Belt hails best shot of his career as Yorkshire win at Belfry

Alex Belt of Bridlington Links, Adrian Ambler of Low Laithes Golf Club and Gareth Davies of Abbeydale Golf Club
Alex Belt of Bridlington Links, Adrian Ambler of Low Laithes Golf Club and Gareth Davies of Abbeydale Golf Club

Bridlington’s Alex Belt produced what he described as ‘the best shot I’ve ever hit’ as he helped Yorkshire to glory at the world-famous Belfry.

The White Rose trio refused to buckle under the pressure of a first round lead to win the PGA England and Wales Inter-County Championship.

Fresh from taking the PGA in England and Wales (North) crown last month, Belt was the only player able to break 70 during the championship final, which was held over two days on the famous Brabazon course.

His round of 68 at the rain-soaked Warwickshire venue, home to the Ryder Cup on four occasions, featured five birdies including one at the risk-and-reward 10th made famous by Seve Ballesteros.

Along with team-mates Gareth Davies and captain Adrian Ambler, Belt walked away with a winners’ cheque of £4,000 as Yorkshire carded a four-under-par score of 284.

They finished five shots clear of closest challengers Derbyshire and Essex finished in third place three shots further back with a final four-over-par score of 292.

Belt, a mainstay on the Europro Tour this term, was delighted to bag another piece of silverware ahead of a trip to Turkey for the Titleist PGA Play-Offs in November.

“It’s a very proud moment to play on behalf of your county and win an event like this,” he said.

“For me, from a personal development point of vie,w this year has been amazing and its been great to be able to add this title before I head over to Turkey for the play-offs.

“The highlight of the day personally was definitely the 10th hole. To have the opportunity to take that shot on in a tournament is rare – I went for it and I think it was it was the best shot I’ve ever hit.”

Wiltshire and Hampshire finished fourth and fifth, well off the pace.