All over for another year
So thats it, done, finished, finito! Charlies Trophy is over for another year, all the headaches and stress involved in the planning are over (until next years planning starts!) but what a fantastic day.
124 good humoured golfers supported the American themed July 4th golf event. The weather lived up to the unfortunate predictions and offered extended periods of rain, particularly to those who were teeing off later in the day, but despite this a fantastic day was had by all.
The day included both a pairs and team stableford competition with also 20+ individual prizes up for grabs, main sponsor System6 Kitchens of Exeter put up a £10,000 kitchen for a hole-in-one, embracing the days theme Uncle Sam was in attendance, supervising the various events including, a putting competition ,Baseball & Texas Holdem Poker games.
The charity golf day named after Firewatch CEO Martin Smith’s 3 ½ year old grandson Charlie Lawlor, was to raise awareness of Rubinstein – Taybi Syndrome (RTS).With the main beneficiary being the RTS support group, the money raised, help fund the support groups bi-annual weekend meetings, where families with RTS members get together to both support each other and assist researchers in understanding the syndrome which effects just 1 in 125,000 babies born in the UK.
This year the beneficiaries was expanded , enabling organiser Martin Smith to make donation’s to local charities - The Action for Children Torbay Centre, Children’s Hospice SW, The Alice Cross Centre at Teignmouth, Chicks Charity , Wooden Spoon and the Newton Abbot Rotary Club.
Renowned trick shot golf maestro David Edwards performed some amazing tricks and local table magician Peter Baffles, entertained the golfers over their American themed BBQ – on the course local professionals Rich Woods & Billy Hemstock helped the golfers by playing a shot or two for them.
The mixed weather did not deter the golfers who produced some credible scores, the pair’s winners with 72 points were Peter Knapp & Steve Seymour guests of the Jelf Group, followed one shot behind by James & Rich Harbron representing Darnell’s and in third were Ryan Pope & Alistair Ross representing Genting Casino.
The winners of Charlie’s Trophy were the Jelf Group team – Peter Knapman, Steve Seymour, Darren Green and Terry Lee scoring 135 points, second were Darnell’s and third the team from Wollen Michelmore. Some interesting individual prizes were contested for including nearest the Bud (Budweiser) nearest the Jack (Jack Daniel) and nearest to Mickey Mouse, all with appropriate prizes in keeping with the name.
Martin Smith thanked everybody for supporting the day “When we raised £10,240 last year I thought that was amazing but to raise nearly £2,000 more, was nothing more than outstanding, particularly pleasing as it enabled us to give donations to local charities as well as the RTS Support Group; I want to thank the sponsors and many businesses and individuals who made the monies raised possible, particularly System6 Kitchens.Though the highlight for me was to see little Charlie walking around the clubhouse, something the family have been hoping for, for a very long while”