Airshots Golf Society give air ambulance a lift

Members of the Airshots Golf Society based at Greetham Valley Golf Club who help raise money for the air ambulance.
Members of the Airshots Golf Society based at Greetham Valley Golf Club who help raise money for the air ambulance.
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Airshots Golf Society are based at Greetham Valley and were formed a couple of years ago as a means of raising funds for the Leicester and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

This year they had 32 paid up members from several different golf clubs in the area as well as many guests who have played with a member.

Air ambulances don’t get any support from central Government so they have to rely upon charitable donations.

On average, it costs £200 per mission to fuel an air ambulance.

In 2013, Airshots presented a total of £1,500 to help them. This year’s captain has been Dean Wilkinson who handed over to Mark Haynes at their annual general meeting at the end of November.

In order to start off fundraising for this year with a bang, 30 members and guests gathered at Greetham Valley to play their final competition of the year on the Lakes course.

After a hearty Greetham breakfast they set off in cold and very windy conditions, some coped well with it and some didn’t but they all enjoyed it.

Simon McGuiness took the win with a fantastic 39 points. Society vice-captain James Ablett who had led for most of the competition with 38 came second.

Several players scored 36 but Greetham club captain Trevor Smith took third on countback.

Everybody had fun but the main aim of the day was to raise more funds.

The raffle raised £125, about £53 was raised in fines, these included, losing a golf ball, not wearing the Airshots shirt, not making it past the Ladies tee, failing to score at least 24 points amongothers. Overall, they raised £518 which gives them a good start for 2014.

Colin Eversden, who has been responsible for a lot of the organisation since its inception, said that they will be playing at eight different venues next year plus an end of year game at Greetham Valley and hope to beat this year’s total.

Chairman Michael Fish said that they, like the air ambulance, relied upon sponsorship for shirts, prizes etc and thanked Bryan Birchill, Precision Sports, Glenn Sharpe, Bradshaws Electric Vehicles, the Alumasc group, Ps and Qs and The Pyramid Club for their continuing support.

They are still on the lookout for sponsorship for 2014 if you are interested please contact Fred Aspin at fredladgolf@yahoo.co.uk

The same e-mail address can also be used for any new member application inquiries.

l Adie Cunningham who led the winter order of merit after eight rounds consolidated his lead with a fantastic score of 41 points to win round nine.

Despite a very cold wind and a coating of white frost, Adie blitzed the competition to take his second win in this year’s competition.

He had 18 points on the front nine including a blob on the fourth, Adie stepped it up on the back nine coming in with a massive 23 points, he was cut two shots and will play off 23 next Saturday.

Bob Beverley was second with 37 points and loses one shot. Ben Miles took third place on count back from Dave Copley and Paul Clegg, they all scored 36 points, Ben will lose point five off his handicap.

Adie has extended his lead at the top of the order of merit, Kev Hingle moves up to second place while Graham Smith dropped to third, Fred Aspin retains fourth and Steve Anderson is fifth, the rest of the top ten stay as they were.

Ben Miles has the biggest jump of the week, he moved up from 23rd to 11th.

Organiser Neil Harris who has a bumper turnout for the first round this weekend wished everybody a great new year.