Walker only one to beat Beckett par

THE qualifying round for the Beckett Cup was played on a very difficult, cold and windy day on Sunday - and Garry Walker was the only player in the field who managed to beat the par of 71.

His score of 70 gave him a two-stroke cushion over Colin upton and Jason Halley with 72, followed by Kieran Noble, Colin Jefferson and Howard Dean on 73. Chris Eglon, John Hartley and James Morrison had 74 with Kevan Stuart, Paul Ventress and Kevin Barker scoring 75.

The leading 64 scores go through to the matchplay stages.

In other competitions at the club this week Brian Grange had an excellent 44 points in the Midweek Stableford to beat Andrew Wood by two.

Paul Mendelsohn and Alex Wiggins had 40 with Dean Bennett, Robin Sisson, Bob Scott and Dan Brown on 39. Chris Batchelor, Richard Brown, Colin Jefferson and Bill Estill had 38.

Les Underwood and Luke Asbury were first out in the Greensomes Medal on Saturday and were still first at the end of the competition with their fine score of 65.0. Simon Walker and Dean Bennett were second with 68.0 and Mark McBurney and Eric Wilson third with 68.8.

Jordan Purvis and Mark Parkin had 69.0, Kevan Little and Ivan Ross 71.0, Tom Havelock and Mike Rothwell 71.6 and Alistair Lyth and Chris Wood 71.8.

There will be a Stableford on Saturday (21 Apr), the qualifying round for the Milburn Foursomes on Sunday and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday (25 Apr).

Lady Captain Jennifer Ratcliffe and Doreen Richardson won their second round match in the Daily Mail Foursomes away at Saltburn and progress through to the next round.

The first mixed competition of the season, the Mary Richardson Mixed Greensomes, takes place on Sunday 6 May with a first tee time of 1.30pm. The starting sheet can be found in the central hall.

Simon Walker won this week’s draw for £100 in the 200 Club.

Tony’s Tip: I use a fairly simple formula for judging how wide my stance should be with shorter shots.

For a full swing I use my full width of stance (shoulder width). As my swing gets shorter the nearer to the green I am, so my stance gets narrower. When I use a very short swing for a very close- range shot, my feet will almost be together.