Poor second round proves costly

Alex Belt
Alex Belt

A DISAPPOINTING second round meant Bridlington’s Alex Belt missed out on a place at the 2011 Open.

Things were looking good for the man from The Links when he carded a first round of 70 in the final qualifying event at Prince’s in Kent.

That left him two-under-par, and nicely set up for a crack at securing a place at Royal St George’s.

Belt had hit four birdies in the first 18 holes but that was as good as it got.

Thunderstorms in the South Eastmeant qualifying at some of the courses could not be completed and Belt was left wishing the weather had come to his rescue, as he recorded a six-over-par 78 over the second 18 holes.

Three bogeys in the first six holes effectively ended his challenge, with only 12 qualifying spots available from the four courses.

He eventually finished 33rd at Prince’s, as Windermere’s Simon Edwards took top spot on 7-under. Thomas Shadbolt and Francis McGuirk, playing on his home course, also made it through.