The Chairman of Council, Councillor Brian Rolfe, led the way at the annual Epping Forest Ditsrict Council Chairman’s Charity Golf Day with the opening tee shot, at Chigwell Golf Club on Tuesday 19th June 2012. A total of 25 golfers (comprising of Councillors, Officers, former employees and Council contractors) took to the fairways on a warm, sunny day to raise money for the Chairman’s chosen charities this year – Chigwell Riding Trust which provides rider training for people with special needs and the Dream Factory which works with children and young adults who have either life limiting or life threatening conditions.
- Chairman Brian Rolfe with winner Chigwell Parish Councillor Raj Sood
Winner of the Don Spinks Shield, and champion golfer for 2012, was Chigwell Parish Councillor Raj Sood (here pictured with the Chairman) with a score of 41 stableford points on his debut in the competition. The Robert O’Malley Cup for Ladies Golfers was won for the second year running by Annette Stansfield from the Council’s leisure contract provider Sports and Leisure Management Limited with a score of 26 points. Annette had won the Don Spinks Shield in 2010 and this win made it three trophies in three years.
Enforcement Officer David Thompson was the runner-up with 38 points, whilst Sports Officer James Warwick came third with 37 points. For the Ladies, Kim Bames, also from Sports and Leisure Management, was second with 25 points. Surprisingly, nobody was able to hit the green on the 10th hole, so the nearest-the-pin prize was rolled over to 2013, but Technical Assistant Director Kim Durrani was able to keep his ball on the 18th fairway to win the longest drive competition.
The Chairman’s wife – Mrs Una Rolfe – provided welcome refreshment at the halfway stage, which proved popular with all the contestants as they walked between the ninth green and the tenth tee. After handing out the prizes, the Chairman thanked all involved for taking part and supporting the Chairman’s Charity Appeal for 2012/13. A total of £633.58 had been raised for the Chairman’s nominated charities
Brian said “What a great turnout today raising money for two locally based charities doing some fantastic work in our community. I would like to thank all the members, officers and other golfers who have contributed to my charities.