Well, where did this season go??
Yesterday saw the Ladies Captains' team take on the Ladies Vice Captains' team or pink versus blue !!
This is always a lovely day, with some competative team golf played in the best of spirits. The teams took to the tee at 11.30 on a decent autumn day, and mostly played in dry but rather windy conditions. Some very well picked teams by the "team leaders"meant that the teams could not be separated, and we were waiting on the last teams in to determine the scores, always a good sign! Eventually it all ended in a very amicable and friendly half. Well done to both teams.
Ladies changed into their finery, and then on to the evening get together with a welcome glass of wine or juice provided by myself and Carole. The ladies took their places with their playing partners for the meal.
We were joined by Mr. Simon Howarth neuro-surgeon who came straight from the operating theatre at Queens Medical Centre to collect the charity cheque from this years' ladies section fundraising. Such is the call on Simon's time that he could not stay for the meal, as he was on call for the rest of the evening. He gave a fantastic resume of how the money raised would be spent, and indeed what a difference this money would make. He also spent some time telling the ladies of some of the advances made in recent years and the improvements made on diagnosis and indeed the difference that is slowly being made in actually prolonging the life of some of the children diagnosed with tumours. Now some 70% will have a chance of seeing adulthood, which compared with only 10 years ago, this figure was around 50%. A vast improvement, but still a long way to go. Simon praised the ladies on their fundraising achievements, and thanked them for inviting him to come and collect the cheque. It actually made me feel that we perhaps should not be taking this young man away from all the important work that he does, but he said he was delighted to be asked, and was only sorry that he could not stay for dinner.
I must say thank you to all of the staff for the fabulous meal. Karen and her team, and Nick, Matt and Jack pulled out all the stops and provided some excellent food, so thank you.
On to the main event of the evening, the presentation to the winners of this years summer trophies, eclectic, par and birdie winners and the most improved lady golfer. A special congratulations to Julia Hatcher who has had a fantastic year, and consequently picked up several trophies on the way, so well done Julia. Tish Applewhite was named most improved lady golfer - congratulations Tish. Pam Robinson was another multiple winner, as was Jane Tucker and Miyako Williams. Congratulations to all of our winners, it is nice to see some new ladies coming through and winning too.
A final thank you to each and every member at Newark Golf Club in helping me raise such a fantastic amount for my charity this year. Brain Tumour Research is now benefitting from your generosity. It made me very proud to present a cheque for £8036.50 to this cause which as you all know is close to my heart.