In very near perfect conditions on Friday, on one of the very best courses in Lincolnshire, 168 golfers took to the fairways and greens of Belton Park for the 29th annual charity day in support of Parkinson’s UK and St Barnabas Lincs.
The event, sponsored by Lexus Inchcape, Routen Chaplin and Eden House Hotel, along with 18 hole sponsors, was a great success with most of the players enjoying a fine meal after the match.
With a raffle, green fees and an auction, with lots such as a fourball at Royal St George’s in Kent and a three-litre bottle of Russian platinum vodka, the event raised more than £7,000 for good causes.
Unfortunately, the prize of a Lexus NX300h, donated by Lexus Inchcape, for a hole-in-one on the par three seventeenth hole was not won. There will, however, be another three opportunities for members to win this over the course of the season.
The winners (pictured) of the main competition, with a fantastic am/am stableford score of 93 points, were G. Tupper, N. Neal, D. Pigott and. N Pigott. In second place with 92 points were S. Railton, D. Griffiths, T. Fox and C. Weston.
There was also an optional Texas scramble competition, sponsored by Eden House Hotel and Eden Wine Bar, for those that felt they wanted to play an additional nine holes. This was won by A. Allen, A. Hunt, A. Hibbit and K. Singh with a score of 23.4. Runners-up, and enjoying a very successful day were the winners of the main competition, with 24.3.
The organising committee would like to thank all of those that played and gave so generously, the green staff who presented the course in such fantastic condition, and the caterers for a superb meal.
Belton Park enjoyed a brilliant 5-1 victory over Burghley Park.
John Taylor and partner and vice-captain Colin Mason played a pivotal part, taking the honours as top pair in the match with a superb 4&3 win.
Burghley Park captain Robb Tapp thanked the catering staff for an excellent meal and green staff for a well-presented course.
Results: Tony Davies and David Nock lost to Robb Tapp and Mike Beaumont 3&2, John Taylor and Colin Mason beat Graham Bedford and Stewart Pringle 4&3, Bob Rogers and Ben Bayliss beat Charles Cade and Stewart Ward 2&1, Keith Smith and Gary Clark beat Alan Kinch and Chris Quinn 3&2, Ian Carroll and Dave Wing beat Rob McGarr and Michael Wright 2&1, Roy Allen and David Capindale beat Cathal McHugh and David Shales 2&1.
More than 80 eighty players competed in the Ladies’ Spring Open last Saturday.
Many were from local clubs in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, but others had journeyed from Peterborough, Rugby and Ormande Fields Golf Club in Derbyshire to play in this fourball betterball competition.
The course was in superb condition with the greens described by one player as playing ‘very true’. However, during the course of the day only six ladies managed to score a two on the par three holes, indicating that the greens, although ‘true’, were challenging.
All the winning scores were in the 40s. The winners with 44 points were Sally Knight and Kathleen Bell from Belton Park.
The result of the Queen Elizabeth Cup was a win for Lucie Morley with 38 points on countback from Sue Mitchell 38. Veronica Rose was third on 36.
The ladies played a medal competition for the Coronation Cup on the Ancaster Course (holes 1-9 & 19-27).
Winner, with a round of two under the standard scratch for the day, was Jo Pearson (81-12-69). Runner-up was Helen Long (86-16-70) and Veronica Rose (86-15-71) was third.
Belton Park seniors travelled to Sleaford last Thursday for this year’s return match, hoping for a repeat of the home victory.
With the course in excellent condition and the weather pleasantly warm, a great day was had by all.
Most of the matches proved very tight with the results not being decided until the last couple of holes.
The home team emerged victorious, winning 6-2. There were wins for Belton for Graham Secker and Alan Addis, and Bill Brogan and Trevor Collis.
The seniors on Tuesday welcomed Blankney seniors for another return match, looking to reverse the very close 4.5-3.5 loss in the away match.
The weather on the day looked very threatening but rain stayed away to all intents and purposes, making for a very enjoyable day.
With the course in absolutely superb condition, the Belton team put in a terrific performance to come out winners, 6.5-1.5.
There were wins for Howard Lockwood and Mike Collins, Steve Calvert and Ken Mail, Dave Langley and Keith Brown, Tim Stubbs and Peter Long, Nick Craft and John Thompson, Alan Addis and Brian Mole, and a half point for Derek Little and Peter Hancock.
Belton Woods ladies’ B Team played their first league game against Greetham Valley.
At one point, it seemed likely that the match would be abandoned, as black clouds approached, and the course was engulfed in torrential rain and hail, but fortunately the storm passed, allowing the game to finish, with a convincing 3-1 win to Belton Woods.
The monthly Medal was won by Elaine Lilley (bronze) with a net 70 and Jan Machin (silver) net 76. Elaine received a two shot handicap cut to 30, Julie White went down to 22 and Kylie Bullimore to 25. Well done to all three ladies.
May’s Stableford was won by Lesley Perrin in the silver division with 40 points, and Anne Meadows (bronze) with 39 which gave her a handicap cut to 23. Congratulations to Anne.
A friendly match against local rivals Belton Park took place in cold and cloudy conditions last Monday.
Belton Park ladies extended a very warm welcome to their visitors. Despite fielding some inexperienced players, Belton Woods held their rivals to a 2-2 draw.
Belton Woods ladies have also been in action out and about in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Gaynor Daykin and Judi Downward played in the Rufford Park Ladies Open last Thursday and won with a magnificent 43 stableford points.
At the recent Pro-Am, held at Ashby Decoy, the Belton Woods team played very well. Jackie Wilson, Carole Stothard and Wendy Stewart, together with club professional Iain Fulton, came second with a score of 132.
They were beaten to the top spot by a team that included a Belton Woods lady, Pat Welsh.
Luffenham Heath 4
Stoke Rochford 4
Another hard fought away fixture for Stoke Rochford seniors resulted in a halved match, with none of the eight games finishing before the 17th hole.
It is Stoke’s best start to an away season since 2004, with only one defeat in the first four matches.
Results: Jim Price & Phil White won 1 up, Brian White & Mick Rance won 2&1, David Hamilton & Chris Woof won 2&1, Trevor Harvey & Barry Mitchell lost 1 down, Brian Ayto & Ray Elsome won 2 up, Mike Graves & Eddie Plant lost 2&1, Adrian Stannard & Brian Keightley lost 1 down, Mike Thornton & Ernie Armstrong lost 3&1.
Stoke seniors played the second round of their summer Trophy competition on a glorious spring day, with scores matching the weather.
Phil Hewes was first with 44 points on countback from second placed Ken Taylor. Tom Keegan was third with 40 points on countback from Brian White.
Roger Nicholls and Peter Gill both recorded a hole-in-one.
With the best three rounds from six to count, Tom Keegan is setting the pace with an aggregate 81 points, with Phil Hewes second on 79 and Dave Wilkins third with 76.
Sudbrook Moor’s Ron Ward very recently celebrated his 90th birthday and is the club’s most senior active member.
An early rise on golf day gets Ron to the course for a 7am start, where he is amongst an impressive crowd of octogenarians. They are not so much golf rivals anymore, more a golf community, with their positive routine of ‘meet early, a round of golf, and then a clubhouse brunch’.
His best pal is 80-year-old Geoff Key and they both live in Barrowby with their respective wives. Other regulars are Gordon Sumner and Ray Berridge who all turn out 52 weeks of the year.
On retirement from Aveling Barford, in the mid-1990s, Ron picked up golf for the first time at Sudbrook Moor, along with other work pals who were all looking for retirement hobbies.
There was a happy, active crowd with Ron Venables, Tony Adcock and Derek Beatty to name but a few.
Sudbrook Moor proprietor and secretary Judith Hutton said: “Ron is a very remarkable gentleman, with a tenacity for life, a refreshing sense of humour and always a smile, recognising golf as a sport that lifts the soul.
“With an exceptional memory for names and detail and an evergreen interest in others, the world, and playing good golf, Ron and Geoff are stimulating company. Their short game still impresses, and the golf swing shows much evidence of previous practical and pragmatic work years.
“Furthermore, they endorse the fun of it all and are hugely appreciative of every day.”