Willow Senior Golf Classic raises £120,000 for charity

Inaugural event at Hanbury Manor raises large sum for Willow Foundation

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Fri, 2 Sep 2016

The inaugural Willow Senior Golf Classic raised £120,000 for the Willow Foundation, which provides Special Days for seriously ill young adults aged 16-40.

The tournament is a new addition to the European Senior Tour, and was staged at Hertfordshire’s Hanbury Manor.

“We’ve been working around the clock all year to get the course into the great condition that it is, and make the tournament as successful as possible” commented Govert Deketh, General Manager at Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel & Country Club.

“To see so many spectators coming to the club, golfers and non-golfers alike, all enjoying the atmosphere of the day was incredibly rewarding, and we hope to see them all back here again to enjoy our beautiful venue.”

In the days leading up to the event, a Pro-Am was staged to raise money for the charity, which was founded in 1999 by ex-Arsenal footballer Bob Wilson and his wife Meg, in memory of their daughter who passed away from cancer aged 31.

Successive holes-in-one triggered a donation of £20,000, which went some way to bolstering the eventual sum.

Over 200 spectators watched the event over three days, won by Gary Mark.



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