Golf drive for funds

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Three charity golf events at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club have raised well over £7,000 for worthy causes in the space of a few weeks.

In the latest, the Olde Foresters Golf Society organised by club vice captain Steve Leng and his vice-elect Adrian Stephenson raised £2,800 for Willen Hospice, adding to the £1,200 captain Derek Lindley collected for the same cause at his charity day earlier in the month.

A further £3,300 was raised by the Plum Duffs Golf Society organised by former Leighton turf accountant Geoff Dimmock, with the money donated to Addenbrookes hospital, Cambridge.

Life-long pals Steve and Adrian are former rugby team-mates, packing down together with Leighton third team for ten years as well as playing cricket for Eggington before switching to golf. Their Foresters charity events in recent years have raised around £12,000, all donated to local organisations helping the young, elderly and people in need. The event at Leighton’s Plantation Road club this year attracted 80 golfers, with water company field engineer Shane Kimber topping the scoring charts with 42 points. Shane, 30, who plays off a handicap of 28 after playing golf for just 18 months, beat former Leighton captain John Preston by two points, with Chris O’Mahoney taking third place with 39 points.

Lynn Oliver was top lady scorer with 32 points, beating fellow former Ladies Captain Rosie Hartnell on countback.

The hidden team prize was won by Richard Samuels, Adam Benson, Jayne Tizzard and Phil Whitecross; there were nearest-the-pin prizes fpr Phil Coumbe, Richard Rowles, John Preston and Shane Kimber, and longest drives won by Sue Lambert and Jamie Stone, whose monster hit went 56 yards further than the next best.