A TEAM from Cristal were left celebrating after winning the Third Annual YMCA/Get Hooked on Positive Activities (GHoPA) Golf Day on Friday 11th September at Grimsby Golf Club.
The quartet, led by Sean Olley, notched an astonishing 103 points to finish at the head of the 21-team field. In second place were Open Door, captained by Rob Baty and in third place were M&J Accountants, captained by Mike Brierley.
One individual also celebrating on the day was Josh Winchester from the Hewitt’s Circus team as he scooped two prizes, one for Best Individual Player (40 points) and one for Nearest the Pin.
Other prizes included Craig Petherbridge from the Cristal team winning the Longest Drive award. There was even a wooden spoon award, chosen by his team-mates, for the captain of DMS Ltd. Darren Smith!
The two charities are hailing a successful event with a record number of teams taking part to raise money for vulnerable young people in North East Lincolnshire.
Mark Fenty, Managing Director of GHoPA said: “It was a really fun day and we have all enjoyed the friendly rivalry out on the course.
“All funds raised will go towards helping some of the region’s most disadvantaged young people, something we do regularly through our partnership with YMCA.”
Malcolm Smith, Chief Executive at YMCA Humber added: “It makes sense for YMCA to work closely with GHoPA because we are working with the same groups of young people.
“The day not only provides local businesses the opportunity to take in a round of golf and enjoy some good company but it also gives us as charities the chance to mingle with those we work it so that they can understand what we do and why we do it.”
In addition to the fun on the fairways, teams were also treated to a bacon bun and beverage on arrival and fresh Grimsby Fish and Chips after their round.
For non-golfers, there was the opportunity to support the event by sponsoring one of the holes for £25, which was taken up by many local businesses.
There was also a raffle and an auction to boost the fundraising total and Mark spoke of his delight at the support in donating items.
“We have had over 40 items donated,” he said.
“This includes a signed Swansea City football shirt, a signed Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor dartboard and a signed Frank Bruno boxing glove.
“We would like to thank everyone who donated to the event and to Grimsby Golf Club for being excellent hosts once again.”
For more information on GHoPA, please visit www.ghopa.org.
For photos from the event, please visit YMCA Humber’s Flickr page.