Stoke Rochford Hosts Army Benevolent Day Charity Golf Competition and raises £13,000 + on the day.
Friday 22nd May saw Stoke Rochford Golf Club host the second ABF Charity Golf Competition, following the success of the initial competition in 2013. The competition was organised by the Club’s President, Neil McCorquodale.
22 teams of four players took part in a shotgun start 4-ball better-ball stableford competition. Players came from as far afield as Northumberland and the south coast, and 14 of the 22 teams had played in the previous competition.
Following a week in which the Club hosted its Spring Open and the Seniors Open, the course was in excellent condition, a fact remarked upon by almost all of the teams. The scoring was of a high standard, with xx teams scoring more than 80 points against a standard scratch of 72.
The winning team – The Boston Stranglers – captained by John Burke, and helped by Andrew Mann, Michael Peacock and Jonathan Powell scored 87 points, scraping home by a point from the second team, the Ginger Nuts, captained by George Woodhouse. 8 teams scored more than 80 points.
There was a special prize, won by The Foxes, captained by Darby Dennis, and three individual prizes – longest drive (men) won by , Longest Drive (ladies), won by , and nearest the pin at the 12th hole, won by
Following the competition, the players all sat down for a fine lunch, during which “Colonel” Nick Stuart conducted an auction for some great prizes. Top offer was for a round of golf for two at Sunningdale, with Paul McGinley, but other prizes included a round of golf for four at Royal St Georges, a night at the Albert Hall with Jools Holland, tickets, including a “Meet and Greet” to an Earth, Wind and Fire concert at the O2 Arena, and two VIP Tickets for the Edinburgh Tatoo.
In all, the day raised more than £13,000 for the Army Benevolent Fund. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of the charity, and his support for the Club, Stoke Rochford’s Captain, Jeff Purdy presented Club President Neil McCorquodale with a framed aerial photograph of the course.