Hindhead Golf Club
Thursday 2nd March 2017
The recent annual Captains Drive-In at Hindhead Golf Club, saw the official hand over to a new team of captains for 2017. It also saw the end of a year of fund raising with more than £30,000 donated to local charities.
During 2016, a number of events organised by the captains, and supported by members, resulted in £22,017.95 being presented to Challengers Children’s Charity by Club Captain Steve Burton, with the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice receiving £5879.00 from Ladies’ Captain Karen Hawkins.
Monies were raised from a combination of raffles, a Pro Am day, summer Club Ball, the Farnham Lions charity golf day which raised £7,700, and member Andrew Dodd’s Prudential Ride London sponsorship money of £2,700.
Challengers Children’s Charity has play and youth centres in Guildford and Farnham, where disabled children and young people can play, challenge themselves, relax, and make friends. In total, 533 children and young people attend the Farnham schemes, and for Hindhead alone there are 12 families who use their services.
As well as the Hindhead ladies raising money for Phyllis Tuckwell , the charity organises bag collections of old clothes, and over the year a staggering 182 bags of unwanted clothes were donated by the ladies , who enjoyed clearing out their wardrobes. This should raise an additional £3600. Phyllis Tuckwell is the only Hospice Care service for adult patients, and their families, living with cancer or another terminal illness across the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire.
The incoming captains have also selected a number of local charities for 2017. New Club Captain Mark Riley will split his money raised between the Meath Epilepsy Charity in Godalming and The Peter Alliss Masters Powered Wheelchair Crusade. Peter Alliss is an Honorary Life member at Hindhead. New Ladies’ Captain Sam Dodd will be supporting The Simon Trust in Farnham, a charity that supports adults with autism.
Despite a wet murky start, the traditional Captains' Drive-In witnessed the new captains driving off from the 1st tee. Incoming Ladies’ Captain Sam Dodd excelled with three beautiful drives to the centre of the fairway, and new Junior Captain Charlie Corner maintained the tradition of outdriving the Club Captain, with a distance so far that no one could actually see where it landed! This was followed by a busy field of competitors battling soggy conditions in a shotgun team stableford competition. The winning team with the best two scores, carded an amazing 99 points. And a raffle got the years fundraising off to a good start with £420 raised.
Children and volunteers at the Challengers Farnham centre receiving the cheque from Hindhead Club's 2016 Captain Steve Burton and Beth Williams the Club's Administrator.