TONY MASON: Barnes brothers win Open Day event

Tony Mason, right, in action at Whitby Golf Club
Tony Mason, right, in action at Whitby Golf Club

Whitby Golf Club held a successful Men’s Open Day and saw an exceptional winning score from Andrew Barnes (Waterfront) and his brother John Barnes (Hickleton).

They returned a 15-under-par betterball score of 56, four strokes clear of K Bowler (Mickleover) and N Collier (Middlesbrough Municipal).

Also on 60 but beaten over the back nine were Dean Bennett and James Jewell (Whitby) and A Mitchinson and R Thubron (Hartlepool). N Collier was nearest the pin on hole 11.

Earlier in the week John Carter and Nigel Aspden won the last Captain’s Betterball with a 63.

Andrew Coomber and Paul Warrilow were second on 65, beating Byron Blessed and Clive Lyth over the back nine.

Brian Jamieson and Tony Orton, Robin Sisson and Steve Dosdale, and Tam McConville and John Hartley all had 66.

Sunday saw the first round in the Winter Fourball Series which will continue until March 2017.

Kevin Barker and Nigel Aspden were the winners with an excellent 61. Bob Scott and Tam McConville had 65, and Norman Tennant and Frazer Seaton took third on 66.

The Scarborough & District Winter Alliance meets again tomorrow at North Cliff for the third round in the Pennant competition.

Whitby’s team: 8:32am Alex Wiggins and Chris Pennock; 8:40 Dean Bennett and Tam McConville; 8:48 Simon Walker and Peter Easton; 8:56 Ian Wiggins and James Jewell; 10:40 Adam Lyth and Chris Batchelor; 10:48 Richard Brown and Martin Shackleton; 10:56 Robin Sisson and Bob Scott.

In ladies competitions, Marjorie Mackenzie and Barbara Mahan won the Margaret Swales Foursomes with 82, from Sue Wessel and Karen Fellows on 83 and Sue Dryden and Jennifer Ratcliffe on 84.

In the fun competition Barbara Mahan was first again with 27 points, from Sue Dryden, Mandy Coates and Marjorie Mackenzie on 26.

The Winter Stablefords begin this Saturday, followed by the Winter Fourball on Sunday morning.

The ladies play for the Seaton Gray Trophy on Tuesday, and there is a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday. The ladies have a flag competition on Thursday.

This week’s winner of £100 in the 200 Club draw is vice-captain Steve Ellis.

Tony’s Tip: As we move inexorably towards the winter months, the greens will slow up as the grass is left a little longer.

Take this into account by slightly lengthening your putting stroke to get the ball up to the hole.

If you use your usual length of stroke but hit the ball harder, you will break down your rhythm and risk getting very wristy.