More than 50 golfers took to the fairways of Tadmarton Heath Golf Club for an innaugral charity competition held in association with the Banbury Guardian.
The William Potts Pairs Championship – named after the founding editor of the Banbury Guardian – was held last Friday in aid of the Dogs for the Disabled charity.
Despite wind and rain resulting in difficult playing conditions, the event proved to be a huge success with Geoff Stone and Paul Fuller of Cherwell Edge Golf Club winning the men’s competition with an impressive 44 points.
David Newman, general manager of Tadmarton Heath Golf Club, said: “My thanks go to all who took part in this, the first of what I hope will be an annual event. We had players from seven clubs taking part in a total field of 56 players.The weather could have been kinder but the praise for our green keeping staff was much appreciated.
“Being a fast and free draining heathland course this is a great asset and one of the many advantages of Tadmarton Heath. It is hoped that many more players will take part in the William Potts Championship in 2014.”
The event raised £300 for Banbury-based Dogs for the Disabled.
The cash will be added to funds raised by Tadmarton Heath lady captain Maggie Irwin in support of the charity throughout the current year.
Runner-up in the men’s competition was Tadmarton Heath captain Duncan White with his playing partner Kevin Tuckey
Tadmarton Heath’s Thelma Mawle and Maureen McInnes returned the best ladies score of 38 points, with Lilly Robinson and Anne Goodman, also from the host club, just one point behind.
Banbury Guardian editor Jason Gibbins said: “I was delighted when Tadmarton Heath first approached me to discuss the idea of launching the William Potts Pairs Championship.
“As two of the most historic brands in north Oxfordshire, it makes perfect sense for Tadmarton Heath and the Banbury Guardian to work together to raise funds for a good cause.
“I was overwhelmed by what proved to be an extremely enjoyable day of golf on one of the country’s finest courses.
“I would life to offer my personal thanks to all of those who took part and to all involved with Tadmarton Heath for being such wonderful hosts.”
l Tadmarton Heath is encourging golfers from across the region to enter it’s winter Taddy Challenge. The individual stableford competition, played off full handicap, is open to men and women and runs from October-March.
Entries are accepted at weekdays and at weekends.
The cost of entry is £25 per person. For full details see www.tadmartongolf.com