England (Midlands) Region
14 Jun 19
John Bandurak and Matt Cort defied monsoon conditions to share the first prize on offer in the Moor Hall Golf Club Pro-Am but the biggest winners were the Teenage Cancer Trust and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The two organisations shared the £20,000-plus sum raised by the 10th staging of the annual event organised by Moor Hall’s head PGA Professional Cameron Clark and club member Mark Jones.
That took the total raised for good causes since 2010 when Clark organised the first one to more than £160,000.
Clark was inspired to raise funds to help fight the battle against cancer following his mother’s death from the disease but never imagined how big and popular the day would become.
This year’s event was contested by more than 100 amateurs and 38 PGA Professionals, some of whom travelled from as far afield as Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall to support it.
Reflecting on how popular the day has become with pros and amateurs and the funds it has raised, Clark said: “I can’t believe how this golf day has grown.
“I could never have imagined when I started it that it would go on to raise the money it has. To say I’m humbled by the support I’ve had is a huge understatement.
Fundraisers (from left): Mark Jones (Moor Hall Golf Club), Charlotte Kendall (Teenage Cancer Trust), Sarrane Moreno (Birmingham Children’s Hospital), Grace Higgins (Teenage Cancer Trust) and Cameron Clark.
“None of it would have been possible without the involvement of everyone at Moor Hall, my fellow PGA pros, Mark Jones, the amateur golfers, sponsors and volunteers and staff from the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Teenage Cancer Trust. I can’t praise them highly enough.”
Sponsors of the event included Barclays Bank, Scolmore international Ltd, Jasmin Advisory LLP, and Wolverhampton Audi. In addition, a host of companies and individuals from the golf industry as well as friends and contacts of Clark and Jones donated auction items and spot prizes.
The auction, which included tickets for England rugby internationals at Twickenham, a brand new set of custom-fitted Titleist irons and hybrids, and a week at a holiday home in Devon, raised more than £7,000.
One prize, however, was not won: the Audi TT Coupé up for grabs for a hole-in-one at the par-three 17th. However, given the conditions which threatened the tournament’s completion, an amphibious vehicle might have been more appropriate.
Team effort: David Dixon (left) with the members of the Warren Jobe team
Bandurak, who represents Bloxwich Golf Club, enjoyed the best of them thanks to playing his round in the morning. He responded with a five-under-par round of 65 to amass 41 Stableford points.
Cort, who is attached to Beedles Lake Golf Club, Leicestershire, and is a member of the Great Britain and Ireland team that, captained by Clark, will contest the PGA Cup in the USA in September, went out in the afternoon and matched that score. As a result the pair each earned £675.
Two points further back on 39 after three-under-par rounds of 67 were Simon Lilly of De Vere Staverton Estate and Oakmere Park Golf Club’s Andy Willey.
The team prize was won by Warren Jobe which was led by David Dixon, another member of Clark’s PGA Cup team who, attached to Enmore Park Golf Club, travelled from Somerset to take part.
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