On Sunday 21st July the foundation delivered its first major event of the year, a Golf Day. Mainly to raise money for a great charity, The Great Ormond Street Hospital, but to also raise awareness of Golf amongst the youth. The event was a great success, with photo’s soon to be released on our Facebook page. For now, get the “low down” of the day from one of the co-founders of BASTF and organisers of the event, Davinder Chhatwal.
GOLF GOLF Day GOLF GOLF Day GOLF day……….. it’s the only thing on my mind.
Having never organised something like this before we arrived on Sunday with nervous trepidation.
Our administration team were set up by 10am and the course was adorned with our sponsors promotional material before the onset of the excited golfers.
Our first set of golfers brightened up the morning; four pretty ladies dressed to impress in pink accompanied by a matching plethora of clubs. The steady trickle of golfers continued up until 12 noon – with the eagerly anticipated gunshot start set for 12.30. The golfers teed off from their designated holes around the course with the sun shining and a light breeze behind – A perfect start
The weather continued to behave throughout the day and only hotting up 30 minutes before the last group were scheduled to finish. The golfers remained in good spirits with a fair amount of banter being flown back and forth amongst themselves.
Our sponsors kindly provided water throughout the day – giving no golfer the opportunity to fake heat stroke because their game had fallen apart!
Unfortunately four players tested positive on the day for a banned substance – all four of Team Simba were found to have copious amounts of “a drink which we would rather not mention” in their blood samples – they claimed it did not help their performance but the scores were definitely more positive!!
All our golfers finished by 5pm and started displaying signs of extreme hunger by 6pm – it was great to see them demonstrating their other sporting talents – dribbling!
The BBQ went down extremely well – the chicken was tender, the lamb chops succulent, the salads exquisite and the vegetarian ensemble magnificent – our chef from St Tropez, now living in Gravesend pulled a blinder with his Punjabi style cooking!!!
As the evening draw to an end – the 130 people that had gathered for the evening entertainment were not disappointed. There were given a visual synopsis of the day with fantastic photography and movie work by Flawlessclix – it brought back wonderful memories of the day for the golfers and gave their loved ones an insight to what they had been doing for the last 5 hours!!!
The raffle and auction raised a lot of money with the final total raised for Great Ormond St hospital coming in at £1152.
The presentation concluded the evening with Bill Degan winning the1st prize, a silver claret jug, for his amazing round of 68 – well done.
What a day – everyone involved – thank you so much – its been emotional but worth it!