GOLF: 128 contest Belton Park’s annual Christmas Am-Am
Belton Park’s ever popular Colin Elstone Christmas Charity Am-Am was contested last Saturday.
The competition took place under the watchful eye of John Kirkup who took over the reins this year from Trevor Ireland and Alec King after 25 years of being at the helm of this much converted event. This year’s beneficiary was Parkinson’s UK.
A frosty, cold but sunny start greeted the 128 players who competed in teams of four, with the best two scores counting on each hole,
Results: 1 Teddy Glen, Tim Shaw, Mark Loveridge and Dick Short 82pt, 2 Mark Sutton, Paul Coffey, Nick Maltby and Derek Little 79, 3 Paul Woods, R. Chappell, Steve Preston and Nick Banner 79, 4 Mick Sims, Steve Chambers, Steve Railton and Roger Gladstone 79; three other teams tied on 78; nearest the pins prizes: John Baxter 4th hole, Dave Capindale 6th hole, David Price 17th hole.
l The ladies’ Christmas charity competition raised £215 which, added to the amount raised by the men’s event, made a grand total of £2,060.
A cheque was presented on the day to Lorraine Ray of Parkinson’s UK by newly-installed club captains Tony Nickson and Joy Stepney.
Pictured from the left are event organiser John Kirkup, Mark Loveridge, Dick Short, club captain Tony Nickson, Teddy Glen, club professional Tim Shaw and lady captain Joy Stepney.
Stoke Rochford seniors held their annual Christmas competition – an individual stableford using only two clubs and a putter – followed by a festive meal.
There was an air of genorosity througout the day, with one of the members paying the meal and competition costs of all 57 players. Two others provided a very welcome halfway house with seasonal refreshments, and another member donated raffle prizes.
A former member, Tony Walker, and Jaqui of Alford Foot Clinic, donors of the event trophy, supplied prizes for the first three places.
Following the meal there was a spontaneous collection for the Help for Heroes charity which raised £231 in a few minutes.
As for the golf – winner of the ‘Walker Cup’ was Eddie Plant with 40 points.
Other results: 2 Phil White 39, 3 Mike Nixon 38 ocb, 4 Jeff Purdy 38 ocb, 5 Alex Whitelaw 38, 6 Don Clements 37, 7 Alan Dolby 36 ocb, 8 Phil Hewes 36 ocb.
The day was completed by seniors’ captain Barry Coop presenting cups, trophies and prizes to the winners of competitions held throughout the summer months.
A running Order of Merit format for the Thursday seniors came into being in 2006 when its first winner was 74-year-old Pete Farmer who then played off an 18 handicap.
And now nine years later, Pete has put himself back at the top, the only player to do so twice, with a splendid result of eight scores out of a possible 12.
The best six scores counted and Pete finished two points ahead of septuagenerian Ken Wingad and seven in front of 2013 title holder John Johnson.
Within Pete’s six qualifying scores, he registered two top places for maximum points. Since 2006, he has reduced his handicap to 13 and currently plays off 14.5.