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GOLF: Annual Belton Park ladies’ match ends with honours even

Lady secretary Julia Bishop and lady captain Sheila Mason share the winners' rosette.
Lady secretary Julia Bishop and lady captain Sheila Mason share the winners' rosette.

Belton Park ladies played the annual knockout competition between the Lady Captain’s team and the Lady Secretary’s team on Tuesday.

The matches were played throughout the day and the results were compiled in the evening whilst players gathered for dinner. It was clear the competition was very close with the overall result of the 23 matches being a draw.

Team captain Bruce MacFarlane he tees off the 16th hole on the way to Sudbrook Moor success in the Elsham Trophy.
Team captain Bruce MacFarlane he tees off the 16th hole on the way to Sudbrook Moor success in the Elsham Trophy.

The result was announced at the post match dinner when the ladies also celebrated not one, but two special birthdays.

Alice Epton and Pat Evans both had birthdays during the week and the ladies section took the opportunity to wish them many happy returns and to share a delicious cake.

l The ladies played their first Lincolnshire Handicap League match of the season away against Burghley Park on Monday.

After battling through rain and cold winds, the ladies achieved a very respectable 2-2 draw.

Stableford (April 19): Division One – 1 Shelley McClelland 37pt, 2 Carol Steele 36, 3 Pam Wiggins 35 ocb; Division Two – 1 Lucie Morley 37 ocb, 2 Paula Marshall 37, 3 Marjie Thompson 36.


Tony Davies’ 20th year as Belton Park C Team captain got off to a fabulous start with an impressive 4½-1½ win over Rutland County.

Steve Mitchell and Ben Bayliss took the honours as top pair in the match, winning their game 5&3.

Both teams agreed over a well-earned drink and a splendid meal that it had been an enjoyable and sporting match, played on a course in excellent condition.

Results: Tony Davies and Stewart Boylan beat Rick Collins and Alan Shuttleworth 4&2, John Cooke and Paul Woods lost to Deggie Palmer and John Dickie 3&2, Ian Carroll and Simon Denton halved with John Goff and Frank Thibault, Richard Claxton and Andrew Hounsfield beat Roger Overton and Dave Rippin 4&3, Lloyd Courtenay and Roy Allen beat Eric Cooper and Stewart Hatch 3&2, Steve Mitchell and Ben Bayliss beat Chris Bower and Reg Parker 5&3.


Belton Park seniors hosted the seniors team from Sleaford on a glorious sunny day.

The Belton team put in a superb performance against what is always a strong team from Sleaford to win the match 6-2.

Wins by the teams of Manny Barker and Dave Langley, Bill Brogan and Peter Rollings, Dave Martin and Brian Mole, Steve Calvert and Barrie Stainton, Trevor Collis and Shaun Boney, and halved matches by seniors captain Alan Addis and Dave Dobney, and Trevor Collis and Shaun Boney secured the victory.

On the same day, six teams of seniors competed in a Stableford 1-2-3 competition with the winning team of John Carr, Tony Noble and Steve White scoring 71 points.



Stoke Rochford 6½

Greetham Valley 1½

Graham Manton and John Wright lost 3&1, Jim Price and Steve Major won 3&2, Charles Scott and Keith Dugmore won 6&5, Mike Nixon and Tim Haward won 2&1, Roger Nichols and Don Werner won 9&7, Chris Woof and Trevor Harvey halved, Ray Beal and Duncan Bennett won 4&3, Philip Varley and Barry Mitchell won 2&1.


Sudbrook Moor played the first round of the Lincolnshire County Inter-Club Matchplay Knock-Outs, known as The Elsham Trophy Foursomes Scratch Matchplay, on Friday.

Their team of three pairs were drawn against Toft Golf Club at home and comprised of A Team captain Bruce MacFarlane, vice-captain Simon Green, club champion Martin Corby, Nigel Corby, Michael Green and Simon Pullen.

The result was halved after 18 holes and so an exciting play-off ensued, over what developed into two extra holes. In fast fading light, Sudbrook’s nominated play-off pairing Bruce and Simon halved the 19th with fives. On the 20th, Bruce’s brilliance from the green-side bunker left Simon a three foot putt for the par, to Toft’s bogey five, to claim the win for Sudbrook Moor.

l There was also a Matchplay encounter for the Senior Gents last week.

Senior captain and vice-captain Graham Mackinder and Dave Guy drew teams for Fourball Betterball practice off handicap, as preparation for the forthcoming Inter-club League season in two weeks’ time. There was a most appropriate result of an overall halved match, 2½-2½.

Colin Henfrey and Chalky White halved with Dave Guy and Joe Green, John Chatburn and Melvin Claricoats beat Pete Farmer and Dave Leslie 4&3, John Chambers and Howard Firth beat Ken Wingad and Frank Brumpton 3&2, Harry Cutmore and Bryan Heydinger beat Mick Massingham and Harry Addison 5&4, Geoff Wilkins and Barry Kay beat Alfie Kent and Eric Dickens 4&3.


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