Belton Park’s first and second teams began the season with their annual friendly match against Radcliffe on Trent.
Unlike league matches, in which all games are played off scratch, the fixture was a handicap event that proved too much of a hurdle for the first team who were defeated 5-1. The Belton Park second string fared much better and enjoyed a convincing 4.5-1.5 win at home.
A solid entry of 41 competitors contested the March Seniors stableford competition at Belton Park Golf Club.
With the course in superb condition, and on a calm sunny day, the top four players were separated by just a single point. On top with a score of 37 points was Peter Hawkins, followed by seniors captain Bill Brogan who finished second on countback after a crucial birdie very late on in his round. Dave Langley was third and Keith Brown fourth; the latter three players all scoring 36 points.
Also in the prizes were Andrew Cookson, who won the back nine competition with 19 points, and a new member of the senior section – Dave Jackson – who won the front nine with an excellent score of 20 points.
A Texas Scramble was won by the team of Jenny Gardiner, Sue Hodgson, Kathy Hill and Julie Hamer.
l Sue Walker-Sherriff won Silver Division in the England Golf Medal played with a net score of 69. Second place went to Annette Fordham with 70, and third on countback was Shelley McClelland.
In the Bronze Division, first was Sue Addis with net 72. Runner-up with 73 was Jacquie Barson, and Sue Hall was third on countback.
l The second round of the Mail on Sunday Competition resulted in victory for Belton Park ladies Julie Hamer, Annette Fordham, Shelley McClelland, Joy Stepney and Anna Clarke.
Josie Short and Lucy Morley won their first round of the Daily Mail Foursomes competition at Sleaford Golf Club.
l In the Australian Spoons, first place went to Jean Tetley and Carole Taylor with 39 points. A point adrift were Jane Renfrew and Jill Barry with 38, and Kathy Hill and Jean Sutcliffe were third with 37 on countback.
Windy conditions for Sunday’s Monthly Medal made the Lakes Course a challenging prospect.
With the course standard scratch being 75, the lowest net score was a highly commendable 68 from John Harrison. Runner-up in Division One was David Charlton with 73, with Paul Otter one point behind in third.
Division Two was won by Andy Williams with net 71, ahead of Harry McKeen (76) in second and Steve Todd (77).
The Marshall’s March Medal was won by Richard James with a score of net 72.
Others: 2 Colin Thornton 73, 3 Bob Clarke 75 ocb, 4 Denny Pang 75, 5 John Sabin 76, 6 Denis Manton 78 ocb, 7 David Toule 78 ocb, 8 Tony Turner 78, 9 Del House 79, 10 Mick Hall 81.
Stoke Rochford seniors’ Winter Warmer was a pairs multiplier with Roger Smith and Duncan Bennett victorious on 76 points.
Runners-up with 71 points were Eddie Malloy with Roger Smith, his sleeping partner, and Mick Rance and Phil Hewes were third.
With only the final individual stableford remaining to be played, Alan Dolby appears to have opened up an unassailable lead with 54 points, from Phil White 49, Brian Ayto 43 and Brian White 41.
Winners of the Hi-Lo Greensome Stableford competition were lady captain Carol Hamilton and Lynn Ewart with 37 points. One point adrift in second place were Jane Mantell and Sue Booth.
l The Joy Vase teams of three Texas Scramble was won by Sue Booth, Marion Carvath and Sue Taylor with a score of gross 74 (net 65) on countback.
l In round one of the national Daily Mail Foursomes competition, Stoke Rochford’s pairing of Carol Hamilton and Doris Kent paid dividends with a 5&4 victory over their Radcliffe on Trent opponents.
The third event of the Rainbow fun series of non-qualifying Saturday competitions took place at the weekend.
The pairs event with combined stableford points saw the best scorecard come from 12 and 13-year-old juniors Alex Doig and Joseph Ablewhite.
Their score of 79 points clinched the top prize from father and daughter Steve and Caroline Davis on 77. Third with 75 were Kevin Turner and son-in-law Andrew Green.
Following them were Mick Lincoln and Michael Coupland, from Phil Hall and Graham Ritchie.