I have always loved golf, never been particularly brilliant at it but I can swing a stick. Having Freddie obviously put a bit of a dent in the amount of time I spent on the course but I was looking forward to being able to take him down the range and eventually on the golf course itself.
My diagnosis has had a number of impacts on my favourite hobby some positive, such as playing regularly with my Dad, travelling abroad to play in Portugal and Spain and playing on a couple of Ryder Cup courses. On the negative side, just when I was starting to get somewhere (18 Handicap and finally broke 90) cramps in my hands, general tiredness around 18 holes and I’m unable to lift the club above shoulder height so I can only hit it 120 yards at a time.
Worst of all is that sinking feeling of knowing i’ll never be able to teach Freddie how to play or play a round of golf with him. I’ve left strict instructions for others to make that their role in his future life.
Pain in the ALS Golf Day
Anyway, one of my bucket list ideas was to run a golf day, and here we are. Whether you are into golf or not please take a moment to have a read through and show your appreciation to all the sponsors and people / companies that have donated auction and raffle prizes.
I’d love to make this an annual thing that continues long after I’m gone. We are raising money for both the main MND Association and the local Gloucestershire branch who directly help and support those affected by MND here in Gloucestershire. Perhaps you’d like to be involved in the next one, if so please get in touch.
Supporting Motor Neurone Disease Association
Money raised from the event will be donated to both the main MND Association but also locally to the local Gloucestershire MND Branch which helps support over 60 people in Gloucestershire who are living with MND.
While I have no doubt winning will be uppermost in ‘every’ teams mind, the focus of this competition is fun and raising awareness and money for MND. With that in mind the format of the competition will be simple and we’ll throw in a few fun elements too.
- Stableford Scoring
- Best 3 scores on each hole to count in team competition
- All 4 scores count on the Par 3’s
- 2 x longest Drive on the 8 & 15 Holes
- 2 x Nearest the pin on the 3 & 17 Holes
- Two’s competition – £2.00 entry – win a share of the entry fund for every (gross) 2 you shoot.
- Mulligan’s – £2.50 each and 4 max per team
- There will be a putting competition in the evening
The following prizes are available
- Winning team & Runners up
- The individual with the lowest gross score
- Player with worst overall score
- Longest Drive & Nearest the Pin
We have been extremely lucky that a number of companies and individuals have offered us some incredible auction items for our inaugural golf day.
At the request of our professional auctioneer Rob Yorke of AMS Auctions we have kept the auction items and raffle prizes to a minimum but they really are outstanding.
Lot 1: Landrover Discovery Day – Donated by Russell Peake
Lot 2: Signed Gloucester Shirt – Donated by Jenny Innes
Lot 3: 4 Ball @ Wimbledon Park Golf Club with Champagne Afternoon Tea – Donated Wimbledon Park Golf Club
Lot 4: Six Nations – Scotland v England Package (accom & ticket) – Donated by Venatour
Lot 5: Wales v South Africa signed match ball – Donated by Events International
Lot 6: Stunning Villa in Quinta do Lago, Portugal (Sleeps 8) – Donated by Hugh Costelloe
If you’re not attending but would still like to place a bid, please contact me on [email protected]
We have again been extremely lucky that a number of companies and individuals have offered us some incredible raffle items some of which really are too good to give away.
- 4 balls at South Stafforshire and Brickhampton;
- A 1 hour golf lesson from Tom Motley (South Cerney)
- Bath v Gloucester Tickets
- Gloucester Rugby Tickets
- Cheltenham Town tickets
- Cheltenham Festival Hospitality (courtesy of Sam Hanks)
- Massage Treatments (Courtesy of AS Physiotherapy and Ladies Holistic Therapies
- Meal vouchers (County Kitchen and The BeeHive)
… and many more. Thank you so much for your generous donations.