Belton Park Golf Club hosted the the English Schools’ Golf Association for their national championships last Monday.
The field consisted of the top young players in the country who had all pre-qualified, with 51 boys and 24 girls from the whole breadth of England. The tournament consisted of 36 holes stroke play during the day over the Brownlow course.
The girls’ champion was 16-year-old Amelia Williamson from Norwich High School for Girls and Royal Cromer Golf Club, who also won the previous year.
In her first round, she holed a 30ft putt on the last hole for an eagle three, to record a gross 68, five under par, and establish a new course record for the Ladies’ Red Course (5,573yds). She followed this with another sub-par 71 for a total of 139 and a four shot winning margin.
In the boys’ event, played over the full white tee course of 6,490 yds, Lincolnshire lad William Hopkins who plays at the host club, set the morning pace with a 67. However, the title was eventually won by Jake Bolton of SGS College, Avon, and Ogbourne Downs Golf Club ,with rounds of 68 and 67 for a 135 total, seven under par and a four shot victory.
The South West Region won the team event.
During the prize-giving ceremony, Belton Park gents’ captain Paul Screen welcomed all the players and officials. ESGA president Margo Horsburgh congratulated Belton Park on its hosting of the event and the excellent presentation and condition of the course. She concluded by announcing the England teams for the international matches later in the year against Scotland and Wales.
Belton Park C Team took on Stoke Rochford at home in a match that was very closely contested.
With five matches completed, the score was 2½-2½, so everything depended on the last rubber which, unfortunately for Belton Park, Colin Mason and Simon Whitton lost the 18th hole to finish one down.
Commenting after the match, the much respected Stoke Rochford club captain Jeff Purdy said: “The game of golf has been the winner today” – to which both team captains agreed.
Stoke team captain Darrell Knight thanked the Belton Park greens staff for a wonderfully presented golf course, and the catering staff for a superb meal.
Belton Park 2½
Stoke Rochford 3½
Tony Davies and David Capindale beat Darrell Knight and Gavin Green 2&1, Roy Allen and Richard Welbourne lost to Jeff Purdy and Garry Skerritt 2 down, Ian Carroll and Martin Neal beat Larry Larsen and David Hamilton 3&2, Colin Mason and Simon Whitton lost to Andy Edwards and Ian Dobson 1 down, Dick Short and Paul Woods lost to Paul Hackett and Shaun James 3&2, Dave Wing and Ben Bayliss halved with Jim McArthur and Don Werner.
Belton Park seniors welcomed Market Rasen Golf Club on what proved to be a superb day for the game played over the Ancaster Course last Tuesday.
Everyone agreed that the course was in marvellous condition, particularly with the rough beginning to show some teeth.
The Belton Team ran out 5-3 winners after a number of very tightly fought games. There were wins for Mike Bower and Nigel Beaumont, Manny Barker and Trevor Collis, Mike Collins and Howard Lockwood, Peter Hancock and Ian Askew, and George Crowford and Dave Dobney
Twenty-two Belton Park seniors took part in a 3-2-1 fun competition over the Ancaster Course, with the team of John Newton, Colin Farrington and Brian King recording an excellent score of 78 points to take victory.
Belton Woods Men’s Individual Stapleford competition took place last Sunday with 60 competitors in action.
After the recent rains, playing from the white tees on the Lakes course and with the greens being prepared for the club championship weekend this week, it was a good test of ones game.
The eventual winners, however, achieved some very respectable scores and turned out to be worthy victors on the day.
Results: Division One – 1 Colin Sneesby 41pt, 2 Dan Fowler 40, 3 Jonathon Mason 38; Division Two – 1 Allan Haynes 39, 2 Joe Bates 38, 3 Rob King 37; Twos Competition – Jonathon Mason, Rob Palframan, James King.
On a fine sunny day, Belton Woods seniors held their Away Day at Park Hill Golf club, Seagrave, to contest the Hamilton-Smith trophy in a Stableford Competition.
The scores were extremely tight with Mick Hall emerging as the winner with 34 points on countback. John Macgillivray was second, also with 34 points, and Danny Pang was third, again with 34 points.
Nearest the pin on holes two and 11 were won by Del House and Mike Learwood-Griffiths. Nearest the line and longest drive were won by Gary Waterfield and Del House. Best value was Gordon Scott.
Belton Woods 4½
Ray Woodcock and John Macgillivray won 6-5, George Forbes and Paul Stanley halved, Colin Thornton and Bob Privett won 6-5, Ken Claxon and Tom Rea lost 2-1, John Williams and Tony Slipper lost 4-3, John Browne and Gary Waterfield won 8-6, Mike Learwood-Griffiths and Gordon Scott won 2 up.
Thirty-one seniors took part in the Marshall’s Monthly Medal, with Bob Privett emerging victorious with a magnificent net 64
Others: 2 David Toule 68, 3 Paul Stanley 70, 4 Norman Tidy 71 ocb, 5 Ray Woodcock 71, 6 Tin Win 72 ocb, 7 Colin Musson 72, 8 John Sabin 74 ocb, 9 Neil Hoyle 74, 10 Colin Thornton 76.
Tom Rea won the Monthly Stableford with 37 points after a closely fought competition.
Others: 2 John MacGillivray 36 ocb, 3 Tin Win 36 ocb, 4 Glen Grimes 36p, 5 Danny Pang 35, 6 Pat Stanford 34 ocb, 7 Gary Waterfield 34 ocb, 8 Colin Thornton 34, 9 Bob Blake 33, 10 Tony Slipper 32.
History was made last week by senior golfer John Chatburn who notched up the twin achievement of a double trophy win in the weekly Thursday roll-up.
Never before recorded in the 24-year history of this event in the club’s senior calendar, the two trophies have always been won by two different competitors. John outplayed a strong field, off his 15 handicap, returning a scorecard of one over CSS and four shots ahead of any rival competitor, to win both the gross and net line-up.
John took home The Stanborne Shield and The Rolfe Shield as Gross and Net Champion, and a handicap reduction of 0.9.
Net prizes were awarded to Dave Guy and Harry Cruickshank as runners-up.
Scores were added to the six monthly summer Eclectic table which is still led by Dave Guy, from Tim Newbery.
The June Senior Mixed Texas Scramble was won by Pete Farmer with Barry Kay and Rod Edwards. John Costall with Frank Brumpton and John Came finished three shots adrift for second prize, from Ted Johnson with Melvin Claricoats and Shirley Lane-Gilhespy.
Jan Machin returned to Tuesday golf and enjoyed a successful stableford scorecard of 35 points, from runner-up Jenny Hilton.