Local golfers came to the fore last week to save lives in the developing world.
Northumbrian Water held its 21st consecutive Pro-Am golf day on Thursday May 19 2011, to raise money for the company’s adopted, international charity, WaterAid.
The tournament, which was held at Rockliffe Hall’s championship golf course, saw 42 local professionals each captain an amateur team.
Around £10,000 was raised, which will go a ‘fairway’ to providing 150 people in Africa and Asia with safe, clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education.
Tournament director Dave Whiteley, who lives in Tynemouth and works as a facilities manager at Northumbrian Water’s head office in Durham, said: “The WaterAid golf day has grown to become the largest Pro-Am event in the North East over the years. It is always one of the most enjoyable events in the golfing calendar, whilst giving people in some of the world’s poorest countries a helping hand to a healthier and happier life.
“It’s so easy in this country to take the water we get for granted when we turn on the tap, but for many people around the world, water can be diseased and deadly.”
Carlisle professional Craig Goodfellow and Hexham’s Chris McDonnell jointly broke the course record, with 6 under par rounds.
The winning team, Newcastle-based cost management consultants, Turner & Townsend, won in 16 under par with a score of 128. Runners up RDA/7 day catering were one shot behind, with a score of 129 points.
Golf fanatic Mr Whiteley has gone to extraordinary lengths to raise money for WaterAid in the past, including playing every hole in the North East, challenging PGA professional Graeme Storm to a round of golf, a freezing boxing day dip in the North Sea and pedalling for pounds on a giant toilet bike!
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