Whitby golf course to be lit up like a flightpath

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WHAT a great win for the European women in the Solheim Cup, convincingly beating the Americans over last weekend in Ireland.

Rather like the American men’s tour, the overseas players are playing a stronger role these days, particularly the Koreans, but it is still a notable victory as Europe were definitely the underdogs.

Winning the singles on the last day was also quite unusual, as the innate self-confidence of USA teams makes them very hard to beat in one-to-one games.

Back home at Whitby, Chris Booth won the Midweek Stableford last Wednesday with 42 points, pushing Brian Hurst into second place on 41 with Mike Thompson third on 40. Kieran Noble and Paul Mendelsohn had 39 with Dave Upton and Mark Kerr on 38.

Saturday’s Stableford was won by Steve Ellis with 42. Kevan Little, Peter C Brown, Luke Asbury and Paul Sykes had 40 points, with Mike Thompson, Kieran Noble and Gordon Mackenzie on 39.

Only one final was played on Sunday, with Peter Scholey beating Austin James in the Beckett Cup.

The rest of the men played a Greensomes Medal and this was won by Andy Pearson and Kevin Barker with 64.6. Adrian Brown and Mike Clarkson were second on 65.6, just ahead of Ian Wiggins and Simon Walker on 66.2.

Dean Bennett and James Jewell scored 66.8, Mel Purvis and Colin Coates 68.8 and Bill Estill and Howard Dean 69.6.

Kevin and Amanda Ing won the RNLI Mixed Greensomes on Sunday with 72.4. Bill Nicol and Sheena Hamilton had 74.0, Haydn and Sally Harker

78.4 and Neil Butler and Mandy Coates 79.2.

The October Medal is being played on Saturday 1 October, the Daily Mail Foursomes 2012 qualifying round is on Sunday 2 October and the Midweek Medal is on Wednesday 5 October.

The Tigers Alliance starts up again with the first fixture at Kirkbymoorside on Saturday 1 October.

The Whitby team is: 8.32 Ian Wiggins and Peter Easton; 8.40 Simon Walker and Richard Marshall; 8.48 Alex Wiggins and Tam McConville; 8.56 Paul Ventress and Bob Scott; 10.40 Kevin Barker and Andy Pearson; 10.48 Dean Bennett and Eric Wilson; 10.56 Simon Grant and Mark Kerr. Reserve Austin James. The second fixture is at Malton on Saturday 15 October.

Peter D Davies won the best nett in the seniors Memorial Trophy on Thursday 22 September with 67. Colin Fenby had the best gross with 88.

As the season nears its conclusion, Byron Blessed plays Billy Hardy in the final of the Rabbits’ Summer Knockout. The second winter Alliance meeting takes place at Whitby on Thursday 6 October.

One advantage of the approaching dark nights is that the members can have a game of ‘night golf’ on Thursday 13 October. Starting at 6.30pm, special tee, fairway and green markers light up the course like an airport flight path and the balls look like tracer fire arcing through the night sky. This fun game will be followed by supper in the club house.

So if you see strange lights in the sky, don’t trouble RAF Fylingdales!

Mr J Lucas won £200 in the monthly draw in the 200 Club.

Tony’s Tip:

IF you watched the climax of the Tour Championship in Atlanta you would have seen the huge value of a good short game.

Bill Haas, the eventual winner, missed the green on the 72nd hole with his tee shot, but got down in a pitch and a putt.

Having tied with Hunter Mahan, he did exactly the same again on the first extra hole, did it again from the edge of the lake on the second extra hole, and yet again on the third, which finally gave him victory - and a small matter of 10 million dollars.

So practise your chips, pitches and putts - I can’t guarantee you a prize like that, but it will improve your scores.