Leighton Buzzard golfers have raised thousands of pounds for a children’s charity during a meltdown week of activities organised by club Captain Tim Mitchell and Ladies Captain Oonagh Russell and their support-teams.
More than 200 members of the Plantation Road club took part in a variety of social and golfing activities to raise funds for the Keech hospice centre which provides a range of support measures for children with life threatening illnesses and their families.
Last year, the club donated £28,000 to Milton Kaynes based charity Emily’s Star and whilst fund raising will continue for another five months or so, skippers Tim and Oonagh are well on their way to raising a similar amount which will be presented to Keech hospice early next year.
Day-long Captains Day “full house” activities on Saturday concluded with skipper Tim thanking members for their support and generosity before the Maurice Lesley traditional Scottish drinking cup was presented to competition winner Charlie Thompson, a 50-year old operations manager in his second year as a member of the Leighton club.
Charlie carded an impressive 43 points, winning the event on “countback” by scoring more points on the last nine holes to pip Jack McGarry, with Keith Edmunds third with 42 points, beating James Pratt on countback. There were other golfing prizes won by George Elford, Graham Magill, Farida Cerosio, Sue Preston and Carmen White-Lawes.
Last Tuesday’s Ladies Captain day was a huge success for Oonagh Russell and her support team. The golf competition was won by retired hairdresser AnneTilbury with 42 points, with Jackie Stimpson Division One runner-up. Carmen White-L:awes was Division Two winner with 41 points, two shots clear of runner-up Judi Malpass, while Division Three winner was Joanna Cox with 39 points, a shot clear of runner-up Judith Harper.
In other recent club events:
Carmen White-Lawes is the new Senior ladies champion, hitting a nett 70 to beat current vice captain Barbara Rickard by two shots.
Angela Samuels won the coveted Ladies Rosewear Bowl after carding 35 points, with long-time friend Jackie Phelps pipping Anne Tilbury on countback after they both finished with 33 points.
Big-hitting Chris Chehade beat more than 100 club colleagues to win Leighton’s May Medal – thanks to a tie-breaking better score on the last nine holes.
CHARITY CHAMPIONS: Club captain Tim Mitchell with winners Charlie Thompson, AnneTilbury and Ladies Captain Oonagh Russell , and Gill McDougal who presented the silver drinking bowl donated in memory if her father, a much respected long time member of the Leighton club.