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A series of showers all day long could not dampen the enthusiasm of 80 golfers taking part in the charity ProAm on Wednesday August 9.

A total in excess of £5,500 was raised for two charities, Breast Cancer Research and a special fund for Brad Smith, our former golf assistant, who has had his right leg amputated after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.

The day was organised by teaching professional, Stuart Smith, who challenged the players to play from the ladies’ Red tees, reducing the yardage from 6849 yards to 5940 while par went up from 72 to 74.

The advantages of the shorter course were countered by difficult wet playing conditions and the winning score came from an amateur, Giles Evans, who went round in 69. Steve Gibbs and host club greenkeeper David Ball were joint second after 72s.

An auction of various golfing equipment and vouchers for four-balls at courses throughout the region raised in the region of £2,800 to swell the amount raised, along with a raffle which was well supported by the participants and Thetford members.

The winning team score, with two out of four counting on each hole, was 102 points by another former Thetford assistant, Will Cross, who is now at Dereham. His team-mates were 14-year-old Sam Devonport, who was recently crowned as the Norfolk U18 Handicap champion, and Steve Bazzoni and Debs Bryan from Heydon Grange.

Runners-up were Epping’s Harrison Mosley along with Stuart Allan, Bernard Tonner and Kevin Goodman, all from Thetford, with 95 points, one more than Warren Sargeant, Mandy and David Wickison and John Baldwin.

Unfortunately Brad could not attend the day as he was back in hospital suffering from an infection following his latest chemotherapy session. His twin brother, Mitch, and dad, Steve, took part and Steve thanked all those who had contributed to the day.

Below, the professional prize-winners (from left) Steve Gibbs, Giles Evans and David Ball


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