Woldingham's charity golf day a swinging success at Tandridge Golf Club

Woldingham's charity golf day a swinging success at Tandridge Golf Club

10 June 2024

Mr Oliver Marsh, Head of Golf

Woldingham’s charity golf day to support the school’s bursary programme was held at Tandridge Golf Club on Thursday 6 June. Having recently hosted the prestigious Clutch Tour, Tandridge’s course was in impeccable condition. However, the tournament-ready setup also meant some challenging pin positions awaited our golf day participants, visiting music teacher Barbara O Neill and Woldingham parents Laurence, Robert and Ben.

Among the highlights of a great day was Laurence's exceptional performance. Known for her fluid, powerful swing, Laurence delivered a spectacular drive on the 5th hole, threading her ball expertly through the bunkers on this notoriously difficult fairway. Her control and precision set a high standard for the day's play.

Equally impressive was Barbara, who returned to the greens in remarkable form after recovering from two broken arms. Her incredible driving and fairway wood shots showcased her resilience and skill, inspiring everyone present. Barbara’s performance was a testament to her dedication and passion for the sport.

Robert, who had the advantage of having played the course just two weeks earlier, demonstrated masterful course management throughout the day. His familiarity with Tandridge's nuances was evident, particularly on the 17th hole. With a powerful drive straight down the fairway, he set himself up perfectly for a simple 50-yard wedge shot onto the challenging green. Robert’s consistent play and strategic approach earned him the coveted trophy: a 3D printed replica of the British Open Claret Jug, now a proud centrepiece in his collection (see photo in gallery below).

Ben also made waves, with a late surge in his game. His precise approach play on the back nine culminated in an incredible par on the flagship 14th hole, the most challenging hole on the course. Ben's bold decision on the 16th hole paid off spectacularly, driving the green on the par 4 and securing a birdie. His performance added a thrilling element to the competition, showcasing his strategic risk-taking abilities.

Fun was had on the way round the 18, with players making a donation for each shot that found its way into the sand (camels), trees (birds) and especially for the dreaded three-putts (snakes). This was a highly comical way to raise more money for our life-changing bursary programme.

After a day of light-hearted competition and camaraderie in beautiful weather, everyone felt a profound sense of accomplishment. The challenging course was met with skill and determination, making the day's successes all the more satisfying. This sense of achievement was celebrated with a hearty carvery, offering a delectable array of lamb, pork, and beef, complemented by an extensive dessert selection. Highlights included profiteroles and the Club’s signature Tandridge Pudding, as well as an impressive cheese board that rounded off the meal perfectly.

Our Charity Golf Day was not only a showcase of golfing prowess but also a testament to the spirit of community and resilience among its participants. A resounding success, which left everyone eagerly anticipating next year's competition.

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