GOLF: New captains ushered in at Belton Woods
Belton Woods welcomed Paul Perrin as men’s captain for 2016 at the club’s annual meeting.
Following a very successful year, outgoing captain Harry Mckeen handedover the reins to Paul, who has expressed that it is a great honour to be captain in the 25th anniversary year of Belton Woods. It is also a very special year for him, as he will be celebrating his 50th birthday at the end of it.
Paul’s chosen fund raising charities are Macmillan Nurses and Cancer Research in memory of his late parents. John Harrison will be Paul’s vice-captain for the year
Also new for 2016, Jackie Wilson will captain the ladies and Colin Musson the seniors, whilst Will Cressey will lead the juniors.
l The winter Am/Am betterball stableford competition, held on the Lakes Course, brought January to a close, with 53 players competing in four-man teams with the best two scores counting on each hole.
Eventual worthy winners with 87 points were the team of R. Williams, S. Hall, M. Helme and G.Cooper.
Runners-up with 82 points were G. Beck, C. Sneesby, N. Smith and A.Leonard on countback from J. Bates, P. Morris, J. Mackey and T. Morris in third, and fourth-placed M. Allison, R. Connelly, S. Footitt and P. Beckett.
Winners of the twos competition on the day were Nicholas Dent, Darren Woods, Ray Hughes and Graham Bell
The golf season has started with Stoke Rochford ladies welcoming Belton Park ladies in the first round of the Mail on Sunday.
Stoke Rochford narrowly defeated Belton Park in what was a very close and well played match. There were five singles matches in which Sue Booth beat Julie Hamer, Pam Watson lost to Issie Guest, Pauline Haggerty beat Joy Stepney, Chris Rowley lost to Sheila Mason and June Miller halved with Anna Clark.
The match result was 2½ to 2½ which meant the final pairings played sudden death in which June Miller beat Anna Clark at the first play-off hole.
Last week’s Stoke Rochford seniors’ Winter Warmer competition was ‘Other Courses’ in teams of three, playing the par and stroke index of another randomly drawn course, which was a real test with gale force winds and all three scores to count.
Winners with 110 points, playing the card of Oswestry GC, were Dave Wilkins, Don Clements and Don Werner. Second on countback with 100 points were Colin Doughty and Dave Waling, playing Wokingham GC, with the luxury of Don Clements as their sleeping partner. In third spot, also with 100 points, were early starters Tom Keegan. Ray Beal and John Martindale, playing the card of Arcott Hall GC, Northumberland.
Eddie Plant retained his overall lead on 33 points and,, as he was playing with Greg Ewart, Greg was unable to close the gap and stayed second with 29 points. But there was an ominous move into third place on 28 points by Alan Dolby, five times overall champion in the past 10 years.
Determined and motivated Sudbrook Moor juniors faced the elements to notch up Order of Merit Points in the Weekend Greensomes Medal. Supported by parents generally, and sometimes grandparents, this was the second competition of the Winter Series, with all to play for.
Overall winners were Alison Reid with Joseph Ablewhite, with a scorching net score and top points, putting Joseph in third place on the leader board. A personal best scorecard was returned by father and son John and Scott Griffiths, yielding points to lift them to sixth equal on the board.
Grandfather John Russell and eight-year-old Izzy Linsley could come good this season, sitting in a positive overall second spot and looking formidable in the medal format. Stuart Smith and six-year-old grandson Blake Smith came in with the third card on the day, but still lead the season’s field, two points ahead.
Others partnerships involved are Martin and Lilliya Greene, fourth overall; Ronie and Peter Alipio; Jasmin, Melissa and Mia Mawson and Kev Woollas; David, Jack and Sam Richardson; Trevor and Robert Eldred; Adrian, Oliver and Will Hands.
l The Tuesday Ladies played the option of either a nine hole or an 18 hole competition, in stableford format. Shirley Gardiner won the 18 hole event, with Sue Hutton runner-up. Linda Whittaker returned the best nine hole card, from Judith Baldwin.
l. Senior captain Graham Mackinder welcomed six fresh faces to the January Drawn Team format of the Senior Mixed monthly Texas Scramble. Prizes went to first and second team members, and three of the new recruits were in the prize frame.
Frank Brumpton led his team of Allan Griggs and David Franklin to top spot, by 0.5 of a shot, from runners-up Ted-John Johnson with Alison Reid and Chris Wilmot. Some other good scorecards came from Tim Newbery with Roger Thorley and Rod Edwards, third place, and Bryan Heydinger with Jeff Ward and Barry Kay, fourth.