GOLF: Just like that! Belton Park junior captain Cooper shines for the county
Belton Park junior club captain Tom Cooper is not only playing well within the club, he is also performing magnificently on the county front too.
Tom, who only just turned 14 earlier this month, was recently selected to represent Lincolnshire boys in their fixture against Leicestershire and Rutland at Spalding Golf Club.
In the morning foursomes, Tom partnered Callum Bruce to a 3&1 victory, and he followed that up in the afternoon with a fantastic 1 up victory in the singles.
Despite Tom’s great efforts, unfortunately Lincolnshire lost the overall fixture 11-7.
Tom has also been having great results in county events as an individual player. He joined fellow Belton Park juniors Ollie Mitchell and Alex Wright in playing in the Stamford Trophy and Nicky Molson Cup at Boston West on Friday.
Both Ollie and Alex had very credible results in shooting net 78 and 79 respectively. Tom, however, not only shot the equal lowest gross score of 77, but his net score of 67 won the competition by four shots.
All of this great play has been having a great effect on Tom’s handicap – in the last month it has been reduced from 11 down to seven.
l Belton Park’s C Team enjoyed a convincing win at home to Melton Mowbray.
Steve Mitchell and Bob Rogers won their match in style, laying the foundations for the 4½-1½ victory.
Team captain Tony Davies congratulated all his players: “The sense of good fellowship in the squad is tremendous.”
Results: Belton Park names first – Tony Davies and Paul Woods halved with Adrian Green and Ken Longbottom; Steve Mitchell and Bob Rogers beat Bill Hurrell and Alan Hodgkinson 6&5; Danny Coyle and John Cooke beat Gary Taylor and Don Povey 6&4; Andrew Macgowan and Stewart Boylan beat Glenn Price and Ian King 6&4; Richard Welbourne and Keith Meadows lost to Don Benzie and Kevin Robertson 1 down; Colin Mason and Ben Bayliss beat Dave Bailey and Andy Wade 4&3.
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Graham Manton and David Hamilton lost 1 down, Brian Keightley and David Hamston halved, Roy Rowe and Cliff Mills lost 2 down, Brian Ayto and Tim Haward won 2 up, Don Clements and John Batty lost 4&2, Don Werner and John Wright halved, Stephen Major and Ray Beal lost 2&1, Philip Varley and Mike Graves lost 4&3.
In the July Monthly Medal, which was to lead to qualification for the Gents’ Club Championship, a superb personal best scorecard came from Ronie Alipio as medal overall winner.
Playing off a 25 handicap at the beginning of the day, Ronie’s four under CSS reduced him to 23.0. Having played golf for only 18 months, Ronie was to have his first crack at a championship and the 36-hole Best Nett Trophy.
Monthly Medal Prizes were presented in Handicap Divisions. In Ronie’s Division Four, another newcomer to competitive golf, Cameron Sunman, played two under CSS. Barry Rohland was third and Daniel Baker fourth.
The four best cards in Categories 1 to 3, separated by their net back nine scores, all on level CSS, were Pete Armstrong, A Team captain Bruce MacFarlane, Neil Baker and Simon Green. Jim Gorski was fifth, followed by Phil Hall.
There was the usual monthly prize recognition for best gross return and this was, unusually, divided three ways by Bruce MacFarlane, Simon Green and Martin Corby.
The ladies also shared the Medal Day and there was a countback on best net scorecard, with Amanda Roberts’ back nine pipping Yvonne Geach to win the medal badge and prize money.
Eleven competitors recorded two but not all had gambled the £1 entry, and the sweep was shared seven ways between Paul Leachman, Andrew Green, Craig Machin, Chris Wilmot, Martin Corby and Bruce MacFarlane (2).
l Twenty-five handicap Jenny Hilton won the Tuesday ladies’ roll-up stableford with 35 points, 19 out and 16 back, with runner-up Joan Doughty on 34.
l Amanda Roberts is leading the 2015 Sword of Achievement. Andy Newman was top for several months but is now second, with Steve Davis in third.
Onie Ison is top of the Rainbow Order of Merit from Jeff Ward and Orlando Pabunan.
The seniors’ summer six month Eclectic top three are Mick Beasley, from Mick Massingham and 2014 title winner Teddy-John Johnson.
The main club Eclectic leaders, after two months, are Jon Machin, from Cameron Sunman and Keith Moore.