Battle Back 2020
Belton Park Golf Club hosted the Battle Back charity golf day for the second year on the Ancaster course. In order to meet strict Covid-19 restrictions, the event had to meet all the latest advice and approvals from England golf, SKDC Environmental Health as well as Belton Park’s own in-house rules as laid down by the Management Committee.
This year the format was a four-ball better-ball competition with the best two scores to count on each hole, with a 90% handicap allowance. There were prizes for 1st and 2nd places, the winning team receiving the Belton Park/Battle Back charity shield which was made and donated by Gents Vice Captain, Andy MacGowan.
The main purpose of this event is to raise funds to help in the rehabilitation of seriously injured ex-service personnel through some type of sporting activity. It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part in a competitive golf day which raises much-needed funds for the Battle Back charity. The Belton Park members relish the chance to meet and play golf with the Battle Back team of players who have overcome serious injury to play a sport, an inspiration to us all!
Organiser Ian Carroll would like to say a big thank-you all our lady helpers (Fiona and Pat) on the day, giving up their free time to help with the signing in and collecting payments. Also, thanks to Veronica and Jeanette serving food and drinks in the halfway hut, Martin Clarke as starter on the tee box, Tom Green our very own photographer, and our score card checker Richard Claxton.
Ian would also like to thank all of our sponsors who donated so kindly; Tom Price of St James place, Advance 365 Ltd Honda, James Truman MKM Builders merchants, Parkland signs, KBR plumbing, and many more individual sponsors. We received raffle donations and £50 per hole sponsorships which promote this event enormously. 4-ball vouchers were also donated by other golf clubs to be auctioned off after the event.
The winning team was; Belton Park C Team Captain and organiser Ian Carroll, Belton Park Vice Captain Andy MacGowan, Battle Back team Captain Andy Carlton, and Gaz Meekins.
Second place was the team of; Ken Kane, John Cooke, Graeme Day, and Dave Shepherd.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Battle Back (Blesma) charity fund which is based at Stanford Hall, the UK’s main rehabilitation hospital which is only 25 miles away from Grantham.
If anyone would like to donate, please contact Greg in the office.
There are more pictures of the day here:
Past Captains Trophy
On Wednesday the 9th of September there was a very good turnout for the Belton Park Golf Club Past Captains Trophy.
18 competitors took to the course with the eventual winner being Dr James Sneddon. The presentation was a somewhat subdued affair due to the Covid-19 situation but with our oldest past captain, Joe Lyons, doing a 5-minute comedy routine it almost felt like we were back to normality!
Hole-in-one for Paul Nash in Seniors competition!
The Seniors played in a "Shambles" competition on Tuesday. 51 players played in teams of 4. The shambles format is similar to a Texas Scramble, except that, after the best drive is chosen, all players play their own ball from the best drive position and the two best Stableford scores count on each hole.
Paul Nash holed an ace on the 21st, meaning that the best drive was a hole-in-one and therefore both Paul and one other team member both scored a hole-in-one! The team score on that hole was 9 points on a par 3, 5 for Paul who gets a shot, and 4 points for the 2nd player who unfortunately (for him!) didn't get a shot and only scored 4 points!
The team of John Newton, Paul Nash, Keith Bowers, and Alan Addis went on to win the competition with an amazing score of 101 points!
Well done Paul! (and the rest of the team of course!)
Ladies Past Captains Competition
Twenty-one lady past captains and the current Lady Captain, Pam Wiggins, played for the trophy donated by Mona Burgess on Wednesday 2nd September. The weather was reasonably kind to the golfers and a social distancing meal was enjoyed afterwards.
Immediate past captain Helen Long passed on best wishes from previous past captains who were unable to attend. A total of 42 years was covered as Captain’s from years 1977 to 2019 were represented in the competition.
Winner of the 9-hole competition was Alice Epton, Captain in 2012. Second in the 18-hole competition was Shelley McClelland, Captain in 2007 with 36 points. The overall winner and holder of the trophy for 2020 was Janni Pask, Captain in 2004, who won with 36 points on countback. Janni is seen here with the trophy.
Will Hopkins wins Club Championship
After a wonderful battle between the “young guns” at the recent Men’s Club Championship it was Will Hopkins who emerged victorious after a superb second round of 65 in very unfavourable conditions. It was a fitting way to finish a very high-quality exhibition of golf with Harry Glenn finishing as runner up and Jack Diment, leader after the first round, taking third spot.
The winner of the Nett Championship Trophy was Gary Clarke who carded an excellent nett 63 on the second day. We are very privileged to have three county golfers of this standard at Belton Park and congratulations again to Will for his exceptional performance on the Sunday.
Ladies Section Charity Am-Am
There were a good field of competitors playing in the Ladies Charity Am Am on Thursday 27th August to raise funds for the Lady Captain's charity - the Brain Tumour Charity.
The winners were as follows:
1st Louise Barrett, Jackie Wilson, Carol Stothard & Nikki Masson - Belton Park & Belton Woods - 83pts (OCB)
2nd Issie Guest, Helen Long, Gill Briggs, & Joy Stepney - Belton Park - 83 pts
3rd Mairead Scott, Lorraine Robinson Mandy Lees, & Alison Ravenhill - Toft Hotel Golf Club - 80pts
4th Janet Goodall, Ann Dewhurst, Karen Trevor & Chris Hunt - Peterborough Milton - 78 (OCB)
5th Lynda Ramscar, Mandy Horne, Sandy Rawlins & Gail Powell - Blankney - 78pts