Spencer lifts the Art Ozlin Trophy to conclude victorious captain’s away day

Robert Spencer with Vice Captain John Harrison (left) and Club Captain Paul Perrin.
Robert Spencer with Vice Captain John Harrison (left) and Club Captain Paul Perrin.
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BELTON WOODS

Belton Woods Captain Paul Perrin hosted his Captain’s Away Day on Sunday at Stapleford Park Golf Club.

Pat and Alan Haynes with Ladies' Captain Jackie Wilson.

Pat and Alan Haynes with Ladies' Captain Jackie Wilson.

The event was attended by 35 players taking part in an individual stableford competition, with full handicap.

There were prizes for the first six.

In first place was Rob Spencer with 42 points, who won the Art Ozlin Trophy.

Second with 41 points was Matt Haynes, with Pat Morris third with 40 points on countback, Harry McKeen fourth on 40, Lee Williams fifth on 40 and Chuck Tansley sixth with 37 points.

Nearest the pin on the fifth was Andy Williams, while nearest the pin in two on the 18th was Matt Haynes.

The longest drive was won by Darren Woods.

l A quest to win Europe’s biggest pro-am begins for Darren Woods and his Belton Woods PGA Professional Bradley Smith when they tee up in a forthcoming Lombard Trophy regional final at Little Aston Golf Club on June 7, one of 14 regional finals being staged across the UK.

They will be up against 64 other clubs with the winning club going through to compete in the 36-hole final at Portugal’s luxurious Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Hotel resort on the Algarve in September.

Woods landed a chance to have a tilt at qualifying for the grand final when he won his club qualifying competition with a nett score of 70.

Darren Woods, lives in Grantham. He plays off a handicap of four.

Bradley Smith, 25, has been a professional at Belton Woods for four years.

PGA pros play an important role in the success of golf clubs, using their expertise and knowledge to benefit all aspects of a club’s business.

l April lived up to its reputation for sunshine and showers and has provided some interesting and variable weather conditions for Belton Woods Ladies’ Section’s competitions.

Snow on the 15th meant that the April stableford was postponed until the 30th, and despite a short snow flurry on that day, action was completed with Gaynor Daykin winning the Bronze Division with 38 points from Ailsa Lines, and Jackie Wilson taking the Silver with 35 points.

Julie White and Pat Haynes won the Coronation Foursomes on April 23, and will go on to represent Belton Woods at the next round of the competition at Wellingborough in August.

The Director’s Trophy was played for on April 27, and won by Elaine Lilley, with Ginny Dixon second and Jan Thurlow third.

The Mixed Open took place on Bank Holiday Monday and attracted 72 entrants from various clubs.

Yet again the weather threatened, with high winds and the promise of rain later.

However, many pairs completed before the heavens opened and enjoyed playing the Woods course, which was in great condition.

The in-house stableford competition was won on countback by Pat and Alan Haynes with 42 points, from Harry McKeen and Wendy Stewart.

Couples from other clubs competed for a different prize, which was won by Tim and Trish Formoy from Kibworth Golf Club, with 41 points.

The longest drive competition was won by Josie Pilsworth (Cromwell) and Matt Haynes (Belton Woods).

Nearest the pin were Grace Hale (Belton Woods) and Don Duthie (Beeston Fields).

The event also raised cash for the St Barnabas Hospice in Grantham.

l Belton Woods is embracing National Golf Month with a day of fun events on Sunday, May 15.

National Golf Month is an initiative driven by the British Golf Industry Association (BGIA), with the full support of the whole of the golf industry.

It is designed to encourage youngsters and families to take up golf and also to welcome back people who’ve played previously but may have stopped.

On May 15, visitors to Belton Woods will be able to participate in an exciting golf contest, with the aim of smashing ‘glass’ targets at a variety of distances.

Food and refreshments will also be available, with prizes to be won including an overnight golf break, free fourball vouchers and membership offers.

Oliver Williams, director of golf at Belton Woods, explained: “We hope to see lots of youngsters engage with golf in a way they may not have enjoyed previously – and also that we might encourage some adults, whose interest may have lapsed, back into the sport.”

Established in 1991, Belton Woods features 45 holes of golf over three challenging and picturesque courses including the Championship Lakes course, home of the world’s oldest PGA tournament, the Midlands PGA Championships.

For further details about National Golf Month, visit www.fibodo.com/qhotels. For more information about Belton Woods, call 01476 514315 or visit www.QHotels.co.uk/golf.

BELTON PARK

Belton Park were involved in a hard-fought contest against Spalding, with both sides fighting to master atrocious weather conditions.

Belton faced a 3-1 deficit with two matches remaining, but John Cooke and Ian Carroll and Stewart Boylam and Andrew Macgowan responded magnificently and secured a 3-3 draw.

Results: Tony Davies and Paul Woods drew, John Taylor and Lloyd Courtenay lost 2&1, Martin Kelby and Dick Short drew, Martin Clarke and Neil Gray lost 4&3, John Cooke and Ian Carroll won 3&2, Styewart Boylam and Andrew Macgowan won 2&1.

l It has been a very busy time for the Belton Park Seniors, with individual and representative matches coming thick and fast.

A total of 41 seniors competed in an individual stableford under mainly bright skies, but with a strong icy wind blowing, plus hale for the last groups of players.

Dave Dobney was first on 37 points, Norman Halliday second with 36 points and Mike Collins and Trevor Collis level in third, also both on 36 points.

Twenty seniors from Belton were entertained by Newark GC and, after a tight match, Newark won 6–4.

Winning pairs were Mike Collins and Colin Farrington, Bill Brogan and Trevor Collis, Howard Lockwood and Peter Hancock while Graham Secker and Brian Mole, Manny Barker and Nigel Beaumont halved.

The annual Seniors Past Captains’ competition, the Geoff Timson Trophy, was played in gale force winds.

Eight past captains played in the competition along with the 2016 captain Alan Addis.

The winner of the competition was Bill Brogan.

SUDBROOK MOOR

The Tuesday Ladies were out this week playing in two teams, the Bluebells versus the Primroses, raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

It is no secret that there was a timeliness to their practising this matchplay format, honing their partnership skills along with the Greensome technique, all in readiness for the exciting annual spring encounter playing against the Senior Gents in a week’s time.

Three of the four matches went to the 17th hole, but the Bluebells won 3-1.

Amanda Roberts and Joan Doughty beat Di and Dee Lesley 2&1, Shirley Gardiner and Sue Hutton beat Sue Chambers and Linda Whittaker 3&1, Jan Machin and Eileen Plummer beat Doreen Fardell and Hnin Shein 4&3 while Primroses Gladys Reynolds and Margaret White beat Anne Parker and Rosemary Haw 2up.

A further £30 was raised for this year’s nominated charity, which is close to £300 already.

Also for the Tuesday Ladies, Amanda Roberts and Eileen Plummer had leading scorecards in the most recent 18-hole stableford and Joan Doughty and Sue Hutton shared top spot in the nine hole option, with Sheila Cutmore and Sue Chambers two points behind in equal 3rd.

Amanda Roberts will represent the club in the North Midland Region Medal Winners’ final later this month.

Amanda returned the best four scorecards of the lady entries in the club’s Saturday Medals during 2015.

She will compete in an 18 hole stableford format against 120 other club winners from five North Midland Counties.

GREETHAM GC

Greetham Valley Golf Club’s First team hosted Toft in the Scratch League over the Bank Holiday weekend and, following a win in the opening game, captain Chris Steele’s decision to keep faith with the same team paid off with a home win against a very strong opposition.

With early defeats for Ray Gladwinfield with Pete Dickinson and Alan Bennett with Rory Smith, great wins by Nick Cunnington with Darren Sargood and John Peyser with Richard Wilson brought the match all square.

The next match saw Chris Steele and George Grant 2 down with two holes to play.

A fantastic comeback to half the match meant a win was needed from the final pairing of Paul and Adam Clegg, Adam keeping his nerve to hole a six foot put on the last to win the match and help the team to a 3.5-2.5 win.

Greetham Valley First team top the league with maximum points.

A Mixed Medal was held in poor conditions, which affected scoring.

In fifth place was Graham Smith with a nett 76, with Carl Harris fourth on countback.

In third on 74 was Jamie Lowndes, pipped by Heather Morgan to second as she also finished on 74.

Simon Woods was the winner, taking advantage of the slightly better conditions early on to card nett 73.

On Monday a scramble competition was held, with teams of three playing in fine conditions in the morning.

George and Sue Brand and Graham Smith finished with a score of 63, beaten by second placed George and Gilly Grant and Ally McNaughton, with a score of 62.6. In first were Darren Haughton and juniors Ellie Haughton and Harry Sargood with a score of 60.6.

STOKE ROCHFORD

Stoke Rochford’s seniors matches seem to be following the familiar pattern of defeats away and victories at home, the latest results being a 5-3 home success against Sleaford and a 6-2 loss at Kibworth.

Results v Sleaford: Graham Manton and Mike Dickinson won 1up, Jim Price and Brian Keightley halved, Eddie Plant and Mike Rance won 4&2, Brian Ayto and Mike Graves lost 1down, John Wright and Eddie Malloy lost 2&1, Stephen Major and Phil White halved, Phil Hewes and Brian White won 1up, David Hamilton and John Batty won 5&4.

Results v Kibworth: Graham Manton and Chris Woof lost 2&1, Jim Price and Greg Ewart won 4&3, Mike Rance and John Wright lost 3&2, Keith Dugmore and Roger Smith lost 2&1, Adrian Stannard and Barry Mitchell won 4&2, Stephen Major and Brian Keightley lost 2&1, Brian Ayto and Tim Haward lost 5&4, Don Werner and Barry Coop lost 3&2.