EAST Berkshire raised a fantastic £16,000 at their Charity Weekend, which has proved one of the annual highlights at the Crowthorne club since 1987.

The proceeds were split between Daisy’s Dream and Headway Thames Valley.

“The support we received from generous sponsors, local businesses, our members and their guests was fantastic,” commented club captain Mike Bennett.

The weekend, spread over three days, included a four-ball team event, competitions, dinner, auction and raffles.

With 20 teams competing, the four-ball event was won by Crondon Park from Essex with 90 points on countback from Thames Headway with Reading’s Field Seymour Parkes third on 87 points.

On Saturday morning, 80 members arrived early for a Texas scramble shotgun start. This brought together new and old members, with teams of four playing, each including a lady.

The winners were Carol Leith, Doug Bonnici, Jim May and Wayne Williams with a nett score of 61, followed by Laura Webb, June Davison, Bennett and Jason Kempson on 61.3.

Donna Hunt, Rena Hobbs, John Amor and Carl Johnson were third with 61.4.

Sunday’s four-ball team event, which attracted 128 members, resulted in a victory for John Wright, Richard Kaye, Max Kaye and John Kerr with 89 points.

Runners-up were Josh Edmundson, Tom Potter, Callum Russell and Charlie Edmundson with 87 points, followed by Richard Skilton, Mike Nash, Sue Nash and David Lumsden also on 87.

Club professional Paul Newman spent seven hours on the course with a nearest the pin challenge on the 16th hole, raising £435, which was a great effort considering the hot weather conditions on the day.

On Sunday evening Zoe Ovens, representing Daisy’s Dream, and Jamie Higgins, from Headway Thames Valley, were each presented with a cheque for £8,000, much to their delight.

Headway Thames Valley Chairman Dr Trevor Powell thanked the club for their fund-raising efforts, adding: “Your fantastic donation will help support our ‘Living with Brain Injury’ programme’, which benefits the many brain injured people in the community with a ‘hidden disability’ and our Art Therapy programme run at our resource centre.”

  • SCORING 46 points, Renee Wheeler and Chris Capel won the Special Tiara Classic at West Berks.

This is a mixed, greensome competition that takes its name from the successful, Group One winning racehorse owned by a former member Sally Rowley-Williams who has now moved to the USA. Carol and Mike Sparvell were second on 44, while Jane and Patrick Wilmore were a further point behind, beating Nicolette Eastwood and Martin Neville on countback to take third place.

There was a three-way tie in the Di Evans Millennium Shield. Mary Harwood and Brian Grace won with 45 points, while Sandy Miller and Steve Cox took second place and Ann and Steve Johnson third on countback.

Ian Saunders won the men’s midweek stableford with 37 points. Bob Ekins was a single point behind, beating Paul Hargrave on countback to take second place.

There were four qualifiers for the nine-hole midweek stableford last Wednesday.

Chris Terrett scored 22 points, Mark Ramos and Geoff Dominy 20, and Nick Bishop 19. All qualified for the final to be played on Wednesday, August 22.

West Berks had a fine 5-2 home win against Burford in the quarter-final of the Hillman Trophy.

The scratch team also enjoyed success at home winning 4-3 to Sand Martins. The seniors drew 3-3 away to North Wilts.

  • SUSIE Fountain made a splash when she became only the second lady member to win a mixed competition in Theale's golfing history.

She won the annual Kev-Nic Shield, a stableford competition open to all members, with an excellent 41 points.

This was four points ahead of her nearest rivals, runner-up David Soper and club captain, Keith Dawson, who had to settle for third place on countback.

“I was very pleased to win,” said Susie after the competition.

“I hope it will encourage more lady members to take on the men.”