Thu 6th September 2018 at 12.00 am -

THE 33rd ANNUAL NEW FOREST ROTARY GOLF CHALLENGE. A record profit for charity of £6,102 - fantastic and thank you everybody..

33rd New Forest Rotary Charity Golf Day 6September 2018

Another page with pictures of the 27 teams is HERE


After a record breaking hot summer, we were worried that our reputation for a fine day would finally come to an end. In the event the sun shone early in the day, and although it clouded up we only had a short shower. Fortunately the recent rainfall had given the course a chance to recover and 108 players in 27 teams competed.

Each year I keep emphasising the value of sponsors in making the event a financial success, in particular to Bramshaw Golf Club for the concessionary use of the course. Meachers Logistics continue their support but due to commitments in New York could only field 2 teams. We were pleased to welcome the Hendy’s motor group again this year, and our long-time friend Nik Nikandrou. Thank you to all members for their sponsorship or giving prizes for the Raffle.                                                                       

Our very special Thanks go to Nigel & Ann’s son Stuart; owner of Northwood’s in Southampton & Salisbury, who continued his involvement with 3 teams. His generous sponsorship also included his lovely Lakeside holiday home in the Cotswold Lakes which we were able to Auction again.  

Our thanks again to John Thomson who despite spending most of his time in Hertfordshire, managed to contact and obtain free meal vouchers from about a dozen local New Forest restaurants and pubs. In addition he maintains a valuable link with Fullers the brewers who once again provided prizes and Beer! John’s efforts contributed the equivalent of over £750 in sponsorship.

We would like to thank Tim for covering the President’s role and once again announcing the teams on the opening tee, and returning in the evening for the prize giving.

Others made a great contribution, including Sam Turner who supervised the refreshments on the course. Shirley & Clive Rutland who helped with the set up and Raffle display and then ran a very successful competition on the 13th hole.  Fred Helyer, John Kernan, Arthur & Doreen who ran the popular putting, and the Chipping Competition. John Robinson assisted Ann on Reception and sold the raffle tickets, Ray Dawes took photos at the start of the day and later at prize giving. John Thompson & Kevin Stratford helped with various tasks early in the day.

We would like to give a huge thank you to our wives.  Every year Ann Calvert has dealt with the registration and the vital role of marking the player’s cards. Barbara Clayton deals with the administration before the event.  Sally for the display of prizes, and with her sister Donna in the Pimm’s Tent, kindly erected by Jim Knight.

Thank you to Peter Clayton, who liaise’s with Sponsors and Team entrants. Lastly a thank you to Nigel, who despite not playing too much this year still managed to obtain concessionary golf vouchers for the winning teams. He organized the catering and made sure nothing was overlooked on the day.

Here are some of the comments that were put forward in the Man or Lady of the day competition.

……His trolley disappeared into the ditch as he was putting on the 15th hole

……Nearly knocked himself out walking into the branch of a tree!

……Chipped in from slope, ball ran up the bank and rolled back into the hole!

……Took shot, hit a tree, ball ended behind me, next shot hit same tree, same result, picked up!

……Final hole, 2nd shot just in play, so hit provisional, worse it went into Pro Shop Doorway!

After a 14 hour day we all went home tired but delighted that the once again the day had gone well and I promise it will not be mentioned for at least 6 months!

Meanwhile after checking the figures we achieved a record £6,102 from the event.

Report by Ken Ball on behalf of the Charity Golf Team 

SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS. List compiled by John Thomson. 

I was personally amazed at the extent of third party support and sponsorship for our recent Charity Golf Day, which was a major input to our record £6100 fund raising. I persuaded Ken (who together with Nigel and Peter and wives fully deserve the plaudits for a very successful event) to share the names with you, since I feel most may not appreciate the full extent of "outside" support obtained, which comes at no cost the Club or to the members. It's very gratifying that so many businesses are happy to support Rotary (for which we must thank them), and hopefully the success will encourage members to make future Charity Golf Days an even greater success. Any "reverse" support by members to the following (listed in no particular order) would be grist to the mill.

Main sponsors:-
Northwoods Southampton Lettings and Sales
Meachers Global Logistics
Hendy Ford
Williams Shipping
Bramshaw Golf Club
Fullers Brewery Chiswick

Golf Clubs:-
West Wilts GC
Tynley Park GC
Tidworth GC
Romsey GC
Guildford GC
Dibben GC
Honiton GC
High Post GC

Local hotels, pubs and restaurants:-
Crown Hotel Lyndhurst
Bell Inn Brook
Asha Restaurant Ashurst
Chewton Glen Hotel
The Huntsman Brockenhurst
Dolca Vita Nursling
La Pergola Lyndhurst
New Forest Hotel Ashurst
White Buck Inn Burley
Oak at Bank
New Forest Inn Emery Down
Waterloo Arms Lyndhurst
Empress of Blandings Copythorne
Limewood Hotel
White Hart Cadnam
Mailmans Lyndhurst
Fox & Hounds Lyndhurst
Green Dragon Brook

Other Businesses:-
Paultons Park
Beaulieu Motor Museum

List complied by John Thomson