Charity golf day in Brandon beats all targets

With photo (left ' right): Cadet Jessica Briggs, Sergeant (ATC) Kerrie Bates, Sergeant  Vivek Bhushan, and Cadet Alexis Griffin, all of 163 (Coventry-Phoenix) Squadron.
With photo (left ' right): Cadet Jessica Briggs, Sergeant (ATC) Kerrie Bates, Sergeant Vivek Bhushan, and Cadet Alexis Griffin, all of 163 (Coventry-Phoenix) Squadron.

More than £650 was raised at a charity golf day for Help for Heroes.

Brandon Wood Golf Course and Club, based in Wolston organised the tournament, which smashed last year’s fundraising figure by 30 per cent despite wet weather.

Activities included a singles 18-hole tournament for both men and women as well as competitions such as longest drive and straightest drive.

Marilyn Barnett, Help for Heroes charity co-ordinator for Warwickshire, was also in attendance and spoke about the work of the charity which helps injured British servicemen and their families.

Neil Orton, manager at Brandon Wood Golf Course and Club, said the weather wasn’t going to stop participants raising money for a worthy cause.

He said: “Help for Heroes is a charity close to the club’s heart since many of its members are former or serving members of the armed forces or have family and friends that are.

“Last year we raised £500, so it was a great effort by all to beat the total, particularly with the persistent rain.

“Despite difficult golfing conditions, everyone still got into the swing of things.”

Brandon Wood member Graham Ivens eventually stole the victory, winning the individual Stableford competition and also claiming nearest-the -pin on the 14th hole after getting within 60cm to the flag.

The raffle, which took place after the tournament, also gathered much interest, contributing more than £130 towards the final figure.

Prizes included a golf bag donated by Masters as well as vouchers for local attractions such as Warwick Castle, Coombe Abbey and Planet Ice.