GOLF: Belton Park mixed team enjoy mixed fortunes in season openers
Belton Park mixed team started their 2016 season with away matches against Spalding and Radcliffe on Trent.
At Spalding, playing an unfamiliar format ‘American Greensomes’, the team lost narrowly by five matches to three.
It was a very windy day and most teams conceded many shots to their opponents. However, star performers for Belton were Annette Fordham and Ian Mason who won 2&1 despite giving away 15 shots. Carol and John Taylor and Sheila and Colin Mason also won.
After the match the players had an excellent meal. Spalding captain David Tasker welcomed Belton Park and lady captain Sheila Mason responded.
At Radcliffe in a changed team, the playing format returned to the usual fourball betterball and the team won convincingly 6-2. Winning pairs were Sheila and Colin Mason, Yvonne and Derek Bashford, Sue and Alan Addis, Joy and Andy Stepney, and Jean Sutcliffe and Graham Watkin. Pam and James Wiggins and Sue Walker-Sherriff and Paul Thompson both drew.
The course was in good condition and the weather was sunny with just a short shower.
Again after the match the players enjoyed a wonderful meal. Radcliffe vice-captain Peter Hopkinson welcomed Belton Park and Sheila Mason responded.
Belton Park 3
Burghley Park 3
Belton Park won the first three games in convincing style but Burghley came back strongly, winning the final three games to draw the match.
After the match, both teams enjoyed a superb meal and were entertained by magician and mind reader John Taylor.
Burghley Park captain Bob Emmins thanked Belton captain Tony Davies for the warm welcome they were given and said it was always a pleasure to visit.
Results (Belton names first): Tony Davies and Jan Carroll beat Bob Emmis and Richard Cook 6&5, John Taylor and Simon Denton beat Peter Barnes and Graham Bedford 5&3, John Cooke and Roy Allen beat Peter Beeke and David Devlin 6&5, Keith Smith and Richard Claxton lost to Brian Churchill and Cathal McHugh 2&1, David Wing and Lloyd Courtenay lost to Rob McCarr and Rob Tapp 4&3, Bob Roger and Ben Bayliss lost to Daniel Elliott and Stewart Ward 2&1.
Stoke Rochford 2nd 3
Belton Park 2nd 3
Belton Park GC seconds hit the road for their first away game of the season.
It always promised to be a closely fought match with both sides having to make changes before the game. There were many few twists and turns in the matches and, in the end, a draw was a fair result for both teams.
Results: Nigel Gibson Snr and Ged O’Reilly halved, Sam Sutton and Tom Cooper won 1 up, Ian Mahan and Dale Maplethorpe won 3&1, Spike Carr and Mick Sims halved, David Price and Terry Guest lost 6&4, Scott Allison and Nigel Gibson Jnr lost 5&3.
Thirty-four Belton Park seniors played the sixth Stableford competition of the year in very wet and windy conditions, so the results on the day were amazing with the top 10 in the field playing equal to or better than their handicap.
Fred Williams headed the field with a tremendous score of 40 points, two ahead of runner-up John Newton on 38. Third, also with 38, were Mike Collins and Francis Davis.
Belton Park seniors travelled to Sleaford GC to play the return match last Thursday.
The match at Belton Park had seen a decisive win for the home team but on this occasion Sleaford exacted revenge with an identical winning 6-2 score. The pairing of Nick Craft and Barrie Stainton recorded Belton’s only victory. Halved matches were recorded by Alan Addis and Bill Brogan, and Howard Lockward and Keith Brown.
l The Belton Park club team travelled to Seacroft last Tuesday for their bi-annual fixture.
The weather forecast was for rain and, unfortunately, was accurate. The final result was honourably halved 3-3.
Results: captain Paul Screen with Jim Fulton halved, Jon Cooke with Ged O’Reilly won 7-5, president David Harris won 3-2, John Taylor with Martin lost 6-5, Richard Claxton with Colin Mason lost 6-4, Dave Carter with Jim Wiggins halved.
Having got dried off and changed, players retired to the clubhouse for a very enjoyable meal, hosted by Seacroft captain Steve Shaw, followed by post-match speeches.
A quest to win Europe’s biggest pro-am begins for Bob Holland and his Stoke Rochford PGA professional Angus Dow when they tee up in a forthcoming Lombard Trophy regional final at Coventry Golf Club on July 18, one of 14 regional finals being staged across the UK.
They will be up against 64 other clubs with the winning club going through to compete in the 36-hole final at Portugal’s luxurious Pestana Vila Sol Golf and Hotel resort on the Algarve in September.
Bob landed a chance to have a tilt at qualifying for the grand final when he won his club qualifying competition with a net score of 65.
Bob Holland, who lives in Ingoldsby, has been playing golf for 20 years and plays off a handicap of 16. Angus has been a professional at Stoke Rochford for 29 years.
Stoke Rochford 5½
Graham Manton and Mike Rance lost 4&3, John Batty and Mike Nixon won 3&2, Mike Dickinson and Tim Haward lost 3&1, Brian Keightley and Trevor Harvey halved, John Wright and Alan Jessop won 2 up, Brian White and Charles Scott won 7&6, Philip Varley and Peter Gill won 4&3, Phil White and Mike Graves won 4&3.
The second round of Stoke Seniors’ Trophy was won by seniors captain Graham Manton with 37 points. In second place was Brian White with 36 on countback from third placed Roy Rowe.
With the best three rounds to count from six monthly competitions, overall leaders after two rounds are Graham Manton and Peter Gill with 70 points, from Richard Leverett on 69.
The mens individual medal competition took place at Belton Woods on Sunday.
Seventy-four players took advantage of the beautiful weather and played the Woods course from the yellow tees. The course and greens were in great condition, which gave the opportunity for some great games of golf to be played.
Winner in Division One was Colin Sneesby with net 68, with Josh Mackey second on 69 and Nick Everingham third with the same score.
Rob Vine won Division Two with 65, ahead of Nathan Smith on 66 and Pat Morris, also 66.
Twos competition winners were Bryn Parry, Josh Mackey, Jim North, Dan Fowler and Nathan Whales (2).
The first two weeks of May have seen a flurry of activity in the ladies’ section of Belton Woods, with the monthly medal and stableford competitions, two league matches, a friendly against Belton Park, and the Ladies’ Invitation Day.
The monthly medal competition on the Lakes was won by Louise Barrett (bronze) with net 72, and the silver division by Lorraine Robertson with 78. Nikki Masson (bronze) won the monthly stableford on the Woods with 38 points and Val Williams the silver division with 33.
The A team have played two league matches, one against the B team and the other away at Blankney. Last Sunday, both teams lined up to play each other but, despite a hard fought contest, in the end the A team prevailed to win 3½ to ½ . The A team also played away at Blankney where all four games were closely contested, three of them going to the 18th hole. The eventual result was a 3-1 win to Belton Woods for the team of Jackie Wilson and Trudi Galloway, Lesley Perrin and Val Williams, Kim Davies and Lorraine Robertson, and Shirley King and Wendy Stewart.
The “local derby” between Belton Park and Belton Woods took place last Monday on the Lakes. Lovely weather helped everyone to enjoy the course which was in beautiful condition. Belton Woods held out to win 2 ½ to 1 ½ in a close, but friendly match.
Finally, the Ladies’ Invitation was held on Sunday with ladies attending from many different golf courses.
The competition, which took the format of a pairs betterball stableford, with both scores to count on the ninth and 18th, was won by Pat Haynes and her guest from Canwick Park, Elaine Faithorn, with a magnificent 46 points.
Rina Ozolins (Newark GC) and Shirley King were second with 43 points, and Carole Stothard and Gillian Holder (Canwick Park) third with 37 ocb. Nearest the pin was won by Wendy Stewart, and the longest drive by Pam Watson.
The Main Club Winter Matchplay events have come to their conclusions with nine finals, following six months of preliminary rounds.
Allan Griggs sparkled in two Singles Finals beating on-form Steve Davis in one and Jeff Ward in another. Barry Rohland also had success in a singles.
There was an exciting Scratch Foursomes entry, with Josh Smith and Martin Greene taking on Chris Winfield and Judith Hutton, with Josh and Martin playing superbly, to take the victory on the penultimate green.
In a Seeded Fourball Betterball knockout, the winning partnership were Martin Corby with Daniel Baker, who took on high handicap John Sanders and Leigh Ecuyer. Martin was giving a shot a hole and he and Daniel came through convincingly with a really solid win of 7&6.
Steve Davis and 15-year-old Joseph Ablewhite also had a memorable season. Meeting Alistair Hotson and Dave Clark, Steve and Joseph came out champs. They met with the very strong pair of Stuart Smith and Steve Bradley in a second event and were defeated this time.
In a very convivial Greensomes match, Alistair Hotson and Dave Clark met Alison Reid and Judith Hutton in the final with success for Alistair and Dave.
In the final throes of the Senior Winter League, in fourball betterball matchplay format, the top four pairs have now met in a Round Robin.
Like the title holders they are, Pete Armstrong and John Costall forged through to win all their Round Robin matches to claim the Ken Jameson Claret Jug Trophy for the second year. Runners-up were Dennis Green and Mick Massingham.