Gedney Hill Golf Club welcomes back charity tournament
Veteran golfer and hospice fundraiser Terry Grantham has switched his popular St Barnabas Charity Golf Day from a Sunday to a Friday.
Due to COVID-19, the tournament will be for singles instead of teams of four.
It will take place on Friday, September 18 at Gedney Hill Golf Club with the first tee off at 8am.
Golfers who want to take part should call the club professional, Kerr Page, on 01406 330922.
This will be Terry’s 11th tournament for St Barnabas Hospice and he aims to keep going until at least next year when he celebrates his 90th birthday.
The event has been scaled down due to COVID-19 so participants play in safety.
There will be no meal at the end and no raffle, although there will be a cup of coffee and a bacon bap at the start to fuel golfers around the 18 holes.
Terry said: “We are trying to keep it as simple as possible.”
Last year’s event, with sponsorship and donations, raised £1,180 for the St Barnabas Hospice at Home Service - and Terry hopes to net at least £500 for the charity with the scaled-down event.
“We are trying to keep it as simple as possible,” said Terry. “If anyone would like to sponsor a hole we would be delighted for any amount.”
Last year’s sponsors included Morrisons, Glenside Nurseries, Hers n Sirs, Graytones Printers and a host of Terry’s pals.
Terry told us: “Touch wood I am still playing golf and feel very lucky to be able to do so.
“My handicap is 32, which is rather high, but at least I am still playing.”
Terry has had a long association with the hospice movement, first in south London and then with St Barnabas after he retired to Lincolnshire.
He said: “I drove for St Barnabas picking up patients for 15 years and I have been giving talks for 18 years.
“When I finished driving someone suggested we should have a golf day at Gedney Hill so I decided I would attempt to do it and this is what’s been going ever since.”
Terry hopes to see many old friends return to play in the charity tournament - and that the traditional way of play returns in 2021.
The event is staged by kind permission of Charlie Britton.