Ganton ace Ian claims East Riding title

ERU Seniors Champion Ian Stephenson of Ganton GC with Kit Chapman ERU President & Brian Wilson Burstwick Captain
ERU Seniors Champion Ian Stephenson of Ganton GC with Kit Chapman ERU President & Brian Wilson Burstwick Captain

Ganton Golf Club’s Ian Stephenson secured victory in the East Riding Seniors Championships at Burstwick Country Golf Club.

The East Riding Seniors Championship was held at the Burstwick Country Golf Club on Friday and attracted a field of 60 players.

Stephenson, a three handicap member at Ganton, shot 75 to win the East Riding Union Seniors Championship at Burstwick Country Golf Club by two shots from Barry Peasgood (Hornsea).

Stephenson started his round with six straight pars before dropping shots at the 7th and 9th holes but was cruising along at 2 over par until he came to grief at the short par 4 11th hole (323 yards) where he missed the green and ended up in the water hazard. He elected to play his third shot from inside the pond but his attempted recovery shot ended out of bounds and he ended up carding an eight.

Championships are won by keeping your nerve and Ian demonstrated that by clearing his mind of what had happened and concentrated on the holes ahead, as a result he made par at 12 & 13, birdied the par 3 14th then finished with four more pars to post the winning score of gross 75Ian to reclaim the trophy he previously won in 2012.

Leading Championship Scores: 1st Ian Stephenson (Ganton) 75; 2nd Barry Peasgood (Hornsea) 77; 3rd Steve Mews (Brough) 78 & David Ellard (Scarb N/C) 78.

The other results based on age groups were:- Cat A - 55 to 59: 1st Gross: S Mews (Brough) 78; 1st Net: R Brown (Filey) 80-12=68; 2nd Net: L Ward (Hornsea) 85-16=69; Cat B - 60 to 64: 1st Gross: K Fitzsimons (Ganstead Pk) 80; 1st Net: D A Gray (Burstwick) 86-13=73; 2nd Net: I Scott (Brough) 84-10=74; Cat C - 65 to 69: 1st Gross: K Chapman (Brough) 84; 1st Net: M Dawson (Filey) 84-16=68; 2nd Net: A Pearson (Hornsea) 87-16=71; Cat D - 70+: 1st Gross: J Robinson (Bev & ER) 79; 1st Net: T Barron (Hornsea) 84-15=69; 2nd Net: M Hunter (Hornsea) 86-16=70.

Alex Belt, the former Bridlington Links player, having shown good form last week north of the border with a top 10 finish in the Europro event at Montrose Links maintained momentum when he moved up a gear at Blackpool’s Herons’ Reach when winning PGA De Vere sponsored North Region Championship.

Belt, who is now attached to the Snainton Golf Centre and is sponsored by De Vere, shot a first round four-under-par 68 to establish a one-shot lead over the field of 120 players.

In round two, while a number of players recorded sub-70 scores to close on Belt, he resisted all challenges and with a round of 70 for a six-under-par total of 138 picked up the prestigious trophy for the second time in eight years.

Early in his second round victory looked to be a matter of course when he moved to nine under par after 10 holes courtesy of an eagle at the second and a trio of birdies but a wobble on the back nine saw him give three shots back to the course.

Belt’s win earns him a useful cheque for £2,500 and sees him established at the top of the North Region Order of Merit table with 270 points.

Commenting on his win Belt said: “This could kick-start my season. When the bigger occasions arise I can take with me the experience of how to handle most situations and I had a couple of those today.

“My back nine was a bit ugly and I started to drop a few shots but I just got on with the job. Overall I did not play that well but I holed a few putts and that’s been the key to my success lately”.

Speaking about the year ahead Belt, who will be competing mainly on the Europro Tour, said, “I also like to mix and match playing in regional and Yorkshire events because I have to earn a living. I may also get a few invitations to play the Challenge Tour.

“My ultimate aim is the European Tour and I feel I’m going in the right direction especially with the support team I have around me.”

Scarborough North Cliff’s three-man team gained promotion to the YUGC fifth division when they finished among the top six teams at Forest Park Golf Club in the sixth division team championship.

North Cliff’s team of Steve Pybus, Simon Boddy and Jake Scutt returned a total score of 464 for 36 holes with all scores to count.

Pybus produced the best individual second round score of 70. Bridlington represented by Ryan Rawson, Tim Moore and Nick Raybould scored 466 and retained their sixth division status. Filey were relegated to division seven.

The North Cliff Midweek medal on Wednesday was also stroke play format and the three divisions were keenly contested.

The up and coming Michael Patterson (7) did just enough to win division one courtesy of a nett score of 68, he will now be playing off a 6 handicap.

Glynn Hewitt (9) finished in second spot one shot adrift on nett 69 and one shot further back was James Blenkinsopp (5) who had the consolation of matching Michael for the best gross score of 75.

Division two was won by Luca Masucci (10) who posted a nett 68, one shot better than Simon Monsey (11), Tom Rollonson (10) and Mike Tighe (15) also had good sub-par rounds of nett 71.

Another nett 68 claimed division three with Alex Sheader (18) just holding off Rich Ward (21) on nett 69 and Dave Bevan (18) with nett 70.

South Cliff had a busy weekend with two Trophy competitions, firstly on Saturday The Allatt Trophy, a Rabbit’s Stableford competition, was contested with the Trophy going to the highest points score from a player with a 16 or higher handicap.

There was also an associate prize on offer for the scratch to 15 handicap players. After the disappointment of defeat for his beloved York City, Martin Woof bounced back by taking the trophy with total of 36 points, he beat Mick Mangan by just one point and was last seen sporting a big grin. Martin’s round included five pars and he was going very well until he carded a seven at the difficult 16th.

However a strong par, par finish earned him the victory while Mick was left to rue the three no returns he had at the 2nd, 11th and 17th holes.

The associate prize went to Shaun Smith playing off one handicap.

A costly five at the short par three third was overcome with birdies at 5, 6 and 9 to go out in one-under-par gross for 20 points.

He dropped shots at 10 and 11 but a birdie at 12 put him back on track for 17 points on the back nine for a total of 37 points.

In second place it was Dave Hall, who is finding some form lately, also with 37 points but lost out on the back nine. His double bogeys at 10 and 16 certainly cost him this time.

On Sunday they played for The Dockray Trophy, the competition format was a greensome with a draw for partners. Great trust is put in your partner’s game and certainly Glenn Broadbent (13) and Marcus Eaton (20) gelled together well to produce an excellent gross 80 nett 64.2 to win by 3.4 shots from Carl Baldwin and that man with the grin Martin Woof.

The winners birdied the first and fourth to get their card off to a brilliant start.

It was a double celebration for Glenn Broadbent as earlier in the week Glenn and Andy Newsome, representing the club in the Daily Mail Foursomes, won their second knockout match away at Flamborough at the first extra hole. Twenty-three of the South Cliff ladies turned out to play in the Anderson Legacy Cup on Tuesday May 13.

Sally Waggitt won the cup with a nett 77 just holding off Gloria Pickering who finished as runner-up on nett 79.

On Friday, South Cliff Ladies hosted an Open Day and 25 teams from far and wide competed. In perfect conditions Hainsworth Park took first place.