The grand final of the Belton Woods Men’s Pairs Winter League was played on the Lakes course on Saturday.
With the course being in great condition and weather sunny and dry, the stage was set for a great encounter.
The betterball competition pitted Division One champions Lee and Andy Williams against Division Two champions Leigh Shotliffe and Jason Lamb in a matchplay format
Honours were shared over the first couple of holes, then Andy and Lee Williams took control and proved too strong for their opponents. Despite the rugged determination show by both Leigh and Jason, they finally ran out of holes and were beaten 6&5
After many attempts at winning this competition over the years, Lee and Andy have finally found success and will be presented with the trophy at Presentation Night held later on in the year
The Men’s Individual medal competition was held on Lakes course on Sunday with a great field of 61 players taking advantage of good weather and playing conditions
Results: Division One – 1 Joshua Mackey, 2 Mathew Hayes, 3 Jonathon Stapleton; Division Two – 1 Elliot Kane, 2 Will Creasey, 3 Rob Vine; Twos Competition – Rob Palframan, Mathew Haynes, Graeme Smallbone, Graham Bell.
Belton Woods seniors’ captain Colin Musson captain got his team off to a fine start with a convincing home win against Rutland County.
Belton Woods 6½
Rutland County 1½
Colin Musson and Alan Lowen won 2-1, Ray Woodcock and George Forbes halved, Mike Whitington and Ian Nisbet won 4-2, Colin Thornton and Peter Bishop won 2-1, Ken Claxon and Gary Waterfield 5-3, Pat Stanford and John Williams won 3-1, Les Vine and John Sabin lost 4-3, John Browne and John Bratt won 3-2.
Marshall’s Monthly Medal – 1 Colin Thornton net 76 ocb, 2 Tony Slipper 76, 3 John Billot 79 ocb, 4 Ken Claxon 79, 5 Tin Win 80 ocb, 6 Gary Waterfield 80, 7 Ian Cleeve 80, 8 John Macgillivray 81 ocb, 9 John Williams 81, 10 Pete Stephenson 81.
Monthly Stableford – 1 Jeff Toombs 46pt, 2 Roger Hanratty 40, 3 Pete Stephenson 39, 4 John Browne 37, 5 Ian Nisbet 37, 6 Dave Toule 36 ocb, 7 Pat Stanford 37, 8 John Sabin 35 ocb, 9 Ken Claxon 35, 10 Richard James 35.
Belton Woods ladies’ section had a very busy weekend, with the first of the LVLGA league matches on Saturday, and the third round of The Mail on Sunday competition taking place the following day.
The league match saw Belton Woods B team hosting Belton Woods A team on the Woods course. The early morning rain cleared to give warm sunshine towards the end of the rounds.
Despite some very close games, the A team prevailed, winning 3&1.
Five ladies returned to Belton Woods on Sunday to host Newark Golf Club on the Lakes course in The Mail on Sunday competition.
The Belton Woods team, comprising of Lesley Perrin, Wendy Stewart, Jackie Wilson, Steph Lee and Val Williams, held off the opposition to win 4&1, and will now progress to the next round.
Sudbrook Moor’s two most recent Rainbow Stablefords were won with superb early season scorecards from Leigh Ecuyer and Kevin Waddingham, with 49 points and 45 points respectively.
Both had played off initial handicaps of 28 and are now well on their way to new horizons after handicap reductions to 24 and 26 respectively.
Brilliance shone through for others too and as an all-year accumulator event, the monthly scores are vital towards the formula of Player’s Best Six scores. Fifteen-year-old Joseph Ablewhite scored 48, Andy Holwell 45, Barry Pogson 44, Paul McCarthy 44, Alan Cuthbertson 43, Alan Griggs 42, Jonathon Oxby 42 and Dave Sharples 42.
After three months, the top position on the scoreboard is held by Jonathon Oxby on a total of 118, with scorecards of 35, 41 and 42. Kevin Waddingham is on 117, ahead of Steve Davis and Orlando Pabunan, both on 114.
The Tuesday Ladies competed in the Australian Spoon Foursomes Stableford with the winning scorecard to be forwarded to the England Golf National scoreboard.
Diane Leslie and Joan Doughty produced the best pair’s result with the partnership of Eileen Plummer and Jan Machin in second position. Margaret White and Joan Alton finished third, from Gladys Reynolds and Thea Law, and Liz Fardell and Liz Davies.
To complete the Seniors’ Winter Eclectic season, 14 handicap Bob Watson returned 42 points in the Thursday Stableford, with a reduction of 0.6 to 13.7. Tony Hall was overall runner-up and his card of 40 points won the category for the higher handicaps. Harry Cutmore’s 40 points was third on countback.
The day’s scores were added to the running scoreboard, and the six month Eclectic trophy goes to Pete Armstrong by one shot from previous title holder Ted-John Johnson.
Sharing scores equal to second place, with countbacks in place, were Bob Watson who accelerated up the board at the end, Dave Leslie, Tony Hall and Joe Green.