The third annual charity golf day held by George F. White and this year again hosted at Linden Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa was the most successful to date raising a four figure sum for this year's charity The Country Trust as well as generating a number of vital leads for them to host events to assist disadvantaged children.
The Country Trust is the UK's leading national educational charity connecting children from areas of high social and economic disadvantage with the land that sustains us all. Sue Thompson who was present during the event has already confirmed that from the various conversations she had over the day that several farmers have already committed to assisting the charity going forward as hosts for farm tours.
In 2023 as well as the ongoing support of Linden Hall we were joined by an increasing number of sponsors who of course we would like to thank for their support without which the event simply wouldn't be what it was:
On Course Prize Sponsors:
- EMG Solicitors (Nearest the Pin)
Individual Hole Sponsors:
Several individuals dug into their own pockets to provide individual prizes alongside several regional businesses and we thank them all collectively for their generous donations and of course to those who equally dug deep on the day to buy tickets.
With a record number of team entries and a significant improvement on last year's weather, the teams gathered and teed off early on Friday morning following breakfast kindly sponsored by Ryecroft Glenton.
Amongst the teams were many familiar faces, some having taken part in both previous events, and many new entrants looking to get their names onto the trophy. 'Encouraged' by Tim Michie on the first tee the teams made their way around the first nine to reach the Half Way Hut where they could take respite from the blazing sun and enjoy a fantastic spread of refreshments laid on by the generosity of Turnbull's Northumbrian Food and Muckle LLP.
The first teams back returned to the Half Way Hut to nervously await the incoming scores which were understandably the key topic for discussion as the day progressed. Following many hours of sunshine, some fine food and plenty of refreshing drinks the time came for the presentations hotly followed by the always entertaining raffle draw:
1st Place - Callum Burn, Hamish Burn, Scott Atkinson & James Cowan (unnamed team)
2nd Place - H Bayston, S Lodge, M Lodge & C Nesbitt (Bayston Transport)
3rd Place - L Wynne, M Nealings, T Howells & P Bremner (Rosie Golf Society 2)
Nearest the Pin - Peter Gordon
Longest Drive (female) - Jude Furness
Longest Drive (male) - Graham Stephenson
Winning team (left to right): Scott Atkinson, James Cowan, Callum Burn and Hamish Burn
The George F. White team had a fabulous day and the feedback received from sponsors, players and guests has been extremely positive and suggest likewise for all those attending. A massive thank you to everyone for making the day a huge success once again.
Details of next year's event will be released to previous team captains as well as publically in early 2024.