Golf Club members raising funds for Air Ambulance

The Air Ambulance receives nothing from Government funding and is only kept flying by public donation. Airshots Golf Society is the brain child of Greetham Valley member Colin Eversden and they have raised £1400 in the last twelve months for the Air Ambulance. After the tragic death of Greetham Valley chef James Adamson in August 2010, Colin decided to find a way to get funds for the service after their valiant efforts to save James. Airshots is made up of thirty two members from four different golf clubs in Lincolnshire and Rutland and they play six or seven venues each year. Funds for the Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance are made up of monies raised from raffles, “good natured” fines and some of the entry fee for each venue. They have a fixed price for each game irrespective of what the venue charges and any excess goes to the fund. They have also been very lucky to find like minded sponsors to support them. Sunlight Laundry, The Pyramid snooker club and the Ps and Qs golf society have all been a great help.

Colin hopes to attract more members for the 2013 season and raise even more funds. Greetham Valley vice Captain Shaun Denholm, who spends a lot of his time raising funds for the Air Ambulance, said that what Colin and the lads have done is fantastic and added that but for people like them, the service wouldn’t be able to operate. Shaun runs the Air Ambulance Lottery in our area, each entry costs only 50 pence per line and offers up to a thousand pounds in prize money each month. He said that a small amount from a lot of people can add up to be a massive help to the service. For details of how you can enter the lottery or join Airshots, contact Fred Aspin at fwapropguard@msn.com

Round 13 of the Winter Order of Merit was very unlucky for some, played in cold and windy conditions, with only three players managing to come in under par. Chris Wheatland jumped from twenty eighth to twelfth position when he took his first win of the series with forty points, he will play off ten next time around. Another solid performance from George Grant saw him take second spot with thirty nine, he jumped from ninth to third and loses a shot and for the next round, he will play off seven. Steve Anderson took third place, he scored thirty seven points and will play off six in the next game.

The top five all struggled in the Rutland weather conditions: Adam Clegg has dropped off the top spot and is now second with a hundred and fifty three points. Ian Copley moves up to first place with a hundred and fifty five, George Grant is third with a hundred and forty eight point four. Dave Copley is a mere point four behind in fourth and Paul Jenkinson is in fifth only point six behind him. Out of the top twenty four only two players have escaped having their handicaps cut.

Organiser Neil Harris said that Chris is the thirteenth first time winner of the series so far and it is extremely congested at the top, anyone from anywhere in the table could win this year.