Whitby’s Betterball Trophy culminates in closest of finishes

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Mark Kerr and Andy Smith won the Des Burton Betterball Trophy on Sunday in the closest of finishes.

Four pairs scored 64, and the placings had to be sorted out over the back nine and six holes.

With a 6 under par 28 on the back nine Mark and Andy were the winners, with Richard Brown and Steve Swales coming second.

Father and son Dave and Colin Upton were third, with Steve Dosdale and Martin Shackleton coming fourth.

Earlier in the week, Billy Hardy won the Midweek Stableford with 38 points, just edging ahead of Martin Shackleton, Colin Upton, Mike Harper and Tam McConville on 37 points.

Saturday’s competition was a Team Stableford, with the best three cards of the four players counting to give the team aggregate.

The fourth card was only used in the case of a tie.

With a score of 112 the winners were Peter C Brown (38), Richard Young (37), Tam McConville (37) and Mike Rothwell (34).

Second on the same total were Mike Coates (42), Fraser Seaton (35), Luke Asbury (35) and Paul Ventress (26).

Carol Ward won the ladies Centenary Cup with a 74, beating Barbara Knaggs over the back nine holes.

Janet Wightman, June Halley and Karen Fellows had 76 with Kate Bradley on 78.

This Saturday (May 31) has no competition scheduled; the men’s Centenary Trophy is on Sunday, the ladies June Medal is on Tuesday, the Midweek Medal is on Wednesday and the first Seniors Open Day is on Friday, with the course closed until 3pm.

Junior coaching continues every Thursday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm until the end of summer.

Tony’s Tip:

The PGA Championship at Wentworth was a great example of how you must never assume that the result is a foregone conclusion.

Who would have thought that Thomas Bjorn would lose a five-shot lead in just seven holes? I hear so many golfers admitting defeat before they even start, along the lines of ‘I’ve no chance against xxxx – they’re really good’.

Anyone can have an off day, so go out and play the best you can and it might well be good enough.