Melton Lions Golf Tournament raises £8,000

Melton Lions Golf Tournament winners - 2015

Melton Lions Golf Tournament winners - 2015

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Record numbers of players turned out on Sunday to make this year’s Melton Lions’ 23rd annual charity golf tournament another huge success.

Melton Golf Club member Tim Buxton won alongside his friend Martin Crossland, from Whitley Bay Golf Club, with a score of 42 points.

Organiser Derek Whitehouse said: “For the first time this year we decided to change the tournament into a pairs competition.

“We are delighted that a record 165 golfers took to the course for a fantastic day’s sport.”

The day started in sunshine and despite late afternoon wind and rain, nothing dampened the spirits of the players.

The event, which is one of the Lions’ two biggest money spinners in their annual programme, has raised around £8,000 with all profits going to help disadvantaged young people in the area.

At the evening prize presentations and charity auction, Mr Whitehouse thanked Melton Golf Club for hosting the event, and particularly the greens staff and artisan helpers for the excellent course condition.

He also thanked the major sponsors for backing the tournament - Browning Suzuki, NFU Mutual, Pearce the Jewellers, Richard Barnes, The Melton Building Society and TTS Shipping - as well as all the individual tee sponsors and everyone who donated lots for the charity auction and raffle which raised almost £2,273.

He added: “I would specially like to single out the generous members of Melton Golf Club who were prepared to pay to play their own course to support this wonderful cause. We really do appreciate it.”

Prize winners:–

Overall winners Tim Buxton/Martin Crossland 42pts ocb, 2 Peter Poolan/David Poolan 42, 3 Neil Eaves/Ann Langfield 41ocb, 4 Ian Newcombe/Greg Dyer 41, 5 Paul Gough/Michael Haines 40ocb.

Mixed Pair: Phil Millward/Dorothy Jaggers 40pts ocb. Ladies’ Pair: Leah Radford/Sue Hitchman 35ocb. Nearest-the-Pin (5th) Nigel Roberts; (7th) Andrew Bryant; (14th) Paul Coope; (16th) Mick Curtis. Men’s Longest Drive: Sam Pollard. Ladies’ Longest Drive: Sue Hitchman. Nearest-the-Pin in two: Barry Hubbard. Nearest white line: John Baxter. Putting: 1 Graham Naylor, 2 Kevin Robertson.