Green was the colour to wear on Saturday as mixed teams, comprising of two men and a lady, took to the Lakes course to celebrate St Patrick’s Day early at Belton Woods.
Everyone entered into the spirit of the occasion, and 30 players, including club general manager Seamus Coen, who just happens to be Irish, enjoyed the competition, a Stableford with two scores to count on every hole and all three on par threes.
The recent rain left the course rather wet and muddy in parts, but some good scores were recorded with the eventual winners, on an excellent score of 86, being Pat and Allan Haynes, together with their son Matt. In second place with 81 were Pete Stothard, Bruce and Becky Foster, and third were Seamus Coen, Harry Harrison and Liz Moses.
The Haynes family featured heavily in the competition, with Emma Haynes winning the longest drive (ladies’), Chris Haynes the nearest the pin in two (men) and Allan Haynes nearest the pin. Lesley Perrin achieved nearest the pin for the ladies, Trudi Galloway nearest in two, and Pete Stothard the longest drive for the men.
The last rounds of the Winter Challenge and the Weekday Winter Challenge were held in the first week of March.
Both competitions are run in the winter months and involve six rounds in different formats, with the best three going towards trophies which are awarded on presentation night.
The final round was a betterball medal, played on the Lakes course, with the winners of the Weekday being Carole Stothard and Jackie Wilson on 75 net, whilst the Winter Challenge victors were Becky Foster and Pat Haynes, also with net 75.
A strong field of 67 pairs contested this year’s Belton Park Lifeboat Trophy in typical early March conditions.
Despite the somewhat gloomy weather, there were some excellent scores with many pairs accruing 40 points or more. However, the winners with a superb score of 48 points were Bruce McFarlane and Joe Clayton.
Runners-up were Liam and Dan Parker with 46 points, two points ahead of third placed Anna and John Clark. Fourth on countback with 43 were Dave Lee and Glen Cooper.
The annual friendly of Belton Park versus Radcliffe Golf took place at Belton this year.
A great day was had by all and it’s a tradition the clubs wish will continue for years to come.
This year Belton Park were victorious and won 4-2. The team comprised Levi Desmond/John Kirkup (W), Will Hopkins/John Duke (L), Mark Maclachlan/James Vaughan (W), Sam Sutton/Simon Pullen (W), Harry Glenn/Steve Mitchell (L) and Jack Diment/Ollie Mitchell (W).
The team’s next challenge is Sutton Bridge at home on Saturday.
Belton Park 2nd 3.5
The first match of the season was a friendly against Radcliffe, playing off handicaps.
Conditions were very favourable, warm and not very windy. The course was in good condition for this time of the year, and the format was an eye opener to some of the players with some pairs having to give up to 15 shots.
Results: Nigel Gibson & Ged O’Reilly won 3&1, Spike Carr & Bob Chapple won 2 up, Tony Gleave & Scott Allison lost 2&1, Dale Maplethorpe & Andy Trotter halved, Seymour Bailey & Dean Scott lost 3&1, Ken Kane & Chris Mousley won 6&4.
On Wednesday evening, Sue Hall welcomed 63 ladies to the lady captain’s supper at Belton Park Golf Club.
After a delicious meal, the Winter Knockout Trophy was presented to winner Nicola Routledge. Runner-up was Joy Stepney.
The Belton Park England golf medal for 2016 was won by Kathleen Bell. As a result of winning, through her consistent play, she will represent the club at Elsham Golf Club in May.
Following the presentations, the ladies were entertained by Abbey Johnson with a talk entitled ‘Don’t put your daughter on the stage Mr Worthington’.
Other scores: Ladies’ Medal (March 7) on the Brownlow Course (1-18), Division One – 1 Gill Briggs 88-17c=71, 2 Issie Guest 90-17c=73, 3 Yvonne Bashford 93-19=74; Division Two – 1 Jean Sutcliffe 107-31c=76, 2 Kathleen Bell 97-21c=76, 3 Ailis Smith 106-25c=77.
On Tuesday the ladies played the Australian Spoons competition.
Winners of the foursomes competition on the day were Enid Maltby and Jane Renfrew with a fantastic score of 41 points. They will go on to play in the next round at Newcastle under Lyne in July.
Grace Andrew and Sally Knight were second with 39 points, whilst third place went to Kathleen Bell and Julia Bishop with 37.
Following an outstanding run of strokeplay scores, 19-year-old electrical apprentice Lewis Anthony is on the rostrum at the conclusion of the Mixed Rainbow Series of stablefords.
Lewis came into the autumn very strongly and shot ahead of the mid-season leaders with his six qualifying scores of 257 stableford points to take the title and top prize. Lewis’s six winning scorecards ranged from 38 to 46 points.
On the way, Lewis reduced his early season handicap of 25 down to 19.3, including an exceptional score reduction of one shot in November, to move from the higher handicap Category Four to Three.
The winning margin was three points, ousting runner-up Andy Holwell, and third placed Alan Cuthbertson.
The Rainbow Pot of Gold has been shared out and the top 25 in the Order of Merit aggregate score winners all received a portion. Each month the top three scores in the two handicap categories also received prizes.
There was a prize fund for those who recorded a two on their scorecard. All £1 sweeps made an aggregate pot shared amongst the 72 birdies recorded over the series. Andy Stones won five shares of the pot, with John McLaren, Andy Newman and Steve Ullyatt both clocking up four apiece. Paul Burrell, Dave Sweeting and Ronie Alipio both recorded three.
There were three competitors who returned a card in every event and for this achievement token prizes were presented to John McLaren, Dave Sharples and Chris Wilmot. A tribute too to John McLaren, Dave Sharples, Lewis Anthony and Jonny Oxby for the exceptional handicap reductions during the season.
Best lady of the series was Zoe Martin who completed the year in 23rd place from a total of 120 participants – seniors, ladies, gents and juniors. Youngest competitor was seven-year-old Daniel Agapito who won an overall winner’s prize off his handicap of 34 in the December event, with a score of 42 points.
Best high handicap player of the 12 month series was 16-year-old Blake Waddingham, who also received a token prize as an incentive.
The remainder of the top 10 in the Pot of Gold share out were: 4 Dave Sharples, 5 John McLaren, 6 Jonny Oxby, 7 Barry Pogson, 8 Ronie Alipio, 9 Kev Waddingham, 10 Malcolm Edwards.
This week’s Stoke Rochford seniors’ competition was a pairs betterball with three mulligans and three joker holes each pair.
Winners with 49 points on countback were Phil White and Clive Breedon. Runners-up, also on 49 points were Mike Thornton and Colin Howett. Third on countback with 48 were Steve Major and Roy Rowe.
Overall leader in the Winter Warmers series is still David Hamilton with 42 points, but Phil White has now closed to within two points on 40. Third with 36 is Brian Keightley.