GOLF: Football stars get their kicks at Toft charity event

Clubbing together: Back (from left) ' Toft's Mark Gould, Steve Thorpe of Free Kicks Foundation, Sam Downing of Free Kicks Foundation, organiser Graeme Smith; Front ' Toft's Paul Simmons, Gillingham footballer Charlie Lee, Norwich City legend Bryan Gunn and Barnsley keeper Luke Steele. Photo: SG150612-131TW
Clubbing together: Back (from left) ' Toft's Mark Gould, Steve Thorpe of Free Kicks Foundation, Sam Downing of Free Kicks Foundation, organiser Graeme Smith; Front ' Toft's Paul Simmons, Gillingham footballer Charlie Lee, Norwich City legend Bryan Gunn and Barnsley keeper Luke Steele. Photo: SG150612-131TW
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FOOTBALLERS past and present turned out in force for the first-ever Free Kicks Foundation charity golf day at the Toft Hotel course.

Ex-Norwich City keeper Bryan Gunn, Barnsley’s Luke Steele, Gillingham’s Charlie Lee and Cambridge City’s Michael Gash joined players from Toft and other local golf clubs as they contested the Matt Davies Memorial Trophy for a good cause.

With 21 teams signed up to compete, there was a shotgun start at 8.30am – and it proved to be a really competitive morning of action.

The eventual winners were Ian Bird (TJ Electrical), Andy Stewart, Rob Shaw and Carl Griffiths. Bird also carded the best individual score.

Runners-up were Team Focus – Charles Walker, Gary Smith, Matt Harvey and Ross O’Loughlin.

After the golf, all players reconvened in the George Suite for food, trophies, a raffle and an auction of sporting items.

Organiser Graeme Smith, who is from Deeping, said: “Huge thanks to Toft for being such wonderful hosts, the players and last, but by no means least, Edmundson Electrical and Chris Mizen for being our main sponsors on the day.”

The Free Kicks Foundation is a Peterborough based charity. Their aim is to provide football-related activities for ill, bereaved and disadvantaged children, to give them a day to remember with their favourite football club.

Visit www.freekicksfoundation.org for more information about them.