GOLF: Belton Park ladies sparkle at Captain’s Day
Lady Captain’s Day took place at Belton Park last Sunday.
The theme of the day was ‘sparkle’. The ladies were asked to wear something that sparkled, both whilst playing and dining.
All the 72 ladies who took part entered into the spirit of the brief and looked dazzling in their diamante and glitter. The team prize for sparkling on the course went to Jools Taylor, Lisa White, Sheila Mason and Kath Hill.
They played a four ball Am-Am stableford competition with two scores to count on each hole, with the exception of holes nine and 18 where three scores counted. The winning team with a score of 85pt comprised Linda Midgley, Carol Taylor, Margaret Henson and Grace Andrew. Second were Jo Pearson, Anita Bartys, Jean Tetley and Cynthia Mills with 84 on countback from Gill Briggs, Paula Marshall, Enid Maltby and Jackie Scott.
There were nearest the pin prizes for the Bronze players on the sixth hole, won by Kathleen Bell, and for the Silver Division on the 14th, won by Veronica Rose.
The Gents played a Texas Scramble on holes 19-27. The team of A. Hodgson, S. Hale, A. Doubleday and R. Clough were the winners with a score of 27.05, from club captain D. Bashford, G. O’Reilly, M. Green and vice-captain C. Mason.
The previous Tuesday, the ladies played an American Greensome. This format provided a welcome break from the medal and stableford competitions.
Winners on the day were Sheila Mason and Sue Walker-Sherriff with 41pt. Runners-up with 37 were Gill Briggs and Enid Maltby, with Anthea Nicoll and Lucy Carr third on 36.
Burghley Park 4
Belton Park 2
Burghley Park enjoyed a brilliant victory over Belton Park to exact revenge for the 5-1 loss they suffered when the teams last met in May.
Both captains agreed that one win apiece was a fair result and the matches had been played in a good spirit and very enjoyable.
Outstanding were captain Tony Davies and David Nock who took the honours as top pair for Belton, winning their match 5&4.
Tony thanked Burghley captain Robb Tapp for the warm welcome they were given and thanked the greens staff for a well presented golf course.
Results (Belton names first): Tony Davies and David Nock beat Robb Tapp and Mike Beaumont 5&4, John Taylor and Colin Mason drew with Matt Pettit and Angus Keech, Bob Rogers and Ben Bayliss drew with Brian Churchill and Richard Gilbert, Keith Smith and Gary Clark lost to Charles Cade and Rob King 7&6, Ian Carroll and Dave Wing lost to Stewart Ward and Bob Emmins 2 down, Roy Allen and John Cooke lost to Richard Cook and David Devlin 2&1.
It was a somewhat quiet week for the ladies’ section as the courses were closed last Wednesday for the annual Turkey Federation meeting.
However, in the absence of a formal competition, the ladies played a Texas Scramble on Saturday to introduce some of the new players to a different format. Jen Hallett and Lis Isles came first with an excellent 58 points, closely followed by Elaine Lilley and Helle Fentom with 59.
Whilst on the course, Caroline Hills and her playing partners found a balloon that had travelled from Allenton primary school in Derbyshire. Caroline tied the balloon to her trolley and completed nine holes of golf with it, before contacting the children and telling them how far it had travelled!
Friday saw a team of four Belton Woods ladies travelling to Hollinwell Golf Club, Nottinghamshire, to compete in the Ladies’ Open.
Jackie Wilson, Carole Stothard, Gaynor Daykin and Kylie Bullimore played extremely well to come second with 85 points on coun back. Well done to all the players.
On Sunday, the ladies played a mixed friendly against Greetham Valley. Eight pairs travelled from Belton Woods to play the Valley course on a bright but very windy day. The course was in a beautiful condition and all enjoyed a great game with a lovely meal afterwards.
Belton Woods came out on top, winning 6&2. Many thanks to all those who took part.
Stoke Rochford 4
Stoke seniors, having played five away matches to date, have halved four of them.
Graham Manton and Glyn Staines won 1 up, Steve Major and Alan Jessop won 1 up, Trevor Harvey and Chris Woof won 2&1, Phil White and Ken Taylor lost 1 down, Don Werner and Tim Haward lost 3&2, Cliff Mills and Mike Nixon halved, Greg Ewart and Mike Dickinson lost 4&2, Roger Nicholls and Barry Coop halved.
Stoke Rochford 5½
Stoke’s fifth home win maintained their 100 per cent home record.
Jim Price and Mike Thornton won 5&4, Tim Haward and Steve Major won 2&1, Graham Manton and Ken Taylor lost 3&2, Cliff Mills and Brian Keightley lost 2 down, Mike Dickinson and Mick Rance won 2&1, Phil Hewes and Mike Nixon won 3&1, Eddie Malloy and Barry Gaunt won 5&3, Ray Beal and Greg Ewart halved.
It was Super Saturday for three competitors – Martin Corby, Sue Watson and Daniel Agapito.
All played rounds of sweet success in the June Monthly Medal, with achievements on many levels. Martin missed equalling the Gents’ course record by one shot, which he himself had set earlier in 2017. His net score of the day reduced his 3.7 handicap to 3.1 and earned him both the Best Net prize with a margin of three, and the Best Gross prize with a margin of six, played on the championship length course.
Overall best scorecard of the event, returned by Martin, also won 25 Order of Merit points.
June Monthly Medal is also Gold Medal Day in which all the season’s Saturday Medal winners are eligible to compete. Martin won his first gold medal from a field of nine other gents. Sue brought out her very consistent form to win the Ladies’ Monthly Medal, the Ladies’ Gold Medal and, with her scorecard of four under CSS, another handicap reduction to 30.1, a personal best.
In The Sword of Achievement, Sue added an excellent 23 points, making her running total 64 and a current very creditable ninth place from the whole of the mixed field of 101 competitors.
Budding eight-year-old Daniel’s scorecard of four under won him a new reduction to his 34 handicap and a personal best. This super score also earned him the Junior Monthly Medal and the Junior High Handicap Gold Medal, played from the yellow tees.
Others in the prizes on June Medal Day for Net Prizes and the Twos Sweep were Andrew Dolby, Andy Newman, Simon Green, Phil Hall, Alan Cuthbertson, Stephen Furphy, Steve Squires, Mick Lincoln, Caroline Davis, Judith Hutton, Michael Coupland, David Lee, Bob Watson, Steve Martin and David Sweeting.