Airshots fundraising success at Greetham Valley

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 Notts. Air Ambulance (LNAA) and have been recognised by them as a charitable organisation. 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. The Air Ambulance Service doesn’t, for some unknown reason, get much in the way of support from central Government so they have to rely upon charitable donations. On average, it costs some £200 per mission to fuel an Air Ambulance, in 2013 Airshots presented a total of £1500 to help them. This year’s Captain has been Dean Wilkinson who handed over to Mark Haynes at their AGM at the end of November.

To start off fundraising for 2014 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 Valley 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 2013 Greetham Valley 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, some £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, amongst others. 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. Airshots Chairman Michael Fish said that they, like the Air Ambulance, rely 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 address can also be used for any new Airshot Golf Society member application enquiries.

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, then 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 countback 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 twenty third to eleventh.