Former World Golf Trick Shot Champion at Captain’s Day 2018 Belton Park Golf Club

Captain of Belton Park Golf Club, Colin Mason held his “Captain’s Day” on Sunday 1st July. In perfect sunny conditions 152 men played an AMAM competition in teams of 4 on the Brownlow course.

The day was also the Captain’s birthday so double points were awarded on hole 1 and all four players counted on the par three’s. This created plenty of points scored with many teams reaching over 100 and the winners on 114 points.

The day started at 8am with the first tee off and as the first players were approaching the halfway hut for refreshments the club was visited by the Radio Lincolnshire Pirate Gold programme live on the radio. This programme visits places and events throughout the county each Sunday morning by the audience solving clues and directing the presenters in their vehicle. On arriving, publicity Officer Peter Long briefed and directed them to Captain Colin. The lady presenter found the clue attached to the flag on the ninth green and commented how pristine the grass and course looked. Captain Colin was interviewed live on Radio Lincolnshire and was able to promote the club.

A texas scramble over the Ancaster course for Ladies attracted a field of 48 who also participated in refreshments at the halfway house organised by Colin’s wife Sheila Mason. They served rolls, pork pie, sausage rolls and cakes, together with various beers and Pimm’s. Sheila was helped in the half way hut by John & Marjie Thompson, Sue & Chris Hall, Jean Tetley ,Jane Denton and Kevin Mason.

After their round players were able to test golfing skills at Chipping to a target and a long putting challenge.  These were run by Andy Stepney and Vice Captain Simon Denton.

A number of juniors also tried putting and chipping in a session run by Professional Sarah Walton and Simon Denton.

Colin was also joined by two friends Mike Chubb & Paul Davidson who were golfing and Round table friends when he lived down in London. They helped in the hut, starting and scoring.

After play a large number of people remained eating a barbecue and watching Paul Barrington perform his trick shot show. Paul has appeared in over 25 countries and at the opening ceremony of the Ryder Cup and the Race to Dubai. He is a former world trick shot champion and UK Longest Drive Champion. It was well received with much applause not only for Paul’s amazing shots but the members who also took part in attempting the various tricks with limited success. He used a variety of clubs, long, short, bendy, two headed and even two clubs together. He hit a putter well over 200 yards and even drove a ball through an inch deep piece of wood! Every player donated a ball to be used in the show and the longest driven was given by Chris Hall who won a 4 ball voucher at Barnham Broom Golf Course in Norfolk.

The day ended with the traditional Captain’s drive in. A total of £1400 was raised for Colin’s nominated charity during his year, the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

Photographs by Peter Long Publicity officer.

Captain Colin commented “I would like to thank everyone who came to support my Captain’s Day. I hope you all enjoyed yourself. It was a birthday to remember! Can I especially thank all the people who helped on the day”.

The full results were:

1st Place:  J Kirkup , C Bloomer, D Harris, R Eggleston  114 points

2nd Place: S Carr, V Hammer, D Hardy, P Cotton 110 points

3rd Place:  M Green, P Sheardown, N Maltby, R Crawford 109 points

4th Place:  G O’reilly, T Parry, A Marshall, I Whyte 107 points

5th Place:  S Boylan, P Corcoran, J Lynch, K Boyfield 107 points

6th Place:  G Meehl, C Walton, J McClelland, N Binz 106 points

Nearest the Pins were:4th M Warren,6th C Bloomer,14th D Coyle,17th S Stuart/L Carratt

Longest drive: M Collins. Straightest drive :D Pretorius

Putting:  J Wiggins.  Chipping:  J Meredith.

Ladies Texas Scramble: 1st Place, J Hammer, J Tetley, S McClelland, S Pask

                                        2nd Place, Y Bashford, G Hale, J Pearson, J Scott