Melton Lions Golf Tournament raises £7,000 for local youngsters

Lions and golfers gather at the first tee 
PHOTO: Tim Williams
Lions and golfers gather at the first tee PHOTO: Tim Williams
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Sunday’s annual Melton Lions Charity Golf Tournament produced some terrific sport and raised a superb £7,000 for disadvantaged local young people.

The popular annual event, which offers one of the best prize tables in Leicestershire attracted golfers from as far afield as Coventry, Northampton and Mansfield to Melton Golf Club, as well as plenty of pairs from the local area.

One of the youngest competitors Luke Mulla tees off 
PHOTO: Tim Williams

One of the youngest competitors Luke Mulla tees off PHOTO: Tim Williams

Davis Bailey and Ady Stokes took the top prize in a hotly-contested betterball stableford with 45 points, just a point ahead of the next four pairs who had to be separated on countback.

Organiser Derek Whitehouse was delighted with the results.

“We had a great day, despite the windy conditions,” he said. “Everyone enjoyed the event and it was pleasing to see that nearly 80 golfers came from other clubs outside the Melton area.

“We would like to thank our main sponsors, Browning Suzuki, NFU, Pearces, The Melton, Richard Barnes and TTS Shipping whose backing is greatly appreciated.

After battling windy conditions the first group finally reach the 18th green PHOTO: Tim Williams

After battling windy conditions the first group finally reach the 18th green PHOTO: Tim Williams

“We would also thank all our tee sponsors, all those who donated lots for the charity auction, and everyone who helped in any way.

“I would specially like to mention Melton Golf Club members who kindly pay to play their own course to support our cause.”

Results – Betterball Stapleford (Pairs): 1 David Bailey/Ady Stokes 45pts, 2 Brian Cole/Rob Smith 44pts ocb, 3 Billy Kevan/Victor Sproul 44pts ocb, 4 Sam Pollard/Mick Pollard 44pts ocb, 5 Andy Westwood/Andy Pedlar.

Nearest the pin – (5th) Tim Mortimer; (7th) Ian Hickman; (14th) Paul Blount; (16th) Tim Mortimer; (second shot) Steve Goddard.

Lions Golf Day prize winners PICTURE: Whitehouse Photography EMN-160823-191520002

Lions Golf Day prize winners PICTURE: Whitehouse Photography EMN-160823-191520002

Ladies: L. Ginty/J. Atherton 38pts. Best Mixed Pair: M. Thompson/A. Thompson 34pts. Longest Drive (men) George Boddy, (ladies) Lynn Williams.

Nearest the white line: Peter Cunniff. Putting: Steve Goddard.

* Melton Mowbray Lions Club considers requests, which may range from individual small items to college equipment or more, to help any disadvantaged young people in our area.

Overall winners David Bailey and Ady Stokes with Jenny Barnes, Lions president Brina Tate and event organiser Derek Whitehouse Picture: Whitehouse Photography EMN-160823-191508002

Overall winners David Bailey and Ady Stokes with Jenny Barnes, Lions president Brina Tate and event organiser Derek Whitehouse Picture: Whitehouse Photography EMN-160823-191508002