Charity Golf Days at BGC 

The Variety Golf Christmas Invitational – 29th November 2019 
 
A great day was had by all for Samantha Head’s inaugural Variety Golf Christmas Invitational at Bedfordshire Golf Club on Friday 29th November. Nearly £4000 was raised for Variety – The Children’s charity, which provides Sunshine Coaches to disabled and disadvantaged children. 
 
Variety Golf is a 54-year-old charity which includes celebrities at every event. Bedfordshire Golf Club hosted John Conteh MBE and Kevin Whately (Inspector Morse), with John Conteh MBE taking a Q&A and then running an auction during the prize giving. 
 
The weather was very kind to us, and the course held up well considering the huge amount of rain that fell in the week. 56 golfers joined the day adorned with Christmas jumpers and were very complementary about the course, food and staff, with guests arriving from the south coast the night before. The breakfast baps were a welcome start to the day, followed by 18 holes of golf, a halfway hut including coffees, teas, mince pies and the odd tipple, kindly manned by two academy members Jayne Stringer and Gale Endersby. The golf was followed by the chef's Christmas Lunch, prize giving, auction and raffle. 
 
The scores were spectacular, with everyone having a lot of fun and banter on the day. The top results were as follows; 
1st Place 98 points – John Conteh MBE, Matthew Evans, Krishna Sooriah, Iain Farlie 
2nd Place 96 points – Dave Etheridge, Stuart Endersby, Richard Caunt, Tristan Endersby 
3rd Place 91 points - Mark Weeden, Martin Hughes, Kevin O’Shaughnessy, Andrew Davies 
4th Place 91 points – Daniel Sim, Grant Gallafent, James O’Connor, Guy Moliterno 
Best Individual – Ricky Mundy 46 points (gross 72) 
Sam with the winning team, including former World Light-Heavyweight Champion Boxer, John Conteh 
John Conteh running the auction 
Variety Golf is a charity that raises money through golf events and hosted by Celebrities. Samantha Head is the Corporate Partnership Manager alongside Jamie Little, Director of Golf. In 2020 Variety golf has raised enough money to donate 20 coaches in the UK. They also work closely with ‘Golf for disabled children’ who have given over 4000 disabled children the chance to play golf this year. 
 
The money raised is the start of a mission for Samantha to bring another Sunshine Coach to a local school in Bedford. If anyone knows of a school in need of a coach, please feel free to contact Sam on sam@varietygolf.org.uk 
 
This will be an annual event with another day to be organised in the summer. Samantha would like to thank everyone for braving the weather at this time of year and their generosity through donations, raffle and the auction and looking forward to starting the plan for next year. 
Previous Charity Events at Bedfordshire Golf Club 
Bedford Hospital Charity Golf Day - 7th June 
 
BGC hosted the Bedford Hospital Charity golf day for the 17th time last week, with a strong representation from members. The course was in magnificent condition, and the Chairman of the charity, Debbie Inskip, thanked the club and all whom attended in order to support the event. 
 
As to the results, all teams were under par for the day, and only 3 points separated the top 5 teams. 
Last year's winners, comprising of Clive Haywood, John Simpson, Peter Wilson and Neil Tabraham (aka The Defenders) came a very close 3rd; having scored 86 points, they were only beaten on a countback of the last 6 holes. 
Pipping them to second place were the team 'All Roads lead to Sintra', comprising Richard Caunt, Kevin Dunbar, Gary Watson and Nigel Milford. 
However, continuing a trend whereby the incumbent Captain steers home the winning side, the 'Prosecco Four' of Jim & Frances Godfrey with John & Sue Cribb, took top honours and the trophy with a magnificent 89 points. This captaincy thing clearly doesn't weigh too heavily on Jim's shoulders! 
And the individual spot prizes also saw BGC Members showing their skills as: 
Longest Drive at the 8th was by David Owen 
Nearest the Line at 12 was by Neil Tabraham 
and Nearest the Pin at 15 was by Peter Wilson 
 
All the participants enjoyed a two course meal afterwards in the Biddenham Suite, and Nick Willis even came along to run the auction - all in aid of the Bedford Hospital Charity. 
'Team Winners, The Prosecco Four 
Bedford Hospitals Charity Golf Day - Thursday 22nd June 
The annual Bedford Hospitals Charity Golf Day took place at Bedfordshire Golf Club on Thursday 22nd June and we're delighted to report that the event was another big success for the charity, raising many thousands of pounds towards their scanner appeal. 
 
In terms of the golf, it was also a big success for Bedfordshire Golf Club members as numerous prizes were won by them including Best Overall Team performance. The Captain's Crew team of John Simpson, Clive Haywood, Neil Tabraham and Peter Wilson can be seen below receiving their prizes from Chair of the charity Debbie Inskip. 
Not only did club members win the best overall team result but they also picked up the Mixed Team award with Birdies and Bogies team comprising Steve and Sue Long & Chris and Clair Williams winning this, see below. 
Other winners included 'Nearest the Pin' for Past captain' Kevin Dunbar and 'Best Ladies Score' to Judy Greevy. Both are below shown receiving their prizes from Debbie. Well done to them and all the other winners. 
The Biddenham Suite was packed after the event for an excellent meal and then a very successful auction of promises. Debbie said that the charity was delighted to have such a great venue for its fund raising golf day and she looks forward to returning next year. 
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