In The Swing: Rhys and Andy star to land South Cliff win

Neil Bruce, above, came out on top at South Cliffs October Medal
Neil Bruce, above, came out on top at South Cliffs October Medal

The Flamborough & District Rabbits Winter Alliance held their first meeting of the 2016/17 season at Flamborough Head Golf Club

The new handicap rules were applied so everyone played off nine 10ths of their current handicap thus ensuring the scores were better than ever.

In the better ball competition the South Cliff pair of Andy Noble and Rhys Richings took full advantage of the new regime and posted a fantastic score of net 59 to secure first place.

Second to fifth places were all decided on the count back after all posted net 62’s, respectively David Thrower and Taff Davies of Bridlington Links, Colin Goodall and Ian Couch of North Cliff, Wiliam Lever and Huw Roberts from South Cliff and Peter Asquith and Nicholas Mack of Kirkbymoorside.

Not surprisingly after the heroics of Noble and Richings it was South Cliff who finished the day top of the Alliance Challenge Trophy standings.

Their team total was 184, followed by Kirkbymoorside in second on 188, third Flamborough 190, fourth Bridlington Links 192, joint fifth North Cliff and Bridlington Belvedere 194, seventh Malton & Norton 197, joint eighth Driffield and Filey 198 and 10th Whitby 207.

South Cliff members contested their October Medal at the weekend and what a good contest it proved to be, especially in Division One when seven players finished within one shot of the lead.

Neil Bruce (8) and Matt Ryan (10) both posted net 70s with Bruce just edging the count back to claim the win.

Bruce started badly with a triple bogey seven at the first but steadied himself and recovered with three birdies to finish the front nine in 38 shots.

Further problems at the 9th and 10th did not faze him and he kept going and finished strongly adding another birdie at the 15th to post a winning score.

Ryan had a much steadier round although he too dropped shots at the opening two holes.

Birdies at four and eight helped his cause but bogeys at the final two holes cost him the win.

Just one shot further back on net 71 came a gaggle of five players, Ian Hunton (13), Callum Chaplin (10), Paul Baker (9), Brian Eyre (13) and Peter Braithwaite (11), all of whom might have won it had things gone their way during proceedings.

In Division Two Darren Riley (20) posted a net 67 to win the division with Tommy Risker (20) just edged into second place on net 68.

Paul Widdowfield (24), Mark Wade (15) and Josh Blades (18) all finished on net 70 and were placed third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Titley secures Sid Wilson Trophy

The North Cliff Past Captains were in action on Saturday playing for the Sid Wilson Trophy in a Stableford format off full handicap.

In a relatively small field the prestige at stake made it a keenly fought competition. When the dust settled John Titley (12) emerged as the winner with a total of 37 points.

A steady front nine, apart from a no score on the sixth, produced 17 points but Titley moved up a gear on the homeward nine to add a further 20 points.

Brian Witty was just a shot shy on 36 points but he also failed to score on the sixth, nevertheless posted 19 points going out and looked to be set fair for the win when he stood on the 18th tee with 36 points already guaranteed but then he inexplicably failed to add to his total.

George lands Junior Captain's Day victory

Junior Captain’s Day at North Cliff was played off the white tees and produced a very closely contested affair.

George Davies (19), after a shaky start, played steadily using his shot allowance well to finish on net 73 to claim first prize just one shot ahead of both George Bell (12) in second place and Marco Masucci (11) third.

North Cliff Ladies held an Open Day and they were rewarded with an excellent day that was contested by teams from around the region.

The prizes were well spread around but surprisingly did not include any of the home club teams.

First prize went to Ann Rossington (11), Caroline Barker (13), Wendy Lockwood (14) and Heather Brocklebank (20), a team made up from Hornses & Hainsworth Park.

They scored 38 points on the front nine but powered home with 45 points for a winning total of 83.

Their finishing burst over the last three of seven, six and seven points proving too much for the rest.