What a Masters! A great win for Adam Scott, one of golf’s nice guys, redressing the balance for last year’s disaster at Royal Lytham, and the first Masters win for an Aussie.
The first, and last, Masters win for a player using an anchored long putter.
On the other side of the coin, rules controversies with a slow play penalty for 14 year old Guan Tianlang and Tiger Woods’ illegal drop. Personally I have no problem with the slow play penalty; if you’re going to apply the adage that if he’s good enough to be there, he’s old enough, he is also old enough to follow all the rules.
However it must be applied evenly to all players who go too slowly, not just ‘soft’ targets.
As far as Woods is concerned, I’m appalled that spineless the rules officials have used a recent tweak to a rule regarding incidents seen on TV to allow him to escape with only a two-shot penalty.
His ruthless, win-at-all-costs attitude has pushed him into deliberately breaking a rule and he should have been disqualified.
Golf lives and dies by the way its players administer the rules themselves, and if the top players are seen to get away with flouting them, the effects will filter down to all levels. Once trust has gone, we will all be in a real mess.
There was excitement at Whitby on Saturday as the mens team took on Cleveland in the Mail On Sunday Team Classic. Dave Kirk was beaten by 5 &4 in the first match, but Mike Coates redressed the balance with a win by 3&2.
Paul Ventress was under par in beating his scratch opponent by 3&2 to put Whitby into the lead, but this was short-lived as Mel Purvis wasbeaten by the same margin.
It all came down to the final match, all square playing the 18th. Steve Purvis was level with the back of the par five 18th green in two shots and cannily used his putter from justoff the green to roll the ball dead, and his scratch opponent failed to get down in two from the wrong side of the greenside bunker.
Match to Whitby! They move into the fourth round, where their opponents will be Scarborough South Cliff at the Deepdale course.
Alex Wiggins beat Colin Hood over the back nine holes to win the Midweek Stableford after they had tied on 40 points. Roger Turton was close behind on 39, Mike Harper had 38 and Byron Blessed and Paul Mendelsohn 37. Jim Hall, Colin Upton, Brian Grange, Robin Sisson, Luke Asbury, Bill Estill and Howard Dean all had 36 points.
Saturday’s Greensome Medal was won by Simon Walker and Dean Bennett with 68.2. Geoff Cooling and Mick Allen took second place over the back nine holes after they had tied with Andy Smith and Dave Batchelor on 68.6.
Dave Upton and Jimmy Witt had 70.0, and Les Underwood and Richard Young had 71.0.
The qualifying round for the Beckett Cup started on Sunday morning, but the wind increased to such a degree that the balls were blowing off the greens, making play impossible, so the competition was abandoned.
This round will now take place on Sunday 28 April.
There will be the second nine-hole Swindle this afternoon between 4pm and 6pm; a Stableford tomorrow; the
qualifying round for the Milburn Foursomes on Sunday and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.
Fred Howarth won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.
Tony’s Tip: M is for manufacture.
Most of the time when you are playing golf you can play standard shots; a full swing with the correct club will get your ball to the target.
Sometimes, though, unusual situations can call for unusual methods of shotmaking.
If the situation does not allow a straightforward swing, as long as you appreciate how the loft of any club affects the ball, and where the clubface looks affects direction, you can often manufacture a shot that
will get you out of difficulty. Be prepared to use your imagination.