ANDY BASFORD’S Captain’s Charity Day – consisting of a men’s competition during the morning and a mixed in the afternoon – was won by ‘Team Patrick Reed’.
The winning quartet featured Bobby Webb, Bernard Donoghue, Philip Cloke and Barry Folkes and they topped the 72-player field with 58.8 nett.
The captain had been busy in the weeks before the event conjuring up team names and on the night before, with the help of the greens staff, had re-engineered the course by setting up a number of holes completely differently to normal.
The Florida Scramble contest featured teams of four taking their tee shot and then one player skipping each stroke to the green.
‘Team Jordan Spieth’, aka James Mooney, Keith Burton, Andy Campbell and Paul Oliver, were second with 59.9 ahead on countback of third-placed ‘Team Angel Cabrera’ featuring Steve Griffin, Dave Morris and Paul Walker who played exceptionally well to match the score as a last-minute three-ball.
The mixed match then began, also to a shotgun start, but the afternoon teams were not quite so fortunate with the weather as heavy rain closed in and persisted for the rest of the day.
This did not dampen the spirits of the 17 teams who went out determined to enjoy their game. Following the same format as the morning session, it was the ‘Hole in Fun Gang’ otherwise known as Jane and Ian Nicholson, ladies’ captain Irene Hawkes and Keith Taylor who made 63.7 nett to win.
The ‘Hookers and Slicers, Drawers and Faders’ – Sonny Nangle, Veronica Rudd, Colin Mitchell and Beccie Williams – finished a close second with 64.8, leaving the ‘Eagles have Landed’ – Dave Goodwin, Andy Sutton, Camilla Haines and Maureen Wheeler – third with 65.2.
The captain was delighted to announce the fund for his chosen charities – Maggie’s and Myeloma UK – had grown by a tremendous £2,400 on the day through generous donations, raffle sales and silent auction bids.
Andy has chosen Myeloma UK and Maggie’s (Cheltenham) because of the fantastic work they do in supporting cancer research and treatment aftercare, with Maggie’s being particularly close to his heart given the help and support they continue to provide for his sister Jane and a number of other members at Broadway Golf Club.