MORE than 60 golfers gathered for a rotary golf day that raised more than £4,000 for charity.

On a dull afternoon on July 4, 62 golfers brightened up the day with an array of colours, for the 23rd Annual Golf Day organised by North Cotswolds Rotary Club.

Golfers played 18 holes at Naunton Downs Golf Club to raise £4,300 for Kate’s Home Nursing, Great Western Air Ambulance, and Canine Partners.

“The success of this event depends not only on our golfers,” said club president Peter Boxall, “but also on the generosity of our sponsors and in particular our main sponsor, Harrison James and Hardie. Without their support we would not be able to raise funds for our three very worthy charities, Kate’s Home Nursing, Great Western Air Ambulance, and Canine Partners who train assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities.”

Peter also thanked Ian Wilson, owner of Naunton Downs Golf Club, for allowing Rotary to hold the event on such a lovely course and for providing such a good service on the day.

Beginning with a shotgun start at 1pm, the tournament was an 18-hole Stableford competition for both team and individual prizes, with the last players finishing at around 6pm.

Mark Salf was the individual winner with a score of 40 on count back, who took home the Honess Cup and a pair of golf shoes.

Runner up, and just missing out with a score of 40 was Peter Campbell

Else Ogden won the Ladies Bowl with a score of 36, and the Clifford & Webb Cup for the best Rotarian score was won by Colin Gatenby with a score of 29.

The team prize was won by Charlie Davies, Charles Hanks, Mathew Hutchins and Will Spiers with a score of 97, and Alex Doggett won the longest drive with a massive distance of over 300 yards.

As no player managed a hole in one, the prize of dinner, bed and breakfast for two donated by the Lords of the Manor Hotel in Upper Slaughter was auctioned for charity, fetching a further £240.

Before an excellent dinner prepared by Teri Collett and her team, Peter Boxall presented cheques to representatives of the three beneficiary charities.

Summing up a most successful event, Peter Boxall announced the date of Rotary’s Annual Charity Golf Day in 2019, Monday 3rd June, at Naunton Downs Golf Club.