Bury St Edmunds: Golfers help to raise £2,000 for Theatre Royal’s community education programme

Dan Lobb

Dan Lobb - Credit: Archant

Stars of the stage and small screen rubbed shoulders with professional golfers, amateurs and a former Ipswich Town star to help raise money for charity.

In all, a total of 92 people formed into 23 teams at the Haverhill Golf Club which resulted in an estimated £2,000 being raised for the Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal’s community education programme.

The golfers included former tennis player, one time Strictly Come Dancing star and current TV presenter Dan Lobb; artistic director of the English National Ballet in London, Wayne Eagling; and Super Blues legend Mick Lambert, famous for his appearance as a substitute for goalscorer Roger Osborne in the 1978 FA Cup Final.

The windy conditions made the 18 holes a tough challenge for many of the celebrities and amateurs. But it didn’t present too much of a handicap for the pro winner of the event Ian Ellis, of Costessey Park Golf Club, who completed the course at a level par score of 70. He won the title at last year’s event held at Stowmarket Golf Club and is the current Norfolk Matchplay Champion. Ellis had won at Haverhill earlier in the year when he recorded the joint course record of six under par 64. Joint second was Sam Forgan, from Stowmarket, who has just turned pro; and Lawrence Dodd, Bury Driving Range, with a score of 71.

The team winners were Team Colchester made up of Dave Blackmore, Kevin Prince, John Dornan and Mike Kettle. Second was Haverhill Past Presidents, Spencer Tatum, Malcolm Klingle, Bob and Theresa Spittle; and third Team Dalena ( Haverhill), Michael Dalena, James Lay, Pat Barlett and Pat McGarr.

Other winners on the day were: nearest the pin, winning a Mercedes SLK for the weekend, Mark Firman (Haverhill); and longest drive, Chris Daniel (Stowmarket Golf Club).

Organiser Ian Duncan said he was delighted with the response from the people who took part and thanked the event main sponsors, Robinson Mercedes Bury St Edmunds, Club Noticeboard and Haverhill Golf Club.

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“The weather was really testing but I think everyone enjoyed themselves and I’m really grateful to everyone who took part and the celebrities who turned up for the day. All in all it was a great success,” he added.