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Archive - Thursday, 20 June 2002

Celebrities to stage charity golf event

CELEBRITIES are getting involved for the sixth Redgrave & Pinsent Celebrity Golf Classic to help raise money for children.

The Northern Echo: Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent

And organisers are looking to businesses to help out by forming a team or sponsoring a hole.

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There are 26 teams this year for the July 17 event, consisting of three team players and a celebrity.

Alongside, Sir Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent, there will be some Olympians as well as other stras from television and sport.

In the past, sportsmen such as Tom Conteh and Jimmy Hill, have taken part, as well as Tim Foster and James Cracknell, the other two members of the Oarsome Foursome which won rowing gold in the Sydney Olympics.

Marlow's Harleyford Golf Course, designed by Donald Steel, is hosting the event, in aid of SPARKS Sport Aiding Medical Research for Kids and the Sir Steve Redgrave Charitable Trust.

The entry price for a team in this year's event is £995, or £1,500 to enter a team and sponsor and hole.

But the Free Press has also teamed up with event organisers to offer three golfers the chance to win a place on the Free Press team for free by answering the questions opposite.

For further information or entry forms, contact John Peterson on 01494 711567.

Friday saw 60 players competed for 16 places (and ties) for the final 36 holes of the BBO Amateur Championship the following day.

Ashley Walton at six under par, led by three from Paul Heselden and Mark Housego with four others under the par of 144. Scores on the Saturday morning rose quite sharply as a tricky wind blew up.

In the afternoon, Walton could not make any mistakes and six pars on the back nine looked enough, but just for good measure he finished brilliantly with birdies at 16 and 17 and a par at 18 which saw him take the title by four shots.

He will now go on to represent BB&O in the county champions' tournament at Woodhall Spa in September.

Results: 72 Holes Scratch; 1st Ashley Walton 284; 2nd Tim Whittaker 288; 3rd Tom Lawson 289; 4th David Addison 290; 5th Craig Buttivant 291; Best Scratch Friday: AM Richard Clarke 68; PM Mark Housego 69; Saturday: AM David Summers 71; PM Jon Carter 71.