Belt makes it five in a row

Alex Belt
Alex Belt

Alex Belt’s fine run of form continued as he won his fifth successive event on Sunday.

He saw off Matt Daley from Hainsworth Park in the quarter final of the Yorkshire Matchplay Championship, beating his fellow East Riding player by a big margin of 6&4.

That came on the back of a successful day at The Oaks Pro-Am competition on Friday, where Belt was tied for the top professional prize, alongside Jonathan Lupton and Rob Giles, and his four-man team were also joint first.

And that was just days after he won the De Vere PGA North Region Championship at Herons’ Reach for the second time in eight years.

Belt, attached to Snainton Golf Centre in North Yorkshire and who also represents De Vere, led by one overnight with a four-under-par 68 but quickly moved to minus nine after 10 holes thanks to an eagle at the second and a trio of birdies.

He gave back three strokes but held on to his advantage to close with 70, six-under all told, to prevail by a shot from Challenge Tour player Garry Houston, from Carden Park, and Penwortham assistant Ryan O’Neill, the 2011 winner.

In recent weeks, Belt has won his second round Matchplay clash, and enjoyed success on the latest round of the 1836 Tour at De Vere Wychwood Park.

He birdied the last to force a play-off with Jason Timmis after both players tied on 139, five-under-par. Playing the 10th hole first up in the play-off, Belt produced another birdie to take the £2,500 first prize.

Belt said: “I would probably put it down to being able to build on my experience. I can understand myself and my game better, from a technical and menatl point of view.

“I haven’t made any major technical changes over the winter, it is more a heightened sense of awareness.

“It is better to stay in a neutral frame of mind than putting myself on an emotional up and down rollercoaster. So I am just trying to keep things as normal as possible so winning becomes a habit.

“I have a catalogue of experience now and the formula for me is that there is no formula. If you think you have cracked it and then try to do the same thing the following week and it doesn’t work, you lose confidence.

“So the key for me is to keep winning in different ways.

Belt thanked his sponsors the Crown Spa Hotel, Lloyd Dowson, Snainton Golf Centre and Nicholas Belt Estate Agent.