England (Midlands) Region
11 Oct 17
The amount raised from this year’s PGA Midlands Captain’s Charity Pro-Am has exceeded the expectations and hopes of Keith Williams, the organiser.
Williams, the region’s captain for 2017 and head PGA Professional at Hawkstone Park, Shropshire, had set a target of raising £1,500 from the event.
Two thirds of that was earmarked for cancer charity Macmillan with the remainder going to The PGA Benevolent Fund.
Now, as a result of the day raising half as much again as the original target, the charities will collect £1,500 and £750 respectively.
“The amount raised has exceeded my expectations,” said Williams (right)
“Everybody has been very generous, especially the sponsors and people who took part in the raffle. That raised £455 which was a real bonus.”
Williams explained that Macmillan had been chosen as one of the beneficiaries because of a three-year tie up with Hawkstone Park.
The PGA Benevolent Fund, meanwhile, was selected due to the invaluable help it gives to Association members who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own.
“The fund helps pros of all ages,” Williams explained. “Sadly that includes an increasing number of younger members these days.
“The region’s chairman (Craig Phillips) is a keen supporter of the Benevolent Fund and I’m happy the pro-am has given its funds a boost.”
As well as paying tribute to the sponsors and 72 players who took part in the event, Williams singled out the Hawkstone Park greenkeepers for their efforts to ensure the course was playable.
“It rained a lot before the day and the greenkeepers did a superb job,” he said.
One player delighted the event went ahead was Staverton Park’s Simon Lilly (top).
“He won the individual prize and was a member of the winning team so his long journey from Northamptonshire was very worthwhile,” Williams added.
Lilly, who went out last and posted a four-under par round of 68, pipped Sutton Coldfield’s Andrew Cheese for victory by a shot courtesy of a birdie at the par-four 16th to claim the £640 winner’s cheque.
In addition, he earned £125 for leading his team to victory with a score of 15-under, three shots clear of the quartets captained by Daniel Whitby-Smith (Whittington Heath), Barrie Stevens (Beau Desert) and Danny Taylor (Robert Rock Golf Academy).
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