Walker earns Whitby’s Coronation Cup crown

Whitby Golf Club professional, Tony Mason
Whitby Golf Club professional, Tony Mason

The King Edward 7th Coronation Cup, the second of the two trophies played midweek at Whitby Golf Club, was won by Simon Walker with an excellent score of 7 up in bogey format.

Jamie Wassall was second with 5 up, Clive Lyth and Haydn Harker were 4 up and Alan Atkinson was 3 up.

Chris Eglon won Division One of the July Medal with 65, beating the in-form Simon Walker over the back nine. Kevin Barker was third with 68. Simon Walker had the best gross score with 70.

In Division Two, John Carter had a better back nine than Richard Barker to take first place after they had tied on 66. Mel Purvis was third with 68.

The Medal was also the qualifying round for the Jim Cooke Scratch Cup, with the leading 16 gross scores going through to the matchplay stages. Draw for Jim Cooke Scratch Cup: Simon Walker v Les Spedding; Dean Bennett v Richard Brown; Robin Sisson v Colin Fenby; Ian Wiggins v Dave Batchelor; Alex Wiggins v Alistair Lyth; James Morrison v Kevin Barker; Chris Eglon v Kevin Little; Steve Dosdale v Martin Shackleton.

On Sunday, the Stableford was won by Dave Kirk with 41 after a tie with Liam Kirkbride and Matt Robinson.

The Simpson Cup Mixed Foursomes was played that afternoon, and was won by men’s captain Byron Blessed and Jennifer Ratcliffe with 75 1/2. Ladies captain Amanda Ing and her husband Kevin were second with 77, and Karen and Mike Fellows were third with 78.

In the ladies section, Mandy Coates won the Mel James Trophy with 37 points, beating Amanda Ing over the back nine holes.

Sue Wessel was third with 36. Karen Fellows and Wendy Hurworth keep marching on in the Daily Mail Foursomes, winning their 5th round match against Catterick by 4 up with 3 to play.

Saturday’s competition is an Am-Am Stableford played in teams of four (although threes can take part); the Boynton Trophy is on Sunday.

The ladies have their 36-hole club championship on Tuesday with the course closed until 10 and the seniors having priority from 10 until 11.

There is a Midweek Medal on Wednesday, then the seniors play Wilton at home on Thursday morning before the ladies have a Par competition.

The Rabbits Open Day is on Friday, but there is still room for casual play, so ring for availability.

Tony’s Tip

Acceleration through the ball is something to be aimed for in all shots – it is surprising how a range of small faults in the swing will be overcome if you are genuinely committed to your shots.

If you have that acceleration you will automatically go into a full follow-through, so a good thought in its simplest terms is to think of the swing as ‘back – through’ – back is a shorter word than through, and your backswing should be shorter than your follow-through.