Hottest day of the year so far brings out a large entry for the Adam Philby Golf Shield
The early mist was soon cleared by the strong sun making the 23rd of March the hottest day of the year so far. Woodbridge Park Golf Club was hosting the first ever Adam Philby Skatepark Fund Golf Day for the Adam Philby Golf Shield.
The Fund was set up over two years ago to raise money to upgrade the Skatepark facilities in Tetbury, following the death of Adam in a car accident aged just 20 and 3 days.
Ross at the Golf Club had suggested the idea to Malc, Adams dad and Roger Lewendon a long term member. The competition took shape and the organisers had planned on around 20 teams of 3 to compete in the Stableford format.
As it happened thanks to much hard work from Roger a total of 36 teams eventually teed off on the sunny Friday. The day was sponsored by local business Tetbury Hardware owned by Malc and Lizzie Phiby. All the staff at the Club had worked hard to get the course as good as possible and with the weather it played at its best, if a little soft on the fairways.
After some good, bad and some indifferent shots the competition was over around 4.30 and the cards checked and counted.
At the presentation, which he said was emotional as, he and Adam had played the course just a week before his death, some 125 weeks previous, Malc thanked all those who had made the day possible, those who had given their time to marshall the course and all those who had donated prizes for the day.
He hoped that the event would become an annual one and when the Skatepark was completed the money raised would be used for Youth Projects in the surrounding area. Judging by the after match discussion this will not be a problem in future years.
The event has raised over £2,300 for the Fund,
for which the trustees are very grateful.
The winners on the day with a fine 97 points were a late entry from Tetbury aptly called “The Bandits” consisting of John Gray, Les West and John Bubb, second with 93 were Chris Bell, Derek Barrowman and Steve Chivers and in third with 92 was Dean Saunders, Gareth Cassidy and Tom Pike.
The longest Drive of the day on the 16th was achieved by John Bubb from the winning team and Nearest the Pin was Norman Ashby.
James Broughton, son of Trevor and a local PGA professional gave his time for a “beat the Pro” at the 8th for a £1, returning £2 to any winners. The Fund thanks him and are pleased that he was only beaten by 4 other players all day.
None of the fantastic “Hole in One” prizes including a car were won but a weeks holiday for 4 in Spain courtesy of Trevor and Lyn Broughton was won by Lyndon Northwood, from Tetbury, whose other claim to fame was that he appeared on the Weakest Link.
Malc and Lizzie would like to thank all those involved for supporting them, today and since their tragic loss and they are sure the Big man Adam is looking down with immense pride.
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