GOLF: Belton clubs’ charity fund-raisers battle the heat in longest day marathons

Belton Park's Steve Preston teeing off on the fifth at 5.15am.
Belton Park's Steve Preston teeing off on the fifth at 5.15am.
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Two players from Belton Park and Belton Woods chose to raise cash for charity in marathon golf challenges on the longest and hottest day of the year.

Congratulations go to Steve Preston from all Belton Park members for completing 95 holes of golf in a cauldron of a day.

Marathon man Steve Preston (right) with Belton Park captain Derek Bashford at the end the 95-hole challenge.

Marathon man Steve Preston (right) with Belton Park captain Derek Bashford at the end the 95-hole challenge.

With a first tee time of 4.37am, teeing off with club captain Derek Bashford, Steve took 456 shots to complete the 95 holes – all completed on foot with no buggy.

Finishing at 9.32pm, Steve was joined by friends and family for a few well earned beers and a small presentation of an Arsenal football signed by former Gunners player and BPGC member Willie Young. In addition, Steve was given a photo taken on the day and signed by all of the players that joined him in his marathon.

Steve raised more than £2,600 for Macmillan Nurses and Maggie’s Respite Homes. A fantastic achievement Steve, very well done. To make a donation, visit tinyurl.com/StevePreston

Ladies

Belton Park lady captain Sue Hall, left, with ladies' club champion Anna Clarke.

Belton Park lady captain Sue Hall, left, with ladies' club champion Anna Clarke.

Anna Clarke was crowned ladies’ club champion for the 10th time at Belton Park.

The ladies’ championship attracted the largest number of entrants this year, with more than 20 ladies taking part in the 27-hole competition on the coolest day of the week.

Club captain Derek Bashford and his vice-captain Colin Mason made drinks and served lunch to the ladies at their 20-minutes stop after 18 holes.

Head greenkeeper Lee Carrett set a fair but challenging course. The greens were in excellent condition with the pins strategically placed.

Club captain John Harry Harrison (right) and Belton Woods general manager Seamus Coen.

Club captain John Harry Harrison (right) and Belton Woods general manager Seamus Coen.

Anna and her nearest rival for the championship, Jo Pearson, battled hard over the course. At the end of the day, only one shot separated them. Anna was the ultimate champion with a score of 126, with Helen Long next with 133 on countback.

Jo was net champion with a score of 127-18=109, whilst Olga Ebsworth was runner-up with 147-36=111.

The 125 Trophy was played for on the same day. All the participants in the club championship and another 20-plus ladies entered this 18-hole competition for the trophy donated by Marjie Thompson in 2015, the year of her captaincy, when the club celebrated its 125th anniversary.

Results: 1 Pam Mackey 87-15=72, 2 Carol Steele 90-17=73 ocb, 3 Sue Mitchell 91-18=73 ocb, 4 Jools Taylor 94-21=73.

Cameron Sunman shows off the Sudbrook Moor Ken Crowe Challenge trophy.

Cameron Sunman shows off the Sudbrook Moor Ken Crowe Challenge trophy.

The ladies and senior men’s section played for the Isobel Hockley Trophy the following Thursday. This was a very social betterball competition where the ladies partnered the seniors.

Twelve pairs entered and enjoyed a meal together after play.

Seniors captain Graham Secker and his partner Alice Epton were the winners with a fantastic score of 44 points. Runners-up with 43 were Olga Ebsworth and Derek Little, whilst Helen Long and Tim Stubbs were third on 41. Best front nine went to Sandra Pask and Bill Brogan, with the best back nine won by Marjie Thompson and George Crowford.

This week, the ladies played in the Ladies NSPCC Salver.

Again the conditions were ideal with the players only experiencing the odd shower. This was reflected in the scores, with the top three all in the 40s.

Eventual winners of this betterball competition were Sheila Mason and Pam Wiggins with 41 points on countback from Sue Hall and Paula Marshall. Third were Jan Johnson and Pam Mackey on 40.

Other scores: June Stableford, Div 1 – Janni Pask 35pt, Jan Johnson 34, Donna Hayle 32; Div 2 – Liz Frobisher 40, Jennifer Gardiner 39, Marjie Thompson 33.

BELTON WOODS

The Summer Solstice can mean many things to many people, but to Belton Woods club captain John ‘Harry’ Harrison it was the opportunity to play 100 holes of golf on the longest day of the year.

Sponsored by friends and club members, Harry set off at first light to raise as much money for this year’s Captain’s Charity, the Rainbows Hospice for children and young people in Loughborough.

But Harry was not to know that it would prove to be the hottest day of the year so far. What a day to choose!

However, ably supported by his wife Jackie in a buggy, and fed and watered by Belton Woods Hotel, Harry played three rounds (54 holes) of golf on the Woods course and two rounds (36 holes) on the Lakes, followed by an extra 10 holes on the Lakes to reach the total of 100.

During his epic, Harry hit 433 strokes and walked 31.5 miles, as well as having numerous changes of shoes, socks and shirts! He managed all this in an astounding 11 hours and 30 minutes, finishing on the 18th hole on the Lakes at 3.30pm, where he was welcomed in by of Belton Woods general manager Seamus Coen.

The total money raised for Rainbows Hospice is expected to reach a marvellous £800.

Congratulations to Harry on such a tremendous achievement.

The hottest day of the year also brought out a good field of players in the Monthly Stableford competition, combined with the England Golf Trust Women’s qualifier.

Scorching sun did not prevent some excellent scores and no-one succumbed to heatstroke!

The previous Saturday was not such a hot day but again brought out a large field of players, and the eventual winners were Ailsa Lines (Bronze) with a tremendous score of 45 stableford points and Carole Stothard (Silver) with an excellent 41. Both ladies received a handicap cut and will hopefully go on to represent Belton Woods in the National Final at King’s Norton on August 22.

The A team played their third league match at home on Sunday. Four pairs of ladies, including team captain Trudi Galloway, hosted the Stoke Rochford team.

The hard fought match resulted in a 3&1 win to Belton Woods. Well played everyone.

SUDBROOK MOOR

Cameron Sunman’s high octane performance in one of Sudbrook Moor’s summer majors earned him the prestigious title of the 2017 Ken Crowe Challenge, a beautiful trophy and a new handicap – down by 1.5 to 19.

A scorecard of five under CSS, in a mixed field of 60 competitors, was three better than nearest rival Mick Lincoln and, incidentally, the third best gross return of the field.

And there were a few jubilant sounds heard from the 15th green on that day as Cameron’s tee shot, played from the white tees on the 181-yard par three, was found in the hole; not witnessed by Cameron or the playing group themselves, but discovered as they searched over the green for Cameron’s ball. A mighty fine achievement in itself and an aced hole at that point in the round certainly turned the score into a winning one.

He won the entire twos sweep and, as the competition rule states, took it from underneath the noses of six players who had recorded twos. Cameron has been steadily working his handicap down from an initial 23 in 2015 and very regular competitions had reduced it to 21 during 2016. This is a super step forward for Cameron and a tribute to a very supportive member and competitor.

Others in contention and part of the net score prize structure were Steve Davis, Kevin Turner, Simon Green, Orlando Pabunan, Martin Corby (also best gross prize). Best of the division for handicaps 21-28 were Joseph Ablewhite and Trevor Whatton.

Best lady was Amanda Edwards, with Caroline Davis second. Daniel Agapito, who played off 34, returned the best result of the High Handicap Juniors.

STOKE ROCHFORD

Seniors

Stoke Rochford 6½

Spalding 1½

Stoke Rochford maintained their 100 per cent home record on another scorching day.

Results: Jim Price and Mike Nixon lost 7&6, Phil White and Cliff Mills won 2&1, Tim Haward and Graham Manton won 4&3, David Hamilton and Roger Green won 1 up, Ernie Armstrong and Ray Beal won 3&2, Barry Mitchell and Brian Keightley won 2&1, Mick Rance and Don Werner won 2&1, John Wright and Ray Elsome halved.

Phil Hewes won the Stoke Seniors Plate competition with 43 points. Runner-up was John Helstrip with 41 and Phil White (37) was third.