Not even the bad weather and torrential downpours could stop the Golf Foundation‘s 26th Pro-Am, staged at the London Golf Club in Kent on Monday, from being a huge success.
Supporters of junior grass roots golf from the fields of business, media and sports came together for the golf charity’s annual event to raise around £19,000.
Over the last eight years the Golf Foundation’s annual event, which dates back to the foundation’s first Pro-Am in 1986, has helped raise more than £160,000 to help the foundation reach children from all backgrounds and abilities through golf.
With a strong backing from the European Tour, the Tour players and invited members from the Ladies European tour led 22 teams in competition despite play being suspended at one point due to heavy rain.
The winning team – with 87 points in a better-ball stableford – was ‘Team Wembley’, led by Heath Harvey. They were followed by London Golf Club members, who came in second place, and Tractor Hire, who finished third.
Recognizing the value of the Golf Foundation’s ‘HSBC Golf Roots’ programmes, which aims to teach not only the technical skills of golf, but also life skills, the European Tour and the Golf Foundation work together to celebrate the legacy of the Foundation’s founding father and former golf professional, Sir Henry Cotton.
The programme hopes to have reached one million youths a year by 2013.
“We would like to offer a huge thank you to all the teams who took part and helped us to raise money for an excellent cause,” said Mike Round, the Chief Executive of Golf Foundation.
“Our team is indebted once again to The European Tour for their great support and experience in staging this event. We received many comments about how much the Tour players enjoyed helping their teams to get around and score well. As a group they couldn’t have been more friendly and supportive to all the guests.
“On a day of bad weather, we cannot praise London Golf Club’s greenkeeping and golf course staff enough for their skill and hard work in maintaining an excellent golf course. Our team would also like to commend London Golf Club General Manager Austen Gravestock and his staff for making everyone feel so welcome.”