The Scarborough & District Pennant season recommenced at North Cliff on Saturday, with the season taking an unexpected long break.
The snow has had a terrible effect on income for golf clubs, closing all courses in the area, also forcing Filey to abandon their fixture back in November before the usual winter break.
North Cliff, keen to get the fixture on and consolidate their lead toward the Pennant trophy, provided a course in fine order considering the extreme weather conditions.
With the full course open and no temporary greens credit has to go to the staff at North Cliff.
With four team scores counting, the entry of seven pairs from the nine member clubs toward the Pennant trophy and one extra pair none counting from the host club, it proved to be tough going. As the wind was not forgiving and damp conditions would make the course play at it longest.
This may have had an effect on the players or maybe the long lay-off, as once again time raised its ugly head, with the last two fourballs having to complete their rounds in the dark.
With the early pace set there is no excuse for slow play; a fourball should easily complete a round of golf in less than four hours, resulting in all players completing their round in daylight hours. This makes for better golf, giving every team a chance in competing for honours.
With early scores posted North Cliff pairing Steve Pybus (2 handicap) and Steve Speight (13 h/c) being pushed into second spot from South Cliff duo Chris Smith (+2 h/c) and Paul Nock (15 h/c) on the back nine with a six-under-par 66 Nett, was the score to beat. Bridlington pair Rich Webster (+1) & Neil Richardson (6 h/c) managed one shot of the pace with a 67 Nett.
Leaders North Cliff were keen to consolidate on home turf, it was up to the later pairings to produce good scores.
With South Cliff’s team already in supporting Smith and Nock were Paul Dack (9 h/c) and Dave Purvis (12 h/c) with 66 Nett and Andy Roberts (6 h/c) and Dave Hastie (12 h/c) with 67 Nett along with an earlier pairing carding a two-under-par 70, South Cliff had a team total of 269.
Focus was then turned to a pairing from Driffield, Geoff Drewery (6 h/c) and Ted Grantham (14 h/c), taking the tankards with a excellent eight-under-par 64 Nett.
With South Cliff’s score already posted, North Cliff needed a good score from their last pairings and Ron Kelley (5 h/c) and Paul Kitson (10 h/c) did not disappoint producing another six-under-par 66 Nett.
However their team total would be two less than South Cliff as earlier pairings could only produce 70 and 69 giving North a total of 271.
North Cliff now hold a six-shot lead before the season moves onto Bridlington’s Belverdere course in a fortnight.
Tankards: 1st G Drewery & T Grantham Driffield 64 Nett, JNT 2nd C Smith & P Nock S/Cliff, S Pybus & S Speight N/Cliff, P Dack & D Purvis S/Cliff, R Kelley & P Kitson N/Cliff 66 Nett, JNT 6th R Webster & N Richardson Bridlington, A Roberts & D Hastie S/Cliff 67 Nett.
Pennant Standings (N/Cliff score in brackets): 1st North Cliff 1326 (271) 2nd South Cliff 1332 (269) 3rd Driffield 1349 (276) 4th Kirkbymoorside 1359 (285) 5th Filey 1362 (277) 6th Malton 1365 (288) 7th Whitby 1368 (285) 8th Bridlington 1393 (281) 9th Flamborough 1143 (285)