Truants Charity Golf Day – 2016

FORE! Firstly we should thank you all for your support and tell you that a fantastic £42,450 was raised for our Truants Charities – Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, Teenage Cancer Trust and ChildLine/NSPCC, taking the total raised to date by the Truants Golf Days for these essential Children’s Charities to £185,000. It is worth noting that due to the generosity of many not a penny was spent on any awards, prizes, photos, movie or any of the auction or raffle items, silent or otherwise, thus maximising the proceeds to the Charities.

A very bold move by our Golf Truant in Chief, who shall remain anonymous (apart from his polo neck golf shirt, shorts & full length socks!) at his own request, (but we all know who he is!!), to take over the whole of the wonderful place that is the Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club was fully justified when 40 teams comprising of 160 golfers (to use the term loosely in some cases) signed up in support!

The weather had its ups and downs, but didn’t stop a terrific day of golf, drinking and, as the evening progressed, general mayhem, enhanced by our MC Dave Shack, comedian & sporting mimic, Aaron James who certainly got the evening off with suitable sporting hilarity & the legend that is Auctioneer extraordinaire, Tom Baigrie. We hope you will all agree that it was as good a day of golf as you get. To rekindle those fond memories and even despair at your swing, check out the photos

We have many people to thank as below, but first we especially thank the terrific team at RMS led by Moira Stafford-Neck and Lee Third who handled the serious scale of the event effortlessly and graciously, Chairman Bob Armitage and Captain Robin Booker for their tremendous support and Marcin, Margaret, Claudia and all the RMS catering and bar staff for a magnificent effort at taking care of us all, our appetites and our thirsts, until the early hours. Also a sincere thanks to George from Sanctum who built and manned the TROOPER tent with help from some able bodied RMS chaps, ensuring that you all made it round the back nine fully refreshed!

For the record then… The TROOPER Awards 2016 went to the following – (see past winners here)

Winning Team – G Rogueby- 109 pts Phillippe Buffeteau, Eric Champeaux, Ramis Khelif, Laurent Gaya
Runners Up Seal Pac 1- 94 pts (awarded on countback) Kevin HJones, Chris Aldersley, Jono Healey, Wyatt Brichall
3rd Warner Music – 94 pts Bruce Rogers, Paul Reeve, Ian Whitfield, Tom Travers

Individual Winner – Jono Healey- 48 pts
Lady Winner– Marcella Anselletti- 31 pts

Straightest Drive – JH Taylor course – Brendan Wayne
Straightest Drive – Pam Barton course – Phillipe Buffeteau
Nearest the Pin – JH Taylor course – Steven Parker
Nearest the Pin – Pam Barton course – Adam Lockett

If the rest of you, how can I put this? “losers” wish to be depressed, check out your score here!! and thanks to VPar again for so kindly providing the know-how, technology and kit to enable us to score without pencils and have a ready record of our crimes on/against the course!!

Special thanks also go to Mrs Alison Baigrie, Mrs Alison Hole and their lovely assistants for taking all the photos.  And to Tom Baigrie for procuring as much cash from the assembled throng as possible with his auction, a major factor in the financial success of our venture, and to Sue Page at Calloway for providing the caps and balls in your welcome packs and a range of the prizes.

The Truants would also like to extend their thanks to the following sponsors/donors/helpers:

Aaron James, Adam Tyrer, Alan Bennie, Alison Baigrie, Alison Hole, Barry Drinkwater, Bumpkin Group, Carol Tindley, Count Eric De Villeneuve, Chris Aldersley, Chris Grech, Damian Greenish, Daisy Macve, Dairy Crest plc, Dave Shack, Ellie Hole, Emily Hole, Eric Newham, Freddie Greenish, Gavin Kramer, Hajar Taha, Harvey Nichols, Helen Curl, Hicham Rerhrhaye, Ian Warbrick, Inci Mehmet, James Hewitt, James Hole, Jumeirah Hotel, Kevin Witheford, Lee Third, Matthew Paget, Marcin Poznanski, Maritim Hotels, Mark Allen, Mark Spivey, Mark Fuller, Mark Mossiman, Mark Trow, Neil Warbrick, Nigel Hopkinson, Nicki Chapman, Paul Tindley, Paul Curran, Paul Hughes, Pemberton Greenish, Phantom Management, Richard Duffus, Rob Henderson, Robin Moore, Rod Smallwood, Sam Patani, Sara Bennie, Sue Page, Sophie’s Steakhouse, The Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club, Tom Baigrie, V Par, Callaway Golf, Miles Commercial, Robinsons Brewery, Sealpac, Trooper Beer and Moira Stafford-Neck

Finally thanks to Rod, Shacky and Ed and the great premium British Beer that is TROOPER for providing the Awards and the magnificent TROOPER Tent. It is fair to say that TROOPER provided much of the (snake?) oil to make the parts work so smoothly as the evening wore on!!

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