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Battle Back Golf Day at Belton Park

After reading a golf magazine about injured soldiers, and some careful planning back in April, Belton Park Golf Club arranged a golf day with Battle Back Golfers. Battle Back is a MOD initiative aimed at getting wounded, injured, and sick personnel into sport to aid their rehabilitation.

On Thursday, September 12th, the full schedule started with the 12.30 pm ceremony of raising the Union flag. 24 players in each team, playing 2 competitions, the first 6 pairs being in a 4bbb, and the second 6 pairs in a match play competition between the civilians and ex forces players. 11 players attended from Battle back and some fabulous golf was on display from the Battle Back team who eagled the 3rd par 4 hole.

The RAF provided a flypast from a “Hurricane “ world war 2 fighter, thanks to the RAF as it shows how well they support this charity.

Organiser Ian Carroll played with club Lady Captain Helen Long with Zeno Gomes, Chairman of Battle Back Golf, and Battle Back Captain Luke Finley in the lead team playing the 4 bbbb. The team actually came in winners with 82 points, winning on count-back!

The match play competition was won by the civilian team, best winners were Kevin Smith and Richard Welbourne. The civilians won the day with a 5.5 to 0.5 win.

Ladies in the halfway hut fed all the players with cakes and drinks and in the evening there was a meal and prize-giving.

Major(Rtd) Bernard Broad gave an inspirational overview of what and why “Battle Back Golf“ was started, to help seriously injured service personnel through the rehabilitation process. Major Bernard Broad also explained how the process helped him personally when he had been seriously injured himself and how the rehab process works. Zeno Gomes, who worked at Headley Court, was co-founder of the Battle Back Golf programme. Each injured person has his own issues to overcome and getting involved with sport and playing against Golf Clubs helps overcome some of those obstacles.

To raise funds, 24 local people/businesses, including Peter Allis (the voice of golf on the BBC) gave donations and raffle prizes, and 14 golf courses donated 4 ball vouchers to be auctioned off. A “tops and tails” game was run by Paul Nash and a £1 toss for a bottle of whisky donated by the Juniper Tap also proved very successful.

A bespoke shield was designed, made, and donated by Belton Park member Andy MacGowan as a trophy for the matchplay event. This trophy will be played for in future years. Next year the golf event will be extended to include all the clubs that donated the 4-ball vouchers, each club being invited to bring 2 players to take part.

We thank everyone who donated, or helped to make this event a success, all proceeds will be going to Battle Back Golf, a very worthy cause. It is an honour to be associated with “Battle Back Golf” and the Belton Park organiser, Ian Carroll, wishes to thank all involved, and the sponsors who helped to make this a most memorable day.

Link to the prize-giving photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/TEcGnwFnCEZ5C7Rs7

Seniors Victorious over Rutland Water – 5½ - 2½

On Monday, September 9th the Seniors welcomed Rutland Water Seniors for the return friendly match. After losing the away fixture back in June 4½ - 3½, the Belton team were keen to get their own back. The match was played in soggy wet conditions with light rain, but the greens were in excellent condition.

The final result was a good win for the Belton team by 5½ - 2½. After an excellent post-match lunch, the game of heads and tails was won by Derek Little. Rutland Water Captain Bob Haynes praised the excellent condition of the course and thanked the catering staff and the halfway house volunteers for their efforts.

Results;

1    

Mike Collins and Dennis Santer

Won 6&5

2

Pete Long and Derek Bashford

Won 7&5

3

Frank Overton and Ian Askew

Won 2 up

4

Dave Martin and Nick Craft

Lost 1 down     

5

Tim Stubbs and Bill Brogan

Halved

6

Trevor Collis and Richard Fowell

Won 1 up

7

Graham Secker and John Thompson      

Lost 1 down

8

Derek Little and Tiny Holmes

Won 5&4

Chairman wins the Upper Crust Trophy

On Sunday 8th August in wonderful weather, our low handicappers competed for the prestigious Upper Crust Trophy and the Stan Robinson Tankard.

As expected it was an extremely competitive and closely contested event and it was Club Chairman James Wiggins who eventually emerged as the winner of the Upper Crust Trophy with a nett 69. This was a superb achievement coming 25 years after his last victory in the same competition.

Winning the Stan Robinson tankard for the lowest gross score of the day was new member Gareth Williams with a level par round of 71. Mention must also be made of Mike Bown, another of our new members, who finished second in both the nett and gross events. After the event all players enjoyed the traditional four course meal with decanters of port supplied courtesy of the winners. James is pictured below receiving the Trophy from Gents Captain Simon Denton.

The John Peberdy Trophy

On Saturday 7th August on a beautiful Autumn day a good field of members and guests competed for the John Peberdy Trophy in an Am Am competition.

In ideal golfing conditions the scoring was very good and just one point separated the top two teams. Narrowly missing out in second place with 88 points were the team of Graham Watkin, Ian Mason John Cooke and J Davies.

Winning with 89 points was the all Belton Park team of Martin Kelly, Gary Long, Steve Preston and Tom Tyndall. Richard Peberdy and his family joined Gents Captain Simon Denton to say a few words and to present the trophy to the winning team.

Belton Park are very grateful for the support of Richard and his family over many years and Richard and his two daughters can be seen in the photo with the winners.

Invitation Day at Belton Park

On Saturday 31st August, members of Belton Park invited guests from other clubs to play in the annual Gents Invitation event. A full field assembled for a shotgun start at 8:30 on a lovely late summer morning.

It was a very well contested event for the placings with Martin Clarke and David Chettle finishing second with 42 points. However, the clear winners and winning for the second time in three years were Clive Horn and his guest Steve Turton with an excellent 44 points. Clive and Steve are pictured receiving the trophy from Gents Captain Simon Denton.

Ladies Pair Win in National Final!

Congratulations to Jacqui Barson and Julie Beanland, of Belton Park Golf Club, who have won the PING Women’s Fourball Betterball Plate Final 2019.

After an amazing day of Golf in Gainsborough, the duo won by 2 points with an overall score of 44, scoring 25 points on the front 9 and 19 points on the back 9. Jacqui and Julie only met in January 2019 but play together regularly, they’ve become good friends and are now beginning to win competitions together.

After a great front 9, the team were able to relax and enjoy the rest of the round, and playing against another friendly pair, there was a nice pace of play and the duo were able to sail through the back 9 to secure an impressive victory.

They commented “We’re completely astounded and overjoyed. To think that over 15,000 women from more than 870 golf clubs in the UK entered the competition, it’s all a bit surreal"

They travelled to Gainsborough for a practice round on Thursday and played really well scoring 45 points between them on 90% handicap so they thought they might have peaked too early! When they arrived on the Monday morning for the Plate Final registration, they were both really surprised to find that they had each won a Ping Golf Bag as a prize, just for just making it to the Plate Final!

On the day of the competition the weather started off nice and sunny but a bit breezy for about an hour or so but then the wind really picked up and it became much cooler and the golf got much tougher but they managed to hold it together and come in with the winning score .

The pair thanked Ping for such fabulous prizes, and England Golf for a brilliant day.  Jacqui said, “We’re awfully proud of each other and feel an enormous sense of achievement. A day we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. Our husbands have been so supportive - even they had sleepless nights on Sunday and Monday!”

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