Belt breaks record at one of his favourite courses

Alex Belt
Alex Belt

Bridlington’s Alex Belt blitzed the course record at Sandburn Hall with an eight-under-par 64 in the first round of the PGA Yorkshire Masters on Tuesday.

And after clipping a shot off the old mark, he revealed that it was one of his favourite venues.

“I’ve played here lots of times because it suits my game,” he said as he racked up eight birdies and an eagle.

“I missed the cut on the EuroPro Tour last week but I felt at ease today.”

He evidently did 24 hours earlier when he won the curtain-raising pro-am with a 66.

The 28-year-old professional, who won the PGA North Region Championship at Blackpool resort Herons’ Reach for the second time last month, meant business from the start in the 36-hole tournament.

He birdied the 540-yard first hole, then proceeded to add 11 threes to his card, the most memorable of which being the eagle at the 504-yard 12th where he rifled a six iron approach to 12 feet.

He regretted bogeys at the seventh, where his ball took an unkind bounce into the semi rough, and at the 14th, which he three-putted, but if he can retain his form in the second round he hopes he can carry it on to the Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore next week.

After round one, he was three shots clear of Adam McCabe of Gordon Sherry Golf, Leeds Golf Centre’s Andrew Herridge and Gareth Davies of Abbeydale.

Belt, attached to Snainton Golf Centre in North Yorkshire and who also represents De Vere, has attended European Tour School five times but refuses to lose his desire to play at the higher level.

He said: “Someone suggested I choke in the bigger events but I always reply that I learn from my mistakes. I feel there’s already too much negativity in the game.”