Back-to-back wins as Belt reigns in Spain

Alex Belt
Alex Belt

Learning to play golf in Bridlington stood Alex Belt in good stead as he won his first tournament of 2015 in Spain.

And to prove it was no fluke, he returned to the winner’s podium three days later when he completed back-to-back victories.

He believes that his experiences battling the conditions on the clifftops at Bridlington Links helped him to hold off his rivals at the Lo Romero course.

A strong finish last Friday meant Belt won the second event of the Evolve Pro Tour in Murcia as he continued his impressive form from 2014.

Four dropped shots in the first five holes of his second round looked to have blown away any chance of winning the title, but he finished with three successive birdies to edge out Dutch amateur Mitchell Schoorl.

Belt said: “This was a great start to my season.

“The weather was horrifically windy and caused the first day to be cancelled completely. The wind made it a tough physical and mental challenge.

“Growing up playing at Bridlington Links on the cliff tops gave me a real advantage over most of the other players. To be a solid golfer at the Links you have to be able to control the spin, height and length of your shots in high winds.

“I’m pleased that I’ve picked off from where I finished last season so soon. I feel this is a sign that I’m progressing at a consistent rate.

“Also, finishing with three birdies to win by one was a real highlight of the tournament.”

Tuesday’s win at El Valle was even more impressive. On a day when only four golfers broke par,

Belt recorded a nine-under-par 62 for his 18 holes. It was a flawless card, which included three twos.

He finished six shots clear of his nearest challenger, Scotland’s Wallace Booth, with the conditions being responsible for some remarkable scores, including a 23-over-par and a 28-over.

“This was a rare day where I did not need any good fortune or lucky breaks,” added Belt, who is one of the four contenders shortlisted for the Sports Person of the Year at the forthcoming Free Press Sports Awards.

“I was very pleased - emotionally I was in total control, as I was last week.

“The 6ft putt lipping out on the last would have been my lowest score in a tournament but there were lots of positives heading into the final four events I have left In Spain.”

The tour is a key part of the preparations for Belt’s first appearance at the PGA Championships at Wentworth in May.

Belt thanked sponsors Lloyd Dowson, Pineapple Joes and Nicholas Belt Estate Agents for their support.