Just a note to thank you for your participation in the golf day…we hope you had a great day. In summary of the day and to recognise those who played well…or not… please read on…
On Friday 23rd October we were blessed with 76 fun spirited golfers on a dry day at the glorious Buckinghamshire Golf Club.
The Golf Pro Martin Heys laid the course ready, with a welcome … Written in golf balls and the sponsor’s signs proud for all to see!
Registering all the golfers and adorning them with goody bags was a challenge, the golfers were then given an explanation of the new scoring system gadget to be used for the day! This was supplied by Rob Taylor of Plusgolf (from Taylor Alison) and provided live scoring and banter throughout the day, both on the course and in the clubhouse.
Bacon butties and coffee were followed by practise and ‘Ask the Pro’ along with the putting, chipping and ‘bunking’ competitions … this is where things got interesting..! James Gregory and Doug Reeves both holed the chipping comp as did Andy Hunter the bunker shot, Chris Hills won the putting with 15 shots over the 9 holes.
The Newlawn Straightest drive at Hole 1 was manned by ‘Nikon’ Nicola van Barthold taking the team ‘shots’ and was won by Andy Hunter again…off to a flying start…which later turned to a ‘fly fishing’ start as he fished his ball (he disputes this!) from the water with a fishing rod! Andy was later awarded swimming lessons from Swimwell Swimming Club – the lead sponsor!
The golfers were greeted half way by the distinctive Coopers Coffee van manned by the gorgeous Janette who supplied Coffee (with a twist) and her homemade goodies sponsored by Roberts Newby (now part of Strutt & Parker) Janette was also kept busy dodging frequent flying golf balls all day…The prize for nearest the coffee lady went to Ed Foster!
Hole 8 brought the Williams Fund Mulligan/ NTP challenge – over the fountain, manned by ‘Mulligan Mandy’ Myers who had the job of controlling where the golfers placed their balls and also the penguin appearing at inopportune moments! This was won by Chris Hills. TheNuffield NTP was won by Gary Porter, SHOFT Most points on Hole 13 won by Charlie Fisher, Cansdales NTP won by Leon Turner from Office Boss with an incredibly close shot only inches from the hole! West London Cooling Longest Drive was won by Hamish Dickson.
A special award was presented to the Best Lady in memory of Lisa Ryan, a keen golfer who had played at most of Williams Fund previous golf days and had known William and the family, Lisa sadly died this year and was missed by all her golfing friends. Best Lady was won by Michele Hunter.
The worst score was shared between 3 players all on 11 points, who shall not be named but all of whom won a lesson with Martin Heys, so Ed Hewett, Tom Oakley and John Lawson we hope you enjoy your lessons (oops)!
Congratulations to the Team Winners Oliver Reeves, Doug Reeves, Gary Porter and Bob Porter who won a 4 ball at Stoke Park Golf Club.
Quote of the day ‘If there was an eBay for golfers…I’d put my team on it’ (Greg Myers) other quotes not publishable!
Posh certificates for all players were printed by OKI Europe adorned with our sponsor logos.
The golfers returned to the sumptuous club house to enjoy the facilities before dinner, a talk from Dr Helen Townley –William Dodd Research Fellow from Oxford and prizes. This was followed by a lively auction conducted by Will Mellor, of Broadchurch fame, who kept the golfers and extra dinner guests laughing and bidding until the end. ‘Accounts Anna’ Horrocks is working on the total raised but early signs are over £8,000for Childhood Cancer research in Oxford.
Some photos and more news from the day have been posted on Williams Fund Facebook page, more will follow. Please email any good photosto email@example.com so we can post them, we are in need of some evening shots too please!
We would like to thank all the Golfers, Greg Myers, Miriam Lloyd from Swimwell, sponsors & prize donators (all listed in the programme), Dr Helen Townley, Will Mellor, Martin Heys, Luke Mitterhuber and the Buckinghamshire Golf Club and all the helpers…Lucinda Dodd (admin + penguin 1), Henry Dodd (goody bags + penguin 2), Anna Horrocks (reception + accounts), Robert Taylor (Plusgolf, scoring), Jonathan Horrocks (10thHole), Nicola van Barthold (photography), Amanda Myers (Mulligan challenge), Helen Evans (raffle), Fiona Woodhead (raffle/auction) who made the event run smoothly.
We hope to see you all back at the next event!!
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