Buckingham Golf Club raise £5,000 for local charity

David Briggs, Dorothy Dodd, Geoff Robb and Simon Eckless hand over the cheque to local charity PACE
David Briggs, Dorothy Dodd, Geoff Robb and Simon Eckless hand over the cheque to local charity PACE

While on-course activities at Buckingham Golf Club are relatively light, last year’s captains were busy passing on much-needed funds to the local charity PACE.

PACE does wonderful work helping children with developmental difficulties lead a fulfilled life.

The golf club’s connection with PACE has been strong for several years, aided primarily by the impressive efforts of the club’s PGA Professional, Gregor Hannah.

Gregor and his brother put their bodies through an extreme test as they cycled hundreds of miles last summer through the Italian Alps, taking on and conquering the infamous Passo Stelvio.

Captains of all sections of the club were proud to support PACE and had the pleasure of handing over a cheque for nearly £5,000 to PACE fundraising and marketing manager, Simon Ekless.

The money will be used to purchase a new i15 communication system, which will allow children to learn to control their environment and to play independently rather than watching passively or being dependent on carers.

Meanwhile, both casual and competitive golf have continued almost uninterrupted out on the course despite the recent horrific weather.

In the first of three men’s stableford competitions this month, David Roberts took the honours with 34 points, two ahead of David Gibson.

Scoring conditions the following Sunday were particularly tough, with youngster Michael Schofield (playing off 3) coming out on top with 29 points, one clear of Mark Rimell (playing off 1).

David Roberts was again on the podium, as he beat Robbie Macpherson on countback for third spot. Finally, Graham Shaw battled through foul conditions to win the third competition with 35 points, three ahead of David Folkes. Peter Davidson was third.