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In the pink at The Belfry

The much anticipated Linksnet Network Day at The Belfry proved a fitting way to celebrate the memory of our good friend Keith Pedlar whilst raising money for The SeaFarers Charity.

Keith spent many years in the merchant navy and was a huge supporter of all our events. Even when he could no longer play on his beloved Virgin Atlantic golf days he would often come along to lend support and chat with the guests. His love of all things pink including pink shafts in his golf clubs has led to us to dedicating one event each year to his memory and it was very humbling to see so many players take part, especially those members who had never even had the pleasure of meeting Keith in person.

One of our charity competitions was 'Best Dressed' and so many of our guests made a fantastic effort. So much so that we had to have a 4 way tie! Congratulations to our two serial winners of this competition - James Gear and Scott Murray, as well as to David Ryley and Sonya Singh who all took home Titleist balls and a mini Hayman's Gin for their efforts.

Aside from the worthy charity element to the day, there was some important golf to be played and the iconic Brabazon Course at The Belfry proved a real challenge in blustery conditions.

Nearest the Pin in Two on the famous 10th holed proved a tactical challenge as a few of the bigger hitters took on the wind and went for the green in one. However, it was Brin Cox who played a fabulous fairway bunker shot over the water to a narrow target who take home the prize of the Stewart Golf rain cover.

In the Nearest the Pin competition on the 7th, Robin Fuller took home the prize with a precision iron shot to a tough pin position, whilst Longest Drive on the 16th went to Robert Cooper after his fine tee shot.

We did things a little differently in the Team Stableford with a ChaCh Cha or Waltz scoring format. Our clear winners were the fourball of Robert Cooper, Stuart Nice, David Ryley and James Gear with 85 points.

In the Individual Stableford competition, despite the tough scoring conditions we had some excellent golf on the former Ryder Cup course. Third place and a pair of Skechers shoes went to David Ryley with 36 points. He was beaten on a count back by our new Linksnet Ambassador Glyn Andrews who also shot 36 points winning himself a Bushnell Phantom GPS device.

However, the winner with a superb 37 points to claim his first ever win in one of our events after many years, was Simon Hudson, the founder of provulo our Ambassador Award sponsor. Simon took the main prize of a Stewart Golf R1-S Push and showed his delight at getting his first win on the board. Well done Simon, very much deserved!

We had one final competition – our charity prize draw - to win a fabulous Stewart Golf StaffPro Cart bag kindly donated by our partners at Stewart Golf. Congratulations to Stuart Nice for being the first name out of the hat to scoop the prize!

We are now at the halfway point of this season’s Network Days. In our aggregate competition to award one lucky Network Day attendee a place in our end of season Final at Prince's in November, we have a new leader, as James Gear moves to 112 points with a 5 point lead over Glyn Andrews. With five events it is close at the top and it's still all to play for! Thank you to everyone who joined us at The Belfry and played in such great spirit in memory of Keith. Thanks also to the team at The Belfry and especially to all our sponsors, none more so than Stewart Golf who attended the day and very generously donated the bag for our charity draw. A final thanks and well done to Simon from provulo – the first sponsor to ever win one of our days!

If you would like to join us at any of our remaining 5 days, please check the Network Days page here

For a full list of scores click here

For the current aggregate leaderboard click here

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