Barham claims award Dinner to mark great campaign
Group Sports Editor Mike Rees 01227 475918 Golf
KENT golf professionals Benn Barham and Paul Stuart have been jointly honoured for their charity fundraising work.
Barham, from Chart Hills, and Stuart, the teaching professional at The London Golf Club, were jointly awarded the Charity Fundraiser of the Year trophy at the Professional Golfers’ Association South Region annual dinner at Wentworth GC.
Barham’s award was made chiefly in recognition of his fund-raising efforts for Demelza House.
He has raised more than £100,000 for the children’s hospice during the past twoand-a-half years through his “Birdie Challenge” where family and friends sponsor him for £1 for every birdie he makes while on tour.
But Barham has also worked closely on other fundraising events with Stuart, including organising a Charity Day at The London Golf Club.
This year’s PGA South Region captain, Ashford GC professional Paul Sherman, said: “This is the first time that we have made a joint award for our Charity Fundraiser of the Year.
“All our members throughout the South Region make nominations for the award and they clearly felt that Benn and Paul should both be honoured for all their hard work for charity this year.”
Ted Gladdish, Chief Executive of Demelza Hospice Care for Children said: “Benn’s award is well deserved.
“He has been doing superb work in fundraising for Demelza over the last few years and last year the money he raised more than paid for a nurse’s salary for a year, which provides vital support for our life-limited children and their families on a daily basis.” LITTLESTONE GC marked the fantastic achievements of Chris Reynolds and Andrew Stracey during 2009 with a celebration dinner.
Stracey started his first season as a Senior by winning the Irish Seniors Championship in Bangor and then came runner-up to Reynolds at the English Seniors Championship.
Stracey finished top of the EGU 2009 Order of Merit.
The pair were also members of the English team at the European Seniors Team Championships in Switzerland.
Reynolds followed his English Seniors win with victories at Club, County, Regional and International levels.
He also won the Kent Seniors Championship and the South East of England Seniors and UK Seniors Golf Association Championships.
Successful duo Andrew Stracey, left, and Chris Reynolds during Littlestone Golf Club’s celebration dinner