Barham claims award Din­ner to mark great cam­paign

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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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

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