On Sunday, August 22nd, 25 teams of four players played in the Aveling Barford Hospital Cup open competition at Belton Park Golf Club. The format was Gents four ball better ball, two Stableford scores to count on each hole, and the teams played the Brownlow course [1 to 18]. This is a very popular competition and teams came from all over Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Cambridgeshire to compete, with some from as far afield as Salisbury!
The Aveling Barford is one of the oldest trophies played for at Belton Park. It was organized by local engineering company Aveling Barford in 1937. The magnificent trophy was originally called the Aveling Barford Hospital Challenge Trophy and was given to Grantham Hospital, in order that a golf charity could be organized each year to raise funds for the hospital. The competition has been organized by Belton Park Golf Club since the 1980s and the format is now an 18-hole AM AM.
The conditions on the day were ideal for some excellent golf despite the forecast of thunderstorms and rain, which never materialized! All the competitors praised the superb condition of the course.
The winning team of Darren Nicholson, Paul Burrell, Ian Mason, and Andy Stones from the local club, Sudbrook Moor, scored a magnificent 91 points, including a hole-in-one by Ian Mason on hole 6! For the full results, see the Belton Park website.
Belton Park Golf Club will be donating £100 to the NHS from the proceeds of the competition.
The winning team from Sudbrook Moor is pictured here with the trophy.