PGA Pros help raise over £150,000 for JDRF


West Hill star leads PGA Professionals in support of JDRF at Stoke Park

West Hill’s David Osborn struck again at Stoke Park, this time shooting six birdies for a 65* to win The JDRF Pro-Am sponsored by Crisp Thinking**, the global authority on social media risk.

The event celebrated its seventh year in great style, raising more money than ever in support of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. This year’s event had a Lions Rugby twist with Sir Gareth Edwards and David Duckham OBE playing in the Pro-Am, and also conducting a Lions Q&A session in an evening of fun, laughter, auctions, great food and terrific company, resulting in over £151,000 being raised for JDRF***.

Played around Stoke Park’s classic and recently re-bunkered Colt-Allison layout and using the ‘par as your friend’ format and taking the top prize, Osborn found the same winning form that propelled him to the top of the leader board in the recent Farnham Charity Pro-Am, putting on another sizzling display that edged out five other players who all made five birdies each. Osborn, as the winner, also picked up an additional £2,000 from this year’s bonus pool for the top 5 players.

Its unique format means the PGA Professionals only earn money with birdies (£75) and eagles (£100). Carding 66s, the group of five runners up included local hero James Jewel, Sittingbourne Golf Centre’s Peter Appleyard, Littlestone’s Bruce MacDonald, Prince’s Anthony Tarchetti and ProAgenda.com’s Guy Woodman.

Summing up the day on behalf of JDRF, Director of Fundraising Dean Benton said: "It was another terrific day and we are delighted to have raised over £150,000. This will go a long way to supporting world leading research into the better treatment, prevention and cure of type 1 diabetes.”

He continued: "A big thank you goes to a number of people: our headline sponsor Crisp Thinking, The PGA in England (South) for their fantastic organisation, Stoke Park for the stunning location and course set-up, and not least to Colin Brumpton for his wonderful support and advice as a JDRF Golf Committee member."

As the winner, Osborn added, “With over 400,000 people in the UK, many of them children, suffering from type 1 diabetes, we’re doing all we can to help JDRF. The course was in great condition, and once again special thanks go to Stoke Park’s Director of Golf and PGA Professional Stuart Collier for laying on yet another fantastic event.”

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