Whitby team fifth in challenging round

A challenging day on the course at South Cliff on Sunday caused much higher scores than usual – 68 was the best score returned by pairs from Bridlington and South Cliff, with Whitby’s Robin Sisson and Steve Thornton doing well to come third with 69.

Bridlington had the best team score on the day with 282, from South Cliff on 284 and North Cliff on 286. Whitby were 5th with 293.

This meant that Whitby have dropped back one place in the Pennant, now lying in 5th on 2200. North Cliff lead with one event to go on 2154, with South Cliff on 2168 and Filey on 2179. The other Whitby scores were: 72 Colin Upton & Dave Upton; 76 Simon Walker & John Hartley, Dean Bennett & Tam McConville; 80 Kevin Barker & Steve Ellis; 82 James Jewell & Andy Lawler; 88 Bill Estill & John Wightman. Whitby’s team for the penultimate Alliance event, the Ben Fell Trophy at Filey on Sunday is: 9.36 Simon Walker & Bill Estill; 9.44 Dean Bennett & Tam McConville; 9.52 James Jewell & Alan Atkinson; 10.00 Colin Upton & Dave Upton; 11.44 Mike Coates & Steve Ellis; 11.52 Richard Appleton & Jimmy Witt; 12.00 Kevin Barker & Chris Noble; 21.08 Robin Sisson & Steve Thornton.

Reserves: John Wightman, Bob Scott. The last event is the Am-Am, being played this year at Malton on Saturday March 21. Play is with a shotgun start at 9am.

The Mail on Sunday mens team had an equally difficult day at Hunley Hall, and their campaign was short-lived this year. Mike Coates was the only winner, with Mel Purvis, Steve Purvis, Bob Scott and Paul Ventress being beaten.

In the Midweek Stableford there was the closest possible finish, with four players scoring 39 points. Winner was Terry Wilkinson, from Tam McConville, Roger Turton and Mike Storr.Mel Purvis had a remarkable score of 45 to win the Stableford on Saturday, giving him a two-point cushion over John Carter and Terry Wilkinson.

John McMurran was fourth with 42.

The latest positions in the best ten cards in the Saturday competitions is: 390 Tam McConville; 385 Steve Purvis; 369 Jim Hall and Bob Scott; 365 Robin Sisson; 363 Steve Swales.

Sunday’s Fourball was won by Colin Hood and Howard Dean with 67, with John Carter and captain Byron Blessed in second with 69. Byron then drove into office with the traditional shot from the 1st tee.

It wasn’t his best ever drive, but what it lacked in distance was made up for in straightness.

Everyone wished him all the best for his year.

Byron leads in the best six cards with 392, from Liam Kirkbride on 397 and Tam McConville on 389.

Division One of the Eclectic is led by Mike Coates on 56, from Tam McConville on 58 and Bill Estill and Bob Scott on 60. Chris Noble leads Division Two with 55, from Byron Blessed on 56 and Liam Kirkbride on 57.

Gentlemen are invited to join the ladies and the seniors in a St Patrick’s Day patsome competition on Tuesday March 17, raising funds for the Stroke Association.

There is an entry sheet in the locker room.