Whitby golfer Rutland fulfils winter promise

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COLIN Rutland fulfilled the promise he has shown over the winter months in the April Medal on Saturday, with a 64 that left the rest of the field trailing in his wake.

He will now have to play off his new handicap of 18.

Brian Jamieson was second in Division Two with 72, Dave Weatherill had 73 and Mel Purvis 75.

In Division One, Colin Hood was a convincing winner with 66, ahead of Mark McBurney, Neil Inglis and Eric Wilson on 68 and Simon Walker on 70.

Earlier in the week, Andy Smith had a better back nine to beat Dave Richardson in the Midweek Stableford after they had tied on 40 points. Bill Estill had 39, with Dave Upton and Colin Rutland on 38.

The Greensomes Medal on Sunday was won by Andy Lawler and Mick Christie with 63.4, an exceptional score in this form of golf.

Tam McConville and Dean Bennett were second with 65.2, with Steve Purvis partnering Billy Hardy and Dave Jewell with Steve Swales both scoring 67.2.

Simon Walker and Ian Wiggins had 67.6.

The competition tomorrow is an Am-Am, a form of golf where the best two scores of the team are recorded on each hole.

This is usually a very low-scoring game, so watch out for at least 12 under to win.

It gets serious on Sunday with the qualifying round for the President’s Putter, the top 64 going through to the matchplay stages - remember that you must complete all 18 holes and return your card if you want to qualify.

There will be a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

A lot of Tigers have taken up the challenge from the Rabbits section to have a match on Thursday 5 May, teeing off from 3.30pm, so a few more Rabbits are needed to balance the teams.

If your handicap is 16 or above, put your name down on the list for a great evening’s golf and see if you can take a Tiger’s scalp.

Howard Drake was this week’s lucky winner of £100 in the 200 Club weekly draw.

Tony’s Tip: how fast should you swing? If you have been watching the Masters you will have seen lots of different swing speeds, so there can’t be one answer to my question.

I think that the ideal is a strong swing that is not flat out - you should still have balance and control.

To find this, try a few swings just as hard and fast as you can - this gives you the feel of what 100% is.

Now throttle back to 90% and you should be about right for you.