The pinnacle of the ladies’ competition year at Belton Park Golf Club is the Club Championship which was held last Tuesday.
A field of 33 ladies played 27 holes, stopping once after 18 holes for light refreshments in the hospitality hut. The weather on the day was warm and fine, ideal for the competition.
Anna Clark won for the second year running and Edina Burns finished second, having returned to golf after a break following the birth of her son. Yvonne Bashford became the net champion, closely followed by Jose Short who was runner-up.
In addition to the 27-hole Club Championship, a further 15 ladies played in the 2015 Trophy. This trophy was donated by past captain Marjie Thompson in 2015 to mark the 125th Anniversary of Belton Park Golf Club.
Results: 1 Vicky Grindal net 69, 2 Suzanne Addis 73, 3 Jan Johnson 75.
Belton Park ladies contested the Three Trophies Competition.
The field was divided into three, based on handicap. Ladies in the silver division played for the Captain’s Salver, ladies with handicaps between 21 and 28 played for the Secretary’s Cup, and the remainder with handicaps between 29 and 36 played for the Long Handicap Cup.
Results: Captain’s Salver – 1 Vicky Grindal net 66, 2 Shelley McClelland 70, 3 Wendy Wright 73 ocb; Secretary’s Cup – 1 Paula Marshall 62, 2 Kathleen Bell 66, 3 Rebecca Lloyd 69; Long Handicap Cup – 1 Jean Sutcliffe 69, 2 Kathleen Hill 74, 3 Gill Mahoney 76.
Belton Park played a Lincolnshire Ladies Handicap League match away against Boston Golf Club on Friday and drew 2-2. Their previous league match resulted in a 3-1 victory at home to Burghley Park.
Belton Park seniors made the long journey to the coast to play Seacroft and meet what Alan Addis described as “the best team we have come up against this year.”
With perfect weather and a course in excellent condition, the home side ran out winners, six points to two, but not without a fight from the Belton team. Two matches went down to the 18th and two halved matches could quite easily have turned out differently.
A win for the Mike Bower and George Crowford and half points for Manny Barker and Howard Lockwood, and Mike Collins and Norman Halliday, made up the Belton Park points.
Special praise goes to Mike and George for their win on the day and the impressive record of Mike Collins who has never lost a game in the 11 matches he has played in; small wonder there is a clamour to partner him in matches.
Sudbrook Moor’s tradition of the Annual Open Invitation Day has its roots in inviting back old friends as guests to enjoy a team of four event in Am-Am stableford format.
This year’s celebration was enhanced with a Royal and national and birthday flavour, commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.
There was a fantastic parade of colours, as teams wore the national reds, whites and blues, and the team names were suitably matched. There were even prizes for the best attire.
Viva 90 were the top team, on 93 points, comprising Fiona Hutton, Glenn Carpenter, Keith Maclachlan and guest Colin Gray, of Belton Park.
In second spot, on a back nine countback, were National Treasure with 89 points, in a team of Orlando Pabunan, Peter Alipio, Ronie Alipio and guest Eddie Berridge, from Belton Park.
Dave Guy and his Windsor Old Guard pals of Dave Martin, Pete Armstrong and guest from Belton Woods, Darren Woods, also carded 89 points for third prize.
Long To Reign Over Us, scoring 88 points, were led by Mick Massingham, with three guests from Belton Park – Gary Scott, Steve Parr and Steve Chambers.
Darren Woods had a bumper day with three spot prizes, namely Longest Drive and nearest the pins on holes seven and 12.
Lorna Jackson, Team Red Royal Strikers and guest from Sandilands, won the Ladies’ Trophy for Longest Drive on holes five and 14.
The twos sweep was excellently supported with 51 entries and was shared out amongst the following competitors: Simon Green of Team Royal Foursome – hole 12, Colin Gray of Viva 90 – hole three, Paul Thompson of Great Is Her Faithfulness – hole 12, Darren Woods of Windsor Old Guard – hole 12, and Judith Hutton of Great Is Her Faithfulness – hole 12.
Brothers Barry and Chris Pogson were awarded best overall team colours prizes.
In another good week for Stoke Rochford seniors, following an 8-0 victory the previous week, they narrowly missed repeating the score last Wednesday when they defeated Spalding 7-1.
They travelled to Peterborough Milton two days later and secured their first away victory since July 2015, ending a run of eleven away matches without a win.
Stoke Rochford 7
Graham Manton and Barry Coop lost 2 down, Brian Ayto and Ray Elsome won 1 up, Brian White and Don Werner won 1 up, Mike Graves and Keith Dugmore won 6&5, Stephen Major and Mike Dickinson halved, Tim Haward and Phil White lost 2&1, Philip Varley and Mike Rance lost 2&1, Brian Keightley and Alan Jessop won 1 up.
Peterborough Milton 3½
Stoke Rochford 4½
Graham Manton and Mike Graves lost 1 down, Jim Price and Brian Keightley won 6&5, Eddie Malloy and Mike Nixon won 4&3, Charles Scott and Don Werner won 4&3, Brian White and John Wright won 3&2, Ray Beal and Mike Thornton won 1 up, Tim Haward and Phil White won 3&2, Phil Hewes and David Hamilton won 5&3.