Hole in one earns golfer a Porsche
A Bishopston resident put his golfing skills to good use at a charity golf day when he made a 195-yard hole-in-one on the 13th hole, winning him a £60,000 Porsche Macan.
Bristol After Stroke were the beneficiary of a Captain’s Charity Golf Day at Bristol and Clifton Golf Club when David Battrick used his four iron to secure the Porsche – which he will now be sharing with the other three golfers he was playing with at the time.
“We all put in £10 to enter for this prize,” says David, “but I almost didn't go in for the competition as I couldn't find my wallet! Luckily, I’ve been working on my swing with the club professional recently and his advice must have done the trick – the other three either hit their balls into the rough or into a bunker. Mine just went perfectly and straight into the hole.
“Before we teed off, the four of us agreed to share the prize if we won – I didn’t see the ball go in unfortunately, but after it did I had a difficult job from getting the others to concentrate on the rest of the game!
David, who is 73 and lives in Bishopston, has a 20 handicap and plays a couple of rounds each week at the Clifton Club. “I still work at my daughter’s legal practice Battrick Clark helping to manage the finances, but I try to find time to get to the golf club as well,” he says. “Having had a TIA myself – a transient ischemic attack, which is a low-level stroke – I am an enthusiastic supporter of Bristol After Stroke, as I know the difference it makes to so many local lives.”
Money raised by the Captain’s Charity Day, estimated to be over £30,000, is being matched by the John James Bristol Foundation. The hole was sponsored by Citimark Partnership and – fortunately – was insured against the chance of a hole-in-one.
Rebecca Sheehy, the charity’s chief executive, says: “We are hugely grateful to Alan Thoy who is the captain of the Bristol and Clifton Golf Club for choosing us as his charity and all those who contributed to make this such a successful day. Raising over £30,000 will make a massive difference to our work as every pound we raise goes a very long way.
“Over the next 20 years, the number of people surviving a stroke is set to rise by a third. We want to ensure that Bristol After Stroke continues to offer the support that is desperately needed and meets the increasing demand.”
A Stroke Cafe is held near Durdham Downs on the third Wednesday of each month at Oatley Hall, St Monica Trust, Cote Lane, BS9 3UN, from 1.30pm - 3.15pm. It helps to combat the social isolation of people disabled by stroke.
For more information, visit www.bristolafterstroke.org.uk.
Photo courtesy of Linda Meaton Photography