Leighton Buzzard Golf Club Golf Director
Our generous club golfers have donated £4,400 to a charity which provides high-quality specialist palliative care and support for people with life-limiting illnesses.
Members of the Plum Duffs, a group whose activities are managed by Geoff Dimmock, meet for weekly competitions at the course - and each year raise thousands of pounds for worthy causes.
For the second time in five years, the golfers decided to support Willen Hospice, the Milton Keynes charity whose fund raising manager Dawn Clark was on Thursday presented with a cheque after 120 golfers took part in the golfing event.
Dawn told guests that it costs around £3.6m a year to run the hospice, with around 75 per cent of the required funding being raised by charitable contributions from local people and organisations.
Since the Plum Duffs was formed 16 years ago, they have raised around £55,000 with £25,000 having been donated in the last six years to Willen Hospice, McMillan Nurses, Addenbrooke's hospital, Clic Sargent and Keech Cottage.
Says organisor Geoff: "Local businesses are very generous in their support for our charity day and we very much appreciate their contributions to help people of all ages receive expert care and support in their hour of need."
On the course, Nigel Chapman took top spot on countback from Nick Rathbone and Denis Leitch after all three finished with 40 points; George Darbyshire, Paul Ahmet and John Latimer finished with 39 points and Dave Hanley, Graham Avery, Mark Hammond and Terry Wright completed individual prize winning line-up with 38 points.
Joyce Young beat ladies vice captain Avril Simpson for the best female score of the day while there were nearest-the-pin prizes for Dennis Elliott, Steve Shepherd, Denis Leitch and Roy Virjee; longest drives by Tom Day and Andrew Money; the best back nine by Peter Malpass and best front nine by Steve Denisi, both carding 22 points. The hidden team prize was won by Nigel Chapman, Mel Glover, Richard Lancaster and Chris Ive.
Plum Duffs champion for the year was Geoff Smith with Phil Coumbe runner-up, and there were special prizes for Tony Savidge and Steve Dimmock.
Pictured : Willen Hospice funding raising manager Dawn Clark with a cheque for £4,400 raised by Plum Duffs golfers organised by Geoff Dimmock, pictured centre with winners and supporters.
Bronze A division golfer Vicki Pratt won the Ladies EWGA medal with a nett 74 and will represent the club in the regional finals of the competition next year. She beat Silver division medal winner Sandra Bellis on countback while Sue Preston was top finisher in the Bronze B division with a nett 80.
Other congratulations go to Nick King and Dave Roberts for winning the Denis Jordan Trophy after they beat Dennis Elliott and Peter Brennan in the final. Derek Shaw beat Dave Sweetnam in the final of the Lucking Cup and Sandra Bellis teamed up with Ian Alexander to win the Davis Cup after beating Lesley Bednarek and Mike Turonck in the final.
I'm sure many of you watched the Ryder Cup last weekend, yes it's a shame the United States won but they did have to play incredibly well to achieve it. To me it was a great exhibition of golf which was played in a great atmosphere, apart from some spectators. With both sides showing the passion they have for both the game and the winning.
On the first tee on the first morning's foursomes watching Justin Rose swing the club with such smoothness is something we can all learn from, there must have been some nerves there yet he still maintained his rhythm. Many players start panicking on the first tee and just want it over and done with as soon as possible, which is understandable when you're not confident, so it's even more important to concentrate on your rhythm to swing the club smoothly to get a better result from your first tee shot.
In the shop we still have the fantastic 50% OFF SALE on selected ladies Daily Sports clothing and 30% OFF FootJoy white shoes.
We also have the new range of Under Armour Autumn clothing in store now, so why not come in and see what's to your liking and will keep you warm while playing.
This week's events:
Saturday 8th October: Men v Aspley Guise: 11.40pm-1.00pm
Sunday 9th October: President v The Club: 12.00pm-1.30pm. Junior 9 hole stableford: 3.30pm-4.30pm.
Monday 10th October: No reservations
Tuesday 11th October: Ladies Monthly Stableford: 1st tee 10.15am-2.30pm, 10th tee 10.30am-2.30pm
Wednesday 12th October: Men's Midweek Medal: 7.30am-1.00pm
Thursday 13th October: No reservations
Friday 14th October: Olde Forresters Charity Golf day: Both 1st & 10th tees 8.30am-4.00pm. Shotgun start 10.30am.
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Maurice Campbell, Leighton Buzzard Golf Club, Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3JF
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