GOLF: Belton Park ladies enjoy annual supper
Belton Park Golf Club lady captain Sheila Mason hosted the annual supper at the clubhouse last Wednesday.
More than 70 lady members enjoyed an excellent meal and were entertained by a cappella group Ain’t What You Do.
During the evening, Sheila welcomed seven new lady members, as well as Rachel Woodcock, who recently joined the club as lady assistant professional. She also presented the Winter League Knockout Trophy to Anna Clark (pictured) and the Australian Spoons to Sandra Pask and Jools Taylor.
The draw was made for the nine hole playing lesson with club professional Mike Timson and was won by Jane Renfrew. This raised £190 for the lady captain’s chosen charities – Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and Breast Cancer.
There was a strong field for Belton Park’s Lifeboat Trophy – for the Winifred Robertson Rosebowl – with 140 golfers playing in beautiful spring-like weather.
The top three were Dan Parker and Will Stevens with 44 points on countback from second placed Andy Macgowan and Les Watson, with Guy Mitchell and Chris Aston third on 43, also on countback.
The any combination winners were Andrew Kelly and Jo Pearson with a highly creditable 42 points.
The first and second teams played their traditional friendly match against Radcliffe GC. The fixture is a little different to the South Lincs League in as much as it is played off handicap.
The first team travelled to Radcliffe and the match was lost 3½-2½.
Results: Mike Timson and Paul Screen lost 4/3, Aidan Greenbeery and Chris Burns won 1 up, Mark and Sam Sutton won 2/1, Steve and Harry Glenn halved, Jack Diment and Mick Sims lost 1 down, and Steve and Ollie Mitchell lost 2/1.
The second team played at home and won 4-1.
Captain Spike said: “The first match of the season, which is a yearly occurrence, although a friendly, it is always good a get off to a winning start, something which we can build on for the future for the start of the up and coming season.”
Results: Derek Bashford and Ged O’Reilly won 6&5, Bob Chapple and David Pretorious won 1 up, Andy Trotter and Dean Scott lost 4&3, Ken Kane and Tom Cooper won 5&4, Nigel Gibson Snr and Nigel Gibson Jnr won 1 up.
Forty-three seniors took part in the Cyril Woods Trophy on Tuesday over the Ancaster Course.
The weather on the morning did nothing to dampen the spirits of those competing in this ‘Bogey’ competition. Results were very close with two points separating the top 10 players.
Paul Skelton won the competition, having sealed victory with a chip-in on his final hole.
Prize winners: Paul Skelton +2 ocb, Steve White +2, Alan Addis +1 ocb, Tony Noble +1, red Williams 0 ocb.
Belton Park seniors competitions come thick and fast with the Captain’s Am/Am taking place next week and the first of the representative matches against Radcliffe the week after.
Shirley Gardiner is not new to winning Tuesday Trophies, part of the spring calendar competed for by the week-day Ladies.
This week Shirley will be having her name engraved on The Williamson Shield, played as a Stableford by all Senior Ladies, who qualify by having passed their 50th birthday. In the most difficult of general conditions, Shirley’s scorecard of 33 stableford points was pure excellence, played off a handicap of 28.2, with two halves of 16 and 17 points.
Joan Alton recorded 30 points, off a handicap of 32, for the runner’s-up prize, with a very special front nine score of 19 points. Sue Chambers was third.
A recent Ladies’ nine hole Stableford was won with 15 points by Sheila Cutmore, followed by Linda Whittaker, Sue Hutton and Rosemary Haw.
The Senior League squad of 18 players, led by senior captain Graham Mackinder, travelled to South Kyme to enjoy a pre-season strokeplay warm-up with the members of the other four league clubs, in a massive field of 76 players. The format was individual stableford, with trophies for the Best Senior Captain, the Best Non-Captain and the Best Team, with 12 names to count towards the aggregate score, nominated before play.
Stars of Sudbrook Moor squad were Allan Griggs and Bob Watson who recorded 36 points apiece, missing out on the trophy by three points. Sudbrook were third in the Best Team of the Day with 311 points, eight points behind Gedney Hill who were runners-up.
There was fresh blood in the seniors’ monthly Texas Scramble draw in February, with a record turnout of mixed teams of three. The stroke allowance of 10 per cent of the aggregate total and its medal format resulted in less than half a shot difference between first and second teams.
Captain of his team of Pete Falat and Rod Edwards, Andy Milner returned a scorecard of four under SSS. Pete Farmer brought in his team of Barry Kay and Dennis Green second prize. Third were Ted-John Johnson with Bryan Heydinger and John Came.
Other great team leaders encouraged the two new ladies who were getting involved, namely Shirley Lane-Gilhesby and Sue Watson.