Belton Park’s 26th Charity Am-Am continued to go from strength to strength and attracted a record entry of 48 teams.
Sponsored by Eden Wine Bar and Specsavers (Grantham), this year’s event raised in excess of £7,000 for its chosen charities of St Barnabas Trust (Grantham) and English and Welsh Blind Golf.
Blessed with great weather and a course in excellent condition, the day’s golf consisted of an 18-hole Am-Am competition plus a nine-hole Texas Scramble, both of which were keenly contested and resulted in some impressive scores.
An auction conducted by Tony Snarey attracted lively bidding for a number of sport related lots and raised in excess of £3,000. Lots included the opportunity to play golf on the highly prestigious Royal Birkdale and Wentworth golf courses, both of which fetched more than £500, plus other attractive ones including executive box tickets to watch a Manchester United match. To conclude the evening, a draw sponsored by the Reindeer Inn, Long Bennington, raised a record £650 for St Barnabas Trust.
Results: Team Am-Am – 1 Gary Tupper 89pt, 2 Paul Cook 86, 3 Rob Fox 85, 4 Terry Guest, 5 Robin Harris 84, 6 Paul Adams 83, 7 John Bexon 82, 8 Chris Broad 81; Team Texas Scramble – 1 Peter Snelling 24.2, 2 John Bexon 24.7, 3 Rob Bartlett 25.4.
l Inclement weather forced the Over-55s Am-Am team competition to be shortened to 11 holes.
Results: 1 Mr Screen 58, 2 Mr Brogan 57, 3 Astrons 53, 4 Mr Underwood 53, 5 Scivers 52, 6 Mr Bartlett 51.
l Belton Park played host to some of the Midlands’ finest professional golfers as the Eagle Tour rolled into Grantham last Thursday.
The scoring matched the weather with Blankney Golf Club professional Rob Harris notching an excellent seven under par score of 64.
l The Quincentenary Cuup any combination competition was won by the pairing of John Baxter and Mark Paddock with a score of net 66.
Runners-up with 69 were Dale Evison and Steve Redford, with best gross scored by Chris and Edina Burn (76).
l Belton Park’s first team got their season back on track after their shock home defeat, earning a hard-fought 3-3 draw at Stoke Rochford. Poor weather forced the cancellation of the second team’s home fixture with Stoke.
The Elsham foursomes side of Chris Burns, William Walker, Alex Clarricoates, Matt Haynes, Steve Mitchell and Leon Bell defeated Lincoln GC 3 up.
Burghley Park 3.5
Belton Park 2.5
Tony Davies and David Nock won 1 up, Colin Mason and Stewart Boylan halved, Ben Bayliss and Richard Claxton won 8&6, Bob Rogers and Martin Clarke lost 3&2, Dave Wing and Andrew Macgowan lost 2&1, Ian Carroll and Nigel Strutt lost 4&3.
Coronation Cup – 1 Donna Hayley nett 68, 2 Kathleen Bell 69, 3 Sue Walker-Sherriff 71, 4 Sally Knight 72.
The ladies’ scratch team have had two recent fixtures at home to Greetham Valley, where the visitors ran out 3-0 winners, and away against Stoke Rochford where the ladies from Stoke triumphed 2-1.
The ladies’ handicap league team started their season with a fixture at home to Lincoln B. In what turned out to be a very close match, the visitors triumphed 3-1.
Good conditions were reflected in a number of high scores in the May Stableford competition that attracted 44 members.
Results: 1 Fred Williams 43 ocb, 2 Mick Goodacre 43, 3 Ron Prothero 41, 4 John Aysbury 40; best back nine – Peter Rollings 20, best front nine – Dave Jackson 21.
Stoke Rochford’s 18th Seniors Open was played again on a glorious day with the course in as good a condition as most could remember.
The overall winner and also winner of Group A was Kevin Whelan of Beeston Fields with 41 points.
Winner of the Ben Tyler Trophy as the best Stoke Rochford player and also Group B was Charles Donnison with 40 points, and topping Group C with 39 points was Nev Marris, also of Stoke Rochford.
Other Stoke Rochford placings were Graham Manton (39) and John Martindale (38) who finished second in Groups B and C respectively. David Hamilton (38) was third in Group B and in Group C Philip Varley was third with 37.
Nottinghamshire GC 5½
Belton Woods 2½
Captain George Forbes and Mick Hall halved, Bob Blake and Colin Musson lost 3-2, David Toule and John Williams halved, Tom Rea and Ray Woodcock halved, Peter Bishop and Mike Whitington lost 7-6, Dave Inglis and Colin Thornton won 7-5, John Bratt and Ian Nisbet lost 5-3, Paul Stanley and Phil Turrell lost 3-2.