Belton Park first team Captain Jack Diment secured a shared title with Spalding Golf Club in a dramatic last few holes in fading light at Seacroft on Sunday 19th.
This was the final of the competition (“The Bramley Trophy”) between all the golf clubs in Lincolnshire with a format of three 36-hole singles matches played off scratch. The team of Jack Diment, Jake Craddock, and Leon Leaney were playing defending champions Spalding and Woodhall Spa.
The morning conditions were very windy on the exposed coastal links at Seacroft, but all players coped with the conditions and many were under par. After 18 holes all three clubs were about level in scores. The wind eased a little for the afternoon.
Jake in the lead match won both his matches. Leon then secured a victory against Woodhall Spa, but lost against Spalding. In the final match, the Spalding player Hugh Kedzlie had played exceptionally well, winning against Jack and the Woodhall player Richard Latham with ease. This left Jack and Richard to play the last few holes together, with Jack needing to win, to tie the match at 4 points each with Spalding.
After losing the 16th, Jack went one hole down. He halved the 17th in par and then calmly stroked in the birdie putt to take the match into a sudden death playoff.
The first extra hole, the 1st at Seacroft was halved in par and the players returned to the 18th hole where, despite putting his drive into the rough on the right of the fairway, Jack was still able to par the hole which was enough to win the match.
A long day had finished at 7:30pm in the evening with honours even and both teams being presented with the trophy and retaining it for 6 months each.