GOLFERS with driving ambition have raised thousands of pounds for three good causes.
Sharpley Golf Centre in Seaton collected £3,600 for British Disabled Golf, Help for Heroes and Veterans at Ease, with the help of former SAFC midfielder Micky Horswill, boxer Glenn McCrory, and 23 teams of keen putters.
The first charity golf tournament the club has held was hailed a success when cheques were presented to each charity.
Veterans at Ease, which helps current and former military personnel to deal with post-traumatic stress, received £1,600, Help for Heroes, which supports wounded soldiers, was given £800, and British Disabled Golf, which organise golfing events for those with illness, injury and long-term disabilities, £1,200.
The course’s owner Simon Weightman, said: “Sharpley Golf was extremely happy to be able to help raise money for these worthy causes.
“Thankfully, the weather was also good to us and everyone had a good day.
“We are keen to improve the provision of golf for the disabled, particularly in relation to the design of a simple system to assist wheelchair-bound persons, where, at all possible, to stand up and swing in the driving range.
“We are committed to helping everyone enjoy a round.”
A two-minutes silence was held at the beginning of the charity celebrity amateur golf event to mark the day and hour that the funeral of drummer Lee Rigby. – the soldier from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who was killed by two men near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London.
Mr Horswill, who headed up one of the golf teams at the event, handed out the cheques to the charities.
“We are extremely pleased with how this fund-raising has gone,” added Simon.
“This all started because we want to be able to help people with disabilities to enjoy golf, and this money contributes towards my ultimate aim of them being able to do that.”
The golf day was the first of its kind to be hosted by the course, and welcomed more than 80 golfers who took up the challenge, joining forces with the celebrities as they took to the course.
The games were followed by an auction.