Pennant aces set for Kirkby opener

North cliff golf club Captain Alan Richardson presenting trophy to 2011 Club Champion Dave Raybould,

North cliff golf club Captain Alan Richardson presenting trophy to 2011 Club Champion Dave Raybould,

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The Scarborough and District Pennant season tees off at Kirkbymoorside’s Manor Vale course on Saturday.

The nine member clubs, Bridlington Belvedere, Flamborough, Filey, Driffield, Malton & Norton, South Cliff, North Cliff, Whitby and Kirkbymoorside, will be competing once again for the Pennant trophy currently held by North Cliff.

With the loss of two fixtures last season at Driffield and Filey due to the weather, organisers are hoping for better conditions in order to complete a full calendar of events, with every club being in with a chance of winning this prestigious trophy.

The fixtures, which are open to all players of clubs with an active handicap, are in a fourball better ball format and playing off three quarters of club handicap. Professionals and amateurs, assistant professionals and amateurs or two amateurs can make up the seven pairs.

The host club also enter an additional non-counting pair, with four scores counting toward the teams total toward the Pennant trophy, with the exception of November, will see the field reduce to six pairings from each club.

This reduction is due to daylight hours and the unfortunate time it takes players to complete their round of golf. This has been a problem for some time, culminating in the reduction of the field in November.

All players need to be aware of the slow play and need to address this important issue for the enjoyment of all and to play their round of golf in four hours and are urged to keep up with pace of play.

The final meeting of the season where eight pairs are entered in competition for the Ben Fell Trophy, as well as the usual Pennant format, will be held at Driffield GC in March 2012.

Hopefully this event will take place as Driffield have suffered the worst of the wintry weather in not being able to hold an event for the past four years.

Vouchers and Scarborough & District tankards are awarded to the pairs with the best scores on the day. Additional vouchers are awarded for the next six pairings, making seven prizes in all.

There has been one important rule change from the AGM held in September, and all prize winners, if their scores are tied, will be decided on a back nine or six count back.

This replaces last place sharing the award and the voucher being a small reward.

North Cliff will no doubt be keen to retain the trophy, along with South Cliff, who have dominated in the past and shared top place last season with North Cliff.

Prior to this South Cliff held the trophy for a number of seasons, however the other clubs seem to be keen to make their presence felt and maybe this year will see another clubs name on the Pennant trophy by March 2012.

Schedule: Saturday Kirkbymoorside, Saturday 15th October Malton, Saturday 29th October Flamborough, Sunday 13th November Whitby (six pairs), Sunday 27th November South Cliff (six pairs), Sunday 22nd January 2012 Filey, Saturday 4th February North Cliff, Saturday 18th February Brid Belvedere, Saturday 3rd March Driffield (eight pairs & Ben Fell) Saturday 24th March Brid (Millennium Shotgun & Trophy Presentation