The Captain’s Charity Golf Day

25 teams took part in this year’s Captain’s Charity Day which was held on June 2nd on what turned out to be a fine and mostly sunny day. As Club Captain, Lee Wood, said during the lunch, the aims for the day were about having fun, winning prizes and raising some money for this year’s chosen charity – Oakleaf Enterprise.

With smiles in plentiful supply and despite the competitive nature of the teams, the occasion was a lot of fun for those playing. With raffle prizes and competition prizes on offer it was hoped that most who played would leave with a prize of some sort even if they were pink fluffy slippers that one of our newer male members said he’d enjoy wearing in the comfort of his own home, drinking a glass of rose wine. We can’t wait for the pictures!

Several competition prizes were up for grabs but the main team stableford prize was won on count back by the team of Kar Martin, Jason Grech, Jason Saunders and Jay Pitchford with a tremendous score of 102 points.

Eli Beckett, Oakleaf’s head of fundraising and partnerships attended the lunch and prize ceremony. The generosity of members was amazing as always with pledges totalling £6623 made on the day. Eli was keen to thank the members present for their generosity and kindness in support of people suffering with mental health issues.

Special thanks go to Gill Wood for organising the event, Victoria Westgarth, Ian Greenaway, David Kircher, Mike Phelps, Evie Kircher, Alex Phelps and Ellen Yates for their help with registration and fund raising, and to John O’Brien, Ian Shipway, Mike Corfield, Terry Reeves, Mike Phelps, and Lee Mucklow for the auction items that they donated. Thanks also to Alex and Kate Thorne for donating Mizuno golf balls which made up the prizes awarded on the day.

Finally, a big thank you also must go to Jamie Raven, who had just returned from a whirlwind tour of Sweden and Turkey (or was that Swindon and Torquay?) in the early hours of Sunday morning to be our live auctioneer. Not used to performing in front of such large groups, he held his nerve to make people laugh (a lot) and extract some hard-earned cash for the auction items on offer.  Thank you to Jamie.