Red, white and blue was the theme as Malcolm Lloyd, Captain at Orchardleigh Golf Club, ran his Charity Day last Saturday in aid of Frome Lions Club. With only a few moments of rain towards the end of the day, the one hundred and forty players enjoyed warm, sunny conditions (unlike the downpours the day before or the day after) and two shotgun starts at 9 am and 2 pm meant that play was (relatively) speedy. The morning saw Adrian Brewer, Jonathan Ward, Matt Gaisford and Tony Birch win with 121 points, five points ahead of Gordon Archer and the three Alans – Brown, Falconer and Barr – on 116.
The afternoon saw even better scoring with the father and son combinations of Paul and Kalen Marsh with Stan and Mark Ford coming in with a tremendous 129 points, nine clear of another team of youngsters, Jordan Hill, Josh Marsh, Ross Toten and Nathan Matthews with 118. The Marsh/Ford team, with the best score overall were presented with the Famous Grouse Trophy by the Captain.
Apart from the team scores there were also individual prizes on ten holes, from straightest and longest drives to nearest the pins. There was also the opportunity to “Beat the Pro” (with Assistant Pro, Dan Dredge, and Captain, Malcolm Lloyd standing in for Club Pro, Stuart Clarke who was injured) in exchange for stableford points on the Par 3 seventeenth, and the starter, Pete Dicken, challenged all comers to a straightest drive on the first – standing on one leg! Ian O’Connor was the clear winner, his one legged drive being considerably better than his effort on both feet.
Twenty members of Orchardleigh sponsored the prize holes, and together with the activities on the day, an auction at lunch and in the evening, plus the sale of four-ball vouchers at over twenty clubs, some £5,000 was raised for Frome Lions Club, who are supporting Dorothy House, The Blood Bikes and local groups within Frome. Lions member, Keith McLeod, was grateful to Malcolm and the Orchardleigh members. “This was an enjoyable day and a great way to raise funds. The club and the members were very generous, and I look forward to seeing how much is raised throughout the year. It was certainly a fine effort today,” said Mr McLeod.