Friday 21st June 2013, Midsummer’s Day and for once, the British weather was kind despite an unsettled week leading up to the
first South West Annual Fundraising Golf Day.
On arrival at Dainton Park guests were greeted at the registration desk and were each supplied with customised scorecards. After the competition format was explained in detail, it was clear to all from
the outset that this was to be no ordinary golf competition!
After registration, guests were provided with complimentary golf balls and tees, for a compulsory donation, which were kindly sponsored by Quality Marking Services and WJ Roadmarkings and each printed with the iconic Lighthouse Club logo.
Teeing off simultaneously from the first and the fifth tee, the glamorous course assistants Lucie and Esther ensured that the competition was underway with each of the 55 players teeing off on time and full of bacon rolls!
Included within the entry fee, each team had a full colour corporate banner produced and displayed on one of the tee-boxes around the course that was available to each team to take away with them at the end of the day. Throughout the round, players were subjected to two of the par 5 holes requiring players to swap balls with their partners and two par 4’s were restricted to only using one club and a putter. This provided some great entertainment as some players were restricted to attempting to exit the bunker on the 7th using a 3 wood!
The halfway hut was a welcomed site with fresh, hot pasties and refreshments, kindly sponsored by the region’s Chairman David Jeffery who was on hand with his wife June to ensure that each player was not going to go hungry! After a group photo, each player attempted to master the fabulous 8th hole. A 175 yard par 3, down hill and surrounded by bunkers. Today, a cash prize of £10,000 was up for grabs for sinking a hole-in-one and although Keith Curtis of Curtis Construction came very close, the cash was to
At the end of the round, each of the players had their scorecards swapped for a Lighthouse Club bag of goodies, including notepads, pens, keyrings, magnets, newsletters and the all important new members application form!
While the mathematical genius of Bruce Clark was underway to calculate the scores, each player feasted upon what is considered to be one of the best carvery lunches in the South West. At the same time,
the World Trick Shot Champion, Paul Barrington was setting himself up on the first tee in preparation of a show of golfing amazement. If you have never seen a ball hit 245 yards with a putter, or seen a low-fade, high-draw shot with an unconventional long iron then Paul Barrington is a must!
It was extremely entertaining watching Rob Bennett of Sphere Solutions getting completely confused with his left and right hands and the longest drive competition between Paul Barrington, James Harbron of Harbron Recruit, Rob Holland of Curtis Construction and Andrew Teuton of EnterpriseMouchel
virtually had everybody in tears of laughter.
After the trick-shot-show had finished, everyone returned inside the clubhouse for the all important prize ceremony. Each team of four had been split into pairs for the game whilst the scoring was a combination of all players. With the top four scores on six holes, the top three scores on six holes and the top two scores on the final six holes nobody had any idea of where they were to come on the leaderboard – So tension was high!
Greg Clark, our Membership Secretary addressed the audience and thanked all the teams for their support of the day. After informing everybody of the £440,000 in donations provided by The Lighthouse Club to 336 families and individuals in 2012 he proceeded with the prize awards.
Enterprise Mouchel won the prize for the Winning Team with Matthew Wonnacott, Andrew Teuton, Peter Heron, and Trevor Holloway returning a combined score of 111 stableford points. They were each presented with a bottle of fine Champagne and a ‘Nigel’, a custom made garden gnome, fully kitted out in golfing attire complete with a Lighthouse Club Flag! In addition they also received a four-ball voucher for a round of golf kindly donated by St. Mellion International Resort.
In comparison, Stirling Lloyd could only manage 52 points and secured last position. As such each player was to receive a bottle of sparkling water together with a four-ball voucher at the crazy golf centre in Paignton! Unfortunately however, as Stirling Lloyd were not available to collect their award it was handed to second-to-last place, Quality Marking Services for their gallant effort of securing 65 points.
The individual winning prize went to James Harbron of Harbron Recruit with a winning score of 40 points and he was presented with the glass engraved winner’s trophy, a bottle of fine whiskey and dinner for two at the TQ9 Champagne Bar and Restaurant courtesy of The Royal Seven Stars Hotel in Totnes.
Longest Drive sponsored by Stirling Lloyd and Nearest the Pin sponsored by Firewatch went to Steve Easterbrook and Keith Curtis, both from Curtis Construction who were each presented with a dozen balls
and a bottle of Champagne.
The two fundraising prizes during the trick-shot-show went to Gary Holland of Quality Marking Services and Rhydian Coward of Taylor Roberts who each won a four-ball voucher for a round of golf kindly donated by Dartmouth Golf and Country Club and Dainton Park.
The final prize for the golf awards was for the best-dressed player. This was initially a tough decision for the judge as there were some interesting clothing choices worn by the participants. Tony Green, the regional liaison officer for The Lighthouse Club was able to see each of the players whilst
sitting on the 8th tee as the impartial adjudicator for the £10,000 hole-in-one prize. He was most impressed with the Union Flag trousers of Steve Easterbrook who secured the prize of selected wines and
a sleeve of The Open 2013 Bollinger Balls, kindly donated by Totnes Wines!
It was a fabulous day, enjoyed by all at the superb Dainton Park golf club and our special thanks go to everybody who attended, to Dainton Park for being simply wonderful and accommodating and to the local businesses that supported with prize awards.
Simages Photography was on hand throughout the day capturing the golfing prowess of each team and player and all of the photographs can be viewed on Facebook