Oct 4th, 2016
Charity event raises record UK amount
£141,000 raised at Stoke Park
Words: John Dean
A golf day at Stoke Park Country Club has raised over £140,000 for charity, which is thought to be the highest amount ever raised in one day at a UK golf club.
The pro-am tournament, which was hosted by Sam Torrance OBE, raised in total £141,000 for JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity, at the Buckinghamshire golf club.
The amount raised was even higher than the £116,000 that was raised at Wentworth earlier this year, in a charity golf day led by Gary Player.
Torrance, who was Europe’s winning captain in 2002, headed the field of top professionals and keen amateurs.
He said: “It’s great that we have been able to raise so much money for JDRF. Praise should also go to the staff at Stoke Park who produced a fantastic course for the occasion.”
It was the sixth outing for this annual event, promoted by the Professional Golfers Association and Stoke Park, and it utilised a unique scoring system in which professionals only win money when scoring birdies or eagles.
Ultimately, the event finished in a four-way tie for the pros, with last year’s winner Andy Raitt, from St George’s Hill, Matthew Dearden, from Cardiff, Rob Edwards, from Swanmore GC, in Hampshire, and Chris Gane, from Silvermere GC, sharing the £15,000 professional pot.
Sky Sports presenter James Haddock joined Torrance in the evening to perform the role of master of ceremonies, when a number of auction prizes helped the total reach the impressive figure.