Golf stars tee-up to raise help for heroes cash

Captain of Abbeydale GC, Andy Coulton. Taking aim with the driver is two time winner on the pro's Challenge Tour, Gareth Davies,
Captain of Abbeydale GC, Andy Coulton. Taking aim with the driver is two time winner on the pro's Challenge Tour, Gareth Davies,

Danny Willett, one of Europe’s leading golfers, has agreed to lend his services to charity and play in a unique event in Sheffield later this year.

A special Pro-Am tournament, featuring top sports names, and important commercial enterprises, is being held on Monday, September 19 and is set to raise around £30,000 for the injured serviceman’s fund, Help for Heroes.

A number of European Tour and Challenge Tour professionals, plus a number of well-known golfing celebrities have pledged to play in this high profile Pro-Am competition at Abbeydale Golf Club. Besides Sheffield ace Willett, others who have indicated their support so far are Mark Foster, the Worksop-based pro; Simon Wakefield, who won the European Tour’s Qualifying School last November, and the former British Amateur Champion and eight-time Challenge Tour winner Iain Pyman.

“With the help of commerce and industry, this is going to be the biggest Pro-Am held in South Yorkshire for many years” said Abbeydale’s captain Andy Coulton.

“Former England cricket captain (and Honorary Life Abbeydale member), Michael Vaughan, has very kindly indicated his willingness to influence top names in the sports world to participate, subject to their other commitments.”

Event organiser Andrew Priestley commented, “Once costs are cleared, all profits will go to the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity. We’re aiming high, and expect this to be in the region of £30,000.”

Several hundred golf enthusiasts from far afield are expected to watch their favourite stars on the day. Internally, dozens of the club’s own members will be needed, in shifts, to help with the smooth running of the event with tasks which include caddying, crowd control, manning the refreshment outlets, car park, practice ground attendants, and passing on players’ scores to the big scoreboard.

The professional golfers will compete for a share of a significant prize fund, with £2,500 going to the winner. Unfortunately the winner of a previous Pro-Am at Abbeydale, Sam Torrance, will not be able to attend, but has already sent personal memorabilia to be sold at the evening auction.

There will be all-day catering in the clubhouse and après golf entertainment, including a band. It is hoped that at least one world champion will be present to take part in the prize giving.

Besides the main event, which will involve 40 teams of amateurs and professionals, there will be a number of other activities including a renowned trick shot specialist and a longest drive competition, using the latest Flight Scope equipment.

Among the up-coming professionals and tournament winners from the Challenge Tour who are also taking part will be Gareth Davies, a long-standing member at Abbeydale.

He said: “My friends and colleagues from the Tour are excited at playing in this one-day event on such a beautiful course and are really up for helping with this important charity.”

Further details of those taking part will be announced in the coming weeks.

A pack, with full details of the day, is available from the organisers, who can be contacted by email at proam@abbeydalegolfclub.co.uk