The 15th Annual MITIE / Dream-A-Way Golf Classic 2010
The beautifully manicured
Oaks Championship Course at
Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club played host to the Fifteenth Annual
MITIE / Dream-A-Way Golf Classic on Friday 3rd September 2010.
The charity’s Woodbury Park Golf days even before this year’s event have raised in excess of £100,000 which represents one tenth of their first million pounds- a fundraising landmark reached in February of this year.
Twenty seven teams enjoyed a Full English Breakfast before setting out to compete in both individual and Stableford events. The competition was fierce to finish top and enjoy the spoils of an excellent prize table presented by Gill and David Freeman and featuring a range of fantastic items including impressive trophies, rare Masters merchandise and the top prize of a Golfing holiday in Andalucia for four people.
The weather was kind once again and in addition to enjoying a great round of Golf, participants were treated to challenges, displays and advice from renowned trick shot golfer Jeremy Dale. Later in the day, as the last of the fading sun was warming the terrace, Jeremy wowed the audience with his superb trick shot display, the likes of which would put many pros to shame.
Following the display, a helicopter ball drop was held on the 18th Green, where 100 balls were dropped from a height with the winner being the person with the closest numbered ball to the hole. With a top prize of an HD LCD Television on offer, everyone was keen to hear the announcement of the winner!
A delicious two course meal followed along with entertainment from Claude the Comedy Waiter and Magician Simon Leach mingling with guests.
As is Dream-A-Way tradition, Fun Bingo followed the meal with a fantastic Woodbury Park Hotel package to the winner,
before the grand unveiling of the winners for the day.
The first placed lady, winning a prestigious trophy and an assortment of prizes kindly donated by David Freeman was Kath Davidson with 37 points.
The first placed man, winning the perpetual trophy and a plasma screen television kindly donated by Chris Hatherly from Eurosat was Simon Kirby with 38 points.
Competition was close, but the eventual team winners with a superb score of 89 points (and a better back 9) were the
Proform team from Newton Abbot who won the M J Stevens Trophy, unique glass trophies and the holiday to Andalucia.
They were followed closely in second place by The Brady Bunch with 89 points (losing on the back 9!) and Eurosat Distribution in third with 85 points.
After the prize presentations, guests had the opportunity to bid on some truly rare items such as signed sports memorabilia, a day with Jeremy Dale and an extremely rare ticket to the 2011 Masters in Augusta.
Other entertainment included a Dream-A-Way special Silent Auction and a raffle organised by Dream-A-Way committee member Bernice Woodhead.
On display throughout the day was a beautiful Morgan car from Berrybrook Motors, generous sponsors of Dream-A-Way, and two top of the range Kia cars. Supporters of Dream-A-Way can hire a Morgan from Berrybrook or can book their car (any make) in for servicing, MOT or repairs at a special price, and when mentioning Dream-A-Way Berrybrook will make a donation to the charity.
The event raised a fantastic total in the region of £9000 and Dream-A-Way would like to pay special thanks to David and Gill Freeman, the MITIE Group, MJ Stevens, Rodrigo Villegas and the Andalucian Tourist Board for their ongoing kind and generous support without whom this event would be unable to hold its place as one of the most prestigious Golfing events on the South West calendar.
The management and staff at Woodbury Park once again ensured that everyone had an exceptional time and Dream-A-Way have already reserved Friday 16th September 2011 for their 16th annual classic at this superb venue.
Chairman Jeff Merrett said “ Once again we presented a fantastic day out for golfers from all over the country. Woodbury Park, as always, excelled, and made sure that everyone enjoyed a memorable time. With the support of many local and national companies Gill and David Freeman presented an amazing prize table. We are already planning our 16th golf classic back at Woodbury Park on 16th September 2011”.
A full range of photos from this year's event can be found in our Gallery
Thanks to everyone who took part in the day; To all our sponsors, supporters and friends; To David and Gill Freeman and MITIE for their ongoing generosity; and to everyone who has helped in making this one of the most successful and enjoyable Golfing days in the South West calendar once again!