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Golf lovers from the world of business, media and sport came together last week to compete in the Golf Foundation Pro-Am, supported by the European Tour.

 

This year, the 31st edition of this popular tournament raised more than £15,000 to help young people with disabilities to enjoy the playing and personal benefits of golf.

The European Tour has been the great supporter of every Golf Foundation Pro-Am since the first in 1986. This year’s event was held at London Golf Club for a sixth year, with 20 teams from around the country enjoying their golf day while backing the nationally recognised charity which helps boys and girls to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in the sport and encourages them to learn valuable ‘Skills for Life’ associated with the game.

Playing on the excellent Heritage course at London Golf Club – a European Tour Destination – amateurs were guided by European Tour and European Senior Tour players to get the most out of their playing experience.

There was strong scoring among the teams with three fourballs recording 88 points, leading to ‘Team CEO’ grabbing fourth place on the countback (their Pro, Zane Scotland, scored a -7, 65) and European Tour Productions securing third place (led by Pro Peter Tarver-Jones).

In second place, with 90 points (-18 par), was team ‘Dynamo Silver’ led by Rob McGuirk. Meanwhile, with a score of 91 and -19 under, Pro Wraith Grant guided the all-women’s team of ‘PGA Ladies’ to a memorable victory, with Maureen Roberts, Di Horsley and Debbie Allmey, who are all great supporters of the Foundation, receiving the loudest applause of the day for their terrific win.

All the players taking part showed their generosity to the Golf Foundation, in their team bookings, entering on-course challenges and buying auction items, which continued three decades of fundraising that has secured more than £500,000 to help make golf more accessible to youngsters from all backgrounds and abilities.

The auction and a ‘heads and tails’ game were run by Ian Irving, a comedian whose jokes and stories kept everyone on their toes, and his fine effort helped raise nearly £6,000 at the dinner.

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