ENTRIES are now being taken for the annual David Shepherd Cricket Trust Golf Day, which this year takes place at Churston Golf Club on Thursday, October 1.
The golf day is one of the big fund-raising events for the charity, which supports the development of young cricketers in Devon.
The charity was set up in memory of former player and Test match umpire David Shepherd, who died in 2009. He started his career with Devon and was county club president after retiring from umpiring.
Last year’s David Shepherd Cricket Trust Golf Day at Woodbury Park near Exeter raised around £2,000 for the charity and more than half of the Somerset first team took part including the Overton twins, Lewis Gregory, Peter Trego, Alfonso Thomas as well as the Trust’s patron Chris Read and Jos Buttler.
Twenty-four teams of three took part in the stableford-format competition, which was won by a team from Plympton CC comprising Nigel Beasley, Dan Pitman, and Stu Morgan.
How to enter a team
The entry fee is £130 for a team of three, which covers all green fees, bacon baps on arrival, entry into a free draw and a two-course dinner at the end of the day.
Prizes will be handed out after dinner to the winning team as well as spot prizes for longest drive and nearest the pin.
Exeter Chiefs have been invited to send down a team and join players at dinner for a question-and-answer session.
Keith Benton, a former England U19 international who played for Devon and Paignton, is organising the day. Benton is looking to improve on last year’s turn out and raise even more money.
“I would encourage as many club’s affiliated within the Devon League’s to support, and help raise funds to this wonderful Trust, which in turn helps develop players aspiring to make it into the County game and beyond, and at grass-roots level,” said Benton.
Entries can be made through the Trust website http://www.dsct111.org.uk/events/
Sponsoring a hole
One way of topping up the money raised is to sponsor a hole from £50 each. Call Benton on 07970 126284.
Come for dinner
If you are not a golfer, or don’t have time to play during the day, come along for the dinner for just £15. Again you can book online here http://www.dsct111.org.uk/events/ .
“The sooner you enter the better your chance of getting the tee time you want,” said Benton.
For more information about the golf day, including hole sponsorship, call Benton on 07970 126284, or email info@DSCT111.org.uk