Golf day raises £7,500 for Isla Holliday memorial fund
Last updated at 12:37, Friday, 04 October 2013
A golf tournament held on Sunday in memory of a Seaton girl has made £7,500 for charity.
The Isla Holliday Memorial Golf Day at Maryport saw more than 100 players compete for thousands of pounds-worth of prizes.
They raised money for the Rainbow Trust, which helps children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses, and the Fairfield ward at Whitehaven’s West Cumberland Hospital.
Scott Taylor, 46, of Seaton, and Mark Keenan, 37, of Whitehaven, organised the event, which involved teams of two pitted against one another.
Scott, who has experience of planning tournaments, said: “The day was a huge success with about £7,500 raised for the charity.
“In total we had 107 entries who had a wonderful day starting from 8am and finishing about 12 hours later.
“The winners played out of their skins with a massive 45 points scored.
“It was a sunny day and everybody had a fantastic time.”
Mark added: “I have done a few golf tournaments and this was one of the best for the prizes given out. Everyone said it was a belter.”
Steven Wilson, 45, of Harrington, and Phil Green, 45, of Seaton, clinched the first prize of a stay plus a round of golf at the Matfen Hall Hotel, near Newcastle.
Steven said: “We are members at Maryport but turned up to support the charity. There was another team with a score of 43 but we came back with 45.”
Richard Birkett, of Moresby, Whitehaven, got closest to the pin, and Arthur Peers Junior, of Seaton, hit the longest drive in the competition by about 50 feet.
Local companies sponsored each of the golf course’s 18 holes at £100 each, while others donated prizes for the golfers. The teams each paid £50 to take part.
Isla, four, died after suffering from a rare genetic disease, sparking a huge fund-raising drive from mum Kelly, 34, family and friends.
Team Isla have already raised more than £40,000.
Mark decided to organise the event because he is friends with Isla’s father Phil.
The event’s main sponsor was Travis Perkins Broombys Ltd but it was also sponsored by Blue Circle and other local businesses.
Scott said: “The tournament could not have taken place had it not been for the help and support of the local businesses, supporters and volunteers. I would also like to thank the main co-ordinator Chris Robinson.”
The top prize, donated by Chamber and Harrison, was a car for the first competitor to hit a hole-in-one, but no one managed the feat.
First published at 12:11, Friday, 04 October 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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