Whitby ladies through to Yorkshire semi-finals

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The Whitby Ladies A golf team has progressed to the Yorkshire Ladies’ Golf Union semi finals to be played at Bedale Golf Club on Monday, September 2.

The other qualifying teams are Richmond, Wath and Bondhay. The four teams have qualified from 117 starting teams through the Yorkshire Ladies Union area.

The four teams will play the semi-finals in the morning and the winning two will play the final in the afternoon.

Whitby will play Richmond in the first semi-final. Whitby’s team qualified for the finals day by playing a series of six matches home and away through the season against Scarborough North Cliff, Cleveland and Wyke Ridge, winning five and losing one.

The ladies who have competed in two of the qualifying matches and are eligible for the final stages are: Maureen Eglon (Captain), Barbara Knaggs, Kath Cooling, Doreen Richardson, June Halley, Sandra Bastiman, Karen Marshall, Wendy Hurworth, Marjorie Mackenzie and Amanda Ing.

The ladies’ Presidents prize matchplay competition was won by Barbara Knaggs, beating Karen Fellows 1 up, and the Silver Salver matchplay final was won by Kath Cooling, runner up June Halley.

The winner of the third 36 handicap aggregate competition was Susie Sykes.

Mandy Coates won the August Medal with 67, from Jennifer Ratcliffe and Barbara Knaggs on 72. Kate Bradley won the Dorothy Walker Spoons with 38 points, with Jennifer Ratcliffe one point behind and Karen Fellows on 36.

The men’s Midweek Medal was won by Byron Blessed with 67, ahead of Dean Bennett on 68 and Howard Dean and Dave Kirk on 69. Simon Walker, Ian Wiggins, Sam Wiggins and Dean Bennett won Saturday’s Yellowball Medal with a score of 133, from Mel Purvis, Steve Purvis, Billy Hardy and Colin Coates.

Mel Purvis was in the prizes again on Sunday, winning the Dunsley Cup with a score of 3 up against the course, beating Richard Brown over the back nine holes. Steve Foster, Mike Storr, Robin Sisson and Steve Dosdale were all 2 up, and Paul Ventress and Chris Shardlow were 1 up.

Gentlemen playing in the match against York at Strensall on Sunday are reminded the first tee time is noon. The match will be followed by a meal for which the dress code is jacket and tie.

Chris Booth won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.

Volunteers are needed to help run the mens events in Scarborough Golf Week on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday September 4 and also for the club’s Open Four Man Team Stableford on Sunday September 8. If you can give up some time to help the club, contact me in the Pro Shop.

Tony’s Tip: using the same bunker technique irrespective of conditions will not work. If the sand has become compacted you will need to work a bit harder to get your wedge under the ball.

Aim to enter the sand nearer to the ball and don’t open the clubface – you could even use your pitching wedge to get the club to cut into the sand better.