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THINGS HOT UP AT CRANLEIGH’S CHARITY PRO-AM

Cranleigh Golf & Country Club’s annual charity pro-am event proved to be the hottest ticket in town – both on and off the course – as 100 golfers battled it out under glorious sunshine to raise money for the Jigsaw Trust. 

On the well-groomed course, it was Silvermere professional James Ford, who ultimately took the professional honours. His winning score of 66 on the 5,642-yard par-68 course, saw off runners-up Daniel Gaunt and Gus Mottershead by three shots.

Despite the numbers, play flowed well, maybe helped by the halfway hut, ably run by sponsors Tailoring Travel and well stocked with snacks, Cranleigh ladies’ home baked cakes and some tasty beer donated by the Three Horseshoes. 

After play, and an excellent summer buffet, Cranleigh head professional Charlie Tetlow commented: “It was a brilliant day of golf, food and weather.  With only one pro achieving under par, it showed again that Cranleigh isn’t the easiest of courses if you are not on top of your game.”

Besides getting out and enjoying some golf, the day was about raising money for JigsawPlus, a charity that helps improve the lives of adults affected by autism through accessible, educational, vocational and well-being services.

Bob Owen, Cranleigh Men’s Captain added, “I am delighted today’s Pro-Am tournament, together with the silent auction, raised over £5,000 for our Captain’s charity. Whether by playing, helping, sponsoring or donating, the generosity of everyone has been amazing.

“I am also thrilled that Tony Henderson, co-founder and CEO of Jigsaw who presented the Amateur prizes, was able to announce that our charity donation will be used for kitting out the mini-gym in JigsawPlus’s new building – a great link with our club’s activities!

“I must also thank WeDoGolf for the pro’s winner’s cheque, as well as our hole sponsors Salesforce, Manns of Cranleigh, Howdens, Roger Couple, Swing Grip, The Sports Consultancy and Cranleigh Bathrooms.  I am also especially grateful to the many local businesses and members who made donations for our very successful silent auction.”  

For the record, posting a magnificent 18 under, team honours went to Tony Silver, Doug Balchin, Glenn Mitchell and pro Alex Cannon. Additional amateur challenges, such as nearest the pin (and also sponsored by Manns), were won by Hilary Sherlock, Simon Wood, Chris Marriot, Wes Davies, Mark McCracken, Tony Clough, Josh Davies, Bob Owen and Paul Gibbs.

For further information, visit www.cranleighcountryclub.co.uk or telephone 01483 267426.

Internationals add to Golf Organisers’ VIP Day

Cranleigh’s Golf Organisers’ VIP Day was given an extra dash of international quality as part of another successful event.

Held as a reward for those who have the often thankless task of arranging societies and golf days for their friends, colleagues and charities, the annual event welcomed three members of the England & Wales Blind Golf team to the ranks.

Andy Gilford, Billy McAllister and Jason Bastable (alongside their guides, Melanie, Sandy and Nancy who do an incredible job and, without whom, the guys would not be able to enjoy this wonderful sport), took a break from representing their national side to showcase their skills.

Blind golf is split in to three categories, B1, B2 & B3.  B1 being totally without sight (Billy), B2 with very limited vision ie. partial peripheral vision (Andy), and B3 (Jason) who suffers from advanced glaucoma. 

All three players are near the top of the world rankings within their categories and are competing in the World Blind Golf Championships at the end of September in Rome, where they will carry the best wishes of Cranleigh members and staff in their quest for success.  

As ever, the whole event was extremely popular and very well supported.

The England Team won our VIP Day with an incredible 103 points (best two scores per hole/Stableford) before giving our other VIP guests some fascinating background on their charity. 

For anyone who would like to find out more about this fabulous organisation, please visit http://www.blindgolf.co.uk/

 

Ollie serves up epic marathon effort

Head tennis coach, Ollie Kirk, has seen his heroics smash his fund-raising target thanks to the generosity and support of Cranleigh members.

Ollie tragically lost his 71-year-old father Vic to an unexplained suicide in August 2016 but came up with the idea of a 10-hour tennis marathon to honour his memory and to raise money for Grassroots Suicide Prevention, playing against friends, family, staff, former colleagues and players he previously coached.

Although his target was £2,000, Ollie has now raised £2,500 – with more to come.

Hitting his first shot at 9am and finishing at 7pm that evening, Ollie passed on his thanks to everyone who played their part in making the event happen.

He said: “Thanks for all who attended, supported and played throughout my epic 10 hour tennis marathon. 

“We had a fine day for it and started and finished with my family members with members, ex colleagues and players filling the majority of the day. I am still in the process of toting up the total monies raised but at a rough guess we are currently at a total of £2500, which is an amazing amount of money. 

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