GOLF: Belton Woods lady players enjoy national competitions involvement
Belton Woods ladies’ section played the Australian Spoons last Wednesday and Saturday.
This was a nationwide competition for players with handicap of 15 or above and is played as a stableford foursomes. The eventual winners were Bev Warner and Anne Meadows, with 36 stableford points. They will go on to represent the club in the regional finals at Newcastle under Lyme in July.
On Sunday, Belton Woods hosted Sleaford in the first round of the knockout stages of the Daily Mail foursomes.
Lesley Perrin and Val William represented Belton Woods, having won the club competition on countback from Bev Warner and Anne Meadows. The Belton Woods ladies won 6&4 and will now progress to the next round.
The Valentine’s Day Mixed Pairs Competition took place last Saturday.
Fourteen mixed pairs braved the elements to play a betterball stableford competition on the Woods course.
Nearest the pin prizes were awarded on the 15th hole. Colin Copley won the men’s and Pat Haynes the ladies’.
Despite the bad weather, some good scores were returned with Jacqui Francis and Nigel Hardy the eventual winners on 43 points, from Carole and Pete Stothard with 42 and Trudi and third placed Annan Galloway with 40.
The ninth and final round of the Men’s Pairs Winter League took place last Sunday, with 32 teams playing on the Lakes course from yellow tees in a Par Bogey competition
Despite the really awful weather over the previous weeks, the course was in great condition and the greens were yet again playing well. There were some very varied scores returned on the day, ranging from -7 to +10.
Eventual winners on the day were S. Welsh and T. Hills with 10 points. Runners-up were T. Bridges and D. Botherway with seven points, whilst J. Gill and A. Galloway (7) were third.
After all the nine rounds are completed, the worst three rounds are discarded and best six are used to give a final league table for Divisions One and Two, the top eight teams in both divisions going on to compete in a matchplay knockout. This will eventually realise a winner for each division who will meet in the grand final to determine the champion of champions.
A big thank you has to go to all those members who have supported and continue to support the competitions, the committee and all the charities through out the year ..
Stoke Rochford seniors Winter Warmer competition this week was a best two from three stableford with three free throws to each player.
Winners with 91 points on countback were Mike Nixon, Alan Dolby and John Booth. Second, also with 91 points, were Malcolm Edwards, Tim Haward and Mick Rance, whilst Brian Keightley, Phil White and Ray Elsome were third with 90 points on countback.
The overall lead remains with David Hamilton, who has 38 points, Brian Keightley has 35 and Mike Nixon 33.
For the Slack Goblet, Dave Waling has 12 single points, Nev Marris 11, with Alan Dolby, Phil White, John Batty and Graham Manton each having nine points apiece.
Sudbrook Moor team captain David Guy returned the best scorecard in last Thursday’s Mixed Senior ‘Q’ Medal roll-up.
This result of three under CSS earned David an impressive winter handicap reduction of 0.9, to play off 13.1, and gain top points in the monthly Order of Merit, The Senior Golfer of the Year Award, which runs through to November.
One shot adrift, Geoff Wilkins took best of Category Four and a reduction of 0.4 to his 24 handicap. In the same category, David Leslie, Colin Henfrey, Bryan Heydinger and Dennis Brownlee all posted cards that will win Order of Merit points, as did Tim Newbery and Graham Mackinder in the lower handicap division.
Melvin Clarricoats had a fruitful day with two birdie twos (holes six and six) to win half of the weekly sweep, shared with Tony Rose (hole 16) and Mick Massingham (16).
Inter-linked with these results, six competitions remain in the Thursday six month Winter Eclectic. Past champions currently locked in combat are 2014 winner David Leslie, who holds first on a countback from 2015 winner Ted Johnson. Eight times winner Tony Rose, who captured the title between 2000 and 2013, is a mere half shot behind the top two, on a shared score with David Guy who won the title for his second time in 2014. Tim Newbery, last season’s trophy holder, is in fifth position but just one-and-a-half shots separate him from another title.
Fresh back to Tuesday ladies’ stablefords, Joan Doughty was best of a very encouraging field in the nine-hole section, with a return of 18 points, on a countback from Doreen Fardell. Diane Leslie was third on 16, ahead of Eileen Plummer on 15.
Best of the 18-hole roll-up was a scorecard of 33 points from Maureen Bradford.