AFC St Austell Club Chairman James Hutchings is hoping that Friday the 13th proves lucky for some when the football club holds its 13th annual golf day – on Friday 13 July.
AvantiGas, as well as being one of the football club’s main sponsors, has donated a dozen high-quality golf caps to be given out as prizes – and everyone taking part will be hoping for better luck with the weather after a comprehensive drenching for teams that took part last year.
“We still played but we had torrential rain all day and we delayed play by about two hours. We had to allow the greens to drain before we could get out there,” said James.
Given the current summer sunshine we will hope for better conditions and a good turnout for this year’s event at Carlyon Bay, though the Friday the thirteenth date for tournament number 13 was a fortuitous twist of fate rather than a marketing ploy:
“I’d actually booked this year’s golf day for a fortnight later, but the golf club had another function that they couldn’t turn down, so they moved us forward.”
The event is open to teams of three and the £100 entry fee per team covers refreshments on arrival and dinner: “It’s a very nice course and a nice meal so obviously it costs a little more in green fees and for the meal than you might pay elsewhere,” said James.
And although the day is a fund-raiser for the club it’s as much about flying the flag during soccer’s closed season (World Cup notwithstanding) and having a great day out as it is about raising cash.
“We try to have 25-30 teams and we usually get good support… We don’t make a huge amount from the day but we do raise extra funds and increase awareness of the club, and it just gets people together really to enjoy the day.”
The golf day is based on the popular Stableford stroke-play format in which the high total wins and points are scored based on performance at each hole. The top three teams will each win a cap and other prizes, while caps will also be awarded for other achievements including the longest drive of the day and getting closest to the pin.
James stresses that the golf day is open to all abilities and as a former soccer player himself he has no pretensions of being an expert golfer: “I say I play golf but I’m doing more of a walk round the golf course with my clubs, and enjoying the day.”
AvantiGas Communications Executive Graham Keal said: “We are delighted to be involved in sponsorship of the AFC St Austell Golf Day again and we’re looking forward to being a key sponsor of the club itself once again when the new soccer season starts. It just gives AvantiGas the chance to put something back into the communities where so many customers depend on us.”
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