Charity golf day in Grantham attracts a record entry and raises £7k

Belton Park Charity Am-Am: Emma Gannon (Kia) and Tina Dingley (St Barnabas Hospice). Photo: Toby Roberts
Belton Park Charity Am-Am: Emma Gannon (Kia) and Tina Dingley (St Barnabas Hospice). Photo: Toby Roberts
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A record entry of 43 teams took part in this year’s Belton Park Charity Am-Am, strengthening its claim of being one of the most successful such events in the region.

The event, in its 28th year, raised more than £7,000 for this year’s chosen charities – the British Heart Foundation, St Barnabas Trust, Parkinson’s UK and English and Welsh Blind Golf.

Blessed with good weather, the day’s golf included an 18-hole Am-Am competition and a nine-hole Texas Scramble, both of which were keenly contested and resulted in some impressive scores.

This year, thanks to the generosity of Victor Wood Kia, players had the added Hole in One Challenge with a number of attractive prizes on each of the par three holes, including the a new Kia Sportage for anyone lucky enough to manage an ace on the 17th.

Andy Doyle, general manager of Victor Wood Grantham, said: “Kia is all about family and bringing people together, so we are proud to have supported Belton Park Charity Am-Am  and aided their efforts in raising money for so many worthy charities, including St Barnabas Hospice, Grantham, which is close to our hearts.”

Further sponsors of the day included Routen Chaplin Ltd and The Eden House Hotel and Wine Bar.

Following the presentation of prizes by club captain Paul Screen there was a draw sponsored by The Reindeer Inn in Long Bennington, which raised a record £650 for the St Barnabas Trust.

Later, an auction conducted by Charles Hine attracted lively bidding for a number of sports-related lots, including golf for four on the famous West Coast of Ireland course, Lahinch, that raised £700.

Leading results:

1st – Gary Tupper and team, 89pts

2nd – Andy Pickering and team, 87pts

3rd – Dave Rees and team, 84pts

4th – Robyn Harris and team, 81pts

5th – David Valerio and team, 80pts

6th – David Hope and team, 80pts

Texas Scramble:

Winners – Charles Hine and team, 22.0

Longest drives – Ladies Issie Guest and Anna Clark, and gents Ed Glenn and Will Hopkins