Belton Park Gents’ Club Championship went down to a battle between two brothers.
Sunday dawned overcast and blustery as the gentlemen golfers from Belton Park rose to compete over two rounds of the beautifully manicured fairways for the most cherished prize of all – Gents’ Club Champion.
As the day progressed into the back nine of the final round, the play of brothers Chris and Matt Haynes took them away from the rest of the field and left them free to battle it out for the title and family bragging rights.
As the sibling rivals stood on the final tee, Chris held a two shot lead, but as he holed out for a closing five and a round of 71, he knew Matt had a makeable birdie chance to force a play-off.
Chris watched on with the rest of the crowd as Matt’s putt just slipped by the hole before he was crowned champion for the first time and presented with the Clements Scratch Bowl by club gents’ captain Tony Nickson.
In the net championship, Tom Cooper collected the Shaw Memorial Trophy, with Alex Doig finishing as runner-up.
The eight qualifiers for the Scratch Knockout Trophy were Chris Haynes, Matt Haynes, John Kirkup, Steve Mitchell, Ady Greenberry, Bruce Macfarlane, John Duke and Harry Glenn.
Congratulations also went to John Kirkup who, during the morning round, struck a six iron directly into the hole on the 14th for his first hole in one.
Results: scratch – 1 Chris Haynes 74/71, 2 Matt Haynes 74/72, 3 John Kirkup 73/77, 4 Steve Mitchell 74/78; net – 1 Tom Cooper 71/68, 2 Alex Doig 75/67, 3 Simon Stuart 73/70, 4 Ed Glenn 71/72.
Stoke Rochford 7½
It would be easy to conclude that Stoke Seniors beat Spalding by large margins in each game. In fact, all of the games, apart from one, were won on either 17th or 18th and were tight games.
The match was played in a good spirit, reflecting that this is the 30th year that the teams have been playing against each other.
Results: Mike Nixon and Philip Varley won 2&1, Graham Manton and Ray Beal won 2 up, Brian Ayto and Barrie Griffin won 2 up, Charles Donnison and Mick Rance won 2&1, Phil White and Mike Graves halved, Mike Dickinson and Duncan Bennett won 1 up, John Wright and Roger Nicholls won 2&1, Don Clements and Tim Haward won 6&5.
Amanda Roberts won her first title as ladies’ club champion at the week-end.
She recorded a very fine personal best gross score of 78, establishing a new ladies’ course record since it was extended in July 2014, and also secured the Leglines Trophy for the best net score of the day. Fiona Hutton was the runner-up and shared the twos sweep with Sue Watson.
The ladies’ team travelled to Kirton Holme, Boston, for their annual friendly match and won the lead game, halved two and lost two, in a fairly successful and most enjoyable day.
In the Tuesday ladies’ roll-up stableford, Judith Duggan-Rees won her first prize, having started golf last year.
Hnin Shein partnered Joan Alton in the Tuesday Texas Pairs medal and took first prize from Doreen Fardell with Maureen Bradford.
l Pete Armstrong and his senior team met RAF Coningsby at home and secured a 3½-2½ win, adding three further Order of Merit points. The team are fourth after four fixtures.
During the month of June, the seniors’ roll-ups have been won by Joe Green, Paddy Doherty, Bob Watson and David Leslie, all with returns that attracted handicap reductions. Runners-up prizes went to Dennis Green, Ian Nicholson, Geoff Wilkins, Barry Kay, Jim Carr, Joe Green, Frank Brumpton and Dave Guy.
l The main club June Midweek stableford had a bumper turnout. Jon Machin was the overall winner with 41 points. Ronie Alipio won Division Four with 39pt and runner-up was Cameron Sunman on 35.
In Division One to Three, Martin Corby carded 38pt to take third prize, with Ian Reah fourth on 35. Best ladies’ return was Mags McArthur. The twos sweep went to Martin Corby, Craig Machin, Andrew Green and Keith Moore.
The Scratch A Team met Toft Hotel Golf Club, Bourne, in their return match, away from home, and lost 4-2.