Brown and Tam McConville lead the way in Division One of the Sunday Eclectic with 55.

Bill Estill is close behind on 56.

Jem Cockerill and Howard Dean lead Division Two with 51, from Brian Jamieson and Colin Rutland on 52.

Tam McConville leads the Best Six Cards with 368, from Howard Dean on 373 and Jem Cockerill on 377.

Whitby’s team for the Scarborough & District Alliance at Malton on Saturday February 11 is: 8.32 Alex Wiggins and Chris Pennock; 8.40 Howard Drake and Steve Ellis; 8.48 Dean Bennett and Tam McConville; 8.56 James Jewell and Simon Walker; 10.40 Adam Lyth and Lee Hansell; 10.48 Richard Brown & Chris Batchelor; 10.56 Robin Sisson & Mike Coates. Reserves: Martin Shackleton and Peter Easton.

There will be a Stableford on Saturday.

On Sunday, new men’s captain Steve Ellis will drive into office at 12.45pm, following the Fourball Betterball.

There will be a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday, and the ladies play the February Stableford on Thursday.

This week’s winner of £100 in the 200 Club weekly draw is Terry Hatton.

Tony’s Tip: Carrying the right equipment makes all the difference when the weather turns unpleasant, particularly with regard to keeping your hands dry and warm.

Once you ‘lose’ your hands, you might just as well head for the bar, because you won’t be able to play golf.

Handwarmers for your pockets, insulated winter gloves, large mitts to wear between shots and a towel to dry your hands if they do get wet are all vital weapons in your armoury.