5 December 2023

Golf pro tees up £5,800 for charity

by Terry Bearpark

A golf professional has helped raise £5,800 for charity after completing 10 consecutive rounds at his home club.

Paul Mayoh, the PGA Pro at Hainsworth Park Golf Club in Brandesburton, teed off at 4.24am on June 19 and completed his marathon on the 18-hole course 17 hours later.

Paul, who has been the professional at Hainsworth Park for eight years, took on the challenge to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust after it was named as the chosen charity of new club captain Roger Ward. He was assisted by shop manager Curtis Bartlett who led the way around in a buggy, measuring distances to play and handing Paul the correct club.

He averaged just under 74 shots per round on the par 71 course, with his best being a 64. Paul also carded an impressive 26 birdies (one under par) and walked about 40 miles after declining the use of a buggy. He admitted the last two rounds were “tough” but was buoyed by support from his family and about 50 club members.

With sponsorship, donations and gift aid, a total of £5.800 was raised, with the largest single donation being a very generous £900.

Captain Roger Ward said: “What Paul did was a massive achievement; he is a very popular pro and the whole club was very much behind him in his fundraising performance. We are all very proud of him.”

The Teenage Cancer Trust’s senior relationship manager travelled to the club this week to collect the cheque, and said: “The TCT is very grateful to him, club members and his supporters for this very generous donation. It will make such a difference to young people whose lives have been affected by cancer.”

The Teenage Cancer Trust is a cancer care and support charity in the UK that exists to improve the cancer experience of young people aged 13 to 24.

Founded in 1990, the charity’s key service is providing specialist teenage units in NHS hospitals. It also trains and funds staff who are teenage cancer specialists.

Wards 32 and 33 make up the TCT unit at Castle Hill Hospital near Hull. It was designed for 16 to 24-year-olds and has four in-patient beds. All bedrooms are equipped with soft furnishings, bespoke furniture, TV, DVD and gaming facilities, laptops and WiFi.