GOLF: Belton Woods ladies out in force again for Par competitions

Belton Woods ladies' team with the Inter Club Trophy.
Belton Woods ladies' team with the Inter Club Trophy.
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This week has continued to see Belton Woods ladies out in force on the golf course.

The first Par competition, played in beautiful conditions last Wednesday, was very well supported with more than 30 ladies taking part. The winner was Lorraine Robertson on plus three, with Jackie Wilson and Lesley Perrin just behind on plus two. The second Par competition, held on Saturday, was won by Gail Cowan who came in level.

Lorraine Robertson receives the Belton Woods Past Captains' Trophy from George Forbes.

Lorraine Robertson receives the Belton Woods Past Captains' Trophy from George Forbes.

Lorraine Robertson was on a roll, as the following day she played in the Past Captains’ Day on the Lakes course and won the ladies’ trophy, on countback from Trudi Galloway. Congratulations to Lorraine. The men’s silverware went to Ged O’Reilly.

Many thanks to all who took part, with particular gratitude to George and Jane Forbes who organised the day.

Friday saw Belton Woods ladies vying with Melton Mowbray, Greetham Valley and Spalding to win the Inter Club trophy.

Each club takes it in turn to host this annual event, where eight ladies from each club play an individual stableford. All scores are added together and the club with the highest points wins the trophy for the year.

Belton Park mixed team.

Belton Park mixed team.

Melton Mowbray hosted the event this year and in a tight match Belton Woods came out on top with a cumulative total of 234. Well done to the team of lady captain Liz Moses, Wendy Stewart, Christine Birkett, Caroline Hills, Hnin Shein, Bev Warner, Linda Tytherley and Sue Taylor.

Several of the Belton Woods ladies played in the Stoke Rochford Ladies’ Open on Saturday.

A bright day with warm weather provided ideal conditions and Liz Moses and Jules White finished second and third, both scoring a net 71.

Gents

Stoke Rochford lady captain Pauline Haggerty and Turnor Cup winner Louise Bradley (Toft).

Stoke Rochford lady captain Pauline Haggerty and Turnor Cup winner Louise Bradley (Toft).

Last Sunday, 58 men competed from the white tees in a medal competition on the Woods course.

With weather conditions a little cooler than previous days and the greens and fairways in great condition again , the stage was set for some good scores to be returned.

Division One winner was Steve Grundy with net 70. Runner-up with 72 was Rob Williams, with Josh Mackey third on the same score.

John Lowe won Division Two with net 66. Second was Dean Patel with 67, whilst Danny Bates (71) was third.

Twos competition winners were Josh Mackey, Andy Watson and Steve Hall with one apiece.

Seniors

Boston West 4

Belton Woods 4

A beautiful summer-like day produced a tense and exiting match which went down to the last green and the final putt to produce a tied outcome.

Results: Captain Ray Woodcock and John Sabin won 2 up, vice-captain David and Mike Whitington halved, Gary Waterfield and Alan Lowen lost 2-1, Colin Musson and Ian Nisbett lost 5-3, Paul Stanley and Chris Beckett halved, Neil Hoyle and Henry Knight won 5-4, Steve Daly and Mike Gulliford lost 4-3, Tin Win and Tom Rae won 3-2.

New members Lyndon Hallett and Steve Daly took the May Stableford plaudits on a beautiful, sunny day on the Lakes course.

Despite the good conditions, most seniors found the course a bit of a challenge and very few low scores were recorded.

Results: 1 Lyndon Hallett 37pt, 2 Steve Daly 36, 3 Paul Stanley 35, 4 Chris Watchorn 33, 5 Richard James 33, 6 Gary Waterfield 33, 7 George Forbes 33.

A warm, sunny day over the Lakes produced a number of fine scores in the annual Seniors’ Open.

A tight finish produced first overall to home member Paul Stanley and guest from The Nottinghamshire, Dave Grey.

Their score of 43 points beat a number of scores on 42 in a performance that was steady and consistent on all 18 holes.

Results: 1 Paul Stanley and Dave Grey 43, 2 Michael Hall and Peter Hall 42; combined age group of 130 and below – 1 Chris Watchorn and Steve Daly 42, 2 David Toule and Alan Armstrong 42; combined age group of 131 and above – 1 David Dexter and John Williams 42, 2 Liz Moses and Pat Hall 42; nearest pin on the 11th – P. Overdon; nearest the pin for 2 on the 16th – Andy Davidge; straightest and longest drive – Neil Hoyle.

BELTON PARK

Belton Park mixed team played the return match at home against Spalding last Sunday, having drawn away in late April.

The team (pictured without Andy and Joy Stepney) consisted of eight married couples who played with great harmony on the fairways, securing a substantial 6½ to 1½ victory with many large individual wins.

The weather was warm and pleasant and the Belton Park course was in excellent condition.

Individual scores: Derek and Yvonne Bashford won 6&5 against Mike Crampton and Hannah Thorold, Colin and Sheila Mason won 5&4 against John Camm and Susan Dewar, John and Marjie Thompson halved against Stephen Watson and Jennifer Wilson, James and Pam Wiggins won 7&6 against Peter Bridge and Barbara Newcombe, John and Carol Taylor won 5&4 against John Newcombe and Eileen Bridge, Andy and Joy Stepney won 5&4 against Christopher Hancock and Jean White, Dick and Jose Short lost 4&3 against Terry Thorpe and Elaine Hancock, Peter and Helen Long won 5&4 against Roy Blake and Sybil Thorpe.

Afterwards, the teams had an excellent meal and Belton Park captain Derek Bashford welcomed the Spalding players and presented their captain Michael Crampton with the ‘Belton Park 125 Anniversary Book’. Mike responded, congratulating the Belton Park players on their victory and the quality of their golf.

Gents

Belton Park Club team visited Wollaton Park, Nottingham, last Thursday to play their annual fixture.

The weather was gloriously sunny and warm and the parkland course looked spectacular, with red deer roaming and the backdrop of the ornate hall.

The course was in very good condition and was enjoyed by all the players. The majority of the matches were close but holes generally went to the home side and at the end Belton lost 4½ to 1½.

After a good carvery meal, Wollaton Park captain Neil Highfield welcomed the visitors and also entertained the players with a number of very funny jokes. In response, Belton Park’s vice-captain Colin Mason thanked them for their hospitality and presented Wollaton with a copy of the ‘Belton Park Golf Club 125th Anniversary’ book.

Results: Colin Mason and Ian Mason won 3&1 against Neil Highfield and Brett Smart, Paul Woods and Alan Addis lost 3&2 against Richard Stevenson and Sej Butler, Jim Fulton and Bob Chapple lost 3&2 against Dave Parham and Dave Ross, John Taylor and Andy Magowan lost 2 holes against Barry Moore and Steve Benson, Jim Wiggins and Andy Stepney halved against Peter McPherson and Bob Hughes, Paul Screen and Dave Carter lost 1 down against Dan Austerfield and Bob Jones.

C Team

The Nottinghamshire 3½

Belton Park 2½

The Nottinghamshire entertained Belton Park in a friendly contested game on a warm, spring evening.

The course was in great shape with good greens.

C Team captain Ian Carroll and Jack Diment had a tremendous game, being three down with four holes to play and still recording a half. Jack had five birdies in the round and the pair shot a gross 68.

Ian Carroll and Jack Diment halved with J. Timmins and V. Townley-Moss, Dick Short and Martin Kelby lost 3&1 to A. Walley and K. Harris, Andy McGowan and Martin Neal lost 2&1 to T. Ingham and B. Marshall, Keith Smith and Stuart Smith won 1 up to C. Curzon and B. Wigley, Rob Pask and Richard Claxton lost 4&3 to D. Wright and S. Baird, John Cook and David Swayne won 3&1 to G. Burgess and I. Gray.

STOKE ROCHFORD

A very successful ladies’ open was held at Stoke Rochford on Saturday, contested by 60 ladies from 16 different golf clubs.

The course was presented in an excellent condition and enjoyed by everyone.

Winner of the morning 18-hole medal was Louise Bradley, from Toft, with a net 63.

Others: 2 Liz Moses (Belton Woods) 71, 3 Julie White (Belton Woods) 71, 4 Alison Ravenhill (Toft) 72, 5 Hattie Dow (Stoke Rochford) 73; best gross – Helen Lowe (Scraptoft) 78.

The results for the afternoon foursomes, played over 16 holes, were as follow: 1 Louise Bradley and Mairead Scott (Toft) 35, 2 Andrea Stockdale and Sue Penfold (Sherwood Forest) 31, 3 Dorne Werner (Stoke Rochford) and Michelle York (Luffenham Heath) 28.

Winners of other recent competitions: Bursnall Cup – Jean Hough 39; Medal – Mags McArthur net 69; LGU Coronation Foursomes – Sheila Dugmore and Elaine Kirby 38; Ping Qualifier – Dorne Werner and Phillippa Smith 40.

Seniors

Stoke Rochford 8

Radcliffe-on-Trent 0

Last year, following a competition to celebrate 30 years of seniors’ golf at Stoke Rochford, Radcliffe-on-Trent seniors presented the ‘Friendship Trophy’ for competition between the two teams at their annual fixtures.

The first time it was played for in 2016 at Radcliffe, the home side won 8-0. This week, in the first encounter at Stoke, the roles were reversed with a resounding whitewash in Stoke’s favour.

It was also a big day for the respective captains’ charities, with all 16 Stoke players fined a pound for not putting their tee shot on the seventh green, and all Radcliffe players paying a pound for losing their games.

Results: Jim Price and John Wright won 1 up, Mike Dickinson and Ray Elsome won 4&3, Ray Beal and Don Werner won 5&4, Stephen Major and Mick Rance won 5&4, Mike Nixon and John Batty won 2 up, Adrian Stannard and Chris Woof won 2&1, Brian Keightley and Phil Hewes won 2&1, Roger Green and Barry Gaunt won 3&2.

SUDBROOK MOOR

Continuing their month of Matchplay experiences, last week the Tuesday Ladies met the Senior Gents for the Annual Greensomes fixture, with 16 pairs enjoying the social friendly atmosphere.

With several weeks of Tuesday practice under their belts, and the fond memory of a very rare victory back in 2016, the ladies went out very positively on the scent of a back-to-back success. In their favour, there was one halved match and two close wins of 1 up, but five convincing losses of 5&4, 5&3 and 4&3 handed the gents a 5.5-2.5 victory.

In the absence of Senior captain David Guy, last year’s skipper Graham Mackinder led the team.

Results: Sue Hutton and Norma Shelley beat Graham Buxton and John Came 1 up, Eileen Plummer and Fiona Hutton beat Harry Cutmore and Rod Edwards 1 up, Joan Alton and Amanda Roberts halved with Andy Milner and Melvyn Claricoats, Linda Whittaker and Maureen Bradford lost to Graham Mackinder and Colin Henfrey, Thea Law and Diane Leslie lost to Bryan Heydinger and Geoff Wilkins, Gladys Reynolds and Shirley Lane-Gilhespy lost to Barry Rohland and Mick Beasley, Sheila Cutmore and Rachel Southwell lost to John Chatburn and Tony Hall.

The Main Club Winter Mixed Eclectic concluded with the Bank Holiday Monday Stableford.

On the last scorecard, there was a back nine countback between John McLaren and Andrew Green, with half a shot separating. Both recorded net 49 over 18, with a back nine of 23.5 for John and 24 for Andrew. John recorded 11 gross birdies and seven pars to secure the half year trophy from Andrew, last season’s title holder.

Chris Wilmot, who had led the running scoreboard for a large part of the season, finished third overall and best of the Category 21-36 handicaps, missing out on the title by just one shot.

In fourth and fifth places were Michael Coupland and Paul Burrell, with Andy Newman sixth. A mere four shots separated first place from 10th place.

Steve Jessop, Paul McCarthy, Barry Rohland, and a previous winner, Keith Moore, all made the top 10 and a share of the prize pot. Best lady was Zoe Martin, who plays off 26, and finished four shots off the prizes.

On Saturday, the club’s A Team hosted their fourth League Scratch Matchplay encounter versus Boston and lost 4-2, with impressive wins by father and son Nigel and Martin Corby with their respective partners Ben Richards and David Lee.