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July 15, 2005
Golfers' charity drive nets £1,400 for Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft

Golfers at Brean Golf Club with the crew of the Burnham hovercraft

Brean Golf Club’s fundraising drive for the Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft has netted £1,400 following a day-long tournament.

The hovercraft crew next to a mini wooden hovercraft which the golfers had to chip into90 players chipped, drove and putted their way around the greens during a special competition on Saturday - with the last hole requiring players to chip the ball into an inshore rescue boat in the middle of a lake.

"Getting the ball into the dinghy on the last hole was a real challenge. Nearly everyone missed it - and we charged players 50p per ball to get them back! It was quite a challenging finish to the course," said Bob Masterman, Brean Golf Club Men’s Captain.

Jack the dog was among the visitors to the hovercraft at Brean Golf Club!"It was a lot of fun. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the playing conditions were pretty close to ideal given the calm, sunny weather," added Bob.

John Walton won the morning competition. Eighteen teams of three players took part in the afternoon's Texas scramble, with the event being won by D May, B Daniels and D Ewers.

Our main photo at the top of this page shows Brean Golf Club ladies captain Deirdre Wheadon, men's captain Bob Masterman and players Liz Blackwell, Roger Blackwell and Margaret Copp with Burnham hovercraft crew members in front of the Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft at the golf course.

The craft was on display at the golf club throughout the day to let players and visitors meet the crew and learn about the group's life-saving work.

The event came after Brean Golf Club pledged to raise money for BARB throughout the year, having decided to choose the hovercraft as its main charity for fundraising.

All money raised will go towards the costs of purchasing and maintaining equipment and funding the crew’s ongoing training.


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