The first Golf Day for this charity was held at Foxhills Country Club and Resort on Monday 6th June and it raised sufficient funds to enable more grants of up to £5,000 each to be awarded to those worthy projects supporting young people across the county.

21 teams of 4 competed for the HSYA Trophy and each of the 84 golfers was also able to compete for other prizes:
straightest drive
the nearest the pin on par 3s
nearest the hole on a very long putt on the 18th green (the winner actually sank this monster putt).

A Hole in One Prize of £30,000 was on offer, but nobody won it, alas, for it would have been equally shared with the charity.

he teams set off after being able to enjoy a fine breakfast. There was a shotgun start, so everyone teed off at the same time at whichever hole they’d been allocated to play first. Half way round they paused for superb Italian cold meats and cheese, with wine and beers to accompany them. Peter Lee, Chairman of the HSYA, oversaw the running of this operation, occasionally no doubt sampling what was on offer.

After the round was over, the players had time to relax outside the clubhouse in the sunshine before dinner.

HSYA Charity Golf Day

Jackie Alliss, thewife of the famous golfer and commentator, and her son Simon, who works in professional golf on the European Tour, were special guests at the dinner and received a very warm welcome, as did Ken Schofield who’d been on the committee for the event, the ever-popular former Director of the European Golf Tour from 1975-2004. Items auctioned during dinner included rounds of golf at Sunningdale, Swinley Forest, Littlestone, NZGC, The Wisley and Tandridge, a chance to have a portrait painted by a distinguished young portrait artist, a 7-course dinner at the Michelin starred Sorrel restaurant in Dorking. Tickets for sporting events were also auctioned as was a chance to fly Concorde on the simulator at Brooklands Museum.

Such a successful day was due to the generosity of the sponsors Wates, Srixon and Keltbray; members of the committee, in particular Shahid Azeem, who was the driving force behind the event and Brendan Reynolds - whose vast experience of organising charity golf days was invaluable, as were his links with Foxhills who provided HSYA with outstanding support throughout the planning, preparation and delivery of this very successful Golf Day. Special thanks also goes to Josie Perkins from Wates.

It is hoped that next year another such day will be arranged.

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