Well it finally came! Friday 16th, the first Temper Gold Golf Day was held at Mill Green Golf Club.We had 40 players, half a dozen caddies, 18 hole sponsors, prizes and agreeable weather conditions.
We met for coffee and bacon rolls at 11 am and the banter ensued. Tales of old and new, friendships re-established and initiated. The first group teed off at midday followed by the remaining 9.
Every player will have a story to tell regarding their round and group.
From my perspective my round was some good stuff and some dross (which really summed up our group) with Luke Papa being the class act and Graham Saunders the surprise package.
Back at the clubhouse we handed in our cards to Mick Kavanagh (who’s table looked like ‘dictionary corner’ (Countdown)Him and his group, heads down working out the conundrum that was the scores.
The intake of fuel and refreshments commenced with the club laying on a lovely barbecue. The prize giving began with a small token of appreciation to Zainab who had not only taken on 30 golfers in ‘Beat The Pro’ and only been beaten 3 times but had also made cupcakes for everyone that were absolutely beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. Many thanks to Zainab. The ‘Nearest The Pin’ medal went to Ricky Pearce and the ‘Longest Drive’ medal went to Kevin ‘Killer’ Kilroy. Congratulations to both of them.
The ‘Winning Score’ trophy was an incredibly close run thing with 2 single figure handicaps both reaching an amazing 41 points. On count back Dave Cockell just missed out to Gabriel Kan. We couldn’t wish for a more gracious and fitting first recipient of this award. Massive congratulations to Gabriel.
Lou Hill then gave a lighthearted but poignant speech about Cameron. His mum Jayne followed on with a speech regarding where the kind donations etc will go to help fight knife crime, drug abuse and gang culture. It is important to us that everyone is kept up to date on these matters.
As usual with a Temper Gold event, the festivities continued long into the evening with the overriding emotion being celebration tinged with some obvious sadness.
We managed to raise £2500.00 from the event to go along with the £500.00 raised at the football last year. Without you guys turning up and supporting Cameron’s memory he could not have this legacy. We cannot thank you enough.
To end there are a few thank yous to put out there.
Mick Kavanagh (Help with conception, coordination, trophy donation and scoring)
Gary Walsh (Organising event at Mill Green Golf Club)
Chris, Liam, Shirley, Zainab & Alli (Bar Staff)
Zainab (Cake baker extraordinaire & Golf Pro)
You all deserve Cameron’s way of saying thanks which is ‘LOVE’
I was invited to play at Warley Park Golf Club on 2nd October 2020 by Michael Alexander (MJA Interiors). He and Rick Percival wanted to play as they are not able to attend on 16th.
Mill Green members Mick Kavanagh and Ricky Pearce joined me. Even though the conditions were really bad we ended up with 3 groups of 4, so gallantly made our way round to the first.
Everyone had a great time and surprisingly there was some good stuff played and also a small amount of dross.
The scores became irrelevant as most of the cards deteriorated to pulp, although it was competitive and highly entertaining.
The post round libations became littered with tales of old and some new very humorous additions.
‘MJA’ very kindly donated £130.00 to ‘Temper Gold’
My travelling companion likened the day to ‘being on a Guy Richie set’ mixed with the Gary Oldman classic ‘The Firm’
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved, with a special mention to Michael Alexander.
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