Atrocious weather conditions greeted the 128 players who defied it to compete in one of Belton Park Golf Club’s most anticipated competitions of the year, with this year’s beneficiary being The St Barnabas Hospice in Grantham.
The Colin Elstone Bottle Charity Am-Am has been held for more than 30 years but unfortunately due to the large amount of rainfall making parts of the course unplayable, the decision was made to reduce the competition to a nine-hole event rather than the full 18, with half the field playing 1-9 and the other half 10-18.
Results for holes 1-9: 1 P Jackson, S Stuart, N Maltby and A Marshall 35pt ocb, 2 J Hose, D Chambers, S Railton and N Bristow 35pt, 3 P Screen, M Kelby, A Davis and N Strutt 35pt.
Results for holes 10-18: 1 G Scott, S Glenn, R Claxton and A MacGowan 37pt ocb, 2 C Gray, T Ireland, K Oswin, and M Whittaker 37pt, 3 N Gibson Snr, D Short, P Barson, E Bone 36pt.
Nearest the pin on the fourth was John Kirkup, and on the 17th Trevor Ireland.
The Ladies’ Christmas Charity competition was held the previous Sunday and raised £240 which was added to the amount raised by the men’s competition.
Worthy winners with 88 points were Gill Briggs, Nicola Routledge, Vicky Grindal and Margaret Henson. Runners-up on countback with 84 points were Anna Clark, Jane Renfrew, Paul Marshall and Judith Potter.
The combined two events raised a grand total of £1,895 and a cheque was presented on Saturday to Mark Dingley who was representing his wife, who in turn works for the St Barnabas Hospice, by the newly installed club captains Paul Screen and Shelia Mason.
l Belton Park ladies’ nine-hole Turkey Trot raised £135 for the Junior Golf Foundation.
Results: 1 Josie Short gross 43/net 33, 2 Shelley McClelland 42/33.5, 3 Irene Cogger 46/34.5.
The outcome of the year-long Rainbow Stableford will rest of this weekend’s results.
The monthly mixed format has been supported by 120 members and reaches its climax this weekend with the final event. Each player’s best six scores will be in contention for the Pot of Gold at the Rainbow-end.
Twenty-three players have already played six and are seeking to improve on that aggregate with a big final effort. And a further six players who have played five and need to add a sixth score in order to climb the scoreboard.
There are three brilliant aggregate scores in the lead from Onie Ison, Ronie Alipio and Andy Newman. Also in contention are Darren Nicholson, Orlando Pabunan, Chris Wilmot, Barry Rohland and Paul McCarthy.
l Darren Nicholson, overall winner on a 22 points back nine countback, reduced his 14 handicap by 0.3 of a shot after the Sunday Stableford. Darren’s scorecard of 38 points means he is playing off 13.2.
Cameron Sunman was pipped by one stableford point on 37, with a super front nine score of 20. Alan Cuthbertson, 35, Michael Coupland, 34, and Andy Newman, 34, shared prizes in Categories 1-3.
Newcomer, Jonathon Oxby, returning his best score to date, won the field of Category 4 handicaps, with a very excellent card of 38 points. Runner-up John McLaren scored 36 and Dave Sharples 34. Judith Hutton won the ladies’ section and Blake Waddingham the High Handicap Junior prize.
Stoke Rochford seniors’ winter warmer attracted an entry of 48 who played a 1-2-3 stableford in drawn teams of three.
Winners with 78 points were Greg Ewart, John Booth and Brian White. Second with 71 on countback were Maurice Way, Trevor Harvey and Roger Nicholls, from Mike Nixon, Peter Gill and Cliff Mills. Fourth, also with 71 points, were Colin Howett, Don Clements and John Batty.
The previous week’s winter warmer was a ‘Yellow Ball’ in teams of three. Winners with 75 points were John Martindale, Dave Wilkins and Gareth Hughes. Runners-up with 74 points on countback were Richard Leverett, Don Clements and Colin Doughty, from Eddie Plant, Roy Rowe and Don Werner.
After six weeks of this winter-long contest, Eddie Plant now shares the lead with Greg Ewart on 19 points, from Mike Nixon 17 and Gareth Hughes 16.