This is the second year ATS has attended the charity Wooden Spoon Day, and on both occasions Mark and I have played. This year James joins our team along with Tim Stimpson. The competition is a full Stableford handicap event, where 18 teams do a shotgun start over the Silver and Gold nine holes at the Shropshire Golf Centre.

Top five teams

We had a great day on the golf course and finished in the top five teams with a score of 88. The third and second places both had the same score of 94 points which was a family team and the team from Faccenda Foods. The team to come in first place was from Hughes & Co. with 100 points (a male captain this year and his wife was the female captain two years ago).

Spreading the love of golf

All the money raised from the day goes towards the charity Wood Spoon, which helps adults with learning disabilities to play golf. Two of the adults went on the course with their coach and played ten holes on a full course. On our first trip, we met a couple of the lads and I must say, it’s amazing to see how far they have come in the three years.

A great cause

Over the course of the evening we had a speech from Ian Robertson, the voice of rugby on the BBC. Tim Stimpson hosted the event and the charity auction afterwards in which we sold a £43 a month sim card for £200, all going to Wooden Spoon.

The England team

We were asked by Tim Stimpson to represent England vs Scotland in the Wooden Spoon Calcutta Cup match.

Tim “break-his-driver” Stimpson – Handicap 9.

Duncan “that’s-gone-left” Biddle – Handicap 16.

James “where’s-that-gone” Bustin – Handicap 15.

Mark “down-the-middle” Trafford – Handicap 24.

After a well fought day, we thought we had come up rather short with a score of 88 points, but at dinner we were informed that Scotland had retreated with their tail between their legs after losing by eleven points to the mighty England squad.

Most importantly, a fantastic £2,500 was raised on the day. To find out more about about the Wooden Spoon charity, click here.


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