Playing with Sir Bob
by Ann van Engelen
Sir Bob Charles joined members of the Hororata Golf Club and beyond playing in the final of three very successful tournaments played since Christmas on Sunday.
“These sponsored tournaments are our major fundraising drive for the club and we attracted 203 players, with a good number of sponsors coming on board to support us,” says Canterbury Golf Selwyn Hub coordinator, Pip Deans.
“Sir Bob Charles was invited to play as a special guest with family roots to the area. His father was born in the area and resided in nearby Coalgate, later becoming a teacher at the Glentunnel School.”
The club president selected three members to play with Sir Bob, the men’s club captain, Andrew Kenworthy, the women’s club champion Raewyn Kars and Pip Deans.
“Two young players from the hub, Lexi Thomson Hall and Marshall Johnston were asked to caddy nine holes each for him. He is a great advocate for young people playing golf, and they both had a great experience, learnt lots and got to show him their skills at the end of the game.
“A great day was had by all, and we certainly appreciate the support we have from Sir Bob. Andrew Bell, the club’s course superintendent, with the help of member volunteers, had prepared the course in great condition. The hot, warm nor’-west weather made for some interesting golf and the Willows Cafe provided a lovely meal to all the players at the completion of their round, which was very much appreciated.”