Whitby captain celebrates hole-in-one

MARTYN Wilby won the Midweek Stableford at Whitby Golf Club last Wednesday with 43 points.

Brian Grange was a distant second on 39, with Richard Marshall and Jim Hall taking the last two prizes on 38. Michael Coates, Steve Foster, Kieran Noble, Mick Christie and Richard Brown had 37 points.

Saturday’s Team Stableford (best three cards from four players) was won with a total of 121 by Steve Ellis, Dave Kirk, Kieran Noble and Andy Pearson.

Bob Scott, Kevan Stuart, Martin Shackleton and Steve Dosdale were second on 116. Kevan Stuart, Steve Ellis and Tim Heald had the best individual scores of 43 points.

Eric Wilson was the leading qualifier for the Beckett Cup on Sunday with nett 65. Austin James had 66 and Colin Upton, James Morrison and Colin Rutland had 68.

Andy Pearson, Dean Bennett (last year’s winner) and Paul Ventress had 69 and club captain Tam McConville celebrated a hole-in-one at the 17th, a shot of 249 yards.

The draw for the matchplay stage is on the board and has thrown up some interesting ties.

Eric Wilson plays Mike Clarkson, Austin James plays the experienced Mike Simpson and Colin Upton will give a lot of shots away to Richard Schofield. James Morrison meets Mark Kerr, Colin Rutland will have a very even match against John Wightman and the holder, Dean Bennett plays the in-form Kevan Stuart.

The draw has been made for the new Rabbits versus Tigers match on Thursday 5 May and can be found on the noticeboard.

The Rabbits also have a match away against Scarborough North Cliff on Tuesday 10 May, so if you can play in that one, put your name on the board.

The seniors section has two match entry lists on the board, against Saltburn at home on Thursday 5 May and away to Hunley Hall on Thursday 12 May.

A reminder that the Danesgarth String Quartet are giving a musical evening with a meal to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness on Saturday 7 May. Tickets priced at £22.50 each are available from the bar.

This is an opportunity to see club professional Tony Mason wearing a different hat, playing 1st violin with the quartet.

John Coxon won £100 in this week’s draw in the 200 Club.

Tony’s Tip: with so little rain recently we have practically midsummer conditions on the course at the moment and that means that the low-flying chip and run comes into its own around the green.

Play the ball in the middle of the stance with a 7 or 8 iron.

Keep the hands slightly ahead all the time using a fairly short swing which stays quite low to the ground.

Keep the wrists fairly firm and make sure the backswing and follow through are the same length.