After reading a golf magazine about injured soldiers, and some careful planning back in April, Belton Park Golf Club arranged a golf day with Battle Back Golfers. Battle Back is a MOD initiative aimed at getting wounded, injured, and sick personnel into sport to aid their rehabilitation.
On Thursday, September 12th, the full schedule started with the 12.30 pm ceremony of raising the Union flag. 24 players in each team, playing 2 competitions, the first 6 pairs being in a 4bbb, and the second 6 pairs in a match play competition between the civilians and ex forces players. 11 players attended from Battle back and some fabulous golf was on display from the Battle Back team who eagled the 3rd par 4 hole.
The RAF provided a flypast from a “Hurricane “ world war 2 fighter, thanks to the RAF as it shows how well they support this charity.
Organiser Ian Carroll played with club Lady Captain Helen Long with Zeno Gomes, Chairman of Battle Back Golf, and Battle Back Captain Luke Finley in the lead team playing the 4 bbbb. The team actually came in winners with 82 points, winning on count-back!
The match play competition was won by the civilian team, best winners were Kevin Smith and Richard Welbourne. The civilians won the day with a 5.5 to 0.5 win.
Ladies in the halfway hut fed all the players with cakes and drinks and in the evening there was a meal and prize-giving.
Major(Rtd) Bernard Broad gave an inspirational overview of what and why “Battle Back Golf“ was started, to help seriously injured service personnel through the rehabilitation process. Major Bernard Broad also explained how the process helped him personally when he had been seriously injured himself and how the rehab process works. Zeno Gomes, who worked at Headley Court, was co-founder of the Battle Back Golf programme. Each injured person has his own issues to overcome and getting involved with sport and playing against Golf Clubs helps overcome some of those obstacles.
To raise funds, 24 local people/businesses, including Peter Allis (the voice of golf on the BBC) gave donations and raffle prizes, and 14 golf courses donated 4 ball vouchers to be auctioned off. A “tops and tails” game was run by Paul Nash and a £1 toss for a bottle of whisky donated by the Juniper Tap also proved very successful.
A bespoke shield was designed, made, and donated by Belton Park member Andy MacGowan as a trophy for the matchplay event. This trophy will be played for in future years. Next year the golf event will be extended to include all the clubs that donated the 4-ball vouchers, each club being invited to bring 2 players to take part.
We thank everyone who donated, or helped to make this event a success, all proceeds will be going to Battle Back Golf, a very worthy cause. It is an honour to be associated with “Battle Back Golf” and the Belton Park organiser, Ian Carroll, wishes to thank all involved, and the sponsors who helped to make this a most memorable day.
Link to the prize-giving photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/TEcGnwFnCEZ5C7Rs7