Whitby’s Mail on Sunday golf team bow out

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Whitby’s team were beaten in the fifth round of the Mail on Sunday Team Classic on Sunday in the closest of finishes.

Playing a team from Whitley Bay, the match see-sawed backwards and forwards, with Mike Coates winning by 5 & 4, Paul Ventress losing by 2 & 1, Dave Kirk losing 4 & 3 before Mel Purvis levelled the match by winning by 4 & 3.

In the deciding match, Steve Purvis was one down playing the last and managed a gutsy birdie, but his opponent followed him in to give Whitley Bay victory by 3 matches to 2. Although they don’t progress any further, the team has done a great job to get this far.

Also on Sunday, Andrew Dent produced a sparkling nett 63 to win the 1892 Medal on a day of low scoring.

Steve Ingleston was second with 64, from Mike Harper, Chris Eglon, Ian Wiggins, Graham Wicking and Dean Bennett on 65. Andy Lawler and James Jewell had 66. The lowest gross was shared by Ian and Alex Wiggins with 2 under par 69.

Richard Jewell won the Midweek Medal with 64 from Mike Coates and Bill Estill on 66. Simon Walker, Dave Upton and Alex Wiggins had 67, and Alex’s 69 was the lowest gross.

Saturday’s competition was an Am-Am, and was won by Simon Walker, Dean Bennett, Ian Wiggins and Alex Wiggins with 20 under par 122, from Mike Kilpatrick, Neil Coates, Peter R Brown and Mark Kerr on 124.

There will be a Betterball Stableford on Saturday (15 June). On Sunday it is the Rover Cup, and in the middle of the day the North East Rabbits Golf Asssociation is holding one of its meetings at Whitby with the tee reserved from 11 until 2.

The first of the midweek majors, the King George V1 Trophy, is on Wednesday.

Members wishing to play next Friday (21 June) should note that the tee is booked between 10.40 and 3.30 for a ladies match and the Rabbits Open Day.

Kate Bradley won the ladies June Medal on Tuesday 4 with 69, reducing her handicap to 34 in the process. Amanda Ing had 73, Barbara Knaggs 75 and Mandy Coates 77. In the Accumulator Diana Upton had 9 with Jean Owens on 8.

Andy Wells was this week’s winner of £100 in the 200 Club.

Tony’s Tip: U is for Under. If you want the ball to fly up into the air, don’t try to scoop it up; instead make sure that you brush the grass under the ball, and the loft of the club will do the job for you.