Organised annually since 1994 by the Rotary Clubs of Swindon North and Swindon Thamesdown the Charity Golf Day has generally enjoyed good weather but on this occasion the absence of any sunshine and a brisk, very chill wind brought tears to the eyes – or was that the golf?
It was difficult for the golfers to know exactly where the wind was coming from but they definitely knew where it was going! However, despite the difficult conditions, 16 teams successfully negotiated the 5 miles of undulating fairways, rough, bunkers and other hazards and the team eventually returning home in first place was P.G.EVENTS.
In addition to place prizes individual prizes were also on offer. There was one for the golfer whose ball was closest to the centre line on the 1st fairway and another for the player whose tee shot fell nearest to the pin on the 17th green.
The day ended with dinner in the Club House during which further fundraising ruses took place to squeeze more cash out of the player’s pockets. There was a “£5 note draw”,” Irish Bingo” and “Heads & Tails”, with cash prize incentives.
Over the years the Rotary Charity Golf Day has raised in excess of £63,000 for local charities and the 2018 event produced £2,400 for the benefit of “Inner Flame”. Following the dinner, a representative of “Inner Flame” expressed his thanks for the organisation of the day and spoke briefly outlining the purpose of the charity. A cheque will be presented to “Inner Flame” at a subsequent Rotary Club meeting with both clubs present.
The Rotary Clubs wish to acknowledges with thanks the assistance and support they received from the Chairman, the Executive Committee and the staff at Ogbourne Downs Golf Club and for allowing them to use the superb facilities there and for serving an excellent meal to end the day. Above all, thanks are due also to the event sponsor, “Homes in Town” of Malmesbury.
1st place and awarded the David Maggs Memorial Shield - P.G.Events
2nd place – Tockenham Hotspurs
3rd place – Swindon Rotary Club
A special prize for “Good honest effort” (which is PC for the booby prize) went to a team called, ironically, “Going Straight”.
Nearest the centre line on the 1st fairway - Andy Szeliga
Nearest the pin on thye 17th tee – Mark Shipley
more David Wreathall of Inner Flame (2nd left) is presented with the funds raised at the 2017 Charity Golf Competition by Rotary President Mike and other members of the organising committee
more The 23rd Rotary Charity Golf Day raised the fantastic sum of £2,500 for Inner Flame
more The NSPCC will receive in excess of £2,500 as a result of the 2015 Charity Golf Day held at Ogbourne Downs Golf Club.
more President Ken Winslow presents a cheque for £3,000 to Jeanette Chipping (right) the Centre Manager. Also in the picture is Caroline Morgan, NSPCC Fundraising Manager