Aug 8th, 2016
Sam Torrance helps Pro Am raise £140,000
At Stoke Park charity day
Words: John Dean Photography: Stoke Park
Sam Torrance was the day's host as one of the UK's biggest pro-am golf tournaments raised a staggering £141,000 for charity at Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel.
Sam headed the field of top professionals and keen amateurs who were looking to raise funds for JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity.
After the event, Torrance 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. The greens, in particular, were superb - as good as any I've played on in England during my career."
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 Sam in the evening to perform the role of Master of Ceremonies, when a number of auction prizes help the total reach the impressive figure.
During the winter of 2015/16, every bunker on the Colt course - the first nine holes of the historic 27-hole layout designed by the eponymous Harry Colt - underwent major renovation to both shape and size, as part of a seven-figure investment in a facelift of the whole course.