Hall kicks off captaincy with drive-in event
There was an excellent turnout of members at South Cliff Golf Club to witness their new captain Keith Hall make the traditional inaugural drive off on the first tee.
A shot-gun start 4BBB competition was played before the captain drove off at the first tee, while the members encouraged him from the balcony. They had all placed marker flags down the first hole (fairway, rough and hazards included) where they thought his ball would finish, the winner received a sleeve of six golf balls.Hall is a true Scarborian having been born in the town and having worked in the accounts department of the local council. He has been married to Glynis for 43 years. He joined South Cliff in 1971 and was their Rabbit’s Captain for the 2014/15 season. The winners of the Capatains Drive-in Competition were Chris Scott and Malcolm Howes, nett 59; 2nd James Gomersall and Keith Warren, net 63 and Steve Deighton and Steve McAleese nett 64. To add a bit of fun to the proceedings the capatin awarded a prize to last place, won by Ron Jaconelli and Sean Mitchell with a net 77. Winner of the flag competition was Steve Deighton.The South Cliff ladies held the drive-in competition for their recently-appointed lady captain Caroline Woodhouse. This time the weather was excellent and a good turnout enjoyed the day. The format was four ball better ball over 15 holes and the winners were Sally Waggitt and Ewa Graczyk with a score of 28 points. Second place went to Chris McMahon and June Syrett who finished on 26 points, after a countback on the back six to push Sandra Massender and Dorothy Day, who also finished on 26 points into third place.They in-turn edged Sue Kelly and Dawn Saul also on 26 points into fourth position on the countback. The results from the ladies November Stableford competition are: First Division: 1st Dawn Saul (18) 33 points; 2nd Ann Ely (18) 31 pts. Back 9; 3rd Kate Owen (17) 31 pts; Second Division: 1st Sheila Thorpe (20) 35 points; 2nd June Syrett (25) 30 pts; 3rd Gill Skingle (24) 28 pts.Third Division: 1st Ann Wrigglesworth (30) 34pts; 2nd Judy Craft (29) 31pts; 3rd Pauline Allison (33) 27pts back 9.North Cliff held a four-man team event at the weekend with the two best scores to count on each hole. The winning team of Mark Hewitt (15), Gary Buck (24), Craig Hewitt (13) and Steve Mancrief (14) combined very well to card a net 121 or 23 under par, there were an abundance of net birdies as they went out in 64 and back in 57. Not that they had it all their own way, as coming in with just a single shot more on 122, the team of Paul Marsh (13), Andy Miller (14), Colin Goodall (16) and Barry Jackson (18) could have nipped in, the difference was they took 65 out and 57 back. Third spot was claimed by Nigel Hird (13), Chris Walker (10), Darren Bunyan (16) and Steve Watts (15) who came home with the best back nine score of the day of net 55 for a 124 total.
Crawford and Lucas hit form
The Scarboroug & District Golf Alliance was back in action at Driffield after the previous week’s postponement. Due to the reduced hours of daylight the club teams were reduced to six pairs with four to count. All the clubs were anxious to put in a significant score prior to the winter break to put them in a good position for when play resumes in the New Year. Bridlington Belvedere’s early pairing of Andy Crawford and Warren Lucas, who were the first to tee-off, made an immediate impact and posted an excellent nine under-par total of net 61. The rest of the field tried hard to beat that score but it remained unmatched throughout the day and as a result earned Crawford and Lucas the betterball tankards. It was not until later in the day that D Gilbank and D Woolard from Malton came close to parity with a creditable net 62. There were three net 63s that filled the next placings for vouchers, they were separated by a count backs on a back six and back nine. D Bennett and T McConville from Whitby claimed third place, I Charlton and G Kelly of Malton took fourth spot and edged out the South Cliff duo of P Johnson and C Chaplin. However, South Cliff did have other good scores in their team total that would see them leapfrog over Filey into second place in the Pennant Standings. The final place in the voucher awards was taken by the North Cliff pairing of Andy Allcock and Adam Morris, they produced a six under-par 64, taking the award by virtue of a birdie at the last hole. The North Cliff team was relieved to see the score from Allcock and Morris as it improved their total sufficiently for them to retain the lead in the Pennant for 2016. South Cliff’s team total of 256, along with Brid Belvedere and Malton, moved them up to within just four shots of the leaders with Filey a further two shots adrift. Malton and Norton are fourth, 11 shots behind Filey but some very long and tricky courses to come in the New Year it is still far from a three horse race.The Alliance now moves into its winter break, with the next meeting taking place in January 2017, when teams will go back to the usual seven pairs. That meeting will be on Sunday January 29 at Kirkbymoorside which has, in the past, seen a lot of movement in the league placings as it can be very cold, very long and very difficult at that time of the year.