Whitby junior wins Saturday Stableford

Junior member Mike Coates came out on top in the Stableford on Saturday, returning an excellent 44 points.

This put him one point clear of Steve Purvis, club captain Tam McConville and Simon Walker.

Graham Bedford, Steve Dosdale and Mike Atack had 42, Kieran Noble and Colin Upton 41 and Richard Appleton had 40.

Earlier in the week, Dave Upton won the Midweek Stableford with 42 points, beating Tony Orton into second place over the back nine holes.

Kevin Barker, Alistair Lyth, Richard Thomson and Chris Shardlow had 41 points, with Bill Estill and Steve Bircham on 40 and Dave Richardson, Steve Foster and Brian Hurst on 39.

Bob Scott and Roger Davison won the Fourball Betterball on Sunday with a nett 61, two shots clear of Kieran Noble and Haydn Harker, who took second from Paul Ventress and Lewis Wright on the back nine. Simon Walker and Mel Purvis took the last prize with 64, pushing John Wightman and Kevin Barker out of the prizes on the back nine.

Bill Estill and Howard Dean had 65.

There will be the usual Stableford on Saturday (26 Nov), Fourball Betterball on Sunday and Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

The last alliance meeting before the Christmas break is being played at South Cliff on Saturday.

Whitby’s team is: 8:24 Colin Upton & Mark Kerr; 8:32 James Jewell & Andy Pearson; 8:40 Dean Bennett & Tam McConville; 10:00 Kevin Barker & Richard Marshall; 10:08 Dave Upton & Peter Easton; 10:16 Martin Shackleton & Eric Wilson. Reserves: Simon Walker, Steve Ellis, Bob Scott, Mike Clarkson.

When the competitions resume after Christmas, the first event of the New Year will be played at Filey on Sunday 22 January.

In the seniors’ section winter eclectic, Malcolm Walker has the early lead with 57.5, closely followed by Peter Davies on 57.75.

Vic Wilson has 60.75 and Peter R Davies 61.00. Peter R Davies leads the best six cards with 215, Andy Burbidge has 214, Peter Davies

211 and Vic Wilson 207.

In the 200 Club weekly draw, this week’s winner on £100 was Jim Morrison.

Tony’s Tip: so many leave lofted pitch shots short of their target that I think it is a worthwhile practice to visualise landing the ball on the top of the flagstick.

I think you will be surprised how often you finish pin-high if you try to do this.