Posted on behalf of Captain CC Bandito Loveless
A formal update for the Charity Day will be posted up onto the charity day website but I have put together a more personal note from ‘The Captain’ for the Swashbucklers site on the charity day.
Many of you will not be aware but the planning for this year’s day started back in August and it really was a great team effort combining the members of the ladies section, the men’s section, the club’s management, bar & kitchen staff and the green keepers. Yesterday showed me what this club can achieve with everyone pulling together. We had 36 teams out and 15 holes sponsored – I believe both are record numbers for the Club Charity Day.
Just over a week before the charity day we were still dealing with trolley bans with no view on when the weather would improve. I was even having conversations around potential contingency dates. The charity day opened with a rather foggy start but by the shot gun start the mist had cleared and the sun was out. The charity day round took a record six hours…and not a single complaint (that I am aware of). In fact some people commented to me that it felt a lot quicker than six hours. Obviously the weather made a huge difference.
The photographer took over 500 photographs of the day and these will be available for viewing in a couple of weeks and the link will be on the charity day website. At the close of yesterday we had raised over £7500 and I expect when I am sent the final figure for what we have raised this year it will again be around the £10K mark. Proceeds will be split equally 50/50 between the National Autistic Society and Alzheimer’s society.
Everyone will have their own highlights of the day and here are just a few of mine from a long list.
- The buzz in the club house with the members and guests before everyone departed to the golf course.
- An absolutely cracking round of golf with three great mates.
- Welcoming a few mates of mine to the club for the very first time.
- Auctioning Bronwen’s cake.
- Handing the top prize to Phil’s team.
- Giving my middle son’s godfather, Darren, the 17th nearest the pin prize (and having a little bit of fun at Hew’s expense).
- Awarding Sean’s team the winning prize for the Men’s Committee.
The club also kept the bar open late (I believe the last people left around 11.30pm) so many thanks to the bar staff for putting up with us! I have been told that there was some bloke in the bar who did get a little loud and thought he was the funniest thing ever. Unfortunately I didn’t see him so I am not sure who they are talking about but I am looking into it…
My night finally finished up in the curry house in Purley and I awoke on the sofa in the lounge to my eldest son having his breakfast…pure class!
“Good morning Dad … good day yesterday?”
“Yes son…the best…and now I am going back to bed”
To be honest I couldn’t have asked for anything more for what is the final major event in my Captaincy and all I can really say is a truly massive ‘thank you’ to everyone’s support.