Wilkes is top professional at Belvedere’s big event

Leading professional Danny Wilkes, right, receives his prize from Simon Nuttall of Seaside Pro-Am sponsors Lloyd Dowson
Leading professional Danny Wilkes, right, receives his prize from Simon Nuttall of Seaside Pro-Am sponsors Lloyd Dowson

Garforth’s Danny Wilkes took top spot at the 21st Seaside Pro-Am at Bridlington Golf Club last Friday.

He carded an excellent three-under-par round of 69 to claim the Bridlington Free Press Trophy and £1,200 cheque which was on offer for the leading professional.

Team Howarth

Team Howarth

Winner Wilkes was very complimentary about the quality of the Belvedere course and also paid tribute to how well the event was run.

He won by the narrow margin of two shots from former winner and local professional Alex Belt, representing Snainton Golf.

There was local success too, as Bridlington firm Alpine Windows won the keenly contested Lloyd Dowson Team Trophy.

Bridlington Golf Club members Jamie Sellars, Steve Bentley and Danny Brown made the most of their knowledge of the Belvedere course as they teamed up with professional Liam Adamson, who represents Far Grange at Skipsea and is a former Bridlington junior.

The Allsigns and Alphabetti team finished in third place

The Allsigns and Alphabetti team finished in third place

They returned a very respectable score of 133 (11-under-par), which was one shot better than the runners-up.

Organisers of the event breathed a huge sigh of relief when the last putt dropped, as they were concerned that the recent poor weather could affect what has become the flagship event in the Yorkshire professional golfers’ calendar.

Despite the cold temperature and strong winds, which made for very tricky scoring conditions, the day proved hugely successful.

Event organiser Anthony Howarth said: “The event was a resounding success and the weather was relatively kind to us.

“The weather is always a concern and with the recent heavy rain we have experienced we consider ourselves very lucky that the rain stayed away.”

In total, 48 professionals from around the North of England graced the fairways at Bridlington Golf Club and 144 amateurs joined them to make up the four-man teams.

The fantastic prizes were handed out to the winners at the presentation at the end of the day.

Simon Nuttall, representing the main sponsors Lloyd Dowson Chartered Accountants, was invited to distribute the prizes to the top teams.

During the prize-giving, many people were thanked for helping make the day such a huge success. Those thanked included the officials from the Yorkshire PGA, the catering and bar staff at Bridlington Golf Club and also the many members who helped and generously offered their services throughout the day.

Head greenkeeper Shaun Drum and his team were particularly praised for the course which was in immaculate condition.

Howarth took the opportunity to thank all the companies who sponsored the event and in particular the main sponsors of the event, Lloyd Dowson Chartered Accountants for their incredible commitment and support over the past 12 years.

The competition also helps a local charity each year and since the inaugural event back in 1996, the Seaside Pro/Am has raised well over £50,000 for many worthwhile causes.

This year, the event will support Viking FM’s Cash for Kids, with a number of fundraising activities over the day.

Next year’s event will take place on Friday, June 2, 2017.