Young golfers welcome at junior coaching sessions

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Bill Estill led the qualifiers in the Beckett Cup on Sunday, scoring 72 in cold and windy conditions. Mike Coates had the same nett score with a worse back nine, but couldn’t qualify for the matchplay stages as a junior member. Mike Kilpatrick had 73, with Steve Parkin, Simon Grant, Richard Barker and Dean Bennett on 74. John Carter and Sam Wiggins scored 75, ahead of Garry Walker, John Wightman and Steve Foster on 76.

Earlier in the week, Dave Jewell won the Midweek Stableford with 41 points, beating Chris Batchelor over the back nine holes. Men’s captain Richard Marshall had 40, ahead of Simon Grant on 38 and Kieran Noble, John Hartley, Mike Harper, Byron Blessed and Steve Swales on 36.

The competition on Saturday was a Yellowball Medal, where the players take it in turn to hold the yellow ball when their score must count, and the best score of the other players is added to it. The winning team was Roger Davison, Kevan Little, Martin Thistle and Ivan Ross with 139, 3 under par. This beat the team of Steve Purvis, Mel Purvis, Billy Hardy and Colin Coates over the back nine holes.

Three-man team Tam McConville, John Hartley and Gordon Mackenzie were third with 144. Gentlemen in the President’s Putter are reminded that all first round matches must be completed on or by Monday 6 May. The May Medal is tomorrow, with a Betterball Medal on Sunday. There is a Pro’s Open Stableford on Bank Holiday Monday and a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday.

All young golfers please note that junior coaching starts again on Sunday 19 May. As in previous years, this takes place on the practice area near the Love Lane roundabout, beginning at 9.30am for an hour. The cost is £2 each week and all young golfers are welcome, not just junior members. For further information ring me in the Pro Shop on (01947) 602719.

Steve Ellis won £200 in the monthly draw in the 200 Club.

Tony’s Tip: this week O is for Over the top! Not referring to the trenches in WW1, but the first movement in the downswing. For right-handers, this is the moment where the strong right side can overpower the rest of the body, causing the swing path to go the left with a steep downwards attack on the ball, hitting a wild slice.

Instead try to feel that the right hand and elbow begin the downswing ‘underneath’ before they are released through ball just before impact.