Whitby membership offer already taken up

WHITBY Golf Club’s membership offer to 18 to 29-year-olds has been well taken up already, even though the club’s year doesn’t officially begin until 1 March.

There’s plenty of room for more, so if you are between 18 and 24 you can get a year’s full membership for £190 and if you are aged between 25 and 29 it will cost you £285.

It would be good to see all those rugby and soccer players playing golf in their close season.

Steve Swales won the Midweek Stableford on Wednesday 9 February with 41 points, beating the experienced Harvey Richardson over the back nine holes.

Steve Bircham and Tony Orton had 39 points, with Dave Weatherill on 38 and Dave Upton, Matthew Thompson, Howard Drake and Mike Storr on 36.

The Stableford on Saturday was won by Dave Kirk with 42 points.

Four players were tied on 40 and places were decided over the back nine.

Simon Walker was placed second, Dave Upton third, Steve Dosdale fourth and Mel Purvis was the unlucky player pushed out of the prizes. Billy Hardy had 39 along with Colin Rutland, and Dave Russell and Dean Bennett had 38.

John Hartley and Kieran Noble won Sunday’s Fourball Betterball with 66 on a pretty miserable morning. Club captain Tam McConville and incoming Rabbits captain Michael McElhinney were second with 68 and Andy Lawler and Andy Pearson were third on 69.

There will be the usual Stableford on Saturday (19 Feb), a Fourball Betterball on Sunday morning (20 Feb) and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday (23 Feb).

The next round of the Scarborough and District Alliance takes place at Driffield on Saturday 19 February.

Whitby’s team is: 9.36 I Wiggins & P Easton; 9.44 S Walker & R Marshall; 9.52 D Bennett & N Inglis; 10.00 AS Pearson & R Scott; 11.28 D Upton & C Upton; 11.36 J Jewell & K Barker; 11.44 M Shackleton & S Parkin. Reserves HN Drake, M Clarkson, S Ellis. The next round is at Kirkbymoorside on Saturday 5th March and incorporates the Ben Fell Trophy.

Barbara Knaggs was this week’s winner of £100 in the 200 Club weekly draw.

There will be a quiz night at the club on Friday 25 February. The last ones have proved very popular, particularly being preceded by Happy Hour, so get this in your diary now and come along and have fun.

Tony’s Tip:

IT is all too easy when you are faced with a shot over a significant hazard to let your mind focus on the hazard, rather than on where you want to land the ball.

Instead of seeing the bunker or pond gaping in front of you, visualise the flight of the ball high over the problem, landing well clear of the trouble and rolling up toward the hole. Hold the picture of the successful shot in your mind as you swing the club smoothly through the ball. Hazard - what hazard?