Whitby golfer breaks course record

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

Richard Brown must have been inspired by Rory McIlroy’s heroics at Royal Liverpool – and produced a new course record in winning the Preston Cup on Sunday.

His amazing card was a gross 65 (six under par) nett 60, including a four-under-par back nine of just 30 strokes.

Either James Jewell or Graham Wicking could have been forgiven for thinking that they had done enough to win as they returned 64s, but they had to be content with second and third places.

Steve Thornton took the last prize with 65, beating Bob Scott and Mike Coates over the back nine holes.

Earlier in the week, men’s captain John Wightman and vice-captain Byron Blessed were drawn together in the Rabbits section Invitation Fourball, where a ‘rabbit’ is drawn with a ‘tiger’.

John and Byron scored 44 points to win the competition. Tomorrow, the Rabbits section ran a Charity Texas Scramble. Gordon Mackenzie, John Hartley and Tam McConville had the lowest score of 59.0, to win from Richard Marshall, Colin Hood, Byron Blessed and Nigel Aspden on 60.3.

Just behind were Jimmy Witt, Alan Atkinson, Richard Appleton and Bob Scott on 60.5.

The ladies played the July Par on Thursday, and Barbara Knaggs beat the card with a score of 2 up. Karen Marshall was 1 up, Sheena Hamilton 1 down and Maureen Eglon 4 down.

Tomorrow, it is men’s Invitation Day. The Elliott Cup is on Sunday. On Tuesday, the ladies play the 36 hole Club Championship, and the course is closed until 10 for the first round.

The seniors then have priority on the tee between 10 and 11. There is a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday and the ladies Margaret Stalker Seniors Trophy on Thursday.

Last week’s winner of £100 in the 200 Club was Kevin Ing.

This week the winner was John Owens.

Tony’s Comment: what a fantastic feast of golf at the Open. I thought the course looked absolutely stunning, and I know from personal experience just what a great test of golf it is – much more undulation than shows up on television.

There was a lot of tactical play on view (as I suggested last week) which was well explained by the commentators, so do try to apply some of that thinking to your own golf.

Best memory of the week for me (apart from watching Rory lift the claret jug) was Tom Watson’s amazing performance at 64 years of age, still smiling and playing superb golf.