Belt to take on the best at Wentworth

Alex Belt
Alex Belt

Bridlington’s Alex Belt will line up alongside some of golf’s best names after ending his best season to date by qualifying for the BMW PGA Championship.

He booked his place at Wentworth by finishing fifth in the PGA play-offs in Turkey this week, despite admitting that he wasn’t at his best.

Last year’s PGA Championship was won by Rory McIlroy, while Luke Donald, Thomas Bjorn, Stephen Gallacher and Henrik Stenson all finished in the top 10, and European Ryder Cup stars Ian Poulter, Jamie Donaldson and Justin Rose also took part.

Belt told the Free Press: “It’s going to be the biggest event of my 2015 season.

“It gets a huge number of spectators that week and I’ll look forward to embracing the chance to perform well, it will also allow me to compare my game against the world’s best.

“I have had a great season this year and this week has been topped it off nicely.

“I’ll now have six weeks off competition for Christmas and then get back into my winter tournament programme in Spain.”

Consistency was key to Belt’s success at the play-offs at Antalya in Turkey, as he carded rounds of 68, 69 and 70 over the three days, with 12 birdies in his 54 holes.

He finished on six-under-par, which comfortably secured a top 10 place.

The event was won by Niall Kearney, from the Royal Dublin Golf Club, who finished on 14-under-par, who led from start to finish.

Belt, who represents De Vere and Snainton Golf Centre, said: “The playoffs were a great event with the top 28 players in the country battling it out for a top 10 spot.

“The weather was perfect all week. It’s the first time I’ve played in Turkey and could not be more impressed with their facilities and courses.

“I personally did not play well in all honesty but what counteracted that was my mental awareness and ability to judge certain situations, likewhen to take shots on, when to be patient and play like there is no value in the result.

“That can be more than tricky at times.

“As a golfer I know that the harder you try and the more you focus on a result the easier it is for your game to collapse in the space of two holes.

“This week was definitely a full on battle for me. I felt like I won in the end, even when In theory I didn’t lift the trophy.

“I’d like to thank my team and local sponsors Lloyd Dowson, Pineapple Joe’s, Crown Spa Hotel and Nicholas Belt, for their great support.”

Qualification for Wentworth is the icing on the 2014 cake, which has seen Belt be part of the Yorkshire team which won the PGA Inter-County Championships at the Belfry.

He also recorded more than 25 individual wins throughout the season, including the De Vere PGA North Region Championship, the Manchester Open, the Yorkshire Matchplay Championships and he topped the North region’s Order of Merit.