In The Swing with Derrick Arden: Pat delivers solid round to win May Stableford

Gloria Pickering
Gloria Pickering

Our weekly round-up from the area's golf clubs with Derrick Arden.

Pat delivers solid round to win May Stableford

North Cliffs lady captain Marilyn Rennard took first place in Division Three of the clubs May Stableford

North Cliffs lady captain Marilyn Rennard took first place in Division Three of the clubs May Stableford

North Cliff ladies held their May Stableford alongside the first round of The Bowes Goblet recently. Pat Palmer finished top of Division One with 32 points with Barbara Brocklehurst in second place on 28 points.

The Division Two winner was Patcharin Harris also on 32 points to leave Joan Rippon second with 29 points.

The lady captain Marilyn Rennard took first place in Division Three and also posted the best score of the day with 34 points, runner-up in the division was Chris Charlesworth, who posted 22 points.

South Cliff ladies played a medal competition last week and the results were as follows:

Rob Newton won the Whittaker Cup after beating 87 competitors

Rob Newton won the Whittaker Cup after beating 87 competitors

Division One: 1st Gloria Pickering 97-14 = 83, 2nd Janet Howes 100-17 = 83, 3rd Ruth Smith 103 - 18 = 85; Division 2, 1st Glenis Hoskins 101 - 23 = 78, 2nd Chris McMahon 109 - 27 = 82, 3rd Carole Hartley 105 - 22 = 83; 

Division Three: 1st Pauline Allison 120 - 32 = 88, 2nd Elizabeth Ricketts 125 - 35 = 90, 3rd Audrey Patterson 120 - 29 = 91.

Pottage romps to victory

South Cliff held their stableford qualifier for the ERU Millennium Final.

Sam Pottage romped home in fine style to record his second win in consecutive weekends in Division One.

On this occasion a total of 37 points did the job, one point ahead of Dave Hall with Neil Bruce in third on 35 points.

In Division Two Elliott Sill posted 46 points to leave the rest trailing in a distance behind, Alan Baldwin and Callum Chaplin both carding 41.

Andrew Noble finished top of Division Three on 43 points, a massive nine points ahead of second placed Kevin Wardell.

All three divisional winners qualify to go forward to the final on Saturday June 18.

Newton sees off 87 to lift Whittaker Cup

The Whittaker Cup was the competition of the day at North Cliff on Sunday last with a strong field of 88 players chasing the trophy.

There was a blustery wind to make things difficult, especially when allied to the bogey format, when everyone plays against the par on each hole to gain a plus when beating par, a zero with par and a minus if over par.

The result was therefore in doubt until the last card was handed in and Rob Newton was confirmed as the winner with a plus three score.

After turning for home at level, Newton finished his round very strongly with seven gross pars, one bogey and a birdie at the difficult par three 15th to give him a plus three return for his back nine holes.

His recent golfing holiday in Ireland had obviously rejuvenated his game.

Newton was delighted to get back into the winners circle after a lengthy absence.

Three players finished on plus two, Jonathan Kemp, Andy Allcock and Rob Fox, all of whom were still in with a chance to win with a good finish.

However, all of them just failed to make the vital point, Allcock was probably the nearest of the three to do it.

After a gross birdie at 14, two pars at 15 and 16 followed by another gross birdie at 17 he too was at plus three but a bogey at the last ruined his charge and chance.

Another six plus one scores were handed in by Paul Wiffen, Stephen Osborne, Stephen Watts, James Blenkinsopp, Andy Gaze and Chris Moore.