One hundred and eighty four ladies from the region played in the annual ladies’ charity competition at Belton Park last Thursday.
Each year this popular competition attracts a full field of ladies, who tee off in four balls, from 8am until 4pm. There is a complimentary hospitality hut for competitors, which is manned and stocked with cakes, thanks to the generosity of Belton Park ladies.
All the proceeds of the competition and raffle go to the Lady Captain’s charities which are Breast Cancer Support and Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.
This year Belton Park teams won three of the five prizes and there were eight twos scored during the day. Results: 1 Pam Mackey, Jo Pearson, Pam Wiggins, Ina Wood (Belton Park) 83pt, 2 Glenys Priestley, Vicky Forecast, Carol Wild, Rita Monks (Chilwell Manor) 79, 3 Julie Hamer, Shelley McClelland, Jose Short, Carol Taylor (Belton Park) 77, 4 Donna Canning, Kathy Seal, Barb Sanderson, Lynda Dunne (Beedles Lake) 73 ocb, 5 Sandra Pask, Olga Ebsworth, Yvonne Bashford, Jean Tetley (Belton Park) 73.
Belton Park ladies ended the Lincolnshire Ladies Handicap League season with a convincing 3-1 win at home against Canwick Park. They drew their previous match 2-2 at home to Boston.
The ladies travelled to Scraptoft and suffered a 3-1 loss in a friendly match.
Other results: Breda Boyle Trophy – 1 Vicky Grindal 39, 2 Jan Johnson 38, 3 Irene Cogger 36 points; Putting Cup – Shelley McClelland 32, Nora Hall Putter – Lisa White 34.
NSPCC Salver – 1 Jean Sutcliffe and Denise Adam 42, 2 Jane Renfrew and Jan Johnson 41 ocb, 3 Sheila Mason and Donna Hayle 41.
Belton Woods C Team captain Tony Davies and Paul Woods managed to halve their match against Spalding captain Ian Ford and Stuart Parker by winning the last hole in an epic battle on Monday.
Spalding won matches two and three but John Cooke and Ian Carroll, and Martin Clarke and Neil Clarke won theirs to level it 2½-2½.
Down to the last rubber, Spalding clinched victory after Ben Bayliss and Richard Claxton lost 3&2.
Tony thanked the greens staff for a well presented course and the catering staff for an excellent meal.
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Tony Davies and Paul Woods halved with Ian Ford and Stuart Parker, John Taylor and Roy Allen lost to Phil Smith and Matt Richardson 2&1, Martin Kelby and Dick Short lost to Steve Hall and Rob Sampson 5&4, John Cooke and Ian Carroll beat Peter Bridge and Dave Colwell 2&1, Martin Clarke and Neil Gray beat Ben Blom and Neil Wilkinson 2&1, Richard Claxton and Ben Bayliss lost to John Cretney and Graham Chamberlain 3&2.
Captained by Paul Woods in the absence of Tony Davies, Belton Park lost 4-2 at Sleaford last Wednesday, but Stewart Boylan and Ben Bayliss took the honours as top pair.
Results: Ben Bayliss and Stewart Boylan beat John Marriott and Graham Godbold 4&3, John Taylor and Keith Smith lost to Bill Gault and Bob Owen 3&2, Martin Clarke and Neil Gray lost to Tim Sutton and Mark Kierstan 3&2, Paul Woods and Martin Kelby lost to Roy Hunter and John Robinson 2&1, Dave Wing and Ian Carroll beat Mick Wright and Tony Cook 4&2, David Capindale and Roy Allen lost to Liam Ingram and Kevin Cordukes 3&2.
Belton Park entertained Newark on Friday in warm and occasionally sunny intervals.
Whilst the overall score was a 5-3 victory to the visitors, five of the eight matches went down the last hole, Results: Paul Screen and Jenny Baxter lost 1 down, Sheila Mason and John Cooke won 1 up, Alan and Suzanne Addis won 3&2, John and Carol Taylor halved, Pam Wiggins and Lloyd Courtnay lost 1 down, Sue Walker-Sherriff and Alan Barnes halved, Anita Bartys and Tom Parry lost 2&1, Ina Wood and Graham Watkin lost 3&2.
After a good carvery meal, Belton’s captain Paul Screen welcomed the Newark players and their lady vice-captain replied.
Last weekend saw the annual Men’s Club Championship, played with 68 competitors booked to take part on both the Saturday and Sunday.
Played as a strokeplay format on both days, the Woods course hosted the first day. With competitors playing from White tees and the course prepared to punish any errant shots or bad putts, it was a stiff test for the early starters.
However, not long after the first groups teed off, light drizzle became an absolute torrent and the handicap secretary, club captain and committee secretary decided that the day’s play be abandoned and that the competition would now become a one dayer, played the next day
Sunday morning brought much brighter skies, light winds and some sunshine. Shortly after the start, the wind increased to make the round a little more interesting, whilst pin positions and very close cut greens on the Lakes course meant players had to be on your game at all times.
Despite many good rounds of golf and some great scores, Jonathan Stapleton, a young man that is one of the many great players that have come up through the junior ranks and also served as junior captain a couple of years ago, proved too strong for the rest of the field and sealed his victory with a gross 74 (net 70).
Runner-up was Phil Sheldon with 72, ahead of third placed Steven Watson, also 72. Best net score winner was Phil Sheldon.
On a warm but windy day, the team visited one of the most popular courses on the match calendar.
In the past, the event has always been a tremendously social occasion and this year proved no different. The course provided the usual links challenges but the after-match food made up for some disappointing scores.
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Dorne and Don Werner lost 1 down, Cate and Steve Cullington lost 3&2, Jane Selby and Brian White won 2 up, Phillippa and Chris Smith lost 5&4, Mags and Jim McArthur won 2&1, Norma and Philip Varley lost 4&3, Sue Taylor and David Hamilton lost 4&3, Carol Hamilton and Ken Taylor won 5&4.
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Graham Manton and Alan Jessop won 2 up, Jim Price and Barry Coop won 4&3, Mike Graves and Mike Nixon lost 4&3, Ken Taylor and Tim Haward won 4&3, John Wright and Mike Rance lost 5&4, Adrian Stannard and Barry Mitchell lost 5&4, Philip Varley and Brian Keightley lost 3&2, Brian Ayto and Ray Beal lost 3&2.
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Graham Manton Phil Hewes lost 4&3, Jeff Purdy and Stephen Major lost 2 down, Alan Jessop and David Hamilton lost 5&3, Tim Haward and Barry Coop lost 5&4, Mike Dickinson and Cliff Mills lost 7&5, Brian Keightley and Ray Elsome lost 4&3, Mike Graves and Ken Taylor lost 2 and 1, Mike Nixon and Mike Rance lost 4&3.
A monsoon-like flash flood washed out one of the club’s summer prestige events on Saturday.
But every cloud has a silver lining, and although rain totally stopped play and the monthly medal cards forming the Club Championship pre-qualifying criteria were abandoned, there was a forced re-think which brought forth a golden alternative.
There was almost an instant recovery of the afternoon course conditions so that plans could be made for the entire field to be invited back the following morning to contest the 2016 Sunday Gents’ Championship.
There was a unique atmosphere as the biggest field ever set off, with a highly motivated age range of 70-year-olds down to teens, with a variety of first-timers and experienced championship contenders.
The course showed not one sign of the previous day’s wash-out, surpassing all previous bests, manicured to championship standards, with the greens fast and true, and the length at its full stretch. The weather conditions were fine and humid, with an unfamiliar blustery south-easterly wind which challenged every hole.
Playing in handicap order, 30-year-old home grown Martin Corby went out in the last playing group as hot favourite and did not disappoint, finishing with a magnificent 10ft birdie putt for a final gross score to win by four shots. It was Martin’s fifth championship victory, an achievement over a spread of nine years.
The committee allowed it to be a more special end to this year’s occasion, inviting Martin’s father Nigel Corby, who was himself the 2006 champion, to present the silverware to the very popular winner.
Thoughtful and caring family speeches and sentiments were shared with the record book turn-out of competitors, caddies, friends and gallery.