The 50th playing of the Elsham county foursomes on Sunday 17th August saw the team from Belton Park come out winners for the very first time.
On an extremely difficult windy day for golf the four teams who met in the finals gave the many supporters some wonderful golf to watch. The course at Elsham was in superb condition. All the games were played in a good spirit and the final went down to the last hole in the final match before the winner was known.
In the morning semi finals Belton were paired against Carholme and in the aggregate scoring system the results were as follows:
Chris Burns and Chris Haynes 1up
Matt Haynes and Will Walker 4up
Leon Bell and Steve Mitchell 3down
Belton win 2up
In a very tense afternoon final against Kenwick Park both teams had periods of play that saw them take the lead only for the opposition to come back at them.
In a very tight first match where there was never more than a couple of holes either way, the pairing of Chris Burns and Chris Haynes lipped out for their birdie on the last to give their opponents a putt from 6 foot for birdie to gain a 1 up win. The chance was taken.
The second pairing of Will Walker and Matt Haynes played some excellent golf to gain a stranglehold on their game which they never released. Despite losing the last to a birdie they secured a valuable 3up victory.
These results combined to mean the pairing of Steve Mitchell and Leon Bell could afford to lose their match no worse than 1 down if Belton were going to take the title. Coming off the 17th green that is exactly the position they were in and so could not afford to lose the last or extra holes would be needed. In a very tense 10 minutes the pair eventually won the hole to secure an all square result and spark great celebrations amongst all the team and the many Belton supporters who had followed the team to Elsham.
Belton win 2up
At the prize giving later that evening Belton were not only presented with the Elsham shield but were also extremely grateful to John Halmshaw (Past President of the LUGC and founder of the event) who personally presented a special trophy to the winners on the 50th anniversary of the event.