GLORIOUS sunshine blessed the 16th annual Seaside Pro/Am Golf event held last Friday at Bridlington Golf Club.
The day proved hugely successful and confirmed its reputation as the largest event of its kind in the North of England.
Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the day and the quality of the golf played was first class with some fine performances from both the professionals and amateurs.
Event organiser Anthony Howarth told the Free Press “The event was a resounding success and the icing on the cake was the glorious weather we experienced on the day.
“The weather is always a concern and the perfect summer conditions on the day ultimately contributed to the day’s success”.
In total, 48 professionals from over the North of England graced the fairways at Bridlington Golf Club and 144 amateurs joined them to make up the four-man teams.
The Bridlington Free Press Trophy and a cheque for £1,500, presented to the leading professional was won by Andrew Turner (Knaresborough Golf Club) who returned a very impressive score of 67 (five under par).
This score was equalled by Graeme Bell (Eaglescliffe Golf Club) but Turner was presented the Trophy by virtue of a better back nine score.
Turner was very complimentary about the quality of the Belvedere-based course and also paid tribute to how well the event was run.
In the professional event, local success came from young Liam Adamson formerly an amateur at Bridlington Golf Club.
Adamson turned professional recently and in his debut Seaside Pro/Am held his nerve to return a very impressive score of 70 (2 under par) which secured him a cheque for a very creditable 5th place.
The keenly contested Lloyd Dowson Team Trophy was eventually won by the team Brilliant Media.
This team included the overall professional champion Andrew Turner and his playing partners M Pennington, M Rawnsley and D Moutrie.
They recorded an exceptional score of 126 (18 under par). They narrowly beat the team representing Marketbest Plant by two shots.
All the fantastic prizes up for grabs throughout the day were presented to the winners at the end of day prize presentation by Christine Dowson representing the main sponsors Lloyd Dowson (Chartered Accountants).
During the prizegiving many people were thanked for helping make the day such a huge success.
Those thanked included the officials from the Yorkshire PGA, the catering and bar staff at Bridlington Golf Club and also the many members who helped and generously offered their services throughout the day.
Head greenkeeper Shaun Drum and his team were particularly praised for the condition of the course which was immaculate.
Anthony Howarth took the opportunity of thanking all the companies who sponsored the event and in particular the main sponsors Lloyd Dowson Chartered Accountants for their incredible commitment and support over the years.
Following the prize presentation Mrs Dowson had the pleasant duty of presenting the charity cheque to this year’s nominated charity.
St Catherine’s Hospice was chosen to benefit from this year’s event and during the day over £1,000 was raised. Thanks to the incredible support from Barclays Commercial Banking this amount was increased to £2,000.
David Marshall, commercial director from St. Catherines Hospice was on hand to receive the Cheque and thanked everyone involved in raising such an incredible amount.
David Dowson from Lloyd Dowson Accountants officially brought the day to a close by thanking everyone for their support and a special mention to Anthony Howarth for all his hard work in organising the event.
He also announced, to the delight of the organisers, that Lloyd Dowson Accountants would continue as main sponsors for the 2012 event which will take place on Friday, June 1.
Professional Individual Results (Par 72)
Bridlington Free Press Trophy
1st Andrew Turner (Knaresborough GC) 67
2nd Graeme Bell (Eaglescliffe GC) 67
3rd Neil Walker (Rotherham GC) 69
4th Adrian Ambler (Walton GC) 69
5th Liam Adamson (Far Grange GC) 70
Lloyd Dowson Team Trophy
1st Brilliant Media 126
M Pennington, M Rawnsley, D Moutrie and professional A Turner (Knaresborough GC)
2nd Marketbest Plant 128
R Bickenson, D Wing, W Galafant and professional G Bell (Eaglescliffe GC)
3rd T & M Car Parks 129
M Singh, T Singh, J Nijjar and professional H Matharu (Cookridge Hall GC)
4th Clearly Automated 129
R Webster, N Richardson, J Morrice and professional C Gray (Cottingham GC)
5th Burstwick GC 129
G Fincham, N Holmes, C Perkins and professional S Fraser (Burstwick GC)
6th Hooking Hell 129
B Landau, J Barraclough, D Alistair and professional D Harder (Otley GC)
7th Strawberry 129
W Acton, S Chatterton, J Leafe and professional J Wells (Cherry Burton GC)
8th Andy Hire 129
K Keenan, R Hagan, A Meunier and professional T Skingle (Scarborough SC GC)
9th Pineapple Joes
D Thompson, C Walker, P Hayes and professional R Pace (One Stop Golf)
10th Belvedere Babes 130
J Coughlin, N Raybould, M Raybould and professional S Raybould (Bridlington GC)
Nearest the pin at the second hole (amateur) S Clough 10ft ½inch
Nearest the pin – ninth hole (professional) J Proctor 49½ inches
Nearest the pin at the 11th hole D Alistair 12 inches
Longest drive at the 15th hole (amateur) J Coughlin
Longest drive at the 15th hole (professional) A Wainwright
Nearest the pin at the 16th hole M Jackson 6ft 6ins