Charity contest honours Seve

MEMBERS and staff at Matfen Hall Golf Club have decided to honour a great and much-loved golfer by holding a Seve Ballesteros Foundation Open Day this summer.

The tournament is open to all individuals, either members or non-members, with the proceeds going to the five-time Major winner’s own charity foundation.

Ballesteros founded the charity before he lost his own fight to brain cancer last month.

Each year in the UK, around 8,500 people are diagnosed with brain and central nervous system tumours. Although the outlook varies greatly for individual cases, current overall survival rates for malignant brain tumours are poor.

Consequently, in partnership with Cancer Research UK, the Seve Ballesteros Foundation is helping others suffering from brain cancer and funding research to improve treatment.

Among those on the Matfen Hall staff hosting a team will be European Seniors Tour player and Head Professional John Harrison and Golf Manager Peter Smith.

Speaking about the competition, Mr Smith said: “There are few golfers, amateur or professional, who have not been influenced by Seve Ballesteros.

“He was a great model for the sport both on and off the course and will be sadly missed. We hope the tournament will be a fitting memorial and if successful, we would like to make this an annual event with proceeds going to the foundation.”

The Individual Stableford competition, with full handicap allowance, will take place on the award winning championship course and is bound to provide challenges for all participants whatever their level of play.

The event will be held on Friday, August 5. Entrance is £15 per person and tee times are available from 9am to 3pm. They must be pre-booked by contacting the Matfen Hall Pro Shop on 01661 886400.