Belton Park’s annual Charity Am-Am celebrated its 25th anniversary in style with a record entry of 48 teams – and raised more than £6,000 for local charities.
Blessed with good weather and a course in excellent condition, the 18-hole Am-Am and nine-hole Texas Scramble competitions were both keenly contested and resulted in some impressive scores.
Club captain Steve Glenn presented the prizes, after which a special presentation was made to Paul Adams in recognition of his team’s loyal support at all 25 events.
Later, Tony Snarey conducted an auction with some tasy sport-related lots on offer, and a draw sponsored by The Reindeer Inn, Long Bennington, raised £650 for Age UK.
Event sponsors included Belton Park professional Simon Williams, Brakes, James Aimer, and Turnbulls of Sleaford, with contributions helping to raise in excess of £6,000 for charities including Age UK, British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK and the NSPCC.
Competition results: Am-Am – 1 Robin Harris team 89pt, 2 Chris Broad 85, 3 Dr Jim Sneddon 85, 4 Rob Bartlett 83, 5 Paul Adams 83, 6 Nigel Harris 83, 7 Max Sims 83, 8 Steve Glenn 82; Texas Scramble – 1 Chris Hopkins team 23.2.
The National PGA Medal (Lombard Trophy) was won by John Kirkup (70-4=66), and runner-up was Chris Ward (87-20=67). Best gross was Leon Bell with 69. Nearest the pin on the fourth was Ray Gaffney.
John now goes forward to the PGA National Pro Am with resident professional Simon Williams.
Belton Park 2½
Peter Brooks and Colin Farrington lost 4&3, Bill Brogan and Alan Addis lost 2 down, Shaun Boney and David Martin won 1 up, Tony Robinson and Mike Monaghan lost 4&3, Ray Clark and Willie Baudrum halved, Manny Barker and Andrew Cookson halved, Tony Noble and Ray Staples lost 3&1, Keith Ball and Ian Saunders lost 3&2, Brian Mole and Tom Brindley lost 6&5, Nick Craft and Gary Head halved.
Belton Park 4
Burghley Park 2
Belton Park names first – Tony Davies and Richard Claxton beat Richard Gilbert and Paul Redfern 2&1, John Taylor and Colin Walton beat Mike Chapman and Chris Lees 5&4, Jim Wiggins and John Jalland lost to Brian Churchill and Charles Cade 2&1, Ian Carroll and Clive Horn lost to Alan Cole and Phil Bell 3&2, Dave Wing and Phil Teale beat Stuart Busby and Mike Barton 2&1, Bob Rogers and Sam Philpotts beat Terry Austin and Richard Cook 1 up.
Edina Burns, Anna Clark and Megan Illingworth achieved a tremendous win at home to Stoke Rochford in the Lincolnshire Scratch League.
Played on the par 72 Lakes course, the annual Belton Woods Hall of Fame Golfer of the Year competition was won overall by Andy Williams, with Chris McKeen a close second.
Results: Division One (12 and below) – 1 Chris McKeen 66 ocb, 2 Alex Scorer 66, 3 Glenn Cooper 71 ocb, 4 Rob Palframan 71; Division Two (13 and above) – 1 Andy Williams 65, 2 Robert Spencer 67, 3 J. P. Bowers 68 ocb, 4 J. Lamb 68.
David Toole won the Marshall’s Monthly Medal on countback.
Results: 1 David Toole net 69 ocb, 2 Mike Gulliford 69 ocb, 3 Tin Win 69, 4 John Bratt 72 ocb, 5 Phil Turrell 72, 6 Eric Bailey 73 ocb, 7 Mike Whitington 73 ocb, 8 Tony Slipper 73 ocb, 9 Alan Lowen, 10 John Williams 74.
Norwood Park 3½
Belton Woods 4½
Alan Lowen and Tom Rea won 1-0, George Forbes and Steve Hudson lost 2-0, Ian Nisbet and Bob Blake lost 2-0, Bob Clarke and John Williams won 1-0, Phil Turrell and Colin Thornton won 2-1, Mike Whitington and Ray Woodcock halved, Pat Stanford and Dave Inglis lost 2-1, Eric Bailey and Colin Musson won 3-2.
Luffenham Heath 5
Stoke Rochford 3
Mick Rance and Greg Ewart lost 2&1, Barry Coop and Brian Ayto halved, John Wright and Don Clements lost 4&3, Don Werner and Keith Dugmore won 5&3, David Hamilton and Philip Varley lost 5&4, Ken Taylor and Cliff Mills won 3&2, Roger Smith and Chris Woof lost 1 down, Trevor Harvey and Ray Smith halved.
l The 17th Stoke Rochford Seniors’ Open was held last Wednesday, with 125 players from 36 clubs competing. Overall champion with 39 points was Richard Kerkham (King’s Lynn).
Stoke Rochford’s Ron Kent finished third in the 73 years and over with 33 points. Second in the 55-66 age category was Trevor Broadhead (37 ocb) who won the Ben Tyler Trophy for best Stoke Rochford score.
In the 67-72 years category, John Martindale was runner-up with 34, on countback from Greg Ewart.
Amanda Roberts returned a convincing three under CSS to win the new Ken Crowe Challenge Cup, three shots ahead of runner-up Steve Squires, run in conjunction with the May Saturday Monthly Medal.
Amanda won the ladies’ EWGA medal and Steve the gents’ medal. Juniors Robert Eldred, Joshua Dixon and Joseph Ablewhite took top three places.
Best gross of the day went to 15-year-old Connor O’Leary who beat the field of 42 gents and was runner-up to Steve Squires in the net prizes. The twos sweep was shared by Martin Corby, David Lee, John Machin, Luke Rickell, Andy Hall and Jo Pearson.
Gents’ net prizes: Steve Squires, Connor O’Leary, Adam Lee, Mike Coupland, Ian Reah, David Lee, Russell Rose, Ken Turner, Gary Reubens; ladies – Amanda Roberts, Yvonne Geach.