GOLF: Haynes and Bowers triumph in Belton Woods final

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Belton Woods Winter League final was played on Friday.

Matthew Haynes and J. P. Bowers beat Brian Robinson and Sam Piggot 3&2. The match was refereed by club captain Harry McKeen,

The competition was played all through the winter months over a series of rounds for points, then the top eight went on to a matchplay knockout to decide the overall winners.

l Belton Woods B team played Stoke Rochford at home on Saturday and lost 4-1½.

On Sunday, third team captain Harry arranged his away day at Park Hill Golf Club, near Seagrave, Leicestershire.

The morning’s weather did not play ball and it was looking like being a washout. But right on cue, the sun came out for 38 players, including four professionals, to enjoy some warm sun and good golf.

Winner on the day (playing for the Art Ozlins Travelling Trophy) was Rob Vine with 43 points. Others: 2 Paul Perrin 40 ocb, 3 Duncan Wright 40, 4 Andy Williams 39, 5 Darren Woods 38.

The longest drive was won by Matt Haynes. Nearest the pin on the second was Bruce Foster and on the 11th it was Andy Williams.

A great day was had by all and captain Harry raised more than £300 pounds for his chosen charity, the Stroke Association.

Ladies

Belton Woods ladies’ Directors Trophy, for players with handicaps of 30-36, was won by Linda Tytherley with 32 points, beating last year’s defending champion Elaine Lilley by one point.

l Bev Warner and Anne Meadows won the Coronation Foursomes and will go on to represent Belton Woods in the next round.

l The May Stableford was won by Kylie Bullimore with a stunning 44 points, gaining her a cut in handicap from 32 to 28. Silver division winner was Kim Davies with 42 points.

Seniors

Belton Woods 7

Boston West 1

Pat Stanford and Dave Toule halved, Colin Musson and Ray Woodcock won 1 up, Peter Bishop and Phil Turrell won 6-5, Colin Thornton and Mick Hall won 5-4, Danny Pang and Roger Hanratty won 4-3, Pete Stephenson and Mike Gulliford halved, George Forbes and John Bratt won 3-1, Gordon Scott and Mike Whitington won 2-1.

Rufford Park 3

Belton Woods 4½

Pat Stanford and John Sabin halved, Colin Musson and John Thompson lost 1 down, Dave Toule and Pete Stephenson won 1 up, Ian Nisbet and Peter Bishop won 2-1, Ken Claxon and George Forbes lost 4-3, Colin Thornton and John Williams won 3-1, Mike Gulliford and Ray Woodcock won 2 up, Roger Hanratty and Phil Turrell lost 2 down.

BELTON PARK

Belton Park C team started their season with an impressive 4½-1½ rubbers win against a very good Spalding side.

Captain Tony Davies, commenting on the match, congratulated his partner Stewart Boylan on an outstanding game. Dick Short and Ian Carroll took the honours as top pair in the match.

Both teams agreed over a meal and well-earned drink that it had been one of the most sporting and enjoyable matches.

Belton Park 4½

Spalding 1½

Belton Park names first – Tony Davies and Stewart Boylan beat Stuart Parker and Andy Rafferty 5&4, John Taylor and David Pretorius halved with Paul Emmington and John Spencer, Dick Short and Ian Carroll beat Monty Brittain and Mike Murphy 8&7, Bob Rogers and Colin Mason beat Dave Colwell and Graham Chamberlain 1 up, Keith Smith and Stuart Smith beat Andy Richardson and Del Murphy 4&3, Simon Whitton and John Cooke lost to Andy Cunnington and Paul Hollely 4&3.

SUDBROOK MOOR

The Scratch A-team took on the highly regarded Burghley Park at the weekend and it was no surprise to come away with a 5-1 defeat.

Captain Bruce MacFarlane and Simon Green recorded Sudbrook’s single point.

or bringing back the one point. Newly promoted from South Lincolnshire Scratch Division 3 to Division 2 last October, after a very short 7 year chapter, young Sudbrook Moor is due to meet a few more Golf Club Giants this season which have been long established in this League.

l In the club’s Junior Intermediates’ scheme, the very strong partnership of father Richard Howes and 12-year-old son Samincreased their lead in the Order of Merit following the season’s penultimate competition of Greensomes Medal.

Very close on their tails are newcomers David Richardson and son Jack. Martin Greene and Lilliya are not out of the running either.

Title holder Joseph Ablewhite has had yet another good season, as have Steve and Olivia Bradley, who will definitely be a threat to the trophy hunt next season, with Olivia playing some very excellent golf nowadays.

Stuart and grandson Blake Smith, Jasmin and Melissa Mawson, Joan and Ben Doughty, Luke Harley and Mia Mawson, and Trevor and Robert Eldred have all supported the monthly events and, as they are so committed to the scheme and developing their golf so rapidly, they all look to be hopefuls in the forthcoming six month season.

l The Tuesday Ladies raised generous funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care in their weekly activity, in Matchplay format, a Greensomes practice-run in preparation for the annual match against the senior gents next week.

The very convivial outcome was a halved match of 2½-2½.