Belt misses out on spot at Open

Alex Belt
Alex Belt

Alex Belt’s hopes of playing at The Open were ended when he withdrew from the final qualifying round on Tuesday.

The Bridlington golfer, who represents Snainton Golf Centre and De Vere, was already six-over-par when he decided to pull out of the 36-hole competition at the Gailes Links course in Ayrshire in Scotland.

He said: “It was a very tough, bouncy course in fabulous condition. I hit lots of good shots that just rolled and rolled and ended up out of position. On links-style courses you need a lot of discipline as much as good fortune.

“I was basically out of the running after round one and there was an eight-under-par already in.

“I had a five-hour drive ahead of me to play in York in a Yorkshire PGA event the following morning.

“I decided my odds were too poor to continue to achieve a top three spot from 74 players, so I opted to save my energy and concentrate on the next day without playing another 18 then jumping in my car and arrive to the hotel at midnight.

“I’ll put it down to experience and be sure not to dwell on what could have been.”