A cold, grey, frosty morning heralded the start of the Belton Woods Captains’ Drive-In competition on Sunday.
New captains Paul Perrin and Jackie Wilson both drove off on the Lakes Course and the length of each drive was then measured and recorded. They then partnered each other in the pairs betterball stableford competition, which was well supported by 76 members of the club, including the ladies’ and the juniors’ sections.
There were prizes for the best ladies’ team, the best mixed team and the best men’s team, as well as nearest the pin on hole 11, and nearest the pin in two on the eighth, for both men and women.
The weather improved throughout the day, although there was the odd shower of rain, but by the end of the day the sun shone as the final pairs finished the competition. Once everyone was in, the presentation of prizes followed in the Poplar Suite.
Winners of the men’s prize, with a magnificent 49 points, were Jason Lamb and Leigh Shotliff. Runners-up with 48 points were two juniors, Ted Morris and Eliott Kane, and Steve Hall and Rob Vine came in with 46 points.
The mixed competition was won by Harry Harrison and Liz Moses with 40 points, with Gaynor Daykin and Rob Palframan second on 39, and Carole and Pete Stothard third with 38.
The ladies’ prize was taken by Fiona Illingworth and Jacqui Francis. Nearest the pin went to Jackie Wilson and Michael Allison, and nearest the pin in two was won by Harry Harrison.
Paul Perrin correctly guessed the length of Jackie’s drive, and Ailsa Lines guessed Paul’s.
The ladies’ section competed in the Australian Spoons, a national pairs competition for ladies with handicaps of 15 and above.
Despite the cold weather, 20 ladies took part and the winners, who will go on to represent Belton Woods in the regional finals, were Gaynor Daykin and Lorraine Robertson.
Stoke Rochford seniors’ Winter Warmer competition was a best two from three against par.
Winners with plus 10 were Charles Donnison and Tom Keegan, with John Martindale their sleeping partner. Second with plus nine were Tim Haward, Don Werner and Ray Elsome, on countback from third placed Phil White and Phil Varley, with Brian Ayto their sleeper.
Eddie Plant missed this week’s competition but retained his overall lead with a reduced margin. He has 39 points, whilst Alan Dolby and Greg Ewart share second place with 37 points apiece with two competitions remaining. Seventy-nine players have competed.
One player is now clearly in the lead for the Slack Goblet – Brian Keightley has 12 single points, four other players have 11.
The third event in the Sudbrook Moor Junior Intermediate Greensomes Series saw father and daughter Martin and Lilliya Greene with a really splendid scorecard, net four under SSS, and also, interestingly, the best gross score of the field.
Having missed the January competition, the pair like in third place in the Order of Merit with 18 points, but only 1.5 behind the leaders.
Stuart Smith with grandson Blake lead the rankings, having notched up a first place in December, third in January and fourth this month. Sandwiched between the Smiths and the Greenes are John Russell with granddaughter Issy Linsley on 18 points after three third place finishes.
Joseph Ablewhite and Jack Richardson made a comfortable new partnership this month with a very neat second place scorecard. Fifteen-year-old Joseph has graduated within the scheme to take on the adult role of nurturing. Jack, who started his competitive golf partnered by his father David, has stepped up to play with Joseph to make room for his younger brother, Sam.
Other new pairings this month were Rob and James Farrant who showed their latent ability with a scorecard of one over SSS. William Hands was also new-in this month, as brother Oliver was injured, and playing with father Adrian, the pairing made a very very good first effort.
John and Scott Griffiths and Trevor and grandson Robert Eldred scored really well to stay in the middle of the pack. Ronie and Peter Alipio and Kev Woollas and Jasmin Mawson were unable to play.
There were no birdies recorded again this month and so the Birdie Pot is still full.