Woodbury Park Captain's Day proves to be both a great day and a fabulous find raising effort
PUBLISHED: 11:38 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:38 18 July 2013
The East Devon captain held his Charity Day at East Devon Golf club last Wednesday, writes Paul Willoughby.
The charity chosen by the captains this year is the WESC foundation, supporting children with little or no sight.
Captain, Dennis Chivers and lady captain, Di Willoughby hosted the event which was a sell out.
There were 45 teams of four that took to the course with the earliest starting at 7.30am and the last to leave the first tee at 3pm.
Conditions were as good as always, sunny, little wind, superb views and a comfortable format of the best two scores to count – you can always rely on your fellow players if you heave your shot into the bushes. Actually, we all know that’s not so – one drive lost, a second player loses his third shot in the rough then the pressure is on the remaining two. The third player three putts – Aaaaargh, that is not what was planned as they stood optimistically on the first tee!
There were prizes for longest drives, nearest the pin, nearest the pin in two on some of the par four’s – including the long 17th. That really is a challenge and was won with a superb second shot to within a few feet of the pin Mike Trapnell.
There were men’s teams, ladies teams and mixed teams and those who thought they might have had a chance with a score in the high 70’s were dismayed when they heard that the prizes started at 81. The penultimate team of Matt Latham, Danny Crookall, Jason Rowbotham and David Priestner were no doubt pleased with their score of 85, but the clear winners were the ladies’ team of Jill Miller, Sue Fowler, Hilary Greenaway (Devon Ladies Captain) and Judy Murray with a superb score of 87.
The evening also saw the close of the Silent Auction where generous donors had provided, amongst other things, cottage holidays in Sennen Cove, France and Tresco, together with flights from Flybe, Golf for two at the Dalmahoy Club, Edinburgh, two nights at the Pomme d’Or, Jersey and a two night bed and breakfast break at the Grand hotel, Palermo, Sicily.
WESC were represented by their fundraiser, Maggie Garrett, and captain Dennis Chivers told the assembled players at prize giving that the day’s event had raised an impressive £6,000 for the charity.
It was an excellent and successful day; a smart Mercedes ‘A’ class graced the forecourt of the golf club; the car is being raffled by WESC - only £2 a ticket – and the draw takes place on December 24. So for all those of us who didn’t win a prize, we can all buy tickets from Maggie and keep our fingers crossed.